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Niagara Gem Show

51st Niagara Gem Show

Niagara Gem Show

June 10 – 11, 2017

From 10am – 5pm Saturday and Sunday

Fireman’s Park, Niagara Falls On

More Show Info: http://www.ccfms.ca/clubs/NPGS/show.htm

Niagara Gem Show

Each year, in June, the Niagara Peninsula Geological Society (NPGS) puts on a Gem, Mineral, and Fossil Show and Sale:

  • we demonstrate all kinds of things such as, looking at minerals, rocks, crystals, and fossils under our microscope or under fluorescent lighting, how to split a rock, plus, plus;
  • we show off our prized finds such as, fossils, plus minerals and rocks that we’ve collected on our field trips, plus, plus;
  • we demonstrate our lapidary skills – anything that we may have polished, cabbed, or faceted;
  • as well, there are dealers of minerals, rocks, crystals, gemstones, beads, and fossils along with one-of-a-kind jewellery and carvings – not just locally but also from all over the world! – all of which you can look at and buy.
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Niagara Gem Show
TBS Bead Fabulous

TBS Bead Fabulous 2017

TORONTO BEAD SOCIETY

BEadFABULOUS

SATURDAY, APRIL 22, 2017 10am – 5pm

LOCATION
CENTRAL YMCA
2nd Floor
20 Grosvenor Street, Toronto ON
(north of College, west of Yonge)

ADMISSION
$5 (Free if you’re taking a class)

LOTS and LOTS of CLASSES. Come and take a class (or two) and do some shopping too!

  • Parking available in nearby lots
  • TTC accessible (College/Yonge Subway)

For more information and class listings visit:

http://www.torontobeadsociety.org/web/index.php/bead-fair3/beadfabulous-2017

Yogafest

Yogafest March 18, 2017

YogaFest

EQUINOX

http://www.yogafest.org/

Follow The Feeling
Saturday March 18, 2017. Burlington, Ontario
Burlington Convention Centre

YogaFest is a conscious movement that strives to inspire yoga and mindful living!
We do this by creating a space for self expression and self realization, for all ages and cultures, where all are welcome to be themselves, in their highest and greatest form.

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Vancouver Gem Show

Vancouver Gem & Mineral Show at PNE – March 24-27, 2017

Vancouver Gem & Mineral Show at PNE

http://vancouvergemshow.com/

Friday, March 24th 2017, 12:00-9pm
Saturday, March 25th 2017, 10am-6pm
Sunday, March 26th 2017, 10am-5pm

Admission Fee at the Show doors:
General: one-day ticket – $8, three-days ticket – $12
Senior/Student: one-day ticket – $6, three-days ticket – $9
Children 12 and under free (with adult)

Eventbrite - Vancouver Gem & Mineral Show

 

The Gem Expo logo

The Gem Expo – March 17-19, 2017

The Gem Expo – March 17-19, 2017 Get Tickets

The Gem Expo is Canada’s Premier show for Beads, Beading supplies and Tools, Gems & Gemstones, Copper and Sterling Silver Findings, Jewellery, Minerals, Amber, Pearls, Glass and Lampwork artisans The show features handmade jewellery from talented artisans and features a large variety of Precious and Semi-Precious stones such as Diamonds, Rubies, Sapphires, Emeralds, Pearls, and many others. Whether you’re looking for strands to make your own jewellery, beautifully faceted stones for setting or wire wrapping, or finished pieces with exquisite gems, exquisite mineral samples or interested in the healing properties of Minerals, The Gem Expo has it all.

The Gem Expo is held 3 times a year at the Hyatt Regency on King in beautiful downtown Toronto. The show also supports a local charity through a silent auction at each show. There will also be a “Silent Auction” to support of Toronto Neighborhood Centres, a local charity  non-profit program for low income families and youth in Toronto.  For more info, check out www.thegemexpo.com.

Cost: 

$6 per day or $12 for all 3 days, Kids 12 and under free.
$2 off coupon available online

Where:

Hyatt Regency Toronto on King
370 King Street West
Toronto, ON M5V 1J9

When:

March 17th – 11:30am – 8:00pm
March 18th – 10:00am – 6:00pm
March 19th – 10:00am – 5:00pm

Subway Info: 550 Meters west on King from St Andrews Station

Tickets: Get Tickets

Google Maps: https://goo.gl/O44Jyw

Make a quick Head Pin

Quick Tip: How to Convert a Headpin into an Eye Pin

Here is a quick tip from our friends ad Beadaholique on how to turn a Head Pin into a Eye Pin.

 

Headpin:  A headpin is a simple jewellery finding that is a straight wire with a flat end or sometimes with an ornate end to keep the bead from sliding though.

Eye Pin: Eye pins have the same basic function as a headpin, but instead of a flat or ornate end, there is a loop that allows you to ad an additional dangle piece to it.

kumihimo Disc

12 Strand Kumihimo Bracelet Video

12 Strand Kumihimo Bracelet Video

In this jewelry making video, you see how easy it is to create a 12-strand Kongo Gumi Kumihimo braid. This braid is then turned into a bracelet project that can be worn by either men or women.

For this project, you will need

  • 1 Kumihimo Disk
  • 6 x 30″ piece of 1 mm Leather/Pleather cording
  • Kumihimo end caps
  • some Jump Rings
  • Clasp
  • E6000 Glue
  • 2 x 5″ scrap artistic wire
  • Chain Nose Pliers
  • Flat Nose Pliers
  • Cutters

 

March Birthstone – Aquamarine

Aquamarine

Aquamarine is often called “The Poor Man’s Diamond”.   It is a mineral beryl that also includes other gemstones such as the emerald, morganite, and heliodor. The beryl consists of four elements: beryllium, aluminum, silicon, oxygen with traces of iron. It occurs as a free six-sided crystal in rock veins. It is a relatively hard gem, ranking after the diamond, sapphire, ruby, alexandrite, and topaz.

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Image Source: http://www.irocks.com/minerals/specimen/7831

The colour and intensities vary from deep blue to blue-green to yellow. Naturally occurring deep blue stones are the most prized because they are rare and expensive. However, yellow beryl stones can be heated to change them to blue aquamarines.

The best commercial source of aquamarines are found in Brazil, Colombia, the Ural Mountains of Russia, the island of Malagasy, and India. Some sources also exist in the United States such as Colorado, Maine, and North Carolina.

The name was derived by the Romans, “aqua,” meaning water, and “mare,” meaning sea, because it looked like sea water. They were sacred to Neptune, Roman god of the sea. This association with the sea made it the sailors’ gem, promising prosperous and safe voyages, as well as protection against perils and monsters of the sea as early as 480BC by the greeks

During the Roman period, the aquamarine was believed to possess medicinal and healing powers such as curing ailments of the stomach, liver, jaws, and throat. Aquamarines were thought to be the source of power for fortune tellers for telling fortunes and answering questions about the future. Emperor Nero was believed to have used it as an eyeglass some 2,000 years ago. Much more recently, aquamarines were used as glasses in Germany to correct short sightedness. In fact, the German name for eyeglasses today is “brille,” derived from the mineral beryl.

The Gem Expo

The Gem Expo

March 18-20, 2016 at the Hyatt Regency Toronto, 370 King St West.

The Gem Expo – Spring 2016

The Gem Expo is Canada’s Premier show for Beads, Beading supplies and Tools, Gems & Gemstones, Copper and Sterling Silver Findings, Jewellery, Minerals, Amber, Pearls, Glass and Lampwork artisans The show features handmade jewellery from talented artisans and features a large variety of Precious and Semi-Precious stones such as Diamonds, Rubies, Sapphires, Emeralds, Pearls, and many others. Whether you’re looking for strands to make your own jewellery, beautifully faceted stones for setting or wire wrapping, or finished pieces with exquisite gems, exquisite mineral samples or interested in the healing properties of Minerals, The Gem Expo has it all.

The Gem Expo is held 3 times a year at the Hyatt Regency on King in beautiful downtown Toronto. The show also supports a local charity through a silent auction at each show. This show’s charity will be supporting Operation Smile. For more details on the show and the next show dates, check out www.thegemexpo.com.

Where:
Hyatt Regency Toronto on King
370 King Street West
Toronto, ON M5V 1J9

When:
March 13 – 11:30am – 8:00pm
March 14 – 10:00am – 6:00pm
March 15 – 10:00am – 5:00pm

Cost:
$6 per day or $10 for all 3 days, Kids 12 and under free.
$12 off coupon available online

Subway Info:
550 Meters west on King from St Andrews Station

Tickets:
http://goo.gl/wh4DxD