gem shows

Places you can go to see and buy rocks, minerals, crystals, gemstones, fossils, beads, and much more.

Special Exhibits 2018

Don’t miss these special exhibits at the Gem Show March 9-11, 2018.

FEATURE EXHIBIT

FAMOUS ROCK FOOD TABLE – Presented by the East Texas Gem and Mineral Society

An amazing meal featuring rocks and minerals that mimic food items.  Hosts for the meal will be Kinney and Vicky Polve.

INVITATIONAL EXHIBITS

MR. BONES – Tim Seeber; Louisville, CO

Once again the Kansas City Gem & Mineral show is proud to present Tim and his friendly dinosaur puppets.  They can be seen wandering the floor during show hours.  Beware or you will be eaten!

MISSOURI MINES STATE HISTORIC SITE – Art Hebrank; Park Hills, MO

A display of minerals from the Missouri Department of Natural Resources Museum.

CALCITE:  A MINERAL OF MANY FORMS – Dr. Charles Spencer, Lees Summit, MO; Ken Stalder, De Soto, KS; and Bruce Stinemetz, Independence, MO

A display featuring the many forms and colors of calcites from around the world.

THE ART OF FLINT KNAPPING – Demonstrations by various local artists

Flint knapping is the art of shaping rocks such as flint and chert into weapons and tools.  Demonstrations will be given continuously throughout the Show.

WALK THROUGH STORY BOOK – Judy Oetting; Levasy, MO

A geological experience geared to the younger set, but of interest to everyone.

A HISTORY OF MINE LIGHTING – Marv Dahmen; Carl Junction, MO

A display of the equipment miners have used to illuminate their work area over the years.

PHOSPHATES AND ARSENATES – Friends of Mineralogy, Mississippi Valley Chapter

A display of mineral specimens containing the phosphate (PO4) or arsenate (AsO4) group.  These minerals tend to be somewhat rare and are frequently brightly colored.

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Scholarship Contest

The Association has some scholarships for college students who have completed at least their sophomore year and are legal residents of the United States and studying for a degree in Earth Science related fields. The awards ranging from $250.00 to $1,000.00 each can be applied toward tuition or loans at an accredited college or university in Kansas or Missouri. There are also research grants for graduate students.

The Scholarship Committee will select finalists from applications received by the end of February each year. Applicants are asked to provide the following:

  1. Fully complete the 2018 Scholarship Application including the six requirements listed on the application
  2. Recommendation from a Professor
  3. Submission of all college transcripts

Finalists will be notified by March 2, 2018 and will be requested to attend the Saturday Night Auction on March 10, 2018 at 7:15 P.M. to receive their scholarship.

To enter, mail the requested materials to Molly Stinemetz. Applications must be received by Monday, February 26, 2018. No email applications will be accepted.

Download the application (Word Document) here.

Spring 2017 Gem Show Photos

The Spring 2017 Gem and Mineral Show was very successful. The parking lot was filled to capacity and we made over $3000 for the scholarship fund. I think it helped that it was so cold on Saturday, because people wanted to do something indoors. Here are some of the highlights.

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My favorite exhibit: The Earth’s Rainbow by Maple Woods Community College. It shows minerals of every color and how they get their colors. Photo by Stephanie Reed

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Geological features of Missouri made out of minerals by Susan Judy (Stone Quilt Design) Unfortunately, it was already sold when I saw it. Photo by Stephanie Reed

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Mr. Bones was wondering what was so interesting on this person’s phone. Photo by Stephanie Reed

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David and Stephanie Reed showing off the new Association banner. Photo by Bob

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Cretaceous fossils from Kansas, displayed by KU. The iridescent baculite is especially nice. Photo by Stephanie Reed

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Selenite crystal from Kansas. I sold it at the Association Booth. Photo by Stephanie Reed

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Shea Oak slab in UMKC’s petrified wood exhibit. This specimen usually lives at the Sutton Museum at UMKC. Photo by Stephanie Reed

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A blue morpho butterfly seen at Butterflies by God. Photo by Stephanie Reed

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The Bead Society had a lot of great cases. Photo by Stephanie Reed

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Keshi pearls (i.e. non-nucleated pearls) from Avian Oasis. Photo by Stephanie Reed

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Jeanna and Jim in foreground, Chet and Bob in background. Photo by Stephanie Reed

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Agatized Dinosaur bone from the Morrison Formation in Utah, seen at Science Leads the Way. We met the person who found it. Photo by Stephanie Reed

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Australian Boulder Opal cabs from Dreaming Down Under. Photo by Stephanie Reed

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This otherworldly glass sculpture was at Madagascar Gemstones. Photo by Stephanie Reed

Spring 2017 Lectures

Lectures presented by the Association of Earth Science Clubs of Greater Kansas City

Friday, March 10, 2017

3:00 p.m. “Opal Down Under”, Ron Wooly, Owner of Dreaming Down Under

Saturday, March 11, 2017

1:00 p.m. “Earth Science… Facts, Frauds and Scams”, Mark Sherwood, Independence Gem and Mineral Society

2:00 p.m. “The Life and Hard Times of the KU T. rex”, Dr. David Burnham, Research Associate, University of Kansas, Lawrence, Kansas

3:00 p.m. “Medullary bone in Tyrannosaurs: a question of chickens, eggs and possibly more”, Dr. Josh Schmerge, University of Kansas, Lawrence, Kansas

4:00 p.m. “History of Gold Mining”, Doug Foster, Show-Me Gold, Missouri

Sunday, March 12, 2017

2:00 p.m. “The Life and Hard Times of the KU T-rex”, Dr. David Burnham, Research Associate, University of Kansas, Lawrence, Kansas

3:00 p.m. “Islands in the sun: Eocene fossil mammals from Turkey”, Dr. Chris Beard, University of Kansas, Lawrence, Kansas

Special Exhibits 2017

KANSAS CITY GEM SHOW SPRING 2017 FEATURE EXHIBIT

ROCK ART –Stone Quilt Design; Susan Judy; Denver, CO and WKP Accent Tables; Bill Peterson; Boulder, CO
Colorado artists Judy and Bill have brought some of their creations to the Kansas City Show.  Judy inlays natural materials in a stone mosaic to create pictures and Bill uses natural materials to create tables.

INVITATIONAL EXHIBITS (more…)