ABOUT JASON BADGLEY

I have been interested in nature, photography, geology, and lapidary since my grandfather taught me to cut and polish stones when I was eight years old.  I learned to love the outdoors through family vacations and the Boy Scouts.  I have hiked and collected rocks throughout California, primarily southern California.

I belong to several west coast lapidary societies and have displayed my work at many local, state associations, and fairs. I have won many awards for my workmanship including the California State Federation Show and the Best in Show ribbon at the LA County Fair.

I have sold and traded specimens world wide through the internet, specialty shops, and street fairs.  I have also provided unique specimens for artists that create wire wrapped jewelry.

Photos of my polished stones and articles that I have written have been, and will be, included in several books and websites about lapidary arts.

I love the outdoors and have explored extensively throughout the west coast. I have worked for a geologist in Central Mexico mapping, locating, and collecting samples for a mining company to locate new sources of gold, silver, and copper.

I research old publications from my grandfather's library and geology maps to locate the best potential collecting locations for local specimens, and I have led field trips for local lapidary societies and private collectors.

I have given presentations about the local materials that I have discovered to California lapidary societies, and also volunteer my time as a docent for the Malibu Creek State Park.

 

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