LISA CAPITELLI ¦ Assistant Editor
(Sept. 28, 2012) A variety of items, including gemstones, crystals and fashion pieces, among others, will be on display this weekend, during the fall Treasures of the Earth Gem, Mineral and Jewelry Show at the Ocean City convention center.
“We have been having the gem shows in Ocean City for over 20 years. We have had the shows in July, August and September as well as in the spring time during this period,” said Barbara Haney, co-organizer of the event with Peggy Gwaltney.
The company has been presenting the resort show for more than 20 years; Haney and Gwaltney have worked with the company since 1992.
The event will showcase finished precious and semi-precious gemstones, as well as opals, turquoise, geodes and crystals.
More than 30 dealers will be at the 40th Street venue this year, traveling from states such as Virginia, New York, North and South Carolina, Florida, Georgia and Ohio.
Dealers will offer finished 14-karat and sterling silver, gold, classic, contemporary and handmade jewelry, pearls, beads, fossils, crystals, mineral specimens, stone carvings, fine gems, loose stones, estate and fashion pieces and wire wrappings. Jewelers can also remount and set stones, or repair jewelry. Guests who like making their own jewelry will have the opportunity to pick up supplies at the show.
An assortment of merchandise will be available as well, at varying price ranges from inexpensive to high-end jewelry, Haney said.
“Some of the merchandise of the dealers changes from show to show, but we have such a great variety of items for sale that it is difficult to see them all in a short time,” she said.
Many people come back year after year to purchase new things at the show. Depending on the weather, annual attendance varies from 1,000 to more than 1,400 during the course of the three days.
Visitors will have the chance to win daily door prizes, including a pendant, silver earrings and a pearl necklace. The grand prize drawing for a quarter-carat diamond will take place on Sunday.
Admission costs $4 for adults. Children 16 and younger will be admitted free. Show hours are Friday, noon to 7 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; and Sunday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
A $1-off coupon for the show can be found online at www.TreasuresoftheEarth.net.