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Show displays area’s gem and mineral diversity

August 6, 2012
By JOHANNA BOYLE - Journal Staff Writer  ( , The Mining Journal

ISHPEMING - Rocks rocked Saturday at the 37th annual Gem and Mineral Show, hosted by the Ishpeming Rock and Mineral Club.

The Ishpeming Elks Club and its parking lot were filled with tables of gem and mineral specimens from the Upper Peninsula, the United States and around the world, giving beginners the chance to see the variety of rocks that make up the world and serious rock hounds the chance to trade or acquire new specimens for their collections.

"It's a little bit of everything," said show chairman Ernie Johnson.

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Lake Superior agates show vivid colors in jars of water at the 37th annual Gem and Mineral Show held in Ishpeming on Saturday. (Journal photo by Johanna Boyle)

Around 25 displays made up the show, with people coming from as far away as New York and Tennessee to show their wares. Johnson said 1,500 people were expected to come through the show which also featured a silent auction, raffle prizes and a kids' table where younger visitors could start their own rock collections.

During the fall, winter and spring, the club meets on a monthly basis. During the summer months, members take field trips to area sites where interesting minerals can be collected, such as old mining sites.

For more information on the club, visit

Johanna Boyle can be reached at 906-486-4401.



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