Gem and Mineral Show coming to Natural History Museum


JOHNSON CITY (November 5, 2013) – A Gem and Mineral Show will be held at the East Tennessee State University and General Shale Natural History Museum and Visitor Center at the Gray Fossil Site on this Friday-Sunday, Nov. 8-10.

The show will include 10 gem and mineral dealers from all over the Southeast, who will sell mineral specimens, jewelry, beads and jewelry supplies.

The show will also include services for visitors, including jewelry repairs and stone-setting.  Additionally, there will be a vendor who can wire-wrap visitors’ gems.  Pearl-knotting will also be available. Knotting pearls distributes even spaces between pearls or other beads when making jewelry. There will also be demonstrations, such as flint-knapping, which is the process of shaping flint or some types of rock into shapes useful for tools or jewelry.

“We are so excited to have a gem and mineral show on site,” said Dr. Blaine Schubert, museum director.  “It is a natural partnership, because as geologists and paleontologists, our scientists have studied all kinds of gems, minerals and rocks. We think this is a great way for the community to come together and see the collections.”

The Kingsport Gems and Minerals Society will have a table at the event and visitors can get information concerning the club.

The Gem and Mineral Show will be open from 9 a.m.-6 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, and from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. on Sunday. Admission is $6, which includes the museum and the show.

Regular hours at the Natural History Museum, located 1.8 miles off Exit 13 on Interstate 26, are 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday.

For more information, call (866) 202-6223 or visit  For disability accommodations, call the ETSU Office of Disability Services at (423)439-8346.

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