35th Annual Henderson County Gem & Mineral Spectacular
“The World of Jaspers”
Friday-Sunday, Sept. 2-Sept. 4 10 am-6 pm
Monday, Sept. 5 10 am-5 pm
Whitmire Activity Center, 310 Lily Pond Rd
Featuring dealers selling minerals, gemstones,
jewelry, fossils; lapidary demonstrations (gemstone
cutting, jewelry making); gem and mineral exhibits;
hourly door prizes and snack bar. Admission: $4.00
Children 12 & under free when accompanied by
an adult. Free Parking. Sponsored by Henderson
County Gem & Mineral Society. For more
information call 828-877-4073.
Visit the website for a coupon www.hcgms.com! Gem & Mineral Spectacular, Show and Sale, Sept. 2-5, 2016
Be prepared to have essential tools & tips ready for your Herkimer Diamonds rockhounding trip. Necessary tools for rockhounding include: a good Estwing crack hammer, small chisels, wedges, buckets, and a wire screen. Basic Tips include: Bring plenty of mosquito repellent, snacks & water, ear & eye protection, gloves, and check the Weather! A small 1200+ watt generator and power breaker will greatly increase your odds of finding large Herkimer Diamond pockets. A 4-6 foot long pry bar is also a great tool to have handy when trying to leverage against large stubborn rocks. For the more serious miner, a 65lb Jackhammer which can be rented at local hardware stores. “Professionals” often use set up water pumps during the rainy mining season and also as the escavation depth gets closer to the water table. Local miners will often trade lesser findings with a bit of friendly talk and easily show off their best finds of the day. Mining is hard work, be prepared for 3-4 hrs of serious rockhounding. Enjoy the outdoors, enjoy the nature, enjoy the wonderment and delight when you discover Herkimer Diamonds! It’s a great time to turn off your phone and absorb the outdoors.
Are all Herkimer Diamonds double-terminated quartz crystals? The answer is yes. Does that make all double-terminated quartz crystals Herkimer diamonds then? The answer is no. Herkimer refers to the location of these unusual quartz clusters found in hollow “pockets”. Herkimer County is about a 4 and a half hours drive north of New York City. The name Herkimer comes from an American Revolution General named Nicholas Herkimer who died in battle in 1777.
The San Luis Obispo Gem & Mineral Club proudly presents:
Annual Summer Gem & Mineral Show!
Saturday June 18th, 2016, 10am to 5pm
& Sunday June 19th, 2016, 10am to 5pm
Located at the Cambria Vet’s Hall (1000 Main Street)
Free Parking, Admission, & Door Prizes
Featuring vendors selling a fantastic array of gems, minerals, fossils, jewelry,
jade, beads, crystals, meteorites, lapidary-related items & display supplies.
The San Luis Obispo Gem & Mineral Club holds two shows per year. The annual June gem & mineral show is held on Father’s Day Weekend.
This year, due to the closure of the historic Cayucos Vet’s Hall, the Summer gem & mineral show will be held at the Cambria Vet’s Hall. Admission is always free and we give away some wonderful door prizes donated by the vendors. To learn more about the club, check out the San Luis Obispo Gem & Mineral homepage at www.slogem.org.
The 23rd annual GemFest event, sponsored by the Wayne County Gem and Mineral Club (WCGMC) will be held June 4-5 at the Greater Canandaigua Civic Center, 250 W. Bloomfield Rd. in Canandaigua. Hours are 10-5 on Saturday and 10-4 on Sunday. Admission is $3 for adults, children under 12 are free.
A Wayne County Gem and Mineral Club primary objectives is science education, in particular geology, minerals, fossils and the world around us. At GemFest the gem and mineral club provides multiple hands-on experiences for youngsters (crafts like soapstone carving, a scavenger hunt, an operating sluice to work, a 45 mineral show on fluorescent minerals, educational exhibits by club members, etc.). In addition, the gem and mineral club encourages our 15 mineral, fossil, and jewelry vendors to interact with kids who inquire about things at their booths. The goal is to mix a fun time with learning in a family setting.
This is an excellent group of skilled, knowledgable and fun rockhounds and gem, mineral and fossil professionals. Some of the best in the mineral business will be at this gem and mineral show that attracts the world class dealers and collectors, as well as academics, rockhounds, families and casual collectors.
Be sure to “tell ’em American Geode sen’cha!” The good folks at the entrance will get a kick out of hearing that you are also friends with American Geode. American Geode has spent plenty of time here in New York, on our own proprietary prospecting missions and we attest to the beauty of upstate New York, and the fun you can have at this show. Plan your trip in advance and take advantage of the New York parks, museums and historic landmarks in the area.