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February 27, 2008 > Gem and mineral show

Gem and mineral show

By Bosky Panjvani

Faceted stones, beaded and sterling silver jewelry, a wood turned pen, a petrified wood sphere, and turquoise carvings are not only on display for public admiration, but are part of auction proceedings on Saturday at 3 p.m. Proceeds from a silent auction of gems and minerals will go to scholarship funds for Geology students at California State University of East Bay, Hayward. Every year two students are awarded a scholarship along with a 12-month membership of the gem and mineral club.

Natural and manmade sparkles will include Swaroski crystals, fluorescent minerals, antique jewelry, diamonds, and gemstone beads at the Centennial hall in Hayward. The mineral and gem society of Castro Valley is hosting a gem and mineral show from Friday, Feb 29 to Sunday, Mar 2. Sixty dealers from all over U.S. will participate as visitors "ooh and aah" over their collections of minerals, gemstones and precious rocks.

This show is a family affair, with something for everybody. Children can enjoy the Spin-a-wheel game with amethyst crystal clusters, gemstone pendants and other items to win.
Guests can also learn how to make jewelry with rocks or gemstones at this show from club members. Apart from gems and minerals, visitors will also be treated to a display of "Ammonites and Their Predators" by paleontologist Dr Alan Schaffert.
A highlight of this three-day show will be a 10-foot long cast of Plesiosaur Fossil, a giant lizard-like creature that dates back 200 million years. It is from the collection of Dr Schaffert, creator of the non-profit "Tethys Ocean Project."

The gem and mineral show will feature displays of handmade jewelry, collectible fossils and minerals and gemstones. Stone carvings and inlay pictures known as intarsia along with petrified wood specimen and lapidary artwork will also be shown.

Visitors can win door prizes and participate in a raffle for a Blue Chalcedony Pendant in 14K gold. Visitors can also get a dollar off the $6 entry fee by bringing a show flyer to the exhibition, which is available on their website.

Gem and Mineral Show
Friday, Feb 29 - Sunday, Mar 2
10 a.m. - 6 p.m. (Sunday closes at 5 p.m.)
Centennial Hall,
22292 Foothill Blvd., Hayward
(510) 887-9007 (discount coupon available at website)

Adults $6.00 (good for all three days); Children Under-13 free with a paying adult.
Free Parking

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