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.
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!
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.
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!
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….