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Gem, Mineral and Jewelry Show features assortment of treasures

(Sept. 27, 2013) Treasures of the Earth’s annual Gem, Mineral and Jewelry Show is back in Ocean City this weekend, Sept. 27-29, bringing handmade jewelry, minerals, crystals and more to the 41st Street convention center.

The show will feature 29 vendors  and aims to offer a wide range of wares, said Barbara Haney, promoter for the event and owner of Treasures of the Earth.

“We try to achieve the greatest variety we can in the show,” she said.

Dealer Rita Albretch of Christopher’s Crystal Mine, based in Youngstown, Fla., will return for her 12th year at the Ocean City event. She agreed the variety of vendors is the major draw for customers.

“It’s the difference in going to a store that just has two or three things and going to a variety store,” she said. “You’ve got a lot of artisans there.”

Even within her booth, shoppers can find a smorgasbord of items, from gemstones and minerals to jewelry, fossils and carvings.

“I’ve got 50-cent items… and I’ve got the two, three, four hundred-dollar items,” Albretch said. “It’s the variety at my booth that makes it popular.”

Some come to the Gem, Mineral and Jewelry Show to buy, others to browse and still more come to share information, she said. She has several customers who return each year, who she addresses on a first name basis.

“I’ve just met some incredible people,” Albretch said.

Mary Ingram of Peach State Gem & Mineral Company in Marietta, Ga., has been coming to the show for more than a decade and agreed the people there make it worth her trip to Ocean City.

“I love the people and love the area,” she said.

She will bring her wire sculpture jewelry — a craft she learned 20 years ago — as well as other items such as beads and $5 pendants.

“It’s a little bit of everything,” she said.

The Gem, Mineral and Jewelry Show runs today, Friday, from 12-6 p.m., Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission costs $5 for adults and is free for children 16 and under.

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