General Meeting (October 21, 2014)

Richard Paille

Opals and Australian Opal Mining

Learn about the various kinds of opals found in the US and around the world.  Watch excerpts from my opal documentary “Fire Down Under, The Hunt for the Australian Opal”.  I’ll explain how opals are mined, describe how they are valued and show examples of my 18kt opal jewelry.  A multimedia presentation to showcase October’s birthstone….a favorite gem of mine and the only gem that is able to display all the colors of the rainbow!

Richard began his jewelry career in 1970 specializing in estate jewelry repair.  He became a gemologist, published a newsletter, & attended gem shows.  He began to travel internationally filming several jewelry related documentaries. In 2008 he converted his home studio into a teaching facility and in 2012 started Paige Tools. Visit Richard at

Traveling Library Display!

Fairy tales, nursery rhymes and children's stories inspired the display this year and all of the pieces were made by Portland Bead Society members.

The display will run through the end of February 2015 and will be found in Hillsdale, Wilsonville, Tigard, Vancouver, and Hillsboro.

Through the month of October, the display will be at the Tigard Library.

For more information, please visit our Travelling Library Show page.


November 25 -- Holiday Potluck

No speaker at this meeting.  Bring food with serving utensil; beverages will be provided. You may also donate item(s) for Bazaar Vendor gift pile – raffle tickets to be drawn for $1 each, or 6 for $5. Proceeds will benefit our Outreach Programs.  Please bring beaded jewelry (bracelets, necklaces, earrings), as well as personal hygiene items, craft items (especially yarn), and women’s clothing (any age) and PBS will donate them to local women’s shelters.  No meeting in December!


We are happy to announce that we are now on Twitter!  You can follow us at @PDXBeadSociety. We will be tweeting to the world soon!