Santa Cruz Mineral and Gem Show

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Santa Cruz Mineral and Gem Show

mineral show
gem show

Gems, Jewelry, Fossils, Rocks, Minerals, Crystals, Lapidary Art

Sat & Sun, November 17 & 18, 2018, 10 am to 5 pm

Live Oak Grange, 1900 17th Avenue, Santa Cruz, CA. FREE PARKING AND ADMISSION – FAMILY FRIENDLY,

About the Santa Cruz Mineral and Gem Society:
The object of this society shall be to unite and associate those persons who are interested in the study and collecting of minerals and gemstones; for the mutual improvement in the art of cutting and polishing gem or semi-gem material; and for increasing the knowledge of its members about the various earth sciences.
Educational Activities are an important objective of SCMGS is supporting and fostering education regarding geology, lapidary arts, jewelry making, and earth sciences.

Organized May 1949

Meetings are held the second Wednesday of each month at 7:00 PM at the Live Oak Grange Hall , 1900 17th Avenue in Santa Cruz (Live Oak).

The general meetings involve a short board meeting including public announcements and open discussions. An organized educational presentation is given after a short social break and raffle. Junior participation is encouraged and guests are always welcome.

Applications for membership may be made at the meeting. Dues are $25 for individuals, $35 for families at the same address. Dues are due October 1st of each year.

Our monthly newsletter, “The Lapidarian”, includes announcements of field trips and other club related events, shows to see, interesting and informative articles on geology, lapidary and other aspects of our hobby, upcoming presentations, committee reports and more fun than you can shake a petrified wood stick at.

In addition to our annual show, field trips, and rock shop (follow the links at the top of the page) there is available for member checkout, a variety of literature featuring Geology, Paleontology, Jewelry fabrication, Gem Encyclopedia and more.

Tulip City Gem & Mineral Club presents their 49th Annual Show: “Agates are Superior!” in Holland, Michigan

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Tulip City Gem & Mineral Club presents their 49th Annual Show: “Agates are Superior!” in Holland, Michigan. Details at Collect special rocks, fossils, jewelry and beads by visiting 10+ Dealers, Artisan Market, Silent Auction and Club Sales. View special displays by A.E. Seaman Mineral Museum, GVSU and Hope College. Enjoy Kids Games, Sluice, Fluorescent Tent and club members’ personal displays. Interact with the Lapidary Arts demonstrators. You will find common, strange and precious treasures to take home!

mineral show
mineral show

American Geode Info

Does your gem, mineral or fossil club or society need new members in your ranks? How about new guests to your gem, mineral and fossil shows? Would you like rockhounds and gem, mineral and fossil enthusiasts to travel across state lines to visit your show? More importantly, would you like exponentially more traffic to your club’s homepage or the show’s homepage?

American Geode can help. Between 3000 and 10000 rockhounds and gem, mineral and fossil enthusiasts visit our website each month. They also contact us for suggestions on clubs to join, and mineral shows and events to attend.

First of all, other mineral websites charge between $600 to $1000 per year for a banner ad on their site.

In contrast, we charge a flat rate of $150 for 12 month basic partnership and offer much more than other mineral sites. Send us two banner ads, 728×90 and/or 150×150, that we will post on our website. As an add-on service, send your club announcements and show announcements for us to post over our famous American Geode Twitter with 10,000+ rockhound followers, fans and friends.

The benefits to you and your club are that you will rise higher in the Google ranks when someone searches for gem and mineral clubs, and gem and mineral shows. You will also view many more visitors to your site, soliciting information about how to join your club, download your member application form, and visit your mineral show. Learn more by clicking “Contact Us” at

Be sure to check out American Geode’s collection of gems, minerals, rough stones, stone artwork, and other mineral ones-of-a-kind for auction in our ebay marketplace:

Rockhounding Sites in Maine


Rockhounding in Maine, is some great rockhounding, in fact some of the best rockhounding the American Geode team has ever experienced because of the ease and accessibility of the Maine mines! American Geode went on a rockhounding (and foodie) tour of Maine in May 2018, and found the quarries very accessible, easy to find, and full of mica.

American Geode followed the attached map, and found access to two of the mines, the ones off of Richardson Hollow Road, the Waisanen and Tamminen Quarrie
Driving: From jct. of Rtes. 117 and 118 in Norway, go west on Rte. 118 for 0.95 mile.
Turn right onto Greenwood Road and drive north west 5.30 miles.
Turn right onto Richardson Hollow Road and continue 0.40 mile to parking area on the right. Waisanan Quarry and Tamminen Quarry are .1 miles further down the road.

The American Geode found plenty of fine mica, and had a great time, and the reason we did not find other minerals as that we simply ran out of time. We suggest setting aside the day for rockhounding and exploring the area.

It’s hot in Maine in May, and there are a lot of bugs, so do take precautions, take plenty of water, and follow these rules:

A cheap dop-kit or toiletry kit is a great idea. Why? Because often times they are waterproof, and have zippers. You can wash them off too. Places like Target, Marshall’s, K-Mart, or Sears will carry inexpensive options.

Mosquito coils and matches are necessary, and we suggest having a minimum of 7 with you at all times. The bugs can be fierce no matter where you are. Mosquito coils last for hours and will burn away into ash.

Sunscreen is essential even in the outdoors. Bring the SPF Protection most suitable to how fair or how dark you are.

Rockhounding can get very dirty, so bring Wet-naps as they are very handy to clean off your hands quickly. They come in small travel packs. For some rockhounds they are too astringent to apply to one’s face, but personally I find it very refreshing. If you wear glasses these are very good for keeping your lenses clean, too.

Energy bars, candy bars, bananas, oranges, apples, and nuts are great for keeping up your energy and last the entire day. The wrappers are minimal waste to carry back, and the nut-shells, orange peels, and apple cores can be disposed of by Mother Nature.

Small notepad and pen or pencil for keeping notes. Date, time, location, and details of your gemstone finds quickly fade the mind due to excitement. This information is essential for gemstone and mineral finds, since provenance is paramount to us and to our clients, and should be for you as well.

Cell-phone or mobile device charger – while you are driving to the locale, or the night before, making sure your devices are fully charged. You should place a call to family and loved ones before heading out and if you are running late. It is highly advised to put these items in protective zip lock bags to PROTECT from dirt and mud. Additionally, filming your finds can be a great way to record you adventure.

Please contact American Geode directly with any questions; pictures and videos are below, as well as a map for you to download. #GetoutandRockhound

More information and reference about rockhounding sites in Maine:
Rockhound Sites in Maine

Parma Lapidary Club Rock-A-Rama! is on Saturday, May 19th

Parma Lapidary Club
Parma Lapidary Club
Parma Lapidary Club

Join the Parma Lapidary Club for the 50th annual Rock-A-Rama! It will be held on Saturday, May 19th 9am-6pm and Sunday, May 20th 10am-5pm at the Soccer Sportsplex, 31515 Lorain Ave, N. Olmsted 44070. The show will feature a number of vendors selling crystals, fossils, lapidary supplies, as well as hand-made jewelry. There will also be live demos, a Chinese auction, a kid’s corner with educational games, and door prizes. The profits from the show help to maintain the level of service to the community. Admission: $6 for adults, children under 12 & scouts in uniform are free.

The 50th ANNUAL

Fun for the whole family!!!

Click here for directions and a map
Soccer Sportsplex
31515 Lorain Rd.
North Olmsted, Ohio
FREE Parking
Air-conditioned and Heated

Saturday May 19th and Sunday 20th, 2018

Saturday 9 am – 6 pm

Sunday 10 am – 5 pm

Gems ● Minerals ● Beads ● Fossils ● Live Demos
● Crack a Geode ● Kids Korner ● Gem Mine
● Silent/Chinese Auctions ● Door Prizes ● Exhibits
● and Much More


Sunday 1PM – 3PM, Limit 2 items per person


Gem Stone Faceting ● Cabochon Cutting & Polishing
Wire Wrap Jewelry ● Silversmithing ● and more

Visit our Kids Korner



Admission: $6.00 Adult

Children under 12 and scouts in uniform FREE when accompanied by an paying adult.

Grassy Creek Gem and Mineral Show is this summer! Register and make your plans now!

Grassy Creek Gem and Mineral Show

Grassy Creek Gem and Mineral Show
Grassy Creek Gem and Mineral Show

2018 Grassy Creek Mineral & Gem Show

Grassy Creek Gem and Mineral Show, time for dealer registration, and attendees can make their plans now too!
Supporting the Parkway Volunteer Fire & Rescue

Since….. The Grassy Creek Mineral & Gem Show has been held annually in support of our Parkway Volunteer Fire & Rescue. As the single largest source of funding for this awesome group of people, we try to make it the biggest and best thing going…
Set up day will be Saturday, July 28, 2018
Show dates will be Sunday, July 29 through Sunday, August 5, 2018
Times will be advertised from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm daily including Sunday
Space rental is $300.00 for a 20 x 40 space, includes water and electricity
Rental fees are due by April 1, 2018
After April 1st there will be an additional $50.00 late fee
Rental fees will not be refunded after July 14, 2018
Space sharing is limited to 2 dealers per 20 x 40 space, no exceptions
Dealers must not exceed the 20 x 40 space limitations – this includes awnings, sheds, tables, and walk spaces
All space must be occupied by Wednesday, August 1st, 8:00 AM or the space will be forfeited
Driving will not be allowed in aisles after set-up
Any deliveries by large trucks need to be pre-approved by Gem Show Committee
No visible alcoholic containers allowed
80% of merchandise must be mineral and gem related, no clothing allowed, not a flea market of trade lot
Quiet time will be observed from 11:00 pm until 7:00 am daily
All pets shall be leashed at all times
Dealer parking will be permitted in designated areas only! Absolutely no parking allowed in spaces designated for general public. All Dealers are required to park in the back of the field during the entire show
Parkway Fire & Rescus reserves the right to ask any dealer to remove any item(s) we deem indecent for public display
Parkway Fire & Rescue reserves the right to ask anyone to leave when the department feels they have sufficient evidence that any of the above rules have been violated.

Here is more information about the Grassy Creek Gem and Mineral Show!

Keep updated on the best shows with the American Geode gem, mineral, jewelry and fossil show newswire and calendar!
Watch a short video here for gem, mineral and fossil show tips from the experts!

Keep on rockhounding in the USA!