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Author:  R'Shara [ Thu Aug 10, 2017 1:32 pm ]
Post subject:  SLC GemFair Sept 22-24

Is anyone else going to this show? I was thinking of going this year, since it's right by me.

Author:  steve5542 [ Fri Aug 11, 2017 10:02 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: SLC GemFair Sept 22-24

Where and what is SLC GemFair?

Author:  R'Shara [ Mon Aug 14, 2017 11:54 am ]
Post subject:  Re: SLC GemFair Sept 22-24

Well, I thought it was a gem show, similar to (but smaller than) the Tucson one? I haven't been to either yet, so I could be wrong.

http://gemfaire.com/event/salt-lake-city-ut-5/

Author:  steve5542 [ Tue Aug 15, 2017 9:28 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: SLC GemFair Sept 22-24

We had a GemFair in Tulsa and it had a lot of vendors. It was a gem, jewelry & bead show. Our Tulsa Rock and Mineral Society was invited to do demonstrations and promote our club. We have done this for about 8 years and it has been great. And I did pick up some small, fractured emerald rough this year.

Author:  R'Shara [ Tue Aug 15, 2017 10:47 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: SLC GemFair Sept 22-24

I checked some of the vendors and they seem to have some good rough stock of a variety of minerals. They gave me a free pass for signing up for their newsletter, so I think I'll go for a few hours.

Author:  R'Shara [ Fri Sep 22, 2017 11:11 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: SLC GemFair Sept 22-24

I went to the gemfaire. As the name hinted, it was *mostly* finished gemstones and beads and jewelry supplies, but there was a nice Aus Opal rough booth, and a couple of my local rockhounders there.

It was such fun though. I'll post pics in a couple days.

I was kinda cheesed at first because the VERY FIRST BOOTH was a contrail/antivaxxer booth and they were the ones giving away the official bags. Kinda a wtf moment there.

Once past that, there were lots and lots and lots of sparkly things. My wallet was itching, but I managed to restrain myself until I saw a booth selling bowls made of....I don't know what it's called. The lady called it blue something-stone...not soapstone, but sounded like it (I was very tired, sorry). It's a deep blue-black, with silver and blue flecks all over it that glitter in the light. It's probably something synthetic, since the flecks are very regular, but it's so pretty I couldn't resist.

After that, I managed to keep my hands to myself until I got to the black opal roughs booth. The guys there, from opal-beads.com, were very friendly, nice, and informative.

I spent most of the rest of my time there (and fighting the ATM machine) and ended up buying two rough rub parcels.

I also chatted with the guys next to that booth, who were from one of the local rock hound clubs. They gave me their schedule and fee charts and explained the things they did. I think I'll join next spring when field trips are likely! They're going to have their own mineral show in a few weeks. Totally going!

Sorry that this is sort of amateurish, I just had a lot of fun and wanted to share.

Pictures coming soon!

Author:  steve5542 [ Sun Sep 24, 2017 2:38 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: SLC GemFair Sept 22-24

Sounded like a lot of fun and we all like pictures.

Author:  R'Shara [ Wed Sep 27, 2017 4:35 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: SLC GemFair Sept 22-24

Pictures!

Expected jewelry and beadstuffs
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Lots of quartz and other pretties
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Some various sparkly mineral specimens--Turquoise, peacock ore, malachite, and I think gypsum and pyrite?
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Amazing, fantastical shaped Arizona Copper
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The purple goldstone bowl I bought
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Opals. Lots of opals....
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Some of opals I walked away with...
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I should have taken more pictures, but I got pretty distracted toward the end there ;)

Author:  glasspremia [ Fri Sep 29, 2017 6:56 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: SLC GemFair Sept 22-24

That little bowl is so cute!

Author:  steve5542 [ Sat Oct 07, 2017 2:00 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: SLC GemFair Sept 22-24

Nice looking bowl and Opals, thanks for the pictures.

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