I recently visted a Rock, Gem ‘n’ Bead Show here in the UK. I wanted to share my experience, finds and all the crystal eye candy with you. I have also included my crystal shopping guide and Gem Show tips…
People often ask me if these types of events (Like the famous Tucson Gem and Mineral Show in the USA) are a good place to buy crystals and although I have bought crystals at Mind, Body and Spirit events I have not been to an exclusive show for crystals till now.
What To Expect
I was lucky enough to get free entry as a seller who was there had given me a couple of tickets a few months ago. I have to say it was a little overwhelming on arrival. I don’t think I have ever been around so many crystals at once. Arriving early mean’t there were less people around to start. Things got very busy by lunchtime.
So Many Crystals…
There were all types of crystals on display from big to small. Plus fossils, gemstones, beads and jewellery. Most stones are priced with a sticker or on a box. Make sure you have saved up before you go to an event like this and set a budget so you don’t go crazy!
What I found was that the people that ran the stalls were all really knowledgable about what they had and were very friendly and helpful. I did not feel pressured to buy anything. They know people think about things before buying a lot of the time.
There were lots of bargains with most things very reasonably priced. If you want a museum quality specimin or a huge display crystal, expect to pay for it. Some of the sellers were cutting stones right there in front of you. There were lots of things I rarely see online and so much choice in sizes and forms.
I was surprised to see not just British stones but also locally mined crystals. Some crystals came with certificates of the mine they came from. I didn’t see any heat treated Amethyst/Citrine, only natural Citrine which was very refreshing.
What I Came Home With
I can highly recommend buying crystals at a Gem Show and will definatly go again next year. I brought home two Preseli Bluestone items, a Wrist Mala and a small Pyramid (For gridding). Also two halves of a Agate & Quartz Geode and a Clear Quartz Icosahedron.
Plus a large partly polished Candle Quartz (photo does not do it justice). A stunning Bulgarian Pyrite Cluster (which came with a certificate of origin) and a white Spirit Quartz Cluster. Better closeup photos will appear on my Instagram, Facebook and Pinterest.
My Top Gem Show Tips:
Save up well in advance.
Bring a bag or backpack…
Bring cash as well as a card
Arrive early to avoid the crowds.
Ask questions to the sellers.
Handle or touch the crystals if possible.
Can’t see what your looking for? Ask them.
Revisit crystals you were thinking about before you go.
Do you have any Gem Show tips to share? I would love to hear from you in the comments below (Please keep any questions you have on topic if you want a response).
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