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Gem show draws experts in craft

Monday, October 1st, 2012 | Posted by | no responses

by MELODY KARPINSKI / Santa Rosa Correspondent

Randy Ricci gives a gold panning demonstration at the Santa Rosa Gold Diggers Club booth at the show. (Melody Karpinski / Press Democrat)

The Santa Rosa Mineral & Gem Society’s 36th annual gem show drew experts, enthusiasts and novices alike to the Wells Fargo Center of the Arts this weekend.

The show, which ran Saturday-Sunday, moved from a previous location at the Veterans Memorial Building. The show had been located at the Veterans Hall for the last 35 years.

Featuring over 30 different vendors and exhibitors, the event showcased a wide variety of stones from all over the world.

“You really have a lot of experts in the field here [at the show],” said Sandy Joyce, one of the society members. “There’s so much to know and so much to learn about, you never get bored.”

Along with the sales of gems, beads, crystals, rare stones and jewelry, the show also provided rock polishing and gem cutting demonstrations, exhibits on different stones and fossils, lessons in panning for gold from the Santa Rosa Gold Diggers Club, a silent auction and fun activities for kids.

The show is the society’s primary fundraiser, and all levels of interest are invited to join the group. The society, which was founded in 1973, meets the first Wednesday of each month at 7:30 p.m. at 5690-C Old Redwood Highway. Members receive workshop privileges and access to “Junior Saturdays” for children and teens ages 8-18.

For more information on the Santa Rosa Mineral & Gem Society, call 528-7610 or srmgs.org. For information on the Santa Rosa Gold Diggers Club, which meets the third Wednesday of every month, visit www.santarosagolddiggers.com.

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