Downey, CA: 2011 Delvers Gem & Mineral Show
Delvers Gem & Mineral Society has been a constant in the Downey community for decades and the annual show has grown by leaps and bounds!
|I was especially excited to see a cool spot with my friend|
the Plant Lady - Nancy Bird
|This year the club added vendors outside providing|
so many more opportunities for shopping & learning
|This shows offers a wide range from flats of minerals...|
|to new and rare stones, rough, slabs and cabs fromvendors|
like Distinctions of Nature
|Have you seen this Velvet Obsidian? |
It has been showing up everywhere!
|Distinctions of Nature calls it Royal Velvet Obsidian,|
the colors are truly amazng...
|Tom Wolfe Minerals had a great assortment of Jasper slabs|
outside and their cabs and pet wood inside!
One of the things that differentiate a Gem & Mineral Society show from a commercial show is the people - they work to get you excited and involved in some aspect of their passion. It is hard to walk away from interesting Demonstrations...haven't you ever wondered how they make those gemstone orbs or crystal balls? Check out the guy demonstrating his Sphere Maker...
|Ariana Gems offers an assortment of gems from Afghanistan|
Lapis Lazuli - Kunzite - Tourmaline - Aquamarine
Are you looking for something to get the kids interested in the Earth Sciences? Most Gem & Mineral Societies have a Jr. Rockhound Program. Here are a couple of the Juniors from the Downey program demonstrating how to cut a gemstone cabochon.
....and then there are the cases. Cases are not there to sell to you, Cases are a proud collector showing off a collection they are passionate about and while they are beautiful they are also a learning experience...
The case above is jewelry made from Fire Agate....the case to the right is sliced Geodes.....and the case below is Rhodocrosite an explosion of PINK!!!