Gem show to be held this weekend

Gem show to be held this weekendThe 62nd annual Indian Wells Valley Gem and Mineral Society show will be held Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 4-5, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. in Mesquite Hall. Desert Empire Fairgrounds.

The show will feature at least 10 vendors with rock- and jewelry-related items to sell, plus exhibits, a silent auction and a drawing for prizes.

“We are going to do something new this year — we will have a table for kids and adults to try their hands at rock painting,” said Vickie Black. She said that she got into the activity back in 2003 and that she is pleased to see the hobby gain popularity. Rock-painting will be available from 1-3 p.m. on Saturday.

“The club’s sales booth promises spectacular geodes from Mexico and Morocco, sawed open at no extra charge,” said Black.

“The kids also love the grab bags, each with interesting surprises inside.”

The society will also host a guided field trip, which will depart Sunday at 9:30 a.m. and caravan to Rainbow Ledge to collect jasp-agate.

The fee is $5 each for participants 16 and older. Younger children can go for free.

“Four-wheel drive is not necessary, but reasonable clearance for desert roads is,” said Black. “Bring water, lunch and a collecting bag.”

The society meets at 527 W. Upjohn Ave., the fourth Monday of each month (except during December, July and August) and has a complete lapidary shop, for use of members to cut and polish stones.

For information call John DeRosa at 760-375-7905.

Pictured: Some examples of rock-painting, an activity offered to the public on Saturday during the event.

Story First Published: 2017-11-03