SDMG 86th Annual Banquet 2020

SDMG 86th Annual Banquet

Jennifer Stapp and Nita Sani, Banquet co-Chairs


Saturday, March 7, 2020


  • Where:
  • Elijah's Restaurant
    7061 Clairemont Mesa Blvd.
    San Diego, CA 92111
  • Cost:
  • $35.00/person (see below for ticket information).
  • Adjustment Hour:
  • 5:00 – 6:00 pm.
    Light refreshments & coffee. No host cash bar.
  • President's Welcome:
    6:00 pm
  • Dinner:
  • 6:15 pm
  • Scholarship Presentation:

  • 7:15 pm
  • Program:
  • 7:30 pm
    "Carving Gemstones" by Meg Berry



Tickets on sale now
deadline by mail:
postmarked no later than
Fri, February 28, 2020

  • Write a check for $35.00 per person payable to: SDMG
    Send your check to:
    Jennifer Stapp
    PO Box 500536
    San Diego, CA 92150
  • Write your phone number on your check.
  • Note your meal selection on your check: short ribs, salmon, vegetarian or vegan.
  • Include a self-addressed stamped envelope.

–OR –
Buy tickets in person
thru Wed, March 4, 2020 from:

  • The Village Silversmiths' shop in the SDMG Building, 11:00am to 4:00pm daily
  • SDMG General Meeting on Mon, January 27, and February 24, 2020
  • SDMG Board Meeting on Mon, February 17, 2020
  • Bob Hancock at his faceting classes on Wednesdays
  • Email the Chairperson at:



  • Apps Station:
  • Italian brochettes
  • Spinach and feta triangles
  • Vegetarian crudites platters
  • Dinner
  • Caesar or house salad and rolls
  • Sautéed vegetables
  • Mashed Potatoes
  • Roasted Salmon filet
  • Chicken with a lemon caper and dijon sauce on the side
  • Vegetarian and vegan entrées
  • Drinks
  • Fountain drinks, tea and coffee station
  • No host cash bar for wine and beer
  • Desserts
  • Cheesecake squares
  • Birthday cake


SDMG's 86th Annual Birthday Banquet

It's time to celebrate SDMG's illustrious history at our 86th Annual Banquet.  It has been a well-attended traditional gala for many years. We'll be honoring our own, including past presidents and members who teach, volunteer, or contribute in countless ways. The banquet is the event where we formally support students interested in geology and lapidary-gem-jewelry arts.. We'll formally award the 2020 SDMG Scholarships and enjoy a special program. Once again, it will be an evening event held at Elijah's Restaurant, in San Diego.

One of our Banquet traditions is giving scholarships to college students who show the promise to keep our love of Gems and minerals alive in the community for the future. We will be presenting two scholarship awards to this year's young winners.

We are excited to bring back an ever popular speaker, Meg Berry. She is well-known and beloved in our community, and her presentations are always informative and entertaining.


Meg Berry is a beloved instructor among her students. They entered an exhibit honoring Meg's lifetime of accomplishments at the 2017 San Diego County Fair. Photo: L. Thoresen.

Program: Carving Gemstones
by Meg Berry

Meg Berry has been a master gem carver and faceter for more than 40 years. She studied under Bob Livingston, Sr. at the gem cutting school at Grieger's Inc. in Pasadena. She soon became his apprentice and was hired as a full-time employee. The experience shaped the rest of her life. Subsequently, she worked for a wholesale firm in Los Angeles as a gem cutter. She went on to study gemology at GIA. Later, from 1989 to 2003, she worked with Pala International Inc. as a full-time cutter. After Pala, she decided to pursue her dream of producing one-of-a-kind extraordinary gemstone creations using a combination of techniques that might include faceting, carving, frosting and piercing – sometimes all on the same stone. Her work is thematic, designed to elicit not only appreciation for the beauty of nature, but also an emotional response. Her pieces are organic, whimsical, pastoral, sometimes erotic, and always personal.

Meg Berry has taught many students over the years, and currently, she teaches classes at the Fallbrook Gem & Mineral Society. She has won acclaim, numerous trophies and awards, and she has garnered international contracts for her work. In 1992 she facet the largest of the rough emerald crystals that treasure hunter Mel Fisher salvaged from the Nuestra Senora de Atocha, the Spanish galleon that sank off the Florida Keys in 1622 laden with silver and gold bullion and Colombian emeralds. Meg has cut more than 100 "old mine" emerald crystals, providing a documented provenance from the lost cargo of the Atocha to the contemporary gems. During the construction of the GIA campus in Carlsbad, California, Meg was commission by the late Vince Manson to cut and polish the concept pieces of rocks and slabs that are placed in the naming plates outside each door of the building. Her work is in a class by itself, and her presentations are both informative and entertaining.







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