(Sept. 20, 2019) The 36th annual Gem, Mineral and Jewelry Show will take place at the Ocean City convention center on 40th Street, this weekend.
Thirty-four vendors are expected to display their wares. The show, sponsored by Treasures of the Earth, has showcased jewels and minerals for nearly four decades.
“It’s fun to come and look at,” Co-Organizer Jane Westbrook said. “You can always learn something new at the show because each of the vendors is an expert about his or her topic. Kids love coming in and seeing things and learning about the different rocks and crystals.”
Last year, around 1,200 people attended the show.
The event offers a variety of jewelry ranging from stones, crystals, silver, gold and other minerals.
“There will be items there that are very affordable and inexpensive ... there’s something for every budget,” Westbrook said.
Many vendors also offer loose stones and gems, as well as Do-It-Yourself beadwork and other supplies. Some vendors even offer wire-wrapped jewelry, which uses thin wires instead of gold, silver or platinum, that can be bent or twisted in a way to enclose different stones and minerals to make bracelets, earrings, necklaces and rings.
“Each person has their own wire wrapping style,” Westbrook said. “No two pieces are ever the same, even by the same individual.”
New to the event this year will be authentic fossils, Westbrook said.
“[The vendor] has museum-quality fossils,” she said. “He’s one of the top fossil dealers in the East Coast.”
The show takes place today from noon to 6 p.m., Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Tickets cost $5. Children 16 and under get in for free. Tickets are good for the entire weekend. Visit www.treasuresoftheearth.com for a $1 discount, which can be used for the whole group or individually.