Earth’s treasures grabbed the limelight last weekend at the Lodi Grape
Festival Grounds during the gem and mineral show in Lodi, Calif. Hosted by the Stockton Lapidary & Mineral Society, the Earth’s Treasures Gem and Mineral show was a two-day presentation of many types of crystals, minerals, jewelry and more. The show consisted of both indoor and outdoor exhibitions with easy paths toward finding many sought out treasures.
Upon entering the festival grounds, one of the first eye-catching booths in the courtyard was the free gold panning lessons offered by the Delta Gold Diggers. Participants learned how to dip their medium-sized plastic pans into a bin of water mixed with sediment. Delta Gold Diggers also explained the technique needed to find tiny gold flakes in the mixture. The key to find gold was to wait for the gold flakes to settle at the bottom of the pan and then carefully remove the water and sediment mixture.
Just after the courtyard goings-on was the entrance to the first exhibit hall. Dealers and their wares covered most of the hall in dazzling set-ups. A couple of dealers even carried the rare glassy mineral called spinel in its more traditional pink hue while another vendor carried spinel in a dark charcoal hue. Other items in the hall included strands of gems and jewelry hung on the table top display walls and other valuable trinkets were enclosed in protective cases.
Following the dealers and jewelry booths was the final hall of displays and activities. The fluorescent display grabbed a lot of attention from curious on-lookers. Attendees were invited into a darkened tent where several types of black light cascaded onto multiple shelves of rocks. The black light made each rock’s particles glow brightly and showed many elements of each piece. Next to the fluorescent display was the bustling arts and crafts area for all ages. What’s more, prizes for the bean bag toss game not only included a crystal or mineral selection, but also a brief examination of the element under a magnifying glass and a tutorial about the selected crystal or mineral.
The Stockton Lapidary & Mineral Society is a member of the California Federation of Mineralogical Societies, Inc. Below is the CFMS, Inc. gem and mineral show calendar for the month of October. The CFMS, Inc. website contains more upcoming events through May 2016.
- October 3 – 4: BORON, Calif. hosted by Mojave Mineralogical Society
- October 3 – 4: VISTA, Calif. hosted by Vista Gem & Mineral Society
- October 10: MARIPOSA, Calif. hosted by Mariposa Gem & Mineral Club
- October 10 – 11: ANDERSON, Calif. hosted by Shasta Gem & Mineral Society
- October 10 – 11: GRASS VALLEY, Calif. hosted by Nevada County Gem & Mineral Society
- October 10 – 11: TRONA, Calif. hosted by Searles Lake Gem & Mineral Society
- October 11: FALLBROOK, Calif. hosted by Fallbrook Gem & Mineral Facility
- October 17: WEST HILLS, Calif. hosted by Woodland Hills Rock Chippers
- October 17 – 18: PLACERVILLE, Calif. hosted by El Dorado County Mineral & Gem Society
- October 17 -18: WHITTIER, Calif. hosted by Whittier Gem & Mineral Society
- October 24 – 25: LOS ALTOS, Calif. hosted by Peninsula Gem & Geology Society