The Background of Our Show


Nearly 170 years ago California and Nevada were inundated with treasure seekers—prospectors for the gold and silver that proved to be abundant in this part of the world. Over the years since, California and the far-west parts of the United States have become legendary for their abundance of fascinating and valuable minerals and crystals, all brought to light by the backbreaking efforts of generations of these prospectors and miners. 

At the Grape Festival Grounds in Lodi, on September 28 and 29, you’re going to have a chance to see how humankind has turned these rich resources into precious things that enrich our lives with their beauty. Bring your family to the Earth’s Treasures Gem, Mineral, and Jewelry Show, where even the youngest among us can learn to make their own bracelets, and those who wish to, can learn how to cut their own gemstones and then, perhaps, even make a spectacular wedding ring with their own hands, or perhaps a memorable birthday gift for someone special.

The show is sponsored by the Stockton Lapidary and Mineral Club, a non-profit educational activity that has been nurturing craftsmanship and artistry in our community for well over 70 years. Those members of the club who are interested in being outdoors frequently venture far “off the beaten path” into the mountains, valleys, and deserts that the earliest prospectors came to love. They go in search of minerals and gemstones that they and other members of the club can work with in our club workshop to create beautiful rings, bracelets, and necklaces. Also, in the workshop, copper and silver can be crafted into settings for cut, shaped and polished minerals and gemstones that then need only to find a person or place where they can be displayed and appreciated.

Come to the show and be amazed at what you can learn to do with things as simple as copper wire and glass. The show features dealers in handmade jewelry, beads, and the makings for all sorts of decorative things, as well as demonstrations and exhibits of the things that can be made—all from the treasures of the Earth. The show will be open from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm on Saturday and Sunday of the fourth weekend in September. Ample free parking will be available. Admission is $6.00. Bring a print of this webpage to earn a $2 discount. Children 12 and under get in free.

The show will be at the Lodi Grape Festival Grounds, 413 E. Lockeford Street, two blocks west of the eastbound State Route 12 off-ramp from the 99 freeway, September 28 and 29.

The Stockton Lapidary and Mineral Club welcomes anyone interested in the lapidary and jewelry arts to visit the club workshop at 3136 East Anita Street in Stockton, just a few blocks from the Fremont Street offramp from the 99 freeway. The workshop is open most Monday and Wednesday evenings from 7:00 pm and two Saturdays a month from 10:00 am. Check our website for details. Guests are welcome. Membership is $22 per year.

We’ll look forward to welcoming you at the show and at our workshop!