Considered the largest jewelry, mineral and gem show in the North Alabama region, the Gem, Jewelry and Mineral Show offers an incredible display of every type and quality of gems, activities for children to participate in, lapidary demonstrations and displays by national and international dealers, fossils, and more. Hours are Friday and Saturday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Hosted by the Huntsville Gem and Mineral Society, the Gem, Jewelry and Mineral Show is open to the public and features national and international dealers with every type and quality of gems, collector specimens, lapidary materials, fossils, finished jewelry (costume to fine), an impressive variety of gemstone jewelry, lapidary art objects, and jewelry and lapidary supplies. There are lapidary demonstrations (the sawing, grinding, and polishing of stones), faceting demonstrations (a machine that grinds down sides of gemstones to create the facet shape) and displays. One of the main reasons people attend the annual event is to see the huge selection of gems, minerals and fossils for sale. Serious collectors can find almost any type of rock, mineral or fossil and it is a great outlet for anyone just getting started in the rock collecting/rock hounding hobby.
The show also serves as a great resource for the school’s earth science curriculum at all levels. Guided tours for school and youth groups are offered where children can learn more about geology. Children can also dig for minerals and semiprecious stones (a small nominal fee is charged to participate). Volunteers are also be on hand with mineral identification books to help children identify the minerals and stones they find. The flume mining activity is always popular with the children. Each child receives a bag full of tiny gravel mixed in with tiny mineral and tiny semiprecious gemstones. With the use of a mesh screen, children sift out the gravel to find little treasures to take home (a small nominal fee is charged to participate).