Special displays at the 2019 East Coast Gem, Mineral & Fossil Show, August 9-11 at the Eastern States Exposition Better Living Center, will feature minerals from New Mexico and the southwest. Visitors can find worldwide treasures without leaving the comfort of an air-conditioned building. Great shopping and a fun educational experience are provided by vendors from around the world. Dealers, miners, artisans, and crafters sell an amazing variety of “rocks” ranging from 50 cent tumbled stones to $50,000 mineral specimens, from inexpensive beads to designer creations, and from shark’s teeth to fossil skeletons. Natural mineral specimens, fossils, gemstones, beads, jewelry, meteorites, crystals, geodes, decorator items, and lapidary supplies and equipment are among the items for sale.
The special exhibits for the 2019 show will be provided by the New Mexico Institute of Geology and Mineral Resources-Mineral Museum.
For family fun, collecting rocks, minerals and fossils, whether at a show or in the field, is a great hobby. Special booths at the show offer free mineral specimens for kids, panning for gemstones and fossils for a small fee, and geodes to purchase that can be cracked open to reveal never-before-seen crystals. Visitors are also welcome to bring their “unknown” minerals for free identification. Free lectures on topics related to rocks and minerals are offered every day of the show for the enjoyment of visitors. See the show website (www.mzexpos.com/east-coast-show) for a complete schedule.