This is a listing of gem and mineral related shows and events in Asheville, NC and the Southeastern USA in general, including activities sponsored by S.A.M.S. and the Asheville Museum of Science. If you know of any shows or events which you feel should be listed here, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org with the information.
The new Asheville Museum of Science is the former Colburn Earth Science Museum and before that, the Colburn Gem & Mineral Museum. Check them out at http://ashevillescience.org.
June 1, 2019, Colfax, NC: Annual show; Greensboro Gem & Mineral Club; Piedmont Triad Farmers Market, 2914 Sandy Ridge Road; Sat. 9-5; free; Over 20 vendors of minerals and gemstones, hand crafted jewelry, beads, crystals, books, geodes, demonstrations, and activities for children; contact KB Montgomery, 4810 Sweetbriar Rd, Greensboro, NC 27455, (336) 706-0061; Email: email@example.com; Website: ggmc-rockhounds.com
June 7-9, 2019, Raleigh, NC: Annual show; Treasures of the Earth, Inc.; North Carolina State Fairgrounds, 1025 Blue Ridge Rd; Fri. 12-6, Sat. 10-5, Sun. 10-5; adults $5 (tickets are good for the weekend), free admission for youth 16 and under; Vendors offering custom faceted gemstones, loose stones, mineral specimens, rocks, fossils, demonstrations, displays, and jewelry repair work; contact Ellen White , PO Box 59, Gloucester Point, VA 23062, (804) 642-2011; Email: Ellen@treasuresoftheearth.com; Website: http://www.TreasuresOfTheEarth.com
June 21 – 23, 2019, Gastonia, NC, June 21st, 22nd and 23rd (Friday, Saturday and Sunday) Show Times: Friday and Saturday: 09-00am – 6-00pm, Sunday 09-00am to 4-00 pm, Venue: Gaston VFW Absher-Flowers Post 9337, 3250 W Franklin Blvd, Gastonia, NC 28052, FREE Admittance, Minerals and Fossils from around the world, Cutting material, Quality Gemstones, Wire wrapping, settings, Geodes, Jewelry, etc. SLUICE a real working sluice, $3, $5 and $10 buckets; perfect for children and adults. Amethyst, Quartz Crystals, Faceted stones mixed at random in buckets; you just might get that special stone or treasure! Bob Winstanley, Show Chairman, for information: Phone 704-577-3391
August 12, 2019, Greenville, SC, WESCAGEM (WESTERN CAROLINA GEM AND MINERAL SOCIETY)
2ND ANNUAL GEM AND MINERAL <<< SILENT AUCTION >>> AUGUST 12, 2019 VIEWING: 7PM AUCTION: 7:30PM TILL... NORTHSIDE UNITED METHODIST (435 SUMMIT DR., GRNVL.) OLD ESTATE STOCK, CRYSTALS BAGS OF ROUGH ROCKS AND MINERALS, CUT STONES JEWELRY, SCRAP SILVER, “SLABS AND CABS”, MINERALS (SOME RARE), BOULDER OPAL, AGATE (ROUGH AND POLISHED) DISPLAY SPECIMENS ROCKS. BEADS
November 9 & 10, 2019; Melbourne, FL, 46th Annual Parade of Gems Canaveral Mineral & Gem Society, 45 Dealers displaying & selling Jewelry, gems, minerals, crystals, fossils, tools, rocks, slabs. Demonstrations; hourly prizes; grand prize, Children’s Mineral Discoveries, Melbourne Auditorium, 625 East Hibiscus Blvd. Melbourne, FL 32901, More info: www.canaveral-mgs.com, Show Chairman, Don McLamb, 570 Seabreeze Drive Indialantic, FL 32903 321-723-2592 firstname.lastname@example.org
November 24 & 25, 2019; West Palm Beach, FL, November 23-24, 2019, West Palm Beach, Florida, 53rd annual gem, mineral, jewelry, bead and fossil show, Gem & Mineral Society of the Palm Beaches, Saturday (Nov. 23rd) 9am-6pm, Sunday (Nov. 24th) 10am-5pm. South Florida Fairgrounds Expo Center East, 9067 Southern Blvd., West Palm Beach Florida 33411. Over 80 dealers, Door prizes, hourly and other prize drawings, Fossil Dig, Gem Mining, Geode Cracking, Displays, Demonstrations, Speakers, Admission $9, children under 12 free. Visit website for $1 o coupon. 2 day admission $14. Free Parking, Show chairman, Walter Triche 561-585-2080 email: email@example.com
SFMS WORKSHOPS: WILDACRES RETREAT & WILLIAM HOLLAND
The Southeast Federation of Mineralogical Societies, Inc. sponsors Gem, Jewelry and Mineral workshops each year. They are held at Wildacres Retreat, near Little Switzerland in North Carolina, and at William Holland School of Lapidary Arts near the small town of Young Harris in northeast Georgia. Both facilities offer double accommodations with a private bath. A small number of private rooms with private baths are available. William Holland School of Lapidary Arts also has a few RV sites. In most instances your room and all meals are included in your tuition costs.
A broad range of courses related to the jewelry & lapidary arts are taught by qualified instructors from throughout the Federation. All instructors are volunteers who are not paid for the highly skilled and professional experience that they bring to the workshops.
The workshops are equipped for common lapidary activities such as cabochon cutting, faceting, and silversmithing. Additional equipment is brought in when new or special courses are taught.
2019 SFMS Workshops
Workshop I – William Holland Classes – June 9-14, 2019
Chain – Loop n Loop
Metal Manipulation/ Cold Connection
Opals II – Carving
Silver 2 – Fused
Silver-Wear I & II
Wire II – Bracelets Only
Workshop II – Wildacres – August 19-25, 2019
Layered Colored Pencil Jewelry on Metal
Metalwork Special Projects
Workshop III – Wildacres – September 16-22, 2019
Introduction to Gem ID
Metal Clay – Tangible Moments
Seed Bead Weaving
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Here are some photos taken at local events:
Illustration with text from LIVING FOSSILS by Anne L. Parker. Used by permission of Dr. James P. Parker.
Opal and Saphire images Copyright