Wednesday, March 31, 2010

American Federation of Mineralogical Societies

Purpose of the AFMS:

To promote popular interest and education in the various Earth Sciences, and in particular the subjects of Geology, Mineralogy, Paleontology, Lapidary and other related subjects, and to sponsor and provide means of coordinating the work and efforts of all persons and groups interested therein; to sponsor and encourage the formation and international development of Societies and Regional Federations and by and through such means to strive toward greater international good will and fellowship.

The American Federation of Mineralogical Societies (AFMS) is composed of seven regional organizations of gem, mineral, and lapidary societies. The official boundaries of each Regional Federation is indicated by the states listed.

California Federation of Mineralogical Societies
(CA, HI, NV)

Eastern Federation of Mineralogical and Lapidary Societies
(CT, DC, DE, KY, MD, ME, MA ,NH, NJ, NY, PA, RI, VA, VT, WV)

Midwest Federation of Mineralogical and Geological Societies
(IA, IL, IN, MI, MN, MO, OH, WI, [Eastern Portion of ND, NE, SD])

Northwest Federation of Mineralogical Societies
(AK, ID, MT, OR, WA)

Rocky Mountain Federation of Mineralogical Societies
(AZ, CO, KS, NM, OK, UT, WY, [Western Portion of ND, NE, SD])

South Central Federation of Mineral Societies
(AR, LA, TX)

Southeast Federation of Mineralogical Societies
(AL, FL, GA, MS, NC, SC, TN)

For those to the north the Central Canadian Federation of Mineral societies can be found at
They also have a list of clubs with web pages across Canada at

Dino Bone Photo Courtesy of Different Seasons Jewelry

from a post by "Black Jack" on the Rock Collecting and Field Trips Yahoo Group.

Thursday, March 25, 2010

Get Out To A Local Gem Show This Weekend!

26-27--COLVILLE, WASHINGTON: 10th annual show; Panorama Gem & Mineral Club; Fort Colville Grange Hall, 157 Hwy. 20 E.; Fri. 8:30-6, Sat. 9-5; contact Bill Allen, (509) 935-8779; e-mail:

26-28--ADA, OKLAHOMA: Show, "The Rock 'n Gem, Mineral & Fossil Show 2010"; Ada Gem, Mineral & Fossil Club; Pontotoc County Agri-Plex, NE corner of state Hwy. 99 and Richardson Loop Bypass; Fri. 10-6, Sat. 9-5, Sun. 10-5; free admission; demonstrators, fluorescent displays, dealers, kids' fossil dig, spinning wheels; contact Ed Vermillion, P.O. Box 782, Purcell, OK 73080, (405) 527-6431; e-mail:; Web site:

26-28--BRIDGETON (ST. LOUIS COUNTY), MISSOURI: 50th annual show; Rock Hobby Club; Machinist Hall Auditorium, 12325 St. Charles Rock Rd.; Fri. 4-9, Sat. 10-7, Sun. 10-5; adults $3.50, students $2, children under 5 free; exhibits, museum and university special exhibits, demonstrations, dealers, supplies; contact Vickie Corley, 1727 Parkway Acres, St. Louis, MO 63043, (314) 521-8896; e-mail:

26-28--FORT COLLINS, COLORADO: 49th annual show; Fort Collins Rockhounds; Lincoln Center, 419 W. Magnolia St.; Fri. 4-8, Sat. 9-6, Sun. 10-5; adults $3, ($5 weekend pass), students under 18 $1, children 12 and under free with adult; Minerals of the American West with a special focus on quartz, exhibits and demonstrations by club members and invited guests, door prizes, silent auction, grab bags, seven gem and mineral dealers; contact Dave Halliburton, 2506 Pear Court, Fort Collins, CO 80521, (970) 493-6168; e-mail:; Web site:

26-28--MACOMB, ILLINOIS: Fossil show; Mid-America Paleontology Society; Western Hall, Western Illinois University; Fri. 8-5, Sat. 8-5, Sun. 8-12; free admission; fossils only, buy, sell, swap, display, children's activities, silent auctions, keynote speaker Dr. Robert Frey, auction Sat.; contact Tom Williams, (815) 223-9638; e-mail:; or Steve Holley, (309) 231-8861; e-mail:; Web site:

26-28--MORGANTON, NORTH CAROLINA: Show; Morganton Parks and Recreation; Collett Street Recreation Center, 300 Collett St.; Fri. 10-6, Sat. 10-6, Sun. 12-5; adults $3, students $2; door prizes, interactive gem mining booth; contact Gary Leonhardt, 300 Collett St., P.O. Box 3448, Morganton, NC 28680, (828) 439-1866; e-mail:; Web site:

26-28--ORLANDO, FLORIDA: 41st annual show; Central Florida Mineral & Gem Society; Central Florida Fairgrounds, 4603 W. Colonial Dr.; Fri. 10-6, Sat. 10-6, Sun. 10-5; adults $4, students and seniors $2, children under 12 and Scouts in uniform free with paying adult; sluice mining, faceting demonstrations, silent auctions, gem identification, Kids' Korner, mineralogist on site, door prizes, grand prize; contact James Johnstone, 12745 Newfield Dr., Orlando, FL 32837, (407) 625-6336; e-mail:; Web site:

27--WOODBURY, MINNESOTA: Annual show; St. Croix Rockhounds, Valley Creek Mall, 175 Weir Dr.; Sat. 9-3; free admission; educational show, no dealers, rock and mineral identification; contact Bill Cordua, 414 Lewis St., River Falls, WI 54022, (715) 425-3139; e-mail:

27-28--ANGELS CAMP, CALIFORNIA: Annual show and sale; Calaveras Gem & Mineral Society; Calaveras County Fairgrounds, Hwy. 49 at Frogtown USA; Sat. 10-5, Sun. 10-4; adults $4, kids 12 and under free with adult; rocks, minerals, jewelry, beads, supplies; contact Tak Iwata, (209) 928-5579; e-mail:

27-28--CHAMBERSBURG, PENNSYLVANIA: 32nd annual show; The Franklin County Rock & Mineral Club; Shalom Christian Academy, 126 Social Island Rd.; Sat. 10-5, Sun. 10-4; adults $4, children under 12 free with adult; jewelry, gemstones, minerals, fossils, door prizes; contact Mike Mowen, (717) 264-9024; e-mail:

27-28--HAMBURG, NEW YORK: Show, "Trilobites: Under the Seas of Western New York"; The Buffalo Geological Society; Market & Grange Bldgs., The Fairgrounds in Hamburg, 5600 McKinley Pkwy.; Sat. 10-6, Sun. 10-5; adults $5, children 12 and under free; demonstrations, beads, jewelry, private gem collections, unique gifts, children's mini-mine, "Grandpa's Corner"; contact Steve Birtz, 2230 Fix Rd., Grand Island, NY 14072,(716) 773-6386; e-mail:

27-28--HICKSVILLE, NEW YORK: 38th annual show; The Island Rock Hounds; Holy Family auditorium, Fordham Ave. and Rte. 106; Sat. 10-5, Sun. 10-5; admission $4.50, under 12 free with adult; dealers, gems, minerals, fossils, lapidary, beads, findings, children's games, door prizes, exhibits, grab bags; contact Nancy Colburn, IRH P.O. Box 521, Bellmore, NY 11710, (516) 334-4398

27-28--HOLYOKE, MASSACHUSETTS: Show; Connecticut Valley Mineral Club; Holiday Inn at Ingleside, I-91 Exit 15; Sat. 10-5, Sun. 10-4; adults $4, children 12 and under free with adult; minerals, gemstones, jewelry, crystals, beads, fossils, lapidary and mineral arts, demonstrations, exhibits; contact Lee Champigny, (413) 320-9741; e-mail:

27-28--LEMOORE, CALIFORNIA: 2nd annual show; Lemoore Gem & Mineral Club; Trinity Hall; Sat. 10-6, Sun. 10-6; contact Judy Pereira, 335 W. D St., Lemoore, CA 93245, (559) 924-4052

27-28--MONROE, WISCONSIN: 40th annual show, "Colors of the Earth"; Badger Lapidary & Geological Society; Monroe High School, 1600 26th St.; Sat. 9-5, Sun. 9-5; admission by donation; 10 dealers, fine minerals, fossils, gems, jewelry, expert speakers, videos, educational exhibits, demonstrations, hourly door prizes, club sale table, kids' games; contact Dan Trocke, 4771 County Rd. II, Highland, WI 53543-9286, (608) 215-5307; e-mail:

27-28--PLYMOUTH MEETING, PENNSYLVANIA: Show and sale, "Philadelphia Mineral Treasures and Fossil Fair"; Philadelphia Mineralogical Society; LuLu Temple, 5140 Buttler Pike; Sat. 10-5, Sun. 10-4; adults $5, children $1; minerals, fossils, books, gems, jewelry, free kids' specimens and fossil dig, educational displays, personal collections, scouting merit badge information, professional speakers; contact Duglas Klieger, 26 Cabot Ct., Chesterbrook, PA 19087, (610) 644-2492; e-mail:; Web site:

27-28--ROSEVILLE, CALIFORNIA: 48th annual show; Roseville (Placer County) Fairgrounds, 800 All America City Blvd., off Washington; Sat. 10-5, Sun. 10-4; adults $5, seniors (60+) $4, kids 12 and under free; more than 30 vendors, crystals, gold, geode cracking, beads, gemstones, fossils, polished stones, handcrafted jewelry, opal, world-class mineral specimens, tourmaline, sunstones, bugs in amber, mineral identification, "Kids' Junction", demonstrations, silent auctions, exhibits, raffles, lapidary shop open house, information and discount coupon on Web site; contact Gloria Marie, (916) 216-1114; e-mail:; Web site:

27-28--SAYRE, PENNSYLVANIA: 41st annual show; Che-Hanna Rock & Mineral Club; Athens Twp. Volunteer Fire Hall, 211 Herrick Ave.; Sat. 9-5, Sun. 10-5; adults $3, students $1, children under 8 free; Carnegie Museum exhibits and silent auctions, Paleontological Research Institute fossil exhibit, kids' activities, club displays, retail dealers; contact Bob McGuire, 224 Church St., Lopez, PA 19628, (570) 928-9238; e-mail:

27-28--SWEET HOME, OREGON: 62nd annual show; Sweet Home Rock & Mineral Society; 1641 Long St.; Sat. 10-6, Sun. 10-4; contact Joe Cota, (541) 451-2740

Friday, March 19, 2010

Spring is Gem Show Season...Find One Near You!

18-21--SAN BERNARDINO, CALIFORNIA: Tailgate show; Orange Belt Mineralogical Society; Western Regional Little League Ball Park, 6707 Little League Dr.; Thu. 2-8, Fri. 8-8, Sat. 8-8, Sun. 9-7; free admission; silent auction, bulk rough, raffle, dealers, lapidary-related items, jewelry; contact Shane Ripley, 31975 Yucaipa Blvd. #1, Yucaipa, CA 92399, (909) 557-3605; e-mail:; Web site:

19-21--HICKORY, NORTH CAROLINA: 40th Unifour Gem, Mineral, Bead, Fossil & Jewelry Show; Catawba Valley Gem & Mineral Club; Hickory Metro Convention Center, 1960 13th Ave. Dr. SE, I-40, Exit 125; Fri. 9-6, Sat. 9-6, Sun. 10-5; adults $4, seniors $4, students and children free; contact Baxter Leonard, 2510 Rolling Ridge Dr., Hickory, NC, 28602, (828) 294-6924; e-mail:

19-21--JACKSON, MICHIGAN: Show, "Treasures & Gems in 2010"; Gem & Minerial Society of Jackson; Jackson County Fairgrounds "Fair Event Center", 200 W. Ganson St.; Fri. 10-7, Sat. 10-7, Sun. 10-5; adults $3, seniors $2, students 50 cents, children and uniformed military and Scouts free; more than 20 dealers and demonstrators, gems, minerals, fossils, beads, bead making, jewelry, silent auctions, lapidary tools and supplies; contact James Bretes, 3022 Francis St., Jackson, MI 49203, (877) 872-8471; e-mail:; Web site:

19-21--ROME, GEORGIA: Show, "Valley and Ridge Gem & Mineral Show"; Rome Georgia Mineral Society; The Forum, 2 Government Plaza; Fri. 10-6, Sat. 10-6, Sun. 11-5; free admission; minerals, gems, fossils, jewelry, crystals, demonstrations, exhibits, lectures, door prizes; contact Tim Biggart, (706) 232-7143; e-mail:; Web site:

19-21--SPANISH FORK, UTAH: Show, "Spring Prade of Gems Invitational"; Timpanogos Gem & Mineral Society; Spanish Fork Tennis Court, 475 S. Main St.; Fri. 10-7, Sat. 10-7, Sun. 10-5; free admission; Mr. Bones walking dinosaur, handmade jewelry, gems, minerals, fossils, lapidary supplies, demonstrations, educational displays, silent auction, rough rock; contact Larry Hataway, P.O. Box 103, Spanish Fork, UT 84660, (801) 798-2758; e-mail:; Web site:

20-21--BAKERSFIELD, CALIFORNIA: 9th annual show, "Rock and Gem Rendezvous"; Kern County Shrine Club, 700 S. P St., corner of S. P and Bell Terrace; Sat. 9-5, Sun. 9-5; indoor/outdoor show, rocks, fossils, beads, new and used lapidary supplies, jewelry, rough material, finished gems, hourly drawing, silent auction, Spinning Wheel, demonstrations; contact Lewis M. Helfrich or Lynne G. Helfrich, (661) 323-2663; e-mail:

20-21--CEDAR RAPIDS, IOWA: Show; Cedar Valley Rock & Mineral Society; Teamsters Union Hall, 5000 J St. SW; Sat. 8:30-6, Sun. 9:30-5; adults $2, students $1, children free; 33-inch Duckbill skeleton compliments of Michael and Barbara Sincak; contact Thomas Whitlatch, 1147 Staub Ct. NE, Cedar Rapids, IA 52402, (319) 551-3870; e-mail:; Web site:

20-21--ESCONDIDO, CALIFORNIA: Annual show: Palomar Gem & Mineral Club; Army National Guard Armory, 304 Park Ave.; Sat. 10-5, Sun. 10-4; adults $2, seniors (over 65) $1, children under 12 free with adult; dealers, rough rock, finished stones, jewelry, tools, gem identification; contact Van Lynch, (760) 749-4164; e-mail:

20-21--GAITHERSBURG, MARYLAND: 46th annual show; The Gem, Lapidary & Mineral Society of Montgomery County, Maryland; Montgomery County Fairgrounds, 16 Chestnut St.; Sat. 10-6, Sun. 10-5; adults $6, children under 12 free; 45 exhibits, demonstrations, free cabochon polishing workshop, door prizes, raffles, fossils, kids' Touch Table with specimens, fluorescent display tent, kids' mini-mine, more than 20 dealers; contact George Durland, 8600 Bunnell Dr., Potomac, MD 20854; e-mail:; Web site:

20-21--LIVE OAK, TEXAS: Show, "Fiesta of Gems"; Southwest Gem and Mineral Society; Live Oak Civic Center, 8101 Pat Booker Rd.; Sat. 10-6, Sun. 10-4; adults $5, students and seniors $3, children 50 cents, military discount, special school group rate; minerals, gemstones, fossils, jewelry , lapidary, demonstrations, exhibits; contact Robert Bowie, (830) 935-3373; e-mail:; Web site:

20-21--SEATTLE, WASHINGTON: Show; North Seattle Lapidary & Mineral Club; Lake City Community Center, 12531 28th Ave. NE; Sat. 10-5, Sun. 10-5; free admission; junior activities, demonstrations, club member displays, grab bags, Rockosaurus rides, Rockhound Dinner, dealers, door prizes; contact Susan Gardner, 15428 62nd Ave. NE, Kenmore, WA 98028, (425) 483-2295; e-mail:; Web site:

20-21--TAMPA, FLORIDA: Show, "Fossil Fest 2010"; Tampa Bay Fossil Club; Florida State Fairgrounds, US 301 and I-4; Sat. 9-6, Sun. 10-4; fossils, artifacts, gems, minerals, shells, exhibits, "how to" seminars, kids' games, fossil mine, raffles, door prizes, silent auction; contact Barbara Fite, (813) 977-0892; e-mail:; Web site:

20-21--VALLEJO, CALIFORNIA: Show and sale, "Spring Bling"; Vallejo Gem & Mineral Society; Vallejo Elks Lodge, 2850 Redwood Pkwy.; Sat. 10-5, Sun. 10-5; adults $3, student $2, children free; rocks, gems, jewelry, door prizes, silent auction, "wheel of fortune"; contact Phylis Malacki, 370 W. M St., Benicia, CA 94510, (707) 745-3255; e-mail:; Web site:

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

The "Hidden Treasure" in Southern California!

by Loretta Ogden, NOCGMS

All of the members of North Orange County Gem & Mineral Society have been very busy planning and working on the 2010 AFMS, CFMS & NOC Show and Convention.

We are all hoping you are planning to come.

June 18-20 2010
AFMS/CFMS Show & Convention

hosted by North Orange County Gem & Mineral Society

At: So. CA Univ. of Health Sciences
16200 E. Amber Valley Dr., Whittier, CA 90604
Hours: 10-5 daily

For Info or Vendor Applications:
Ophelia Warthen Email:

The show is called Hidden Treasure and when you are here you will experience all the treasure we can find for you.

The field trips we have planned are superb and if you don’t have a vehicle we will do our best to match you with one of the locals. All of these trips are planned after the show so you won’t miss any of the other activities. There are two different trips to tourmaline mines and also our wonderful and bountiful Mojave Desert. This area is on the list to be closed to us so now may be your last chance. The exact dates and info are listed below.

We will have over 40 dealers with everything your heart desires and more.

There are world-class speakers lined up for the weekend. Bob Jones of Rock & Gem magazine and the knowledgeable Walt Wright who we are lucky enough to call a member of our club.

The competition will be fierce and the displays spectacular. The demonstrators are anxious to show you all they do and hopefully spark your interest in something new.

The social activities are measuring up to be loads of fun. I guarantee you have never had a past Presidents luncheon like this one. You are going to love it.

The Cracker Barrel on Friday night is going to be a pirate debacle. There will be a treasure hunt, food and good company galore. But be prepared someone may have to walk the plank...

The awards banquet is going to be a Mexican Fiesta complete with dancers, music and of course the traditional authentic food.

It is our hope that you will enjoy yourselves and take home priceless memories of your time at The Hidden Treasure Show.

Field Trip Schedule (please note that these are after the Show and Convention - the kids will be out of school, so plan to spend some extra time in the southland):

Two Tourmaline Mines in Two Days!
June 21st:
The Oceanview - Fee Dig $50 (this is a $25 discount per person)

Caravan to the Lake Henshaw Resort (I am working on a group rate reservation for the spaces next to the mine)

June 22nd:
The Himalaya - Fee Dig $50 (this is a $15 discount per person)

Fossil Hunters Choice!
June 23rd:

Trip One - Ant Hill - More Strenuous Option
Trip Two - Jalama Beach - lead by Jon Meredith - less strenuous option

Rock Hound or Tourist?
June 24th:

Trip One - Lavic Siding - lead by Jay Valle - More Strenuous Option
Trip Two - LA County Natural History Museum - lead by Dr. Larry Barnes - less strenuous option

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

2010 AFMS/CFMS Show and Convention

Rockhounds...the Future is here...

If you are like me you love any event that brings the love of the Earth Sciences and Geology in particular into the lives of children.

Because, as the saying goes, the children are our future. Well, in Flint they are making sure that their future includes a love of rocks, gems and minerals!

The other day Jim Adams of the Flint Rock and Gem Club posted the following message on our Facebook page:

Today five members of the Flint Rock and Gem Club including yours truly set up displays and demonstrated lapidary arts at the Flint Area Science Fair, at Kettering University in Flint Michigan. It was good to see lots of young students and adults becoming better acquainted with our hobby. Here are some pictures from this event.

Friday, March 5, 2010

This Weekend - Visit Your Local Club Show!

5-7--LARGO, FLORIDA: 40th show and sale; Suncoast Gem & Mineral Society; Minnreg Hall, 6340 126th Ave. N; Fri. 10-6, Sat. 10-6, Sun. 10-5; adults $5, students $4, children free; finished and unfinished gems and minerals, jewelry, beads, equipment, tools, raffle, member displays, grab bags, magazine back issues, lapidary demonstrations; contact Bill Schmidt, P.O. Box 13254, St. Petersburg, FL 33733, (727) 657-0098; e-mail:; Web site:

5-7--NEWARK, CALIFORNIA: Show and sale; Mineral & Gem Society of Castro Valley; Newark Pavilion, 6430 Thornton Ave.; Fri. 10-6, Sat. 10-6, Sun. 10-5; adults $6 ($1 off flier on Web site), children under 12 free with adult; large, rare ice age fossils, fluorescent rock display, 60 display cases, 35 dealers, eight lapidary demonstrations, benefit auction; contact Larry Ham, P.O. Box 2145, Castro Valley, CA 94546, (510)887-9007; e-mail:; Web site:

5-7--RICHMOND, INDIANA: Show; Eastern Indiana Gem & Geological Society; Wayne Co. Fairgrounds, 861 N. Salisbury Rd.; Fri. 9-6, Sat. 10-6, Sun. 11-4; adults $4, seniors $3, students $1, children 6 and under free; contact John LaMont, 14158 St. Rd. 1, Brookville, IN 47012, (765) 647-4503; e-mail:

6--CAMBRIDGE, MASSACHUSETTS: Show, "Earth Rocks!: A Family Festival"; Harvard Museum of Natural History, Cambridge Trust Company; 26 Oxford St.; Sat. 9-5; adults $9, seniors $7, ages 3-18 $6; hands-on activities, rock identification, meet Harvard scientists, special programs (deep sea volcanoes, Antarctic glaciers, Boston Rocks: How the City Was Formed); contact Mary Blue Magruder, Director of Communications, Harvard Museum of Natural History, 26 Oxford St., Cambridge, MA 02138, (617) 496-0049; e-mail:; Web site:

6-7--ARCADIA, CALIFORNIA: Show; Monrovia Rockhounds; LA County Arboretum, 301 S Baldwin Ave.; Sat. 9-5, Sun. 9-5; adults $7, students and seniors $5, children $2.50; more than 15 vendors, rocks, gems, jewelry, minerals, fossils, wire wrapping, findings, beads, grab bags, Treasure Wheel, Fossil Find; contact Jo Anna Ritchey, 224 Oaks Ave., Monrovia, CA 91016, (626) 359-1624; e-mail:; Web site:

6-7--BIG SPRING, TEXAS: 41st annual show; Big Spring Prospectors Club; Howard County Fair Barn; Sat. 9-5, Sun. 10-5; dealers, demonstrators; contact Jerald Wilson, 707 Tulane, Big Spring, TX 79720, (432) 263-4662 or (432) 263-3340

6-7--CALDWELL, IDAHO: Show, "Collecting Gems for 2010"; Owyhee Gem & Mineral Society; O'Conner Field House, 2200 Blaine; Sat. 10-6, Sun. 10-5; contact Carolyn Roberts, (208) 466-6191; e-mail:

6-7--ISSAQUAH, WASHINGTON: Annual show; East KingCo Rock Club; Pickering Barn, 1730 10th Ave. NW; Sat. 10-5, Sun. 10-5; contact Norma Kikkert, c/o EKCRC, P.O. Box 2203, Redmond, WA 98073, (206) 612-3113; e-mail:

6-7--KLAMATH FALLS, OREGON: Annual show, "Thundereggs"; Rock & Arrowhead Club; Klamath County Fairgrounds, 3531 S. 6th St.; contacts Garwin Carlson, (541) 882-8276, or Marv Stump, (541) 882-8341

6-7--ROBSTOWN, TEXAS: Show; Gulf Coast Gem & Mineral Society; Richard Borchard Regional Fairgrounds, 1213 Terry Shamsie Blvd.; Sat. 10-6, Sun. 11-5; adults $5, student group rates, Scouts in uniform and children 12 and under free; demonstrations, exhibits; contact Jerrold Simpson, 1302 Annapolis Dr., Corpus Christi, TX 78415, (361) 851-8788; e-mail:; Web site:

6-7--STANTON, DELAWARE: 47th annual Earth Science Gem & Mineral Show and Annual EFMLS Convention; Delaware Mineralogical Society; Delaware Technical & Community College, I-95 Exit 4B, Churchmans Rd. (Rte. 58); Sat. 10-6, Sun. 11-5; adults $6, seniors $5, juniors $4, children under 12 free with adult; exhibits, displays, dealers, minerals, gems, fossils, gems, jewelry, lapidary supplies, door prizes, lapidary demonstrations, children's booth, grab bags; contact Wayne Urion, (302) 998-0686; e-mail:; Web site:

6-7--VENTURA, CALIFORNIA: 48th annual show, "The Ventura Gem Show"; Ventura Gem & Mineral Society; Seaside Park (Ventura County Fairgrounds), 10 W. Harbor Blvd.; Sat. 10-5, Sun. 10-4; free admission; dealers, displays, gems, minerals, fossils, lapidary art, demonstrations of lapidary arts and jewelry making, door prizes, silent auctions, "Country Store", children's activities; contact Andy Anderson, (805) 987-0043; e-mail:; or Kathryn Davis; e-mail:; Web site:

Show Information from Rock & Gem Magazine online
Photo: Chrysocolla from Unconventional Lapidarist