Greetings from the South Bay Lapidary and Mineral Society!
At our March meeting, our educational program was on the healing power of gemstones and minerals with our guest speaker David Hellig. You can watch the full video at the bottom of this page if you missed our meeting or would like to know more.
Our presentation had us thinking about what rocks are to us, and how they have impacted our lives. Many of our club members come from different places, backgrounds, and career paths. We have had members ranging in age from 9 to 90. Rocks, minerals, gemstones, however you like them- they have many different significances to us. Currently for myself, my rocks add a literal element to my home, and themselves are home to air plants that need no soil to grow. For myself they hold memories of a place, a moment, or a person.
For some, rocks can bring healing and peace to their lives in scientific and spiritual ways. They can bring satisfaction through creativity and the art of stone working or jewelry. Rocks can inspire and leave us in awe of the beauty of nature, or serve as a catalyst for the ultimate adventure in the wild. They can bring us together as friends through our clubs, giving us a second family that shares more than just a hobby; touchstones.
The term touchstone has several definitions according to Merriam-Webster:
a fundamental or quintessential part or feature : basis
- a touchstone film of that decade
- now considered a touchstone of the city’s life
- —Michael Specter