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We recently made the trip out to Edison, NJ to attend the 2017 NY/NJ Mineral, Fossil, and Gem Show. We have been a few times in previous years, and I love going so much. There are many great deals to be had, there are mineral and fossil displays to enjoy, and the people-watching is great too!

The whole convention center is full!

You can purchase gemstones in all manner of preparation – cabochons, uncut specimens, minerals still in the matrix, and fully faceted stones.

Opened geodes and a rose quartz point.


A very large chunk of what appeared to be an interior piece of an enormous geode.

The fossil displays were a bit weirdly placed during this show. I don’t understand why they don’t separate the fossil displays from the gem and mineral dealers.

These quartz anatomical models were in multiple places. Some believe that they can help to manifest masculine energy.

I am upset with myself for not having purchased one of these cathedral geodes. Next year!

Salt lamps! If you are into salt lamps though, they are available on Amazon.

I purchased a smoky quartz point and a clear quartz point.

Over the past few years, I have assembled a collection of gemstone skulls.

I got a great piece of amethyst, similar to these.

It turns out that you can also buy amethyst specimens on Amazon. Why am I surprised by this?

If you attend a gem and mineral show in the future, I highly recommend touring around to many vendors before making purchases. The differences in prices for very similar items was quite significant.

One of my favorite parts of attending the show is getting to see stones I’ve never heard of before.

A celestite geode, next to a skeleton bear foot.

I highly recommend you take a look at the next gemstone, mineral, and/or fossil show that comes to your area, if you are so lucky. They are really interesting and fun.

Happy trails!






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Bullet Jewelry

by Jamie Sanford on August 26, 2013

In a continued streak of non-traditional jewelry on the blog, today I’m locating lots of jewelry made of or with bullets. Lots of variety here, and all items are from Etsy!

First up is a bullet pendant with amethyst – you can also find these with clear quartz, citrine, and other stones all over Etsy. This one is $25 from Azeetadesigns.

This is called the hunter’s keychain – bullets and antlers. $18 from Chimiera.

I love this because it feels high-end and fabulous while still incorporating the bullet. You can even choose different colored stones for the outer rim. $19.95 from Bullet Designs.

If you’re looking for a bullet on a chain, here you go. $16 from Dorian Creations.

Taking bullets to a very feminine place is this lovely necklace with a blue Swarovski crystal. $27.50 from lauralynns.

For the cowgirl in your life. $38 from TrashandTrinkets.

It’s a tennis bracelet, made of bullets! The crystal color is up to you, with about 15 options. $59.95 from BulletDesigns.

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Ametrine Jewelry from JTV

by Jamie Sanford on April 6, 2012

Ametrine Jewelry from JTV

Hello, my name is Jamie, and I watch Jewelry Television.  I don’t know if this is available everywhere, but I have been enjoying watching the passionate JTV hosts do their thing for years, especially my girls Dawn and Mandy, they are amazing.

This all stems from my rough gemstone collection that I had when I was a kid and that I really hope that is in the boxes somewhere at Mom and Dad’s house. I love weird random gemstones that aren’t what everyone is used to, and JTV is wonderful for introducing rare, lesser-known gemstones that are still priced really well because the demand isn’t nearly as high for them. Diamonds are way easier to get than tanzanite, but everyone has been paying way more for diamonds because the demand has been high for years and years.

Anyway, something I saw recently reminded me that I do not have any jewelry featuring ametrine, and I really want some.

Cool, right? This stone is on clearance for $34.99.

From JTV:

Ametrine is a color-zoned variety of quartz that, as its name suggests, is actually half amethyst and half citrine that are believed to “grow” side by side in nature. How the two actually form next to each other as they do is still a bit of a mystery, but the differences in color are believed to be the result of the presence of iron in different states of oxidation from heat.

This one is a specialty cut – also awesome. This one is available for $79.99.

I could go on and on about how cool gemstones are, how amazing it is to think about this pretty rock that was formed under specific conditions, millions of years ago, and now it’s on my finger or in these earrings. That’s insane!

Let’s move on to look at jewelry.

Mandiore Ametrine, Brazilian Citrine, Amethyst And White Topaz 1.90ctw Sterling Pendant With Chain, $59.99.

I am generally not into yellow gold, but this is a stone that works really well with it. Mandiore Ametrine 7.50ct Rectangular Octagonal Concave Cut With Diamond .15ctw 10k Yellow Gold Ring, $229.56.

The center stone here is a specialty cut that is just really interesting and makes this a standout for me. Plus, the surrounding amethysts are really rich in color. Mandiore Ametrine Pineapple Cut And Brazilian Amethyst 6.90ctw Sterling Silver Ring, $119.99.

This one is a little less bold than the last one, without a specialty cut, but still has beautiful amethysts included as well. Mandiore Ametrine, Brazilian Amethyst And Diamond Accent 6.18ctw Sterling Silver Ring, $119.99.

I really want this pendant. A lot. Mandiore Ametrine, Brazilian Amethyst And Diamond Accent 5.96ctw Sterling Silver Pendant, $99.99.

The ametrine in this ring is less impressive, which is helped by the choice to emphasize the color change with the other stones in the setting. However, I like the overall setting quite a lot. Mandiore Ametrine, Citrine And Amethyst 3.93ctw Sterling Silver Ring, $79.99.

Question of the day! What’s your favorite gemstone? Share it in the comments.

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