‘Good stuff, good value’ at gem show – by Keith Dempsey (Sudbury Star – July 13, 2016)


Because of the Nickel City’s history of being a mining town, most will assume a gem and mineral show will be related to mining. But that’s not the case when it comes to the 34th annual Sudbury Gem and Mineral Show.

“It’s a family event and there’s something for everybody there,” said Ruth Debicki, vice-president of the Sudbury Rock and Lapidary Society. The event, taking place at the Carmichael Arena July 15-17, will feature 21 dealers with wholesale and retail sales, hourly door prize draws, and a grand door prize of a large Brazilian amethyst geode, with a value of $750. The draw will be on Sunday, at 4:45 p.m.

Sudbury Rock and Lapidary Society members will have exhibits and displays including minerals, rocks, gems, fossils, lapidary arts, beads, jewelry, rock crafts and lapidary arts.

Laurentian University will have a mineral display. PDAC Mining Matters, Ontario Geological Survey and Sudbury Rock and Lapidary Society will hand out pamphlets, information sheets, puzzles, handouts. Displays will be additionally be hosted by Dynamic Earth, the Sudbury Prospectors and Developers Association, and the Northern Ontario Relic and Treasure Hunters, who will demonstrate metal detecting.

The University of Waterloo will have displays and activities. Chuck Zietsma will have wire-wrapped jewelry and a PIXIE lapidary machine demonstration. Hadyn Butler will have a stained glass and crystal systems demonstration, and Tom Johnson will host a flint knapping demonstration.

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