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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 sams@main.nc.us with the information.

 

The new Asheville Museum of Science (the former Colburn Earth Science Museum and before that the Colburn Gem & Mineral Museum) will become fully operational and have their grand opening later this fall. Check them out at http://ashevillescience.org.



UPCOMING SHOWS:

July 25-29, 2018, Franklin, NC: Bellpoint Promotions, Echo Valley Showplace; 6456 Sylva Rd (across from GLW); Wed. 9-6, Thu. 9-6, Fri. 9-6, Sat. 9-6; Free Admission; Wholesale & retail dealers from all over the world selling minerals, fossils, gems, rough rock & beads.; open to the public; across the street from GLW show *Sunday hours 9am-5pm ; contact Damian Belgali, (678)-852-8273; e-mail: mbellpoint@gmail.com; Web site: www.bellpointpromotions.com

July 28-August 5, 2018, Spruce Pine, NC. The 34th Annual Grassy Creek Mineral and Gem Show put on by the Parkway Fire and Rescue to raise money for new equipment. Over 60 US and International dealers with almost any kind of jewelry, gemstone and mineral specimens, fossil, lapidary equipment and more you might want. Each booth is 20 foot by 40 foot so there are LOTS of items for sale. Parking and admission are free. Food is available. Hours: 10 to 6 daily with many vendors open earlier and later because they are staying with their booth. Address: 136 Majestic View, Spruce Pine, NC 28777. This location is on the hill above the previous location. Contact: Donna Collis collisdonna@yahoo.com 828­765­5519

August 2-5, 2018 Spruce Pine, NC. North Carolina Mineral and Gem Festival. The Festival features gem, jewelry and mineral dealers from across the country showcasing their merchandise to fit every budget.  Whether you are shopping for an engagement ring, a special stone for your own setting, a custom designed piece of jewelry or a special crystal display for your home, you can't miss the NC Mineral and Gem Festival.Th, Fri, Sat: 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m., Sun: 12:30 p.m. - 5:00 p.m., Admission: $3, Children under 10 admitted free, Friday: $1 admission for Senior Citizens. The Commons Shopping Center, 12121 Hwy 226 S, Spruce Pine, NC 28777, Contact: Mitchell County Chamber of Commerce, Phone: 828-765-9033, Website: www.ncgemfest.com, Email: ncgemfest@mitchellcountychamber.org

Don't Wait!
Sign Up is NOW OPEN for the 2018 Mine Tours

The popular NC Mineral and Gem Festival Mine Tours will take place August 2 & 3 beginning at 6:30 PM.  Made possible by The Quartz Corporation, the mine tours are only open to the public once a year during the Gem Festival. Spaces are limited so sign up fast to grab your seat!

Thursday August 2nd  7-9 PM (Meet at the Festival location at 6:30 PM), Friday August 3rd  7-9 PM (Meet at the Festival location at 6:30 PM)
Tours will meet at the NC Mineral and Gem Festival site 30 minutes prior to the tour for safety training. Transportation to and from the mine will be provided.  Tours will be conducted by staff from the mine (Quartz Corporation).

At this time we believe the tours will be at Pine Mountain, an active mine operated by the Quartz Corporation. Should this location change, we will post the update on our website www.ncgemfest.com
Hard hats and safety goggles will be provided. Mine Tour participants are welcome to bring gathering bags or buckets and any tools.  Tour participants will be able to collect and keep what they find during the tour.
Cost is $25 Per Person.
Call 828-765-9033 or email kjones@mitchellcountychamber.org to reserve your spots.

August 10-12, 2018, Dalton, GA: Dalton Gem and Mineral Jewelry Show, Northwest Georgia Trade & Convention Center; 2211 Dug Gap Battle Rd; Fri. 2-7, Sat. 10-6, Sun. 11-5; Admission $4, Children free Under 17 w/Adult; There will be concessions available. If you bring your mailer in or show us you have liked our page on Facebook, you will get $1.00 off admission. ; contact Mohammad Tahir, PO Box 4046, Dalton, GA 30719, (706)-537-8960; e-mail: tahir1269@yahoo.com; Web site: https://daltongemandminera.wixsite.com/mysite

Sept. 7-9, 2018, Winston-Salem, NC: Forsyth Gem and Mineral Club, Education Bldg. Fairgrounds; Gate 9, from 27th Street; Fri. 10-7, Sat. 10-7, Sun. 12-5; Adults/Seniors $3, Students through 12grade free with adult, Children under 6 free; 47 Annual Jewelry, Gem, Mineral and Fossil Show. Dealers featuring minerals, fossils, jewelry, supplies, beads, decorator items, cutting materials and gem mining. Hourly door prize drawings. Watch demonstrations of wirewrapping, cabochon cutting and geode cutting (not breaking).View over 35 displays. ; contact William A. Marion, 1163 Bear Creek Church Rd, Mocksville, NC 27028, (336)-416-9001; e-mail: mariona1@yadtel.net; Web site: www.forsythgemclub.com

Sept. 21-23, 2018, Marietta, GA: Damian w/ Bellpoint Promotions, Cobb County Civic Center ; 548 S. Marietta Pkwy; Fri. 10-6, Sat. 10-6, Sun. 10-5; $5, under 16 free; Please join us for an exciting event featuring amazing gem, mineral, jewelry, fossil, bead and metaphysical dealers selling their beautiful finds from all over the globe. ; contact Damian Belgali, (678)-852-8273; e-mail: mbellpoint@gmail.com; Web site: www.bellpointpromotions.com


 

SFMS WORKSHOPS WILDACRES RETREAT & WILLIAM HOLLAND


The Southeast Federation of Mineralogical Societies, Inc. sponsors four Gem, Jewelry and Mineral workshops each year. Two are held at Wildacres Retreat, near Little Switzerland in North Carolina, and two 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.

WILLIAM HOLLAND SCHEDULE 2017

We are working hard to bring you some exciting classes for the 2017 SFMS workshop for William Holland the week of June 11-17. We have brought in new classes and new instructors to William Holland just for our members. You can check out their bios, class descriptions and pictures on our Facebook page Southeast Federation of Mineralogical Societies, just follow this link...
https://www.facebook.com/Southeast-Federation-of-Mineralogical-Societies-317959434999844/

Course Instructor
Inlay Silver I Chuck Bruce and Micah Kirby
Silver I Pattie Appleby
Southwest Style Silver 2 Vickie Prillaman
Cabs 2 with intarsia Paul Roberts
Immersion Enameling Cold Connection Deborah Mauser
Polymer Clay Sandi Davis
Beading Gail DeLuca
Opals I Cheryl Kasper
Casting Organics Bill Harr
Faceting Linda Searcy
Wire I/Spoon Jewelry Jan Stephens

 

Wildacres Workshops

Wildacres Workshop July Session
July 23-29, 2017
http:/ / sfmsworkshops.com/
SFMS Member Tuition $370
Full descriptions of class and instructors on website: http://www.sfmsworkshops.com/

Beading – Gail DeLuca
Gail’s 2017 SFMS classes will be all about playing with flat Peyote Stitch. This class will be appropriate for both beginners and experienced stitchers. Class kits include bead kits and instructions for 4 projects using variations of flat peyote stitch: Color Block Bracelet, Hombre Ombre Amulet Bag, Zig Zag Bracelet, Free form bracelet
Class Kit Fee $150. Includes beads, findings, instructions, and notions for four complete projects as pictured. Several color options will be available.

Beginning Chain-Maillé Jewelry – Roy Deere
This class will provide the student with an introduction to one of the popular and fastest growing areas of jewelry making. Students will learn the proper way to open/ close jump rings, basic patterns of linking the rings to form intricate chains, and finishing techniques to make the chains into wearable jewelry. The class will consist of a couple of pre-selected projects to teach the basic techniques followed by other projects. A lab fee of $50 covers the 2 beginning kits. Total cost of the class can range from $50 to $150.

Intermediate Chain-Maillé Jewelry – Roy Deere
The class will introduce the student to such advanced techniques as non-round jump ring shapes, jump rings made from different wire shapes, beaded enhancements, mixed metals, dangles, drapes, and many other enhancement techniques that can be applied to traditional designs. The class will consist of one pre-selected project utilizing non-round jump rings and other projects the student can select. A lab fee of $40 covers the non-round project kit. Total cost of the class can range from $75 to $250 depending upon the projects.

Fused Chain-Maillé Jewelry – Roy Deere
In the Fused Chain-Maillé class we will explore the construction of necklaces, bracelets, and earrings which have all of their ends “soldered” together. All of the work will be done with Argentium wire. Argentium silver can be fused. This allows us to join the ends of a ring without having to fool with solder. It only requires smooth ends on the ring and heat on the joint. A lab fee of $100 covers the first project kit. Total cost of the class can range from $100 to $300 depending upon the projects.

Creative Jewelry Fabrication – Morning Sherrod
We will explore making wire and rivet style bails for cabochons, basic chasing and repousse using sand bags and rubber mats instead of pitch, also sweat soldering copper pendants and bracelets. We will do some cold connection projects,earring manufacturing using a jig. Beading will be done with a focus on finishing and clasp making. If that’s not enough,we will be will be looking at different methods to add texture, do some etching and personalize your pieces with letter stamping. Lab Fee $150 Estimated Cost 0+

GemTrees – Jerri Heer
This class will start with the basic skills of gem tree making, and graduate to an exploration of multiple styles and advanced design of truly beautiful and species specific trees. We will discuss and study a variety of construction methods, as well as how to plan and create our own patterns. Lab fee includes wire, leaf stones, bases and materials to make at least one small basic tree, one medium tree and one large tree. A Lab Fee: $75 Estimated Materials Cost: $0-150

Metalsmithing for Juniors – David & Leslie Wayment
This class is open to juniors aged 8 to16. This class will include basic wire work, chain maille, cold connections, Viking knit and silversmithing projects. Projects will include earrings, rings, bracelets & pendants. Students will learn simple and wrapped loops, working with jump rings, annealing, texturing and patination of sheet metal as well as working with metalsmithing hand tools. Projects will be geared to student’s abilities. Class fee: $50 plus cost of silver, which can run $10 to $50 with parents’ permission.

Raku Pottery – Gary Lee Class description: We will make beads, pendents and other forms that can be used in jewelry making. Also we will do plant and stamp impressions in slabs to make wallhangings. We will use underglaze for colors, clear and metallic glazes to decorate and then we will fire all work in the Raku kiln.

Wire – Rowan Rose-Morgan
Students will enjoy a fun-filled week while learning the techniques and skills necessary to make their own wire wrapped jewelry. All that will be necessary to become a good wire artist after the class is over will be practice, practice, practice. Students will be making bracelets, pendants, rings, earrings, and other project as time allows using mostly square half-hard wire. Tools kits will be available for use in class for those who do not have tools. Lab Fee: $30 which includes the cost of copper practice wire, tape and handouts. Estimated Materials Cost: US $100 - $200 depending upon materials and supplies purchased and the cost of the metals at the time of the class.

Glass Fusing – Ruth Prince
Glass has been used for thousands of years to simulate precious gems, but it is a beautiful jewelry element in its own right. This week, we will explore ways to cut, layer and fuse glass. Then we will decorate our creations with decals, paint, luster, silver clay and anything else we can find to jazz up the surface. We will use inclusions and we will use jewelry molds. Finally, we will work with dichroic glass, a product of the space age and thin-film physics, which always amazes with its shimmer and shine. We will fire our pieces daily and students should go home with around a dozen finished pendants using the techniques we learn during our class. All tools and materials will be furnished by the instructor. No glass experience or art training (or talent) is necessary! This is just fun! Materials fee: $75

Wildacres Workshop August Session
August 21-27, 2017
http:/ / sfmsworkshops.com/
SFMS Member Tuition $370
Full descriptions of class and instructors on website

Boot Campin Metals and Fire – Linda Searcy
The focus on essential jewelry fabrication techniques and is a great place to jump start the absolute beginner metalsmith. Using silver and copper, we will cover sawing, soldering, filing, texturing, and much more. We will fabricate rings and pendants – create simple bezels to set stone cabochons. Ring and pendant blanks will created with the hydraulic press and pancake dies. Hand held butane torches will be used to solder pieces together. If time permits, we will cover tube setting small faceted gemstones. Lab/Material Fee $185

Casting – Bill Harr
This class will teach silver casting for beginner and intermediate silversmithing. The emphasis will be on production centrifugal casting, meaning techniques for high reliability. The class will teach centrifugal and vacuumcasting, wax modeling, sprueing, investing, burnout, casting, finishing and polishing, rubber mold making and wax injection. Steam casting will be covered if there is interest. Waxes will be available, and students will learn to inject their own. Lab Fee:$80 Estimated Material Costs: $0-$100

Beginning Chain-Maillé Jewelry – RoyDeere
This class will provide the student with an introduction to one of the popular and fastest growing areas of jewelry making. Students will learn the proper way to open/ close jump rings, basic patterns of linking the rings to form intricate chains, and finishing techniques to make the chains into wearable jewelry. The class will consist of a couple of pre-selected projects to teach the basic techniques followed by other projects. A lab fee of $50 covers the 2 beginning kits. Total cost of the class can range from $50 to $150.

Intermediate Chain-Maillé Jewelry – Roy Deere
The class will introduce the student to such advanced techniques as non-round jump ring shapes, jump rings made from different wire shapes, beaded enhancements, mixed metals, dangles, drapes, and many other enhancement techniques that can be applied to traditional designs. The class will consist of one pre-selected project utilizing non-round jump rings and other projects the student can select. A lab fee of $40 covers the non-round project kit. Total cost of the class can range from $75 to $250 depending upon the projects.

Fused Chain - Maille Chain-Maillé Jewelry – Roy Deere
In the Fused Chain-Maillé class we will explore the construction of necklaces, bracelets, and earrings which have all of their ends “soldered” together. All of the work will be done with Argentium wire. Argentium silver can be fused. This allows us to join the ends of a ring without having to fool with solder. It only requires smooth ends on the ring and heat on the joint. A lab fee of $100 covers the first project kit. Total cost of the class can range from $100 to $300 depending upon the projects.

Cold Connections I – Morning Sherrod
This class will start with basic skills such as the proper use of a jewelers saw, hammering, patterns, doming with dapping blocks using a die cutter, and how to anneal metal. We will be using copper, brass, bronze, and silver to add color and character to your jewelry. Connections will be accomplished using rivets, jump rings, and wire. We will also learn about patinas and etching. After the mandatory projects are finished, you will be challenged to use your imagination to construct projects of your own under my supervision. This will be a fun class with many finished pieces to take home. It will also provide a framework for more advanced projects. All materials and use of my tools for projects are included in class fees. I will have materials for purchase if needed for extra. Class Fee: $150

Gourds are Coming Back – Pat Davis
Learn how to create geometric patterns that fit on 3 dimensional objects (gourds).Develop pyrography (woodburning) skills by burning your design on a gourd. Then add a flex shaft tool to your repertoire to explore texturing, inlay and filigree techniques. Embellish it all with paints, dyes, gold leaf or whatever else falls out of the tool box. Finish and protect your projects with waxes or sealers. Class fee includes gourds and materials needed to complete class projects. If you have any questions please contact me at 73shasta@gmail.com Class Fee: $100

For more info please visit:
http://www.sfmsworkshops.com/

 

 


Here are some photos taken at local events:


Pee Wee Mine at Hey Day, supported by S.A.M.S. volunteers.




Illustration with text from LIVING FOSSILS by Anne L. Parker. Used by permission of Dr. James P. Parker.


Opal and Saphire images Copyright