Evansville Lapidary Society's 47th Annual Gem Mineral Fossil show held every year at Washington Square Mall in Evansville, IN. On October 26-27th, 2013 you will find treasures galore. 20 vendors coming from 7 states will have astounding displays of earth born treasures for you to buy. Crystals, Geodes, Beads, Jewelry, Carvings, Specimens, Cutting Rough, Tumbled stones, Fossils, Slabs, Books, Posters, Meteorites, Cabochons, Minerals, Faceted Stones, even jewelry setting while you wait!!
Unique Russian Mineral!! http://www.rusmineral.com
What an outstanding display of the finest material you will lay your eyes on. Alexander is a fine addition to our show and I’m thrilled to have him back again this year. An abundant of unique minerals straight from Russia his Seraphinite and Charoite will blow you away. But that’s not all he has to offer…. A fine selection of designer cabochons and even more finely made jewelry. A must see.
Check out the bail on that center necklace.
Overview of a selection of items including some Charoite and Sonoran Sunrise.
Some of the most impressive jewelry at the show
Throughout the weekend you will have the unique opportunity to watch art being made from gems and minerals that are millions of years old. The term Lapidary means grinding and polishing stones and with the machinery on hand at the show you will see this exact process happening right before your very own eyes.
6 Grinding wheels with varying degrees of diamond grit are used to shape a stone to a desired design and subsequently polish it. The first wheel at 80 grit removes material quickly and allows the shaping to take place. The next wheel at 220 refines that shape and gets it ready for the polishing process. The 3rd wheel is softer and at 280 grit starts the polishing process by removing the deeper scratches left from the previous wheel. After all scratches have been removed and no area skipped the stone them moves to the 4th wheel at 600 grit and you repeat the process. By now the stone starts to take on a satin appearance. The 5th wheel at 1200 grit will have the stone looking nice and glossy followed by a final polish on the 6th-1400grit wheel and the stone has a final brilliant finish!!
One of the Evansville Lapidary Society members demonstrates the process using the 6 wheels needed to make a cabochon (a stone with a rounded polished top)
A close up of a stone called Larimar being polished on the 4th wheel.
Visitors to the show happily looking on as one of the Lapidary members shows off his talents. This is something you too can learn by visiting the Lapidary Society during the rest of the year.
A few finished cabochons ready to be made into some beautiful jewelry. Just look at that shine!!
A show favorite every year would have to be S & S Gold & Diamond. This booth stays hoping during the entire show hours. Why is that you ask? Simple… They offer custom jewelry made while you wait!! That’s right, you can pick out a stone of your choosing and the setting you would like with it and this booth will create it for you.
Come down to the show and check out what they have to offer this year!
Tray and trays of loose stones to pick from!
Ethiopian Opals with fiery colors that will astound you.
Bellgali Gems will be booth number9 located on the north wing of the mall toward the end. Same place as last year. You will find some fabulous deals on beads, beads, and more beads! Not to mention the impressive specimen displays that will have you drooling.
Bellagali Gems offers- Fossils, Minerals, Beads, Jewelry
Impressive deals on every type of bead you could ever need!
Specimens that would look great as a statement piece at home.
EM Gem will be booth number 16 at this years show and will be the first booth on the south wing of the mall (to the left from the main entrance) same as last year.
EM Gem offers- Fossils, Minerals, Gemstones, Lab Grown Crystals, Kids Area, Meteorites and Lapidary Rough
Here Evonne speaks to a captivated audience of kids and adults alike. She possesses a wealth of knowledge on minerals and even grows her own crystals.
Various Crystals offered for sale, some of which are Lab Grown.
A closer look at some of the display specimens available as well as meteorites.