Places to Buy Rocks

Gem Show Photos Fall 2015

We had fun selling and buying specimens at the gem show. If you missed it, here are some of the things you can expect to find at a show.

Panorama of the KCI Expo Center Gem Show

An overview of the whole show. Photo by Stephanie Reed

Two women looking at books about rock collecting.

This year we sold books about rocks and where to find them, including the highly desired Gemstones of North America by John Sinkankas.

A man at a laptop with rocks for sale.

Mark selling minerals.

People posing with an aquamarine crystal

President Martin and Webmistress Stephanie looking at an aquamarine. Photo by David Reed

A clear glass jar full of small tumbled chips of Lake Superior agates.

This jar of tumbled chips of Lake Superior agates was part of a kit for making a gem tree, sold by the Show-Me Rockhounds. Photo by Stephanie Reed

Mineral spheres of assorted colors red green blue pink orange

Polished spheres made of minerals from Dave’s Rocks and Carvings (Hamburg, MI). I see rose quartz, tiger’s eye, sodalite, and snowflake obsidian. Can you name all the minerals?

Glass shelves full of interesting minerals and rocks for sale

Mineral specimens for sale from Dave’s Rocks and Carvings (Hamburg, MI) Photo by David Reed

Blue larimar rings jewelry

Gem shows always have lots of jewelry for sale, usually organized by mineral. This is an entire box full of rings made with blue larimar sold by Manichia LLC (Kansas City, MO). Blue larimar is a type of volcanic pectolite found in the Dominican Republic.

colorful lampwork glass beads

Glass beads for sale at Park Design (St. Joseph, MO). You can even watch the beads being made. They can also be found at the Three Trails Trading Post in Independence, MO.

Fall Kansas City Gem Show Coming Soon

Flyer describing the time and place of the 2015 fall gem show at the Kansas City Expo Center

It’s almost that time again. The weather is getting cooler, the leaves are falling off the trees, and the fall gem show is next week. It will be at the Kansas City Expo Center November 6-8. The fall show is not as big as the spring show (in March) but is still well worth attending, as it’s only $6. IGAMS will be there and if you signed up to help, hopefully you know who you are because I don’t. Also, feel free to print out this flyer and share it with your friends, co-workers, and anyone else who might be interested.

Big Al’s Big Rock Sale

Flyer for Big Al's Big Sale with list of tools for sale.

“Big Al” DeMaranville is having a rock and tool sale in Kansas City, Kansas so that he can move into a new home. On the first weekend, July 25-26 (8am-5pm), there will be rocks and lapidary/silversmithing equipment for sale. The second weekend, August 7-8 (8am-5pm), will have a house sale (and any tools that haven’t been sold yet).

The sale is now over. Thank you for your interest.

Photos from the Gem Show

New shirt celebrating the Kansas City Gem & Mineral Show.

New T-shirt celebrating the show and featuring a calcite crystal.

Shirts are only $10 and we have plenty left if you want one.

Four Show-Me Rockhounds members discussing pottery.

Show-Me Rockhounds members discussing pottery.

Show-Me Rockhounds members loading the storage container.

Show-Me Rockhounds members loading supplies into the storage container.

Unpacking boxes

Rockhounds hard at work.

Unpacking boxes

Unpacking boxes.

Bob selling minerals to some happy customers.

Bob selling minerals to some happy customers. Bob is a great salesman.

Making glass beads (lampwork) at the Three Trails Trading Post.

Making glass beads (lampwork) at the Three Trails Trading Post.

I took a lampwork class at the Three Trails Trading Post once and it was really fun. I highly recommend it.

Huge pieces of petrified wood from Lincoln Curios. They are in a display that looks like a forest.

Huge pieces of petrified wood from Lincoln Curios.

Arrowheads made by the Flint Knappers.

Arrowheads made by the Flint Knappers.

The Flint Knappers were next to our booth and they were making arrowheads and going tap, tap, tap the whole time.

Tubs full of geodes that you can have opened onsite.

The Geode Gallery lets you pick out a geode and have it opened onsite.

Pearls from Hartman Enterprises.

Pearls from Hartman Enterprises. There are miles of beads for sale at shows like this.

A rainbow crystal pendant for your chakras.

A rainbow crystal pendant for your chakras.

Colorful agate slabs with dragons, cats, penguins, and other creatures painted on them.

Painted agate slabs from Aerie Artwork

A display of metalworking tools made by the Sterling Guild.

A display of metalworking tools made by the Sterling Guild.

A display made by Bruce from IGAMS showing his new acquisitions from 2014.

A display made by Bruce from IGAMS showing his new acquisitions from 2014. Bruce made several displays and made the rest of us look like slackers.

Rectangular slabs of brown and yellow tiger's eye that resemble bacon.

Somebody decided that tiger’s eye looks like bacon slices when cut into slabs.

Special Events at the Gem Show

A schedule of special events happening during the show. If you can only come on one or two days, use this to help plan.

Friday, March 13, 2015
All day- Minerals and jewelry for sale, flint knapping demonstration, walk-through story book, free rock/mineral identification.
3:00 p.m. “Missouri’s One and Only Dinosaur and the End of the Dinosaurus”, Carl Campbell, St. Louis Community College-Meramec, St. Louis, Missouri

Saturday, March 14, 2015
All day- Minerals and jewelry for sale, flint knapping demonstration, walk-through story book, free rock/mineral identification.
1:00 p.m. “Crinoids, Lillies of the Sea”, Rick Poropat, Eastern Missouri Society for Paleontology, St. Louis, Missouri
2:00 p.m. “CSI -Cretaceous Skeletal Investigations and the Life and Hard Times of T. rex ”, Dr. David Burnham, Research Associate, University of Kansas, Lawrence, Kansas
3:00 p.m. “Chasing Jumbo’s cousin: Reconstruction of the history of one of KU’s oldest and largest fossils”, Josh Schmerge, University of Kansas, Lawrence, Kansas
4:00 p.m. “Flat-skulled beavers of the Miocene: The most unusual mammals of all time?”, Josh Schmerge, University of Kansas, Lawrence, Kansas
7:00 p.m. Lecture Room- Public auction in the Lecture Room with complimentary snacks and soft drinks. Proceeds will benefit the Scholarship Fund.

Sunday, March 15, 2015
All day- Minerals and jewelry for sale, silent auctions, flint knapping demonstration, walk-through story book, free rock/mineral identification.
2:00 p.m. “Nannotyrannus – teenage tyrant or tiny theropod?”, Josh Schmerge, University of Kansas, Lawrence, Kansas

54th Annual Spring Gem & Mineral Show

Flyer giving information about the gem show

Less than 2 weeks until the big gem show you don’t want to miss! Sponsored by the Greater Kansas City Association of Earth Science Clubs, this is the Spring Gem, Mineral, Jewelry, and Bead Show at the KCI Expo Center. We have over 70 retail and wholesale dealers, educational exhibits from KU and other local universities, lectures, demonstrations, a dinosaur puppet show, door prizes, and scholarships. We (the Show-Me Rockhounds) are working hard on our displays and things to sell, but you’ll have to come to the show to see what we have! For more information on the event and a coupon, go to www.kcgemshow.org

Fall Gem and Mineral Show in KC

Two men holding rocks and standing in front of a table covered in boxes of colorful crystals. Behind them is a sign that reads,

Photo by Stephanie Reed

We had a great time selling rocks at the 36th Annual Shows of Integrity Fall Gem & Mineral Show in Kansas City!  If you missed it, mark your calendar now for the spring show on March 13-15, 2015 (same location, the KCI Expo Center).  It will be even bigger!

A smiling young woman sitting behind a large wooden spinner with eight sections. She is wearing an ammonite necklace and a shirt proclaiming that the Kansas City Gem and Mineral Show

Photo by D. Reed

When you spin our wheel, every spin is guaranteed to win a prize. This year, the prizes included turquoise, shark teeth, and Apache tears.

A group of 5 rock collectors who just finished packing up the show materials and cleaning up after the event ended.

Photo by Stephanie Reed

Some of the rockhounds who helped set up and run the booth.