31st Annual Maine Mineralogical and Geological Society Gem, Mineral and Jewelry Show
Saint Joseph's College of Maine
278 Whites Bridge Rd., Standish, ME
Saturday, April 19th, 2014 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Sunday, April 20th, 2014 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
The dates for the annual MMGS Gem & Mineral Show, customarily the third weekend in April, coincide with Easter in 2014. We understand that this creates a conflict for some members, dealers, and show attendees, and we regret any difficulties that this may cause.
The club has decided to proceed with the show on the usual dates for 2014 because many dealers would otherwise be unable to participate, given their commitments to other shows. Although Saint Joseph's College will officially be closed out of respect for this major religious holiday, the college has graciously allowed us to use its fine facilities on these dates. For this we are exceptionally grateful.
MMGS looks forward to our 2014 show, and we hope it will prove yet another in a long line of successful events. See you there!
to receive a discount off the full adult admission price at the door.
We will be opening the admission desks around 9:30 a.m. each morning so you may get checked in early. When we open up at 10 a.m., you should be able to walk right into the venue since you will already have business at the admission desks taken care of. We have sent out post cards in the mail and have sent out announcment emails about the show as well. This year, we are changing our "discount coupon" process a little bit. This has been made simple for you by allowing you to fill out a form on our website and then print out the PDF files that it generates. Pre-registration on our website should help rush you through the admission process this year. Please bring printouts of the PDF files for each of the people in your family attending the show. Gem and Mineral Show admission payment happens at the event. We are not accepting on-line payments for this event. If you have difficulty opening up a PDF file, you most likely need the FREE Adobe Reader software.
This event is one of the largest Gem and Mineral Show Events in New England! Even more Dealers this year!
Dozens of dealers presenting gems, minerals, fossils and jewelry from all over the world. Demonstrations of wire wrapping, gold panning, gem cutting. Children section with spin wheel and mini mine. Legendary silent auctions, hourly door prizes and grand prizes. Free grab bags for the kids.
Adults $4, Seniors & Students $3
Kids (12 and under) are FREE!
Paid admission includes entry in our Grand Prize Raffle!
If you have any questions, or want to be a dealer, please contact our Show Chairman, Steve Bridge.
SCHEDULE OF EVENTS
|ACTIVITIES||SATURDAY, APRIL 19
10AM - 5PM
|SUNDAY, APRIL 20
10AM - 4PM
|Browse the thousands of mineral specimens, fossils, and jewelry pieces from renowned local and international dealers.||Ongoing||Ongoing|
|Featured Programs||1-1:30pm Magic Rocks! Think rocks are boring? Think again! We’ve got rocks that float, rocks that glow, rocks from space…even rocks you can eat!||1-1:30pm Amazing Crystals! Nature’s incredible beauty and symmetry are on showcase here. You’ll swear these elegant minerals were hand-made!|
|3-3:30pm Dinosaurs & Fossils! Ever pet a wooly mammoth? Touch a triceratops? It’s a Jurassic encounter of the most unforgettable kind!||3-3:30pm Buried Treasures of New England! Learn all about the geological treasures in our own backyard. Discover where to go and how to find them!|
|Silent Auctions||Every half hour||Every half hour|
|Door Prize Raffle Drawings||Every hour||Every hour|
Boulder Weight Contest
|Grand Prize Raffle Drawings||4PM|
Moldavite / Libyan Glass Pendant
Moldavite is an olive-green glass-like tektite formed by a meteorite impact. There is now only one sand pit, which (legally) produces moldavites. It is predicted that in less than ten years from now commercial Moldavite mining will come to an end. After this time, there will be virtually no appreciable amount of gem-grade Moldavite left in the ground. High-quality moldavite stones are often used in hand-crafted jewelry and thus enter the market away from mainstream jewelry fashions, and as such have gained an almost cult status.
Libyan desert glass is a substance found in areas in the Libyan Desert. The origin of the glass is controversial, but a meteoritic origin for the glass has long been suspected. Some scientists suspect the glass is the product of a meteorite impact, while others think it was formed by radiative melting from meteoric aerial bursts. Libyan desert glass has been dated as having formed about 26 million years ago. It was knapped and used to make tools during the Pleistocene era.
These 2 unique materials have been faceted and set into a gorgeous pendant, creating a stunning work of jewelry that is truly out of this world!
Geologic Age: Cretaceous
Stratigraphic detail: Hell Creek Formation
Location: South Dakota
Description: This is a nice display piece that comes in a 5.25" x 6.25" Riker Mount as shown. It contains a section of the Frill as well as a nice Shed Tooth.
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