October 12 Bead Bazaar & October 18 Gem, Mineral & Fossil Show

by mary October 19, 2014

The last 2 weekends have been a great time for finding gemstones & beads!

Steve & I attended the Des Moines Bead Bazaar at the State Fairgrounds last Sunday afternoon & came away with some great finds!  Starting from the top right & moving clockwise, is an ocean jasper, turitello agate (looks like fossil pieces), canyon jasper bead, brazilian agate bead, & botswana agate; the pink stone in the middle is pink rhodonite.

We also picked up some strings of small jet, black onyx & shell beads.

And I even won something in a drawing (I almost never win anything) -- this brass anaclastic cuff bracelet!  Anaclastic forming is something I would really like to try sometime!

I was pretty happy with everything I found!

Then, yesterday, we went to the Des Moines Gem, Mineral & Fossil Show -- also at the State Fairgrounds.  This show only comes once a year in October & is my very favorite gem show!  They also have some of the most amazing fossils! 

Although I didn't find as many gemstones there, I am especially excited about the ones I did pick up -- including the following, starting in the lower left corner & going clockwise -- 2 fabulous boulder opals, fossilized coral & this amazing bumblebee jasper!

I also picked up 4 small oddly shaped gemstone pieces for only a quarter each!  I have no idea what I'll do with them yet, but for a quarter each, I'll feel comfortable experimenting!

While we were there, I also saw these really cool trilobite specimens, & decided a trilobite would make a great model for the chasing & repousse class I'm taking at the Art Center.  The exhibitor was kind enough to allow me to take pictures -- check this guy out!  I am really looking forward to starting to work on him tomorrow at class!  I'll be sure to post a picture of my piece when it's done.

An amazing 2 weeks here in Des Moines -- I couldn't be happier with all that I found!

And, as always, thanks for reading & for supporting small businesses!

And to see my jewelry, check out my website at http://paulinesjewelrybox.com!

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Pauline's Jewelry Box was founded by Mary Nelson in 2012 in Des Moines, Iowa.  I chose the name Pauline's Jewelry Box because my mother's name was Pauline & I have many fond memories of looking through jewelry box & playing with her jewelry

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