Here’s a coupon for $1 off admission to the show. Come see the displays of Rocks and Minerals. Retailers will be selling rocks, fossils, cabochons, jewelry, beads and much more. Showmerockhounds.com
Photographs and text by Dan Snow
Dryhead agate under white light and then under shortwave UV light.
Will be on display at the 59th Gem & Mineral Show at KCI Expo Center, 2020
A cut and polished septarian nodule. First photographed under white light, then short wave ultraviolet light. It will be in the fluorescent mineral display at the 59th Gem & Mineral Show at the KCI Expo Center March 13th, 14th and 15th, 2020.
Photographed by Dan Snow
March 13, 14, & 15, 2020 Kansas City, Missouri: 59th ANNUAL GEM & MINERAL SHOW Presented by: The Association of Earth Science Clubs of Greater Kansas City. PARK FREE at the KCI EXPO CENTER 11730 NW Ambassador Dr. Exit 112th St. off I-29 or KCI Exit (Cookingham Dr.) off I-435. Show hours: Friday, 10:00 am to 8:00 pm, Saturday, 10:00 am to 7:00 pm, Sunday 10:00 am to 5:00 pm. For more information see kcgemshow.org
March 21, Kansas City, Missouri: Meeting of Show-Me rockhounds in the Kansas City Library’s Waldo Branch, 201 E. 78th Street. THIS MEETING WILL BEGIN AT 12:30 A.M. and will run until 2 p.m.
March 21, Catoosa, Oklahoma: Rock swap and open house of the Rough & Tumbled Rock & gem Club. Saturday, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. DW Correll Museum. Form more information, contact Eric Hamshar, 918-266-3612.
March 27-28, Ada, Oklahoma: Annual show of the Ada Gem, Mineral and Fosssil Club, Friday, 8 a.m.-6 p.m.; Saturday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Building 1, Potontoc County Agri-Plex. For more information, contact Ed Vermilion, 45-527-6431.
March 27-29, Bridgeton, Missouri: Annual show of the Rock Hobby Club, Friday, 4-8 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m.-7 p.m.; Sunday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Machinist Auditorium, 12365 St. Charles Rock Road. Form more information, cntact Roy Hurlburt, Hurlburt@juno.com.
March 28-29, Cedar Rapids, Iowa: Annual show of the Cedar Valley Rocks & Minerals Society, Saturday, 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Sunday, 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Hawkeye Downs, 4400 6th Street SW. Form more information contact Marv Houg, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Show-Me Rockhounds – show-off some of their activities and display specimens of rocks and minerals. Credit for the display and arrangement goes to Steve. He put together two very nice posters showing some club activities including wire wrapping, field trips and related photos of interest. One poster asks it you might be a rockhound. All specimens are from Steve’s and other members collections. What a great variety! Something for everyone. Photos by Connie Snow
First timers get a lesson on how to wire wrap a cabochon or other polished stone. Club member Linda Nemechek has been making wire wrapped jewlery for some time. She graciously offered to have a class for club members interested in learning the craft. We may have another class in the future. All participants had a great time. Here are some photos of the event.
Club members show their finished wire wrapped pieces. Photos by Dan Snow
Only 2 weeks until the Fall Kansas City Gem Show! Here’s a flyer in PDF format that you can print and hang up wherever you like, and don’t forget to pass around your coupons, too.
In the fall of 2015, a 1,109 carat white diamond was found in the Lucara mine in South Africa. The diamond is called the Lesedi La Rona, which means “Our Light” in Setswana. They tried to sell it at a Sotheby’s auction last year (July 2016), and we even wrote about it on Show Me Rockhounds, but no bidder met the reserve. Now, it has finally sold.
On September 26, 2017, Graff Diamonds announced that they bought the Lesedi La Rona for $53 million in a private sale. The CEO of Lucara says $53 million is higher than the highest bid they got at the auction last year, but he wishes he could have got a higher price. (Don’t we all!)
What will they do with it? Lawrence Graff, the founder of Graff Diamonds, says, “The stone will tell us its story, it will dictate how it wants to be cut, and we will take the utmost care to respect its exceptional properties. … I am privileged to be given the opportunity to honor the magnificent natural beauty of the Lesedi La Rona.”