A Gem & Mineral Show will be held at the East Tennessee State University & General Shale Natural History Museum and Visitors Center at the Gray Fossil Site on November 8-10.
The show will include ten gem and mineral dealers who will be visiting from all over the Southeast. Dealers will be selling mineral specimens, jewelry, beads and jewelry supplies.
The show will also include services for visitors, including jewelry repairs and stone setting. Additionally, there will be a vendor who can wire wrap visitors’ gems. Pearl knotting will also be available. Knotting pearls distributes even spaces between pearls or other beads when making jewelry. There will also be demonstrations, such as flint knapping, which is the process of shaping flint or some types of rock into shapes useful for tools or jewelry.
“We are so excited to have a gem and mineral show on site,” said Dr. Blaine Schubert, museum director. “It is a natural partnership, because as geologists and paleontologists, our scientists have studied all kinds of gems, mineral, and rocks. We think this is a great way for the community to come together and see come amazing specimens.”
Kingsport Gems and Minerals Society will have a table at the event and visitors can get information concerning the club.
The museum is open 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and is located 1.8 miles off Exit 13 on Interstate 26. For more information or special assistance for those with disabilities, call (866) 202-6223 or visit www.etsu.edu/naturalhistorymuseum.