Monday September 11 - 7:30pm
Multi-Purpose Room
Culver City Veterans Memorial

All Things Opals

Presented by Fran Todd

Join us for an evening of All Things Opal with Fran Todd. Not all opals are the precious ones with a lot of flash from Australia and Ethiopia. There are also the common opals that can be found many places, including the USA, most notably in Nevada and Idaho. Fran Todd’s lecture covers the scope of opal from common, to precious, to fossils, and basic cutting.

She brings with her many hands-on examples of her talking points. She is willing to share with you her mistakes so you can learn from her experiences.

Fran has been a member of the American Opal Society for over 15 years and has appreciation for the knowledge gained from the other members.

Fran Todd’s love affair with opals started in the late 1970’s. She had started taking classes at South Bay Lapidary in Torrance, CA from Art Cohee. Art was a rockhound, lapidary and all around knowledgeable about all things jewelry. Her first cabochon was a tiger’s eye, then carnelian and then Coober Pedy opal. From that
point until today she is addicted to all things opal.

Fran Todd has extensive experience in pearls and is learning gold recovery and jade cutting. She has financed her opal habit by working in healthcare for four decades and earning degrees. She lives with her husband Steve, a faceter. They have two daughters, a dog, four cats, and four horses.

Future Meetings

  • October 9 - TBD

General Meetings are held the second Monday of every month* at 7:30 p.m. in the Multi-Purpose Room in the Veterans Bldg., 4117 Overland Ave. The Multi-Purpose Room is located in back of the Veteran's Memorial Auditorium Building. When you enter the parking lot (from Culver Blvd - closest to Overland Blvd) walk to the right when facing the building. Around the corner, you will a sign leading to the Multi-Purpose room. Follow the sign and our meeting is in the room with all the glass windows and doors.

See you there!

*) Except if it falls on a federal holiday or the day after the Fiesta of Gems annual show.

Guests are always welcome.....

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