Surround Yourself With Gemstones
I am veering back to jewellery in this post … I really thought I would be covering more about painting but an upcoming show has taken me in another direction to share the news!
After the October 14th fire in New York State burnt the Herkimer Diamond Mine museum to the ground, I was so thankful the mines were not touched! How it happened has not been released yet. Gee! This was one of my “bucket list” places to go since it is not too far a drive from Hamilton! I love gemstone museums! (What happened to the stones? Did they find any left in the ground?)
I wanted to use this post to announce the upcoming gem expo in Toronto that is coming up in 8 days. Just in case you intended to go and didn't take note.
This show has drawn mainly beaders in the past (it has a few workshops), or those that are assembling stones and silver- or gold-plated elements into unique pieces. Or maybe you like making pieces for yourself only and you are looking for a couple precious or semi-precious stones for yourself.
Do you head up to Bancroft’s Rockhound Gemboree in August? If so, you might like to come to The Hyatt Recency on King St. in Toronto, November 10-12th.
If you were like me and loved to collect raw crystals, or went to the mines to dig a few out when they were accessible in Bancroft, or you just loved to be in the energy of that many different crystals(!), put it on your list.
You may not make high-end gold or silver jewellery, yet you might make "artistic" jewellery, or wear stones for their energetic qualities, or you’re actually using raw crystals for healing layouts on the body. Perhaps you are looking for a favourite stone to put in your pocket for the day to help you stay grounded in a busy world. Maybe there is something here for you? I did catch of glimpse of raw crystals in the preview images of the show this year. I decided to contact the show co-ordinators and ask them about the vendors on site this year. I was assured that some of the Bancroft folks would be present and there would be quite a few raw crystal vendors. It is not a huge show, maybe 35-40 tables, so a more intimate show. And that can be great if your wandering around with a friend.
One day is $6 at the show — that’s nice for a day spent with crystals and jewellery, or doing a workshop! I also found I could get $2 off the price of the show because I am on their email list. I found the site a little jumpy on my phone, but great on my computer. The first page offered the $2 off, and I have been on their email list for a couple of years, and have never been inundated by them after signing up. Here is the link.
Check for times on the site. Maybe I will see you there!
Let me know what you thought of the show by my contact page. I always like to know if what I am sharing is valuable for you.
Most of all have fun!
Image Use: By Mark A. Wilson (Department of Geology, The College of Wooster). (Own work) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons from Wikimedia Commons