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Washington Gem show

Filed under: Coming Events — Gary February 7, 2011 @ 11:42 pm

WHIDBEY ISLAND GEM CLUB, PRESENTS THE 45TH ANNUAL SWEETHEART OF GEMS GEM SHOW, FEB 12 13 2011 OAK HARBOR WA SENIOR CENTER FREE ADMISSION

OAK HARBOR
Whidbey Island Gem Club
PO Box 224
Oak Harbor, Washington 98277-0224
Meeting Place: Oak Harbor Senior Center
Meeting Time: First Wednesday 7:00 PM
Primary Contact: Keith Ludemann E-Mail: rock9[at]whidbey.net Phone: [360] 675-1837
Secondary Contact: Ed Bailey E-Mail: ke7bns[at]comcast.net Phone: [360] 679-2350
Federation (Regional) Affiliation: Northwest Federation of Mineralogical Societies

Trona Blow Hole Crystals

Filed under: Coming Events,Video — Gary November 11, 2010 @ 1:33 am
Trona Blow Hole

Trona Blow Hole

On November 13th, Saturday, come to Zzyzx Gallery of Natural Science in Downtown
Los Angeles for a virtual recreation of the popular, but far away mineral dig,
the Trona Blow Hole!

Zzyzx Gallery will be dumping out over 50 gallons of unsearched crystals from
the blow hole dig. Everyone is invited to come into the gallery for free, pick
out a fair amount of crystals from the pile and receive an information sheet
about the minerals. 100% free.

Of course, while you are at the gallery you get to see all sorts of fine art
illustrating minerals, animals and all sorts of nature. In addition, our gem
carving exhibit will be on display and you’ll get to bring in any minerals you
have for free appraisal and identification.

Zzyzx Gallery of Natural Science, on the corner of 7th and main street in
downtown Los Angeles! Parking lots have specials for $5.00 daily parking and
you can visit us and enjoy the vibrant sections of downtown! If you haven’t
been downtown in a few years, the areas have really changed for the better. We
are home to Gallery Row, the Jewelry District, wonderful historic buildings, art
museums and the ultra inexpensive fashion district. Downtown Los Angeles is a
great place to spend a few idle hours any given Saturday!

ZzyzxGallery.com

The annual Trona California Gem Show features three digs, one of which is the Blow Hole dig. This is MY favorite dig! They have a truck that has a big tube that goes into the ground, they set off a charge and water and crystals spray everywhere! Well, this year the truck had tipped over. I filmed some footage of the fallen truck with my friend Christy to add to my video field guide series. Just some random raw footage from the 2008 dig.

American Opal Society

Filed under: Coming Events — Gary October 23, 2010 @ 11:14 pm

The American Opal Society proudly presents its:
43rd Annual OPAL & GEM SHOW
Come visit the Biggest Opal Show in the USA!!!

WHAT:

*  Dozens of Opal and Gem Dealers from around the USA and Australia.
Rough and Cut Opals, Opal Jewelry, other gemstones, books, tools, etc.
Huge Raffle with many prizes of opals, gemstones, jewelry, lapidary tools, etc.
Free Seminars on opals, jewelry making, mining, etc. on Saturday and Sunday.
Free Demonstrations on gemstone cutting, jewelry making, etc.

WHEN:

Saturday, 10am-6pm, November 6, 2010
Sunday, 10am-5pm, November 7, 2010

WHERE:

Same Great Location!

Opal Show

Opal Show

Opal and Gem Show

Opal and Gem Show

White House / West Wing Event Center
1238 S. Beach Blvd.
Anaheim, CA 92804

Located within the Hobby City / Adventure City complex,
at the southeast corner of Beach Blvd. and Ball St.

ADMISSION:

Adults $3.00, children under 15 FREE. Plenty of FREE Parking.
One FREE raffle ticket is included with each paid admission.

FOR INFORMATION, CONTACT:

Gene LeVan at (562) 208-7494; e-mail: fineblackopal@sprynet.com
Corey Kuepper at (714) 736-0581; e-mail rockhwnd@aol.com
Dealer Inquiries welcome

http://www.opalsociety.org

American Opal Society, Inc., P.O. Box 4875 Garden Grove, CA 92842-4875
Contact e-mail: info@opalsociety.org

The American Opal Society is a non-profit organization, educational in nature, whose primary purpose is promoting interest and knowledge of the precious gem opal.

The American Opal Society is an non-profit organization, educational in nature, whose primary purpose is promoting interest and knowledge of this precious gem. If you are an Opalholic (i.e. passionate opal lover), the American Opal Society is for you!!! We pursue the study and sharing of information about OPAL.


Florida Rockhounding

Filed under: Coming Events,Rockhound Travel — Gary October 12, 2010 @ 8:47 pm
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October 16, 2010

Join MiaSci and the Miami Mineralogical Lapidary Guild for the annual Gem and Mineral Show! This year we will feature pieces from the Smithsonian’s “American Gemstone Jewelry Collection”. Visitors will also enjoy an array of classes, workshops and demos as well as have the opportunity to interact with vendors and enthusiasts.

Site: http://miamisci.org/

Gem and Mineral Show
Join MiaSci and the Miami Mineralogical Lapidary Guild for the annual Gem and Mineral Show! This year we will feature pieces from the Smithsonian’s “American Gemstone Jewelry Collection”. Visitors will also enjoy an array of classes, workshops and demos as well as have the opportunity to interact with vendors and enthusiasts.

Time: 10am – 6pm
Location: Miami Science Museum
Phone Contact: Box Office 305.646.4200
Email Contact: boxoffice@miamisci.org

Miami Mineralogical & Lapidary Guild Demos
Interested in gems, minerals, & fossils? Come check out the Miami Mineralogical & Lapidary Guild club demonstrations and exhibits the 4th Sunday of every month (excluding December). See live demonstrations of cutting gemstones, making jewelry, showcases of what you can collect on field trips & vacations, crystal identification, and much more! Hours are 1-4 p.m. in Classrooms A&B.

Time: 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Location: Classrooms A&B
Phone Contact: Karlisa Callwood 305-646-4233
Email Contact: kcallwood@miamisci.org

Connecticut Rockhounding

Filed under: Club Rollcall (hello's),Coming Events — Gary September 8, 2010 @ 7:53 pm

Danbury Mineralogical Society

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Meetings:  First Thursday of every month (except July, August, September, and January), at the Broadview Middle School, Danbury, CT, at 7:30PM.  All are welcome.  Please check back before the meeting to make sure of the date and location.  There may be more changes…..

Directions

From the West:
I-84 East to Exit 5

Straight ahead through 4 lights.

Turn right at 5th light (entrance to North Street Shopping Center) onto Hayestown Ave.

Turn right at next light onto Tamarack Ave.

Turn left at next light onto Hospital Ave.

Broadview will be on your right.

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From the East:
I-84 East to Exit 6

Turn right at exit.

Turn right at next light (entrance to North Street Shopping Center) onto Hayestown Ave.

Turn right at next light onto Tamarack Ave.

Turn left at next light onto Hospital Ave.

Broadview will be on your right.

Flint Rock and Gem Club 43rd Annual Show and Sale

Filed under: Club Rollcall (hello's),Coming Events — Gary August 30, 2010 @ 9:06 pm
Flint Rock Club

Flint Rock Club

Click here for club website

The Flint Rock and Gem Club is a non-profit organization. Its purpose to promote and encourage the understanding of earth sciences, lapidary arts, and their related fields. Our goal is to share information with club members, educational institutions, and the general public.

Club meetings are held every third Thursday of the month, February through October, at the Clio Senior Center  2136 W. Vienna Road in Clio.

Please note there are no meetings in the months of November, December, and January.

Executive board meeting: 6:00 pm.

General membership meeting: 7:00pm.

Visitors are always welcome.

Membership dues are $10.00 per year, which includes the club newsletter, participation in the annual rock swap, the Flint Rock and Gem Show, club picnic, and annual banquet.

Cabochon classes are on Mondays from 5:30 pm – 8:30 pm. Summer hours 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm will resume on March 15, 2010.

The Flint Rock and Gem Club is a member of Midwest Federation of Mineralogical & Geological Societies.

Sterling Hill Mining Museum

Filed under: Coming Events,Rockhound Travel,Video,rockhounding maps — Gary August 21, 2010 @ 9:15 pm

The Sterling Hill Mining Museum

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An enduring geological mystery. A world-famous mineral deposit. And, it’s all right here in New Jersey, just an hour’s drive from midtown New York!

The industrial complex that was once the Sterling Hill zinc mine is now open to the public as the Sterling Hill Mining Museum. Join us for underground mine tours, fantastic displays of “glow-in-the-dark” fluorescent minerals, extensive outdoor displays of mining machinery, and exhibit halls packed with things you’ve probably never seen before!

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Calendar of Events

August 29, 2010

Mineral collecting at Sterling Hill (daytime only)

Where: Sterling Hill
Time: 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Description: Collecting allowed on Mine Run dump and in the Fill quarry, Passaic pit, and “Saddle” area Open to the public.
Fees: $5 admission; plus $1.50 for each pound of material taken
Age Requirements: 7-years and up for Mine Run dump; 13 and up elsewhere
Contact:   973-209-7212

September 11, 2010

Fossil Discovery Center

Where: Sterling Hill Mining Museum, Ogdensburg, NJ
Time: 10:00a.m.-12:30p.m.
Description:

SHMM will have a paleontologist available for young people (of all ages) to go fossil hunting. The Fossil Discovery Center is still in a pilot stage, but is based on SHMM’s successful Rock Discovery Center. The “digs” will begin at 10:00 and take place every half hour thereafter; each dig will last a little less than 30 minutes.

Participation is limited to 25 people per session on a first-come, first-serve basis. Each fossil collector will get 6 fossils with a general ID chart.

(Groups of 15 people or more can make an appointment at the Museum Shop to participate in the FDC for other weekends or weekdays, pending availability of SHMM personnel.) Note: 12:30 time slot not recommended for people taking the 1:00 PM mine tour. Other time slots available by appointment for groups of 10 or more.
Fees: $4.50/person
Age Requirements: All Ages – recommended for students in grades 2 -12
Contact:   973-209-7212

September 25, 2010-September 26, 2010

Franklin Gem and Mineral Show and Outdoor Swap and Sell

Where: Franklin School – Franklin, NJ
Time: 9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Description:

This show is held the last full weekend in September and features both indoor and outdoor mineral, fossil, and gem dealers.

September 25 (Saturday)

54th Annual Franklin Sterling Gem and Mineral Show and Outdoor Swap/Sel
Franklin Middle School, Buckwheat Rd. at Washington St., Franklin, N.J.
9AM – 6PM (indoors); 7:30AM – 6PM (outdoor swap and sell).

Annual Show Banquet and Auction
Franklin Firehouse, Buckwheat Rd. at Parker St., Franklin, NJ.
Banquet begins 6:30PM; tickets $18.

Sterling Hill Garage Sale
Sterling Hill Mining Museum, Christiansen Pavilion, 10AM – 3PM.

September 26 (Sunday)

54th Annual Franklin Sterling Gem and Mineral Show and Outdoor Swap/Sell
Franklin Middle School, Buckwheat Rd. at Washington St., Franklin, NJ
10 AM – 5PM (indoors); 9AM – 5PM (outdoor swap and sell).

Sterling Hill Garage Sale
Sterling Hill Mining Museum, Christiansen Pavilion, 10AM – 3PM.

Mineral collecting at StHMM (daytime only)
Collecting allowed on Mine Run dump and in the Fill quarry, Passaic pit, and “Saddle” area. Open to the public.

Hours 9AM – 3PM. Fees: $5 admission plus $1.50 for each pound of material taken.
Fees: Open to the Public
Age Requirements: Seven years and up for Mine Run dump; 13 and up elsewhere.

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Who would think that one of the most famous mines in the world lies right here in the Highlands of New Jersey, just an hour’s drive from midtown New York City?

The Sterling Hill zinc mine is world-class by any standard, and not just because of what was mined here: history was made here, too, lots of it. So too was much money. Moreover, much mining law was forged here, and over the span of two and one-half centuries, this mine and its twin in nearby Franklin dominated the lives of thousands of New Jersey residents. The economic, social, and scientific significance of our local zinc mines was felt not only in Sussex County, but in all of New Jersey and even far beyond.

Consider just these 14 facts:

  1. Sterling Hill is one of the oldest mines in the United States and was first worked sometime before 1739, more than 265 years ago.
  2. Sterling Hill produced more than 11 million tons of zinc ore. The ore was fabulously rich, averaging more than 20% zinc, and occurred in thick seams that were worked to a depth of more than 2,550 ft below the surface through tunnels totaling more than 35 miles in length.
  3. Sterling Hill is one of the world’s premiere mineral localities. Together with the nearby Franklin orebody, 2.5 miles to the north, more than 350 different mineral species have been found here — a world record for such a small area. More than two dozen of these have been found nowhere else on Earth. To view the mineral list click here.
  4. fluorescent minerals found at the mines at Sterling Hill, Ogdensburg, NJThe mine is equally famous for its fluorescent minerals. Together with nearby Franklin, almost 90 different mineral species have been documented as fluorescent (view the list here). Specimens from Franklin and Sterling Hill are widely regarded by collectors as the world’s finest.
  5. Sterling Hill constitutes a geological enigma — other than nearby Franklin, nothing else quite like it exists on Earth. The scientific literature on these deposits spans two centuries and totals more than 1,000 papers, yet scientists have yet to agree on how they formed.
  6. For more than two centuries the Franklin-Sterling Hill district attracted the attention of the most prominent scientists and naturalists of the day. One of the earliest mineralogical papers in U.S. scientific literature (1810) was devoted to zincite, one of the local ore minerals.
  7. Much U.S. mining law was forged in this area as a result of numerous courtroom battles during the 19th century, when mining was done by numerous small companies that often held conflicting titles to the mineral rights. Resolution of these conflicts established legal precedents that governed much of the mining industry nationwide from 1897 onwards.
  8. The town of Ogdensburg owes its very existence to the Sterling Hill mine. For many decades the mine provided employment to local residents and in many ways dominated their lives. Until the 1980s, most of the tax revenue of the Borough of Ogdensburg was linked either directly or indirectly to the Sterling Hill mine, the only large industrial complex in the Borough.
  9. Without the presence of the Sterling Hill mine, rail service to Ogdensburg would have been much delayed. The establishment of rail service in 1871 brought immediate and long-continuing prosperity to the Borough of Ogdensburg by transporting goods for its local merchants, delivering its mail, shuttling its residents on shopping trips and excursions, carrying its public school graduates to neighboring high schools, and providing a means of shipping the local zinc ore to the smelter in ever-increasing quantities.
  10. miner at shmmThe continual need for laborers in the mine brought wave after wave of immigrants to the area, including Russians, Hungarians, Poles, Scandinavians, Cornishmen, Mexicans, Irishmen, and others. Pick up an Ogdensburg phone book and look at the surnames, and you’ll see the legacy of those days.
  11. The wealth taken from the hills of Sussex County often had benefits elsewhere. At Princeton University, for example, one of the prime benefactors in the early 20th century was Edgar Palmer, second president of the New Jersey Zinc Company. His name lives on in Princeton in Palmer Square, Palmer Hall, and Palmer Stadium.
  12. Between Sterling Hill and Franklin, so much zinc ore had to be processed that a huge smelting and refining complex was built especially for this purpose in Pennsylvania. Why there? Because of the anthracite coal mines and the Lehigh Canal. The mines furnished the fuel necessary to smelt the ore, and the canal allowed bargeloads of coal to be transported to the smelter at low cost. Thus was born the town of Palmerton. [Think about that — a modern and still-thriving town in Pennsylvania was founded because of zinc mines in New Jersey!]
  13. The historical significance of Sterling Hill is a matter of public record. Sterling Hill was placed on the New Jersey Register of Historic Places in July 1991 (ID #2621) and on the National Register of Historic Places in September 1991 (National Register Reference # 91001365).
  14. Sterling Hill mine was the last operating underground mine in New Jersey. It closed in 1986 after more than 138 years of almost continuous production.

Want to know more? Several fine publications on the history and mineralogy of the Franklin-Sterling Hill area are available; for details and ordering information click here. Two of the most important publications, together with much additional information and photographs, are available on a web site built and maintained by Herb Yeates, a museum associate.

Culver City Rock and Mineral Gem Show

Filed under: Coming Events — Gary July 4, 2010 @ 8:44 pm

Gems Show, Culver City, Fiesta of Gems

Featuring: The Wonderful World of JASPER

Saturday, July 10, 2010   10 am – 6 pm
Sunday,   July  11, 2010   10 am – 5 pm

Veterans Memorial Auditorium
4117 Overland Avenue

Culver City, California

Click here for map

Culver City Map

Culver City Map

The Fiesta of Gems will offer exhibits, demonstrations, children’s games, grab bags, door prizes and dealers offering rocks, minerals, fossils, gems, jewelry, gifts and hobby supplies.   Various craftsmen will be on hand to demonstrate skills like gem carving, wire wrapping, faceting, cabachon-making, polymer clay art, fetish carving and jewelry repair.

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This year will mark the 48th aniversary of this popular event.   The show will feature 26 dealers, and a variety of games for kids of all ages.   Each hour a number of door prizes will be awarded, and snacks, drinks and lunch will be available from a professional caterer.
Demonstrations on : Glass Bead Making, Precious Metal clay, Gem Faceting.

FREE PARKING AND FREE ADMISSION!!!

Show hours are from 10am to 6pm Saturday, and 10am to 5pm, Sunday, at the Veterans Memorial Auditorium, Overland Avenue and Culver Boulevard.

The show is sponsored by the Culver City Rock and Mineral Club Inc., a non-profit organization sponsored by the Culver City Human Services Department.

For more information, please email our Show Chairpersons.

Bring the whole family!  Junior rockhounds will be given free gift specimens and should enjoy the live demonstrations planned on different aspects of our hobby.

Culver City Rock and Mineral Club (CCR&MC), Culver City/Los Angeles, CA

Our club, for over fifty years, has promoted education, knowledge and skills development in the earth sciences and lapidary arts.Our interests include mineralogy, cutting, polishing, casting, metalsmithing, and field collecting for rocks, minerals, and fossils. We are the only affiliated CFMS club with this wide range of activities, in the metropolitan Los Angeles, Culver City and Santa Monica areas.

The Club operates a fully equipped lapidary shop for use by members, publishes a monthly bulletin called The Nugget, and organizes field trips to local collecting areas.   CCRMC sponsors the popular Fiesta of Gems, Rock and Mineral Show each summer. The Club maintains an extensive library of books and videotapes for loan – free of charge to its members.

Membership ranges between 120 to 150 people, teachers, engineers, photographers, IT professionals, jewelry makers etc. Some members are crazy about rocks, other love to make jewelry. We all enjoy a good time at our friendly parties, meetings, picnics and other activities
MEMBERS (and prospective members) ALERT ! If you have not renewed your membership: {click here to DOWNLOAD Application Form} Fill it up and mail it !

Rock and Mineral shows for June

Filed under: Coming Events — Gary May 30, 2010 @ 1:03 pm

JUNE 2010:

4-5–PRICE, UTAH: 4th annual show, “Castle Country Rock, Fossil & Mineral Show”; Braun Lapidary, CEU Silversmith [Lapidary & Wire Wrapping Classes]; Jennifer Leavitt Student Center, College of Eastern Utah, 536 North 300 East; Fri. 10-7, Sat. 10-7; free admission; rocks, fossils, minerals, jewelry, metal detectors, equipment, beads, displays, door prizes; contact Patrick Braun, P.O. Box 236, Ferron, UT 84523, (435) 384-2211; e-mail: pbraun@cskyw.net

4-6–LAS VEGAS, NEVADA: Business-to-business gem trade show; Gem & Lapidary Wholesalers Inc.; Bally’s Las Vegas Hotel & Casino, Pacific Ballroom, 3645 Las Vegas Blvd. S; Fri. 10-6, Sat. 10-6, Sun. 10-3; contact G&LW, P.O. Box 98, Flora, MS 39071-0098, (601) 879-8832; e-mail: info@glwshows.com; Web site: glwshows.com

4-6–PUYALLUP, WASHINGTON: Show; Puyallup Valley Gem & Mineral Club; Fruitland Grange, 112th St. and 86th Ave. E; Fri. 12-6, Sat. 10-6, Sun. 11-4; contact Mark Baumann, (253) 756-8636; e-mail: djbmeb@earthlink.net

4-6–SAN MATEO, CALIFORNIA: Show; International Gem & Jewelry Show Inc.; San Mateo County Event Center, 2495 S. Delaware; Fri. 12-6, Sat. 10-6, Sun. 11-5; adults $8; open to the public, professional jewelers, artists; International Gem & Jewelry Show Inc., 120 Derwood Circle, Rockville, MD 20850, (301) 294-1640; e-mail: info@intergem.net; Web site: www.InterGem.com

4-6–TULSA, OKLAHOMA: Show, “Gem Faire”; Gem Faire Inc.; Expo Square/Central Park Hall, 4145 E. 21st St.; Fri. 12-7, Sat. 10-6, Sun. 10-5; $5 weekend pass; contact Yooy Nelson, (503) 252-8300; e-mail: info@gemfaire.com; Web site: www.gemfaire.com

4-6–WAUSEON, OHIO: Show; State Line Gem & Mineral Society; Fulton County (Ohio) Fair Grounds, 8514 SR 108, Ohio Turnpike Exit 34; Fri. 12-7, Sat. 10-7, Sun. 11-4; free admission; MSHA mine safety class Sat., ($30 includes book), soapstone carving class ($15 includes soapstone), beaded jewelry class, demonstrations (cabochon cutting and polishing, flint knapping, silver casting), micro mounts and sand, fluorescent minerals, wire wrapping, spool knitting, faceting, glass fusing, kids’ grab bags, silent auctions, door prizes, raffle; contact Doris Brzezicki, 419 N. Broad St., Adrian, MI 49221, (517) 263-1669; e-mail: rychard@tc3net.com; Web site: www.angelfire.com/mac/rock-club/

5–DELTA, COLORADO: Show; Delta County Rock Wranglers; Heddles Recreation Center, 530 Gunnison River Dr.; Sat. 9-5; free admission; dealers, exhibits, door prizes, family activities; contact Harry W. Masinton, (970) 856-3861

5–MURFREESBORO, ARKANSAS: Show, “Crater Gem & Mineral Show”; Crater of Diamonds State Park; 209 State Park Rd.; Sat. 8-4; free admission; gems, minerals, jewelry, diamond search area adults $7, children $4); contact Margi Jenks, 209 State Park Rd., Murfreesboro, AR 71958, (870) 285-3116; e-mail: margaret.jenks@arkansas.gov; Web site: www.craterofdiamondsstatepark.com

5-6–BIRMINGHAM, ALABAMA: 37th annual show, “Tannehill Gem, Mineral, Fossil, & Jewelry Show”; Alabama Mineral & Lapidary Society; Tannehill Ironworks Historical State Park, 12632 Confederate Pkwy.; Sat. 9-5, Sun. 9-5; adults $3, seniors and ages 6-12 $2, kids under 6 free; door prizes, children’s activities, educational exhibits, demonstrations; contact Gene Blackerby, 155 Hwy. 69, Chelsea, AL 35043, (205) 807-6777; e-mail: gene@lapidaryclub.com; Web site: http://lapidaryclub.com

5-6–COEUR d’ALENE, IDAHO: Show; North Idaho Mineral Club; Kootenai Co. Fairgrounds and Event Center, Kathleen and Government Way; Sat. 9-5, Sun. 10-4; contact Warren Price, P.O. Box 1643, Hayden, ID 83835; e-mail: genuniegems@gmail.com

5-6–MARION, KENTUCKY: Show; Ben E. Clement Mineral Museum, Fohs Hall, Walker St.; Sat. 9-5, Sun. 11-5; free admission; mineral digs, museum tours, vendors, speakers, silent auctions, door prizes, children’s activities; contact Tina Walker, P.O. Box 391, Marion, KY 42064, (270) 965-4263; e-mail: beclement@kynet.biz; Web site: http://clementmineralmuseum.org

5-6–VIROQUA, WISCONSIN: Show; Coulee Rock Club, Viroqua Rotary; Viroqua Jr. High School Gym, 100 Blackhawk Dr.; Sat. 10-5, Sun. 10-4; free admission; contact Gary Krause, 606 E. Court St., Viroqua, WI 54665, (608) 637-2574; e-mail: garyjkrause@yahoo.com; Web site: www.garysrockshop.net

6–FT. LAUDERDALE, FLORIDA: Show, “Rings & Things BeadTour”; Rings & Things; Sheraton – Cypress Creek, 555 NW 62nd St.; Sun. 1-5; free admission; gemstones, bead strands, wholesale prices, findings, stringing supplies; contact Dave Robertson, P.O. Box 450, Spokane, WA 99210, (800) 366-2156; e-mail: drobertson@rings-things.com; Web site: www.rings-things.com

5-6–GLENDORA, CALIFORNIA: Show; Glendora GEMS; Goddard Middle School; 859 E. Sierra Madre; Sat. 10-5, Sun. 10-4; free admission; dealers, demonstrations, displays, door prizes; contact Bonnie Bidwell, 1010 E. Mountain View, Glendora, CA 91741, (626) 963-4638; e-mail: ybidwell2@aol.com

8–TAMPA, FLORIDA: Show, “Rings & Things BeadTour”; Rings & Things; Clarion, 2701 E. Fowler Ave.; Tue. 12-4; free admission; gemstones, bead strands, wholesale prices, findings, stringing supplies; contact Dave Robertson, P.O. Box 450, Spokane, WA 99210, (800) 366-2156; e-mail: drobertson@rings-things.com; Web site: www.rings-things.com

10–JACKSONVILLE, FLORIDA: Show, “Rings & Things BeadTour”; Rings & Things; Clarion Hotel Airport Conference Center (Ballroom), 2101 Dixie Clipper Rd.; Thu. 1-5; free admission; gemstones, bead strands, wholesale prices, findings, stringing supplies; contact Dave Robertson, P.O. Box 450, Spokane, WA 99210, (800) 366-2156; e-mail: drobertson@rings-things.com; Web site: www.rings-things.com

10-12–PARK HILLS, MISSOURI: 13th annual swap and sale; Mineral Area Gem & Mineral Society; Greater St. Louis Association of Earth Science Clubs; Missouri Mines State Historic Site, Hwy. 32; Fri. 9-6, Sat. 9-6, Sun. 9-5; free admission; rocks, minerals, fossils, lapidary; contact Lloyd E. Marler, (573) 431-2951, or Missouri Mines State Historic Site, P.O. box 492, Park Hills, MO 63601, (573) 431-6226

11-12–REDWOOD FALLS, MINNESOTA: Show and sale; New Ulm Gem & Mineral Club, Minnesota Inventors Congress; Redwood Area Community Center, 901 Cook St.; Fri. 11-6, Sat. 11-6; club displays, grab bags, jewelry, rocks, amethyst, demonstrations, door prizes; contact Ruth Hacker, P.O. Box 37, Morgan, MN 56266, (507) 249-3811

11-13–ALBUQUERQUE, NEW MEXICO: Show, “Gem Faire”; Gem Faire Inc.; New Mexico State Fairgrounds, 300 San Pedro NE; Fri. 12-7, Sat. 10-6, Sun. 10-5; $5 weekend pass; contact Yooy Nelson, (503) 252-8300; e-mail: info@gemfaire.com; Web site: www.gemfaire.com

11-13–HOUSTON, TEXAS: Show; International Gem & Jewelry Show Inc.; Reliant Center at Reliant Park, 1 Reliant Park; Fri. 12-6, Sat. 10-6, Sun. 11-5; adults $8; open to the public, professional jewelers, artists; contact International Gem & Jewelry Show Inc., 120 Derwood Circle, Rockville, MD 20850, (301) 294-1640; e-mail: info@intergem.net; Web site: www.InterGem.com

11-13–OVERLAND PARK, KANSAS: Show; International Gem & Jewelry Show Inc.; Overland Park Convention Center, 6000 College Blvd.; Fri. 12-6, Sat. 10-6, Sun. 11-5; adults $8; open to the public, professional jewelers, artists; contact International Gem & Jewelry Show Inc., 120 Derwood Circle, Rockville, MD 20850, (301) 294-1640; e-mail: info@intergem.net; Web site: www.InterGem.com

11-13–RALEIGH, NORTH CAROLINA: Show; Frank Cox Productions; State Fairgrounds, 1025 Blue Ridge Rd.; Fri. 10-5, Sat. 10-5, Sun. 10-5; gems, jewelry, beads; contact Frank Cox Productions, 755 S. Palm Ave. #203, Sarasota, FL 34236, (941) 954-0202; e-mail: frankcox@comcast.net; Web site: www.frankcoxproductions.com

12–KENT, CONNECTICUT: 8th annual show; Connecticut Antique Machinery Association, Danbury Mineralogical Society; museum grounds, 1 mile north of Kent on Rte. 7; Sat. 9-4; free admission; rocks, minerals, fossils, jewelry, buy and trade, new mining museum exhibits; contact Connecticut Antique Machinery Association, (860) 927-0050; Web site: www.ctamachinery.com

12–NORCROSS (ATLANTA), GEORGIA: Show, “Rings & Things BeadTour”; Rings & Things; Holiday Inn Select – Peachtree Corners, 6050 Peachtree Industrial Blvd. NW; Sat. 12-4; free admission; gemstones, bead strands, wholesale prices, findings, stringing supplies; contact Dave Robertson, P.O. Box 450, Spokane, WA 99210, (800) 366-2156; e-mail: drobertson@rings-things.com; Web site: www.rings-things.com

12–SKOKIE, ILLINOIS: 3rd annual show, “Geode Fest”; Chicago Rocks & Minerals Society; St. Peter’s United Church of Christ – Gymnasium, 8013 Laramie Ave.; Sat. 1-5; free admission; geodes from Iowa, Missouri, Indiana, Mexico, Brazil, etc., geode cracking, dealers, educational exhibits, mineral inclusion identification; contact Craig Heinze, (847) 584-8637; e-mail: cheinze@flash.net; Web site: www.chicagorocks.org

12-13–BARTO, PENNSYLVANIA: 3rd annual show, “Pennsylvania Prospector Mineral and Fossil Show”; Joshua Sloan; Jake’s Flea Market, 1380 Rte. 100; Sat. 7-1, Sun. 7-1; free admission; free mineral samples and identification for kids and teachers; contact Joshua Sloan, P.O. Box 118, Bally, PA 19503, (484) 241-5490; e-mail: josh@paprospector.com; Web site: http://PaProspector.com

12-13–CARTERSVILLE, GEORGIA: Show, “Rockfest”; Tellus Science Museum; 100 Tellus Dr.; Sat. 9-5, Sun. 10-4; adults $12, seniors $10, students and children $8, museum members free; dealers, gems, minerals, fossils, jewelry, children’s activities, mineral identification, demonstrations; contact Michelle Pate, 100 Tellus Dr., Cartersville, GA 30120, (770) 606-5711; e-mail: michellep@tellusmuseum.org; Web site: www.tellusmuseum.org

12-13–SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA: Show, “San Francisco Crystal Fair”; Pacific Crystal Guild; 99 Marina Blvd.; Sat. 10-6, Sun. 10-4; admission $6; contact Jerry Tomlinson, (415) 383-7837; e-mail: sfxtl@earthlink.net; Web site: www.crystalfair.com

13–CHARLOTTE, NORTH CAROLINA: Show, “Rings & Things BeadTour”; Rings & Things; Renaissance Suites Hotel (Terrace Ballroom), 2800 Coliseum Centre Dr.; Sun. 2-6; free admission; gemstones, bead strands, wholesale prices, findings, stringing supplies; contact Dave Robertson, P.O. Box 450, Spokane, WA 99210, (800) 366-2156; e-mail: drobertson@rings-things.com; Web site: www.rings-things.com

14–DURHAM, NORTH CAROLINA: Show, “Rings & Things BeadTour”; Rings & Things; Hilton Durham, 3800 Hillsborough Rd., near Duke University; Mon. 1-5; free admission; gemstones, bead strands, wholesale prices, findings, stringing supplies; contact Dave Robertson, (800) 366-2156; e-mail: drobertson@rings-things.com; Web site: www.rings-things.com

15–SPOKANE, WASHINGTON: Show, “Rings & Things BeadTour”; Rings & Things; Holiday Inn – Richmond Central, 3207 North Blvd.; Tue. 1-5; free admission; gemstones, bead strands, wholesale prices, findings, stringing supplies; contact Dave Robertson, (800) 366-2156; e-mail: drobertson@rings-things.com; Web site: www.rings-things.com

16–McLEAN, VIRGINIA: Show, “Rings & Things BeadTour”; Rings & Things; Best Western Tysons Westpark Hotel (Tyson’s 1 and 2), 8401 Westpark Dr.; Wed. 12-4; free admission; gemstones, bead strands, wholesale prices, findings, stringing supplies; contact Dave Robertson, (800) 366-2156; e-mail: drobertson@rings-things.com; Web site: www.rings-things.com

17–TIMONIUM, MARYLAND: Show, “Rings & Things BeadTour”; Rings & Things; Holiday Inn Timonium, 9615 Deereco Rd.; Thu. 1-5; free admission; gemstones, bead strands, wholesale prices, findings, stringing supplies; contact Dave Robertson, P.O. Box 450, Spokane, WA 99210, (800) 366-2156; e-mail: drobertson@rings-things.com; Web site: www.rings-things.com

18-20–ASHEVILLE, NORTH CAROLINA: Show, “Asheville Gem Fest”; Colburn Earth Science Museum; Pack Place Education, Arts & Science Center, 2 S. Pack Square; Fri. 10-6; Sat. 10-6, Sun. 11-5; free admission; kids’ activities, silent auction; contact Felicity Green, Colburn Earth Science Museum, P.O. Box 1617, Asheville, NC 28802, (828) 254-7162; e-mail: museum.colburn@gmail.com; Web site: www.colburnmuseum.org

18-20–NEWPORT, OREGON: 47th annual show, “Rock’n the Coast”; Oregon Coast Agate Club; Yaquina View Elementary School, Multipurpose Room, 351 S.E. Harney St.; Fri. 10-6, Sat. 10-6, Sun. 10-4:30; dealers, demonstrations, displays, agate, jasper, gems, fossils; contact K. Myers, (541) 265-2514

18-20–SANDY (SALT LAKE CITY), UTAH: Show, “Gem Faire”; Gem Faire Inc.; South Towne Exposition Center/Exhibit Hall 5, 9575 S. State St.; Fri. 12-7, Sat. 10-6, Sun. 10-5; $5 weekend pass; contact Yooy Nelson, (503) 252-8300; e-mail: info@gemfaire.com; Web site: www.gemfaire.com

18-20–SANTA MONICA, CALIFORNIA: Show; International Gem & Jewelry Show Inc.; Santa Monica Civic Auditorium, 1855 Main St.; Fri. 12-6, Sat. 10-6, Sun. 11-5; adults $8; open to the public, professional jewelers, artists; contact International Gem & Jewelry Show Inc., 120 Derwood Circle, Rockville, MD 20850, (301) 294-1640; e-mail: info@intergem.net; Web site: www.InterGem.com

18-20–WHITTIER, CALIFORNIA: AFMS/CFMS show, “Hidden Treasures”; North Orange County Gem & Mineral Society, American Federation of Mineralogical Societies, California Federation of Mineralogical Societies; So. California University of Health Sciences, 16200 E. Amber Valley Rd. (www.scuhs.edu); Fri. 10-5, Sat. 10-5, Sun. 10-5; adults $6, children under 14 free; speakers, field trips, display cases, raffle, kids’ room, demonstrations, vendors, supplies, jewelry, beads, fossils, gems; contact Don Warthen, (626) 330-8974; e-mail: odwarthen@verizon.net; Web site: www.nocgms.com

19–ESSINGTON, PENNSYLVANIA: Show, “Rings & Things BeadTour”; Rings & Things; Wyndham, 46 Industrial Hwy.; Sat. 12-4; free admission; gemstones, bead strands, wholesale prices, findings, stringing supplies; contact Dave Robertson, (800) 366-2156; e-mail: drobertson@rings-things.com; Web site: www.rings-things.com

19-20–BUTTE, MONTANA: Annual show; Butte Mineral & Gem Club; Civic Center Annex, 1340 Harrison Ave. (exit 127 North); Sat. 10-5, Sun. 10-5; 15 dealers, minerals, gems, jewelry, fossils, displays, demonstrators; contact Pete Knudsen, P.O. Box 4492, Butte, MT 59702, (406) 496-4395

19-20–CAYUCOS, CALIFORNIA: 46th annual show; Cayucos Gem & Mineral Show; San Luis Obispo Gem & Mineral Club; Cayucos Vets Hall, 10 Cayucos Dr.; Sat. 9-5, Sun. 9-5; free admission; rocks, slabs, minerals, fossils, gems, carvings, lapidary epuipment, drawing; contact Mike Lyons,(805) 610-0757; e-mail: jadestar@charter.net

19-20–GEORGETOWN, INDIANA: 9th annual Open Treasure Hunt; Down’n Dirty Diggers, Mike’s Metal Detectors, Hoosier Hills Treasure Hunters Club; entry $60 ($70 after 6/1); two days of metal detecting, silver, token prizes, free kids’ (ages 7-12) hunt; contact Michael Byrn, 9350 Indian Bluff Rd., Georgetown, IN 47122, (812) 366-3558; e-mail: byrn@hughes.net

19-20–POWELL, WYOMING: Show, “Wyoming Wonders”; Shoshone Rock Club, Cody ’59ers; Park County Fairgrounds, 655 5th St.; Sat. 9-7, Sun. 9-4; adults $2, ages 12-18 $1, children 5th grade and under free with adult; contact Jane R. Neale, (307) 754-3285, Mary Ann Northrup, (307) 754-4472, or Art Schatz, (307) 548-7258

20–HANOVER, NEW JERSEY: Show, “Rings & Things BeadTour”; Rings & Things; Ramada Inn and Conference Center (Ballroom), 130 Rte. 10 W; Sun. 1-5; free admission; gemstones, bead strands, wholesale prices, findings, stringing supplies; contact Dave Robertson, (800) 366-2156; e-mail: drobertson@rings-things.com; Web site: www.rings-things.com

21–NORTH HAVEN, CONNECTICUT: Show, “Rings & Things BeadTour”; Rings & Things; Holiday Inn North Haven, Emerald Ballroom 1, 201 Washington Ave.; Mon. 1-5; free admission; gemstones, bead strands, wholesale prices, findings, stringing supplies; contact Dave Robertson, (800) 366-2156; e-mail: drobertson@rings-things.com; Web site: www.rings-things.com

24–ROCHESTER, NEW YORK: Show, “Rings & Things BeadTour”; Rings & Things; Monroe Community College, Brighton Campus, Bldg. #3, Monroe A & B, R. Thomas Flynn Campus Center, 1000 E. Henrietta Rd.; Thu. 12-5; free admission; gemstones, bead strands, wholesale prices, findings, stringing supplies; contact Dave Robertson, (800) 366-2156; e-mail: drobertson@rings-things.com; Web site: www.rings-things.com

24-27–PRINEVILLE, OREGON: Show, “Prineville Rockhound Show and Pow Wow”; Prineville Rockhound Pow Wow Association; Crook County Fair Grounds, 1280 S. Main; Thu. 9-5, Fri. 9-5, Sat. 9-5, Sun. 9-4; free admission; auction, field trips; contact Rich Knight, 1709 SW Hunter Rd., Prineville, OR 97754, (541) 447-5298; e-mail: richknightr@yahoo.com

25-27–BLOOMINGTON, INDIANA: 45th annual show and swap; Lawrence County Rock Club; Monroe County 4-H Fairgrounds, from IN 37, go south on IN 45S for 1.2 miles, then right (west) on Airport Rd. for 0.7 mile; gems, jewelry, minerals, fossils, rocks, lapidary equipment, supplies, rockhound and prospecting supplies, 4-H project material, science project material; Fri. 10-6:30, Sat. 9-6:30, Sun. 10-4; contact Dave Treffinger, 13101 E. 250 N., Loogootee, IN 47553, (812) 295-3463; Web site: www.lawrencecountyrockclub.org

25-27–NOVI, MICHIGAN: Show; International Gem & Jewelry Show Inc.; Rock Financial Showplace, 46100 Grand River Rd.; Fri. 12-6, Sat. 10-6, Sun. 11-5; adults $8; open to the public, professional jewelers, artists; contact International Gem & Jewelry Show Inc., 120 Derwood Circle, Rockville, MD 20850, (301) 294-1640; e-mail: info@intergem.net; Web site: www.InterGem.com

25-27–SEATTLE, WASHINGTON: Show; International Gem & Jewelry Show Inc.; Seattle Center, Exhibition Hall & Northwest Rooms, 305 Mercer St.; Fri. 12-6, Sat. 10-6, Sun. 11-5; adults $8; open to the public, professional jewelers, artists; contact International Gem & Jewelry Show Inc., 120 Derwood Circle, Rockville, MD 20850, (301) 294-1640l; e-mail: info@intergem.net; Web site: www.InterGem.com

25-27–SAN DIEGO, CALIFORNIA: Show, “Gem Faire”; Gem Faire Inc.; Scottish Rite Event Center, 1895 Camino del Rio S; Fri. 12-7, Sat. 10-6, Sun. 10-5; $5 weekend pass; contact Yooy Nelson, (503) 252-8300; e-mail: info@gemfaire.com; Web site: www.gemfaire.com

26-27–COLORADO SPRINGS, COLORADO: Show, “Rock Fair at WMMI”; Colorado Springs Mineralogical Society; Western Museum of Mining and Industry, 225 N. Gate Blvd.; Sat. 9-4, Sun. 9-3; adults $5, children $2; vendors, rocks, minerals, jewelry, children’s area, rock, mineral and fossil identification, speakers, demonstrations, gold panning, metal detecting; contact Ronald “Yam” Yamiolkoski, (719) 488-5526; e-mail: info@csms.us; Web site: www.csms.us

26-27–GILSUM, NEW HAMPSHIRE: Show, “Gilsum Rock Swap and Mineral Show”; Town of Gilsum; Gilsum Elementary School, Rte. 10; Sat. 8-6, Sun. 8-4; free admission; more than 60 dealers, buy, sell or swap, beryl, quartz crystals, semiprecious stones, rocks, minerals, displays (specimens, fossils, hand-crafted jewelry); contact Rob Mitchell, Gilsum Recreation Committee, P.O. Box 76, Gilsum, NH 03448, (603) 357-9636; e-mail: gilsumrocks@gmail.com

26-27–OSAGE BEACH, MISSOURI: 9th annual show; Osage Rock & Mineral Club; The Inn At Grand Glaize, 5142 Hwy. 54; Sat. 11-5, Sun. 11-5; gemstones, jewelry, meteorites, geodes, fossils, minerals, quartz crystals, custom jewelry, cabochons, gift items, demonstrations, displays, kids’ games, prizes; adults $2, seniors (60+) and kids 10 and younger $1; Scouts in uniform free, families $5 maximum; contact ORMC, (417) 532-4367, or Roger Varvel; e-mail: rvarvel@fidnet.com

26-27–RAPID CITY, SOUTH DAKOTA: 30th anniversary show; Western Dakota Gem & Mineral Society; Rushmore Plaza Civic Center, 444 N. Mt. Rushmore Rd.; Sat. 9-6, Sun. 10-4; adults $3, children under 12 free; dealers, gems, minerals, fossils, jewelry, silent auction, informational programs; contact Jamie Brezina, (605) 415-6283, or Deb Radomski, (605) 343-7850; Web site: www.wdgms.org

26-27–STATE COLLEGE, PENNSYLVANIA: Nittany Gem & Mineral Show; Nittany Mineralogical Society; Mt. Nittany Middle School, 656 Brandywine Dr.; Sat. 10-6, Sun. 11-4; adults $5, seniors and students $2, children 12 and under free with adult; expert speakers, hands-on activities, demonstrations, displays, Pennsylvania mineral specimen contest, club silent auctions with kids’ sections, field trips; contact David Glick, 209 Spring Lea Dr., State College, PA 16801; e-mail: xidg@verizon.net; Web site: www.ems.psu.edu/nms/

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JUNE-JULY 2010:

30-4–MADRAS, OREGON: 61st show; All Rockhounds Pow Wow Club of America; Jefferson County Fairgrounds; free admission; swap tables, door prizes, rock toss, auction, members-only field trips daily, more than 70 vendors, jewelry, faceted gemstones, minerals, fossils, crystals, findings, equipment; contact Pauline Miller, (360) 658-8091; e-mail: paulinem280@aol.com

Thanks for the list: http://www.rockngem.com/showdates.asp

Colorado Mineral & Fossil Show, Denver, CO

Filed under: Coming Events — Gary April 18, 2010 @ 10:24 pm
Dates: April 23–25, 2010
Description: Retail and wholesale dealers selling minerals, fossils, gems, jewelry, and lapidary materials. Open to the public.
Show Hours: 10 a.m.6 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 10 a.m.5 p.m. Sunday
Admission: Admission and parking are free.
Location  Holiday Inn — Denver Central, 4849 Bannock St, Denver, CO 80216-1813
Rooms: Sleeping Room Reservation Form for Show (.pdf, 32 KB)
Please provide arrival date, departure date, number of beds, smoking or non-smoking room, and how to guarantee late arrival.