It was our first time at a gem and mineral show. Many of the exhibits featured unique samples from around the world. The show featured a raffles and kid-friendly activities.
We chatted with many of friendly vendors. Mom touched and picked up a bunch of samples. It made me nervous but no one reprimanded her.
At one booth two men used a cast iron pipe snap cutter to crack open geodes. Mom and I split the cost of a geode to watch them in action. They strapped the stone in with a chain. One man held the geode steady while the other pulled down on the lever.
The man with the geode held it in his hands and said, "It took over a million years for this geode to form and you are the first to look inside." Then he revealed opened his hands to reveal calcite crystals.
At another booth a man was using a machine to facet a marble. He invited my mom to come around the table to try it, but the machine was set for right-handed. He unplugged the machine, pushed it across the table, and handed her a chair.
Mom enjoyed it, but she was afraid she'd want to buy one of the expensive machines.
Mom was patient while I looked at beads. She even helped me find a few good deals.
|Top to bottom: Faceted amazonite, faceted pyrite, smooth smokey quartz and quartz rondelles, tiny fluorite and chrysoprase, and Czech glass beads|
I wish I had taken more pictures. At one booth we watched a man carve soapstone Inuksuk. He told us about their origins and how he'd build real ones in Canada.
Mom and I had a lot of fun. I cannot wait until next year's show!