Going to Gem, Mineral, and Jewelry Shows
Beautiful Stones on Display
A beautiful round agate sliceClick thumbnail to view full-size
Green Aventurine leaves, Mother of Pearl Shell leaves, and Freshwater PearlsClick thumbnail to view full-size
Going to Rock, Crystal and Gem Shows
I first heard about the idea of a rock show when I was a very young girl. I was at my grandparents house, and one of my uncles was there and asked me if i wanted to go to a rock show. He knew I loved rocks of all kinds. I honestly thought at first, he meant some kind of musical concert! He meant a rock, crystal and gem type of show and kind of chuckled at me, and then it all made sense. He was being kind to offer this because he knew my love for stones. I was totally mesmerized by the idea, and never knew there even was such a thing.
Sadly, we didn't end up going and I can't recall why. The point is, that my love for stones has always remained somewhat. I can't really explain it, but I do recall seeing my first rose quartz stone in a gift shop in some kind of museum as a young girl. When the woman that was working there told me what it was, I was wide eyed and knew I wanted one some day. A simple, tumbled rose quartz stone that was so smooth and beautiful, along with simple rocks and shells from nature, began a love for these things.
Since then, I have moved several times, and in the last few years, I began to go to a local jewelry, gem and rock show in my area. Yesterday, I went to another smaller one in my area. There is a lot to know and learn about these shows and the items they share and represent. Sometimes you can see amazing fossils as well, which is simply fascinating.
Lake Superior Agate StoneClick thumbnail to view full-size
Indian Agate Earrings
Some African Stones and Minerals on Display
Amethyst Crystal Clusters
Some Things You Will See at Gem and Jewelry Shows
My experience in going to these shows has taught me some of what you can expect when going. You will obviously see tables and displays filled with all kinds of various items and small treasures. Upon entering there is often a fee or a donation collected. The show I went to just yesterday took a $3.50 cent donation. I paid that and got a form to fill out and a drawing ticket. Both items would be used for drawings. I hoped to win the large amethyst crystal piece that was a work of art in itself!
Immediately, I saw fossils and little white boxes filled with stones of all kinds, gems and all kinds of beautiful and interesting things. My eye went to an area on one vendor's table where it said, "rare African gemstones," which I thought was absolutely fascinating. I learned there were other countries represented as well. Each box had its own sign with name and information about that stone. If you aren't careful, you can spend a lot of money at these shows!
I soon saw books for sale, but more stones upon stones. They were selling to people of all ages, and children seemed to love the show as well. There was a cute little area for people to pay fifty cents for a small tumbled stone, and you could pick out to your hearts desire. What a great way to get children interested in science and geology in particular.
There of course were people there that believed in crystal healing, and had all kinds of different things to offer. Some sold bunches of sage, for instance, as well. This area was interesting because I overheard one of the men showing a woman some of his own crystals he found in Arkansas. He said he mined them himself there. I thought that was fascinating! Arkansas has some very interesting stones. There were a lot of folks there that had stones they had found and tumbled themselves. What a neat hobby and job if you could make money doing that! I would sure love to know how to make a living doing that kind of thing. That would really be awesome.
So there are vendors selling beaded stones on strands, to others that were selling jewelry pieces as well, of all kinds. I saw a table selling geodes for five and ten dollars, small and large. The lady had a tool or vice that broke open the geode and then you got to keep it. She proceeded to share what was inside the geode, and I recall seeing one child's eyes light up as she pointed out what the different crystals were inside. That was really cute. This same table had little grab bags for sale as well. The kids loved this, and I have to admit I almost wanted to get one of those too!
One table caught my eye, because they were selling strands of freshwater pearls for five dollars each, as a show special. I went over there to ask about that, and bought a strand. Then I saw an agate slice that was simply beautiful. I saw it was only two dollars and fifty cents, that had been marked down from seven dollars and fifty cents. I had to get that, and this got me looking more and more at their other items. Very interestingly, I learned of another stone called Mozarkite, that i had never heard of before. This is a more local stone to where I live, and I had no idea. It is a kind of chert, or flint, but it is very beautiful and can be used to make arrowheads and blades and the like. I thought the colors were beautiful and I will try to share a picture here of those as well. I asked the older man there what one of the other stones there was (it had no label), and he looked it over and over, and then looked back at me and said, "it is a rock." I laughed and he chuckled, and he said it was a Lake Superior Agate actually. It was pretty too, and only two dollars.
One other area had some paperwork set out. It wasn't much, but you could take it and learn more about a nearby historic site called The Kimmswick Bone Bed, and also Mastodon State Historic Site. I also learned about upcoming other mineral, gem and fossil shows and sales in the future. If you are into rocks and gems, you might also appreciate learning more about local rock and gem clubs in your area. I truly had no idea there were so many people interested in these things to this degree! So it was kind of eye opening that way.
Rocks, Gems and Fossils on Display
Sterling Silver Rhodonite Ring
Carnelian, Tigers Eye, Moss Agate and RhodoniteClick thumbnail to view full-size
Buying Jewelry Gifts for Yourself or Others
I was tempted to overlook the displays selling beautiful gemstones as I am not in the market for those right now and they can be expensive. When I realized I had a little more time however, I did go back to these tables and really enjoyed what I learned about there. I did end up buying a couple of rings as well! So you can find some nice gifts for others at these shows if nothing else. With birthdays and other holidays coming up, why not pick up something natural and beautiful for a friend or loved one?
There was an area set up selling five dollar earrings, that said they were sterling silver. I had to take a look. It turns out that upon asking, they weren't really sterling silver but surgical steel, but you see what they did there! I was at the point of picking out some earrings nonetheless and went home with a few pairs. I bought them for the stones, as they were beautiful and I will wear them or share them with others. You can spend a lot of money on little stones even, and why not make the most use of them?
There were a lot of beads, cabochons and rough rocks as well as tumbled, that can be used for wire wrapping. I am not personally good at wire wrapping, but if you are and enjoy doing that kind of craft, you would be in heaven in a place like this! What a great gift to give someone something from the earth but also hand crafted by you!
Large Sterling Silver Labradorite RingClick thumbnail to view full-size
Picture Jasper Stones Made into Earrings
Agate Slice Earrings - Not dyed
What I Will Do Differently in the Future
In the future, regarding rock and gem shows, I will come more prepared. I actually am very curious about certain stones that I am seeing less and less of. For instance, opals and tanzanite are very beautiful stones, and there are so many others. You can learn more about what is going on currently with mining in different parts of the world, for example. I was talking to one man about the gorgeous purple tanzanite stones, and he said that is definitely getting harder and harder to find. I was disappointed to hear that. As for real opals, I am seeing less and less of those as well.
In the future, I hope to learn more about more local rock, crystal and gem shows in my area, as I think I miss some of them. I know that Tucson Arizona has quite a rock and gem show of their own. So some places really go all out, and you could literally spend your weekend going to these shows and covering all the territory. Some people save up their money so they can spend it at places like this, and not go into debt doing so. I recall last year finding some great deals on some stone beads that just love. They were a great value! I found blue lapis lazuli, blue kyanite, rose quartz, agates of all kinds, etc.
Interesting Stones, Crystals and Gems
Flower Jasper Stone Earrings
Mozarkite Stone From Lincoln, Missouri
Attending A Rock, Crystal and Gem Show
I can recommend attending at least one of these shows in your life. They are simply fascinating in some aspects. You can learn so much about our amazing earth in the process. You begin to realize how very little we really know, the more you learn. When it gets busy in one area, I simply move on to the next, quieter area. I don't care for crowds of people.
I saw gorgeous items, like large clusters of gemstones in their natural state, to beautiful large chunks of larimar stones that would simply take your breath away. So its really worth taking the time to see some of the beautiful things that our earth creates, that are most often tucked away beneath the surface or in mines, etc. We are used to seeing things like interesting animals or a beautiful sunset or horizon, etc. These are gems of the earth that are worth viewing I think. If you have a favorite show or thought to share regarding gemstones, I would love to hear about it below. I hope you will take the time to enjoy nature in one form or another soon. I think it is so good for us to do.
Beautiful Mozarkite StoneClick thumbnail to view full-size
Different Colors of Calcite Stones
Examples of What you Might See at a Rock and Gem Show
Rock, Gem and Jewelry Show Poll
Have you ever attended a rock, gem and jewelry show, or something like it?
Crystal, Gem and Rock Show
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