Woodland Park Rock, Gem and Jewelry Clearly show scheduled for Aug. 19-22 | Pikes Peak Courier

Gem and mineral lovers agree that geology puns are excellent due to the fact they

Gem and mineral lovers agree that geology puns are excellent due to the fact they draw pebble collectively.

The same can be said for the yearly Woodland Park Rock, Gem and Jewellery display slated from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Aug. 19 – 22 in Woodland Park, in between Walmart and Safeway, at 19250 E. U.S. 24. Admission and parking are cost-free.

Far more than 40 vendors boasting mineral specimens from all through the globe are envisioned to take part in the celebration, and a lot of specimens are self-gathered.

“We also have faceted stones, with the faceter on website to speak to you about his craft if you are interested. Gold, silver, crystals, cabochons, fossils, petrified wood and nearby minerals can all be found,” mentioned show promoter Kim Packham.

Now in its 11th yr, the function is expected to bring in about 2,000 visitors, she reported.

“(The celebration) rewards our local community by providing entertainment and fantastic offers on minerals. People are hungry after final year,” Packham explained.

On top of that, there will be a totally free and open up to the community gem and mineral auction at 6 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 20 and Sat., Aug. 21. “Our auctioneer is 1 of our vendors. He does rock auctions all more than the United States,” explained Packham.

Packham said some dealers mine their personal minerals. These incluce Packham and her husband, Bodie, who mine Amazonite and Smoky Quartz. “Our spot is one of the couple of locations in the earth this mixture is observed,” Packham mentioned.

Vendor Clint Cross and his spouse and children mine Cripple Creek Turquoise, a turquoise requiring no stabilizing and Brian Harris mines selenite in Utah. Selenite is a large mineral that will come out in significant sheets and occasionally in crystals. Joyce and Larry Wright mine an beautiful uncommon opal observed in Utah, and McKay Anderson recently discovered a purple and blue jasper.

“We also have various men and women marketing exclusive hand-produced jewellery that you will not locate in outlets,” Packham said.

Other than some new dealers, Packham reported the present will be significantly the identical as it has been for the past 10 several years.

“We have two dealers that use minerals to make lovely artwork. We have dealers that appear from not only Colorado, but from states all over us as properly,” Packham stated.

“Every vendor has their personal room. We set up with our campers at the back again of the booth and our tent and tables in front. This not only gives us a area to remain but makes it possible for us to act as our own security.”

A cost-free digging place will be available for kids who would like to try out a hand at digging for rocks.