Treasures of the Earth Gem, Mineral & Jewelry Show

Date/TimeVenue/Location
Mar 8 - 10
10:00am - 5:00pm
THIS SPECIFIC EVENT INSTANCE EITHER
DOESN'T EXIST OR HAS ALREADY OCCURRED
Jul 19 - 21
10:00am - 5:00pm
Virginia Beach Convention Center
1000 19th Street Virginia Beach VA 23451
Oct 11 - 13
10:00am - 5:00pm
Virginia Beach Convention Center
1000 19th Street Virginia Beach VA 23451

Ticketing Information:

$5 for adults, 16 and under free

A great show for anyone looking for a unique and exciting display of minerals and gems!

5 of 5 Stars
vabeach.com Reviews

EVENT DESCRIPTION

Brought to you by Treasures of the Earth!  Check out their website for more beautiful assortments of gems and minerals!

This show has something for everyone! Vendors from across the United States bring their merchandise to you.

Their items include:

  • 14K and sterling silver, classic, estate, fashion and handmade jewelry
  • Loose stones, beads and findings, pearls, lapidary supplies
  • Crystals, mineral specimens, art jewelry
  • Jewelers and wire wrappers who can design, remount and set stones and make repairs
  • Display of Virginia rocks and minerals, lapidary arts demonstrations and geode cutting by the two Gem and Mineral societies of the area
  • Gemologist available for on-site appraisals

SHOW HOURS:

Friday: Noon-6pm
Saturday: 10am-5pm
Sunday: 10am-5pm

See More Details on their Facebook Events Pages below:



EVENT SPECIAL NOTICES AND INFORMATION

For more information & admission discount coupon, visit www.TreasuresOfTheEarth.com

PHOTOS

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Congratulations to Gail, the winner of the Mexican fire opal ring in 14k!
Mexican amber.
#gemshow #amber #mexicanamber
Crystals wire-wrapped with copper.
#gemshow #crystals #copper
Amethyst cathedral with calcite point.
#gemshow #amethyst #calcite
Permineralized wood, "brilliant wood" from Brilliant, AL
#gemshow #fossil #brilliantwood
Lots to see at the gem show!  Come to see us!
#gemshow #jewelry #crystals
Our second new summer show is coming to Raleigh in July! Click the link for more info!  https://mailchi.mp/a34c4c08d04d/raleigh2shows
Our second new summer show is coming to Raleigh in July!  Click the link for more info!  https://mailchi.mp/a34c4c08d04d/raleigh2shows
Our second new summer show is coming to Raleigh in July!
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WHAT’S NEW

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Tuesday July 16th, 2019

Treasures of the Earth

Gemstone shenanigans

As Pliny the elder once remarked back in the early days of the Roman Empire, the most lucrative activity of all was the counterfeiting and treatment of gems. It is also said in the gem trade that the amount of synthetics you see is inversely proportional to the distance from the mine. While there are many acceptable treatments, some of which alter the stone beyond all recognition, and synthetics have nothing wrong with them per se, this should be clearly stated by all vendors as a matter of policy. When a new process comes out, the discoverers try to pump out as much of the material into the trade before the gem testing labs get onto it as they can manage, often passing them off as natural stones.

But what about blatant outright fraud? It is traditional when visiting mining areas to be first presented with synthetic gems like corundum or spinel done up to look like genuine rough. Since they are often frosted as though they had been in a river, it is impossible to look for tell tale inclusions within with the hand lens. It is a way to establish whether you know what you're on about, a ritual of polite offering with wide open curious eyes and equally polite and diplomatic refusals.

When I worked in a gem lab, one of the first jobs was to look over some lovely looking (and whoppingly fist sized) 'emerald' crystals, complete with correct striations and bits of matrix attached (in fact very discretely glued on). A glance in the microscope revealed a few tell tale stretched bubbles indicating glass. I assumed that they had taken a beryl crystal, made a cast of it in refractory clay and poured the molten green glass into the resulting mould. They must then have spent considerable effort tidying it up, making the bottom look natural and gluing the matrix on (which was also geologically plausible for the supposed mining region). So there are some clever people out there willing to go to considerable lengths. From the chagrined look on the faces of the gentlemen concerned the financial sting must have been quite large.

So here is an even more devilish trick in this ruby crystal that was examined at the Indian Gemological Institute. Weighing in at 14.77 carats, and displaying fine colour and clarity, the rough had a partly polished window through which the characteristic zoning of natural ruby was clearly visible. Some odd patterned grooves were spotted, and a closer look with the microscope showed that two thin slabs of natural ruby had been polished to show their natural inclusions and glued to the outside of a synthetic one, which formed most of the crystal's weight. Trapped gas bubbles in the junction plane were found, which are clear distinguishing marks for assembled stones. Fine triangular grooves were then carved on the outside to imitate the growth patterns found on natural crystals.
Remember, if it seems to good to be true, then it probably is.

Loz

Image credit: Meenakshi Chauhan/GIA
www.gia.edu/gems-gemology/winter-2014-gemnews-unusual-composite-ruby-rough
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Tuesday July 16th, 2019

Treasures of the Earth

”Here’s an interesting physical phenomenon that we see as we are planning our gemstone cuts. In this pic, we took a piece of synthetic spinel and cut it in half. Both stones are the exact same dimensions and nearly identical weight. Material is the same color, same piece, and isotropic so no pleochroism involved. The crown pattern on both is exactly the same. Angles on the top and bottom are the same but the number of facets and size of facets on the pavilion has changed. Notice that the blue on the left looks lighter than the stone on the right.

Regardless of which color is more pleasing to you, these two colors have a different market price and if this were sapphire that could be the difference of hundreds of dollars, especially if this subtle shift changed the color grade on your stone certification.” ~ Justin Prim
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Sunday July 14th, 2019

Treasures of the Earth

We will be in Virginia Beach July 19-21. Come to see us at the Convention Center!
Click the link for more info.

mailchi.mp/e1d26ddcaf8a/vbtreasures2019
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We will be in Virginia Beach July 19-21.  Come to see us at the Convention Center!
Click the link for more info.  https://mailchi.mp/e1d26ddcaf8a/vbtreasures2019

Sunday July 14th, 2019

Treasures of the Earth

Amazing large specimen of calcite crystals on amethyst from the Irai region, Rio Grande Do Sul, Brazil.

Photo: Collector's Edge Minerals

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Monday July 8th, 2019

Treasures of the Earth

Astonishing Grossular Garnet from Eden Mills, Vermont

Gail & Jim Spann Collection/

Photo: Thomas Spann

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