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Spring gem, mineral show targets jewelry collectors, creators

(April 19, 2013) The third annual spring Treasures of the Earth Gem, Mineral and Jewelry Show will kick off at noon today at the Ocean City convention center on 40th Street.

The event will showcase finished precious and semi-precious gemstones as well as opals, turquoise, geodes and crystals. Approximately 30 dealers, traveling from as far west as Ohio, as far north as New York and as far south as Florida, will be on hand this year.

“We have several new vendors that will add variety to our show,” said Barbara Haney, co-organizer of the event with Peggy Gwaltney.

Dealers will also 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 do repairs on jewelry. Guests who like making their own jewelry will have the opportunity to pick up supplies at the show.

“This is a goal of our shows to have the greatest variety of gems, minerals, crystals, fossils [and] all types of jewelry,” Haney said.

Many people come back annually to purchase new things at the show. Depending on the weather, annual attendance varies from 1,100 to 1,500 during the course of the three days.

Visitors will have the chance to win daily door prizes, including a pendant, a freshwater pearl necklace and silver or stone earrings. The grand prize drawing for a quarter-carat diamond ring will take place Sunday.

Show hours are Friday, noon to 6 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Sunday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Admission costs $5 for adults. Children 16 and younger will be admitted free. A $1-off coupon for the show can be found in this issue of Ocean City Today or online at www.TreasuresoftheEarth.net.

The show has been a fall tradition in Ocean City for more than two decades. Organizers presented the first spring show in April 2011 and it was well received by both vendors and attendees.

The 2013 fall edition of the show is scheduled for Sept. 27-29.

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