Visiting a Gem and Mineral Show
Have you ever been to a gem and mineral show? There is probably one local to your area. There is one somewhere every weekend. Here are some tips for enjoying your visit.
Where Do I Find Gem and Mineral Show Information?
- Pan for Gold!
- Get expert mineral identification with an expert from the Royal Ontario Museum.
- Expert gemstone identification from an expert from the Canadian Gemmological Association.
- Listen to rockhound talks with geologists from Natural Resource Canada.
- Take a guided Mineral Collecting Field Trip with a professional geologist. Get all your questions answered.
- Watch the faceting of gemstones.
- Watch Artists carving before your eyes.
- Children’s activities
Perhaps you live near a branch of the gemmological association for your country and could attend a meeting or conference. The Canadian Gemmological Association welcomes you to a monthly meeting to hear discussions on a variety of gem and jewellery topics. If you can’t wait to go to a show or a meeting you could visit a museum. Most museums have a gem and mineral collection in their natural history departments. The Royal Ontario Museum in Toronto has an excellent collection in their Natural History Galleries.
At a gem and mineral show there are many things to buy such as specimens, jewellery and beads. You can also visit the show and treat it as a museum. The vendors are all passionate about gems and minerals and will share their knowledge with you.
What should I do at the gem show?
- Give yourself lots of time.
- Ask questions.
- Go with a list.
- Enjoy yourself!
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I plan to introduce different gemstones alphabetically. I will start with “A” (Ammolite) and see where it leads me. Leave a comment and let me know if you have a favourite gemstone that starts with the letter “F”. Take the poll (Emerald is winning)! Can you name a reference to a gemstone in a song, movie or book?
Posted on July 21, 2011, in Gemmology and tagged Canada, canadian gemmological association, gem show, gemmologist, gemmology, gemologist, gemology, mineral show, minerals, museum, synthetic. Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.