EXETER – Do you love turquoise, amethyst, amazonite, tanzanite, quartz and malachite? Do you have an interest in oxides, halides and elements? Perhaps you have been exploring the idea of creating your own jewelry or starting your own rock collection. The opportunity to be educated, purchase supplies and experience one of the best rock shows is returning to Exeter. The Tule Gem and Mineral Society is hosting their 62nd Gemboree Rock and Gem Show on Jan. 20-21.
The Exeter Veterans Memorial Building will be transformed into a rock and mineral extravaganza with over ten vendors selling a variety of gems, rocks, jewelry, fossils, beads, books, grab bags full of rocks and lapidary supplies. Last year, over 2,000 people attended the show. Visitors and shoppers will have many options to be involved in, sharing their love for rocks and minerals. Demonstrations in several lapidary arts including faceting, wire wrapping, beading and polishing rocks will be available for attendees. Approximately 35 educational lapidary showcases will be on display provided by the talented club members along with other individuals.
Laura Manser, this year’s show chair said, “This is a great free event geared for the whole family, with fun educational activities for all ages. The displays our members put together show some extraordinary lapidary art.”
The club also runs a Wheel of Fortune game, treasure hunt, drawings every half hour and a silent auction. Fossil painting and mining for gems will also be included in the fun.
Visalia’s Janice and Gary Robertson, owners of Gary’s Jewelry & Lapidary Supplies have been vendors at the show for twelve years. Janice, a member of the organization said that their business attends two shows every month around California and this is one of the largest attended shows they experience. “It’s really neat that more people in our little community and town attend this show more than big cities around California,” Janice expresses. “There are people who have attended as children who now are bringing their grandchildren.”
A snack bar with sandwiches, desserts and drinks will be available. Admission and parking is free. On Saturday the show will be open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
The Tule Gem and Mineral Society is a non-profit organization dedicated to sharing knowledge of the lapidary arts and techniques, geology, mineralogy and preservation of nature, representing Tulare County. For more information visit www.tulegem.com or their page on Facebook.