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Gem, Mineral and Jewelry Show runs through Sunday

(Sept. 26, 2014) From healing stones to dinnerware carved in onyx, unusual items can be found at Ocean City’s annual Gem, Mineral and Jewelry Show.

The two-day event is back at the 40th Street convention center, bringing 27 vendors from across the United States there today through Sunday.

“We have some of the same vendors that we’ve had in the past and we’ll have a couple of new vendors,” said promoter Jane Westbrook, who is organizing the show with longtime exhibitor Ellen White, of C. White Ltd, for the first time this year.

An Ocean City tradition for more than two decades, the show attracts about 1,000 visitors each year for a host of reasons, she said.

Some come in search of jewelry-making materials and from inexpensive plastic beads to semi-precious stones, chains, they are in no short supply, Westbrook said.

Others on the hunt for finished pieces can find jewelry “from very high-dollar, fine jewelry to sterling silver to fashion jewelry,” she said. Some pieces to look out for include wire-wrapped jewelry, which can be done custom on-site, and southwestern-style pieces.

Others at the Gem show come for its minerals. Booths with everything from large display pieces to crystals meant to heal headaches, insomnia and a catalog of other ailments will be at the convention center. There will also be fossils for sale.

The Gem, Mineral and Jewelry Show is open today 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 and is good for the entire weekend. Youth under 16 get in free with an adult. Each ticket comes with a chance to win prizes, including the grand prize, a quarter-karat diamond ring.

Visit www.treasuresoftheearth.com to print a $1 off admission coupon or for more information.

Clara Vaughn, Ocean City Todayhttps://www.oceancity.com/OceanCityToday
Clara discovered journalism as a freelance reporter for her hometown newspaper, the Eastern Shore News, in 2008. She spent her summers reporting from the courtroom to the marsh as a general assignment reporter for the News while finishing her undergraduate degree at the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, Va. In 2011, she earned a Virginia Press Association Award for her health, science and environment writing package. After a stint in press relations, Clara returned to school, earning a Master of Journalism degree from the University of Maryland’s Philip Merrill College of Journalism in 2012. She traveled overseas and landed as a reporter and copy editor at Ocean City Today in May of 2013.

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