Gem and Jewelry Show

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With afternoon temperatures hovering around 100°, the International Gem & Jewelry Show at the Palmer Events Center seemed like a good idea. The $8 admission was reasonable, and I desperately needed an indoor, air-conditioned activity. So off I went.

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I quickly realized that I was expecting a Gem & Mineral show, but this was, as advertised, a Gem & Jewelry show. I stopped by the Austin Gem and Mineral Society booth and learned that I’ll have to wait for their October Gem Capers show to see rocks and minerals.

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With my expectations reset, I wandered around the exhibit floor. There was definitely an international focus in both vendors and shoppers. Only a few of the sellers were from Central Texas. A separate section with limited access was cordoned off for wholesale sales.

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Many vendor tables were piled high with colorful strings of beads and pearls. Some vendors sold beading supplies, others featured unique festoons and pendants. I wished that I knew more about jewelry-making and regretted not taking that beading class earlier this summer.

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Pre-made jewelry options ranged from inexpensive costume pieces to hand-crafted items embedded with diamond and precious jewels. By far, the most popular booth was Veraga Jewels, jammed full of shiny, intricate earrings, necklaces, and bracelets.

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I left without buying anything. But now I’m motivated to sign up for that beading class…

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  1. If you sign up, PLEASE do not buy any supplies before you come and raid my stash! And I think some of my supplies are from Kathi A’s old stash.

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