|Scenes from the show floor|
This was a large gem & mineral show held inside the Edison convention center. There was booth after booth of mineral specimens, fossils and the occasional bead vendor. I skipped most of the bead vendors because I do all my major (gem) bead shopping at Bead Fest in August.
|Amethyst, petrified wood, rough green garnet|
I found the show to be overwhelming. I didn’t go in with a game plan so I became distracted by the rows upon rows of vendors.
|Faceted gems, metal detector finds from local properties, cabochons|
There were plenty of faceted gems to be found in a wide range of prices but the cabochon selection at the show was lacking. I only found 3 vendors selling cabs.
|Fun finds at the show|
On a positive note, they had some wonderful fossil and mineral displays. The dinosaur fossils were great and they were brought in by a broker who rents/sells them for private collections and museums. Yes, we could have come home with our own dinosaur…ok, maybe part of one (a REALLY small part). They were waaaaaay out of my price range.
|Fossils on display|
Overall, we had a good time and I picked up a few things (which I can’t show you because they are gifts). I probably wouldn’t go back though as the bead scene is really my thing.