Gem show!!

On Friday, I went to the Ancaster Gem, Mineral, Bead and Jewellery Show!  Quite the title, eh – I just call it the Ancaster show.  I went there to see four vendors in particular, and I had a budget.  After all, it is easy to get carried away when there are so many pretty stones!

I like this gem and mineral show because there is a good variety of items, ranging from finished jewellery to beads to flamework beads to fossils (!!) and geodes to gemstones.  There is also a good selection of interesting stones that have been cut in interesting shapes (known as freeform or “art” shapes).  Plus, if none of that excites you there are always faceted gemstones – almost any stone you can think of except diamonds.

First I went to Alpine Gems to see what Brad had brought to the show this year.  His business is unique in that he has a strong focus on Canadian gemstones and he prospects and (artisan) mines his own stones.  He also cuts stones – both as cabachons and faceted.  He also carries stones from around the world, some of which he has mined and cut himself.

Gemstones from Alpine Gems: (l to r) - aquamarine, emerald, tourmaline (an opaque one and a translucent one), and nuummite.
close up of the nuummite
The nuummite is a beautiful stone that is hard to photograph. I'll be posting more about it soon. It is the most precious (and expensive) stone I bought on Friday.


Then after doing major damage to my budget, I went to NikMak (unfortunately no website) who are goldsmiths and educators from Montreal.  They often have unusual cabachon cut gemstones – and they didn’t disappoint!

gemstones from Nikmak
These are the stones from Nikmak: (top, l to r): sodalite, lapis and dendretic agate; (bottom, l to r): charoite, 2 rutilated quartz and another dendretic agate.
closeup of the stones
A close up of the stones from Nikmak - beautiful colors and interesting shapes within the stones!

Then I made my way to Jewellery Jamboree to see Reza.  He is a goldsmith/gemologist who has a great range of stones and a large selection of Persian turquoise.  He is a graduate of George Brown College and usually goes to the school twice a year (or so) to sell gems to the students.  He also tracked down specific stones that we needed for our projects.

gemstones from Reza
I didn't buy too many stones from Reza, but it turns out I picked the ones that are hardest to photograph! (l to r): Persian turquoise, red sapphires, larimar.

Finally, after a bowl of soup (I needed my strength!), I headed to Robert Hall Originals.  These are the people who organize this show.  I have so many beautiful stones from Robert Hall that I really restrained myself this time!

crazy lace agate
Wow, what a great stone! Crazy lace agate at it's most colorful!


Well, you might have guessed – I went over budget.  Now I have to design some jewellery that suits these stones!  Do you have any suggestions about how I should use them?

Awaiting your reply….


One Response to Gem show!!

  1. Hi Valerie I totally agree Nicki of Nikmak was the highlight of my day at Ancaster. I saw the best specimens at here booth and was introduced to Numite. The dreams I had saturday night after the show were amazing and vivid I was living a whole other life.


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