The Syracuse Gem and Mineral Show is coming to Syracuse, and will feature many beautiful and unique pieces to explore and take home.
A geode farmer from Missouri will be at the event cracking geodes, which are beautiful crystals grown inside rocks and can be grown at home as well.
“You just don’t know what’s inside them, the hobby itself is so fun, you just never know what you’re going to find,” said Cheryl Brown, President of the Gem and Mineral Society.
Geodes such as the sparkling chrome tremolite crystal that will be featured in the show are grown right here in central New York, and many have been transformed into beautiful décor and jewelry by enthusiasts such as Brown.
The show will also feature a water bed gem sluice for kids to find treasures, as well as soapstone carving and jewelry making workshops.
“We’ve got a lot of fossils in this area, we’ve got horn coral, brachiopods, we’ve got all kind of shellfish because this was an undersea area,” said Brown, referring to the ancient geological history of central New York.
There will be demonstrations throughout the show, such as stone cutting and polishing, as well as talks by experts about the beautiful creations.
The Syracuse Gem and Mineral Show will kick off on Saturday July 13th from 10am to 6pm at the New York State Fairgrounds Center of Progress Building and continue of Sunday from 10am to 4pm with a $7 donation requested for admission. Children under 12 and Scouts in uniform are free with adult admission.