8th Annual Palace Gem & Mineral Show

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Free, though certain lectures and workshops have a small fee associated with them.

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The lore of turquoise helps open the 8th Annual Palace Gem & Mineral Show, Sept. 27-29, in the Palace Courtyard at the New Mexico History Museum in Santa Fe. 

Join Museum of Indian Arts & Culture Curator Maxine McBrinn for a kickoff lecture on Friday, Sept. 27, at 6 pm, in the museum auditorium. “Turquoise, Water, Sky” focuses on the history of turquoise in the Southwest and its evolution as jewelry from prehistoric times to today. 

McBrinn’s lecture offers tantalizing hints to an exhibition of the same name opening this spring at the Museum of Indian Arts & Culture. Admission to the event is $5 at the door, and seating is limited. Cash or check only, please.

Friday through Sunday, the shady Palace Courtyard will play host to a variety of exhibitors offering geodes, fossils, opals, turquoise and more for sale. Entry is free through the Blue Gate south of the History Museum’s main entrance on Lincoln Avenue. 

Some of the most knowledgeable miners and collectors in the Southwest will share important tips in casual al fresco lectures. Jewelry-making workshops will be offered each day for $20. 

The schedule:
Friday, September 27 
9 am to 5:30 pm: Palace Gem & Mineral Show open in the Palace Courtyard.
6 pm: “Turquoise, Water, Sky.” Maxine McBrinn, curator of archaeology at the New Mexico Museum of Indian Arts & Culture, speaks in the History Museum Auditorium. $5 at the door.

Saturday, September 28
9 am to 4 pm: Palace Gem & Mineral Show open in the Palace Courtyard.
10 am: Sandy Craig, opal cutting and polishing demonstration. The owner of Orca Gems & Opals in Littleton, Colo., has been cutting and polishing the gems for over 20 years, along the way developing special methods for getting the most out of a given piece of rough opal. See how he turns what looks like a forgettable stone into a glittering jewel. 
11:30 pm: Garrick Beck, “History of Fakery in Gemstones: Questions You Should Ask Before Buying.” The owner of Natural Stones in Santa Fe will give a talk about the history of pulling the wool over consumers’ eyes with stones that have been dyed, synthesized, stabilized and enhanced, and teaches you four things to ask before buying gemstones.
1 pm: Gregory Jaekel, “Copper Mining in New Mexico.” The co-owner of Star Mountain Trading Company talks about the history of copper mines and their byproducts, turquoise.
2 pm: April Redbird jewelry-making workshop. Learn the art of gem and wire wrapping to create your own pair of earrings from the co-owner of Star Mountain Trading Company. Reserve a space by calling 505-476-5156. Class fee of $20 payable at the event, cash or check only. (Please make checks payable to the Museum of New Mexico Foundation.)

Sunday September 29
9 am to 4 pm: Palace Gem & Mineral Show open in the Palace Courtyard.
10 am: Sandy Craig, opal cutting and polishing demonstration. The owner of Orca Gems & Opals in Littleton, Colo., has been cutting and polishing the gems for over 20 years, along the way developing special methods for getting the most out of a given piece of rough opal. See how he turns what looks like a forgettable stone into a glittering jewel. 
Noon: Garrick Beck, “History of Fakery in Gemstones: Questions You Should Ask Before Buying.” The owner of Natural Stones in Santa Fe will give a talk about the history of pulling the wool over consumers’ eyes with stones that have been dyed, synthesized, stabilized and enhanced, and teaches you four things to ask before buying gemstones.
2 pm: April Redbird jewelry-making workshop. Learn the art of gem and wire wrapping to create your own pair of earrings from the co-owner of Star Mountain Trading Company. Reserve a space by calling 505-476-5156. Class fee of $20 payable at the event, cash or check only. (Please make checks payable to the Museum of New Mexico Foundation.)

Exhibitors at this year’s event will include:
Garrick Beck, Natural Stones, Santa Fe
Philip and Eleanor Bové, Roadrunner Mining and Minerals, Santa Fe 
Sandy Craig, Orca Gems & Opals, Littleton, CO
April Redbird and Gregory Jaekel, Star Mountain Trading Co., Silver City, NM
Richard Kocurek, Bright Star Gemstones, Crested Butte, CO
John Scully, Scully’s Minerals, Fairview, NM
Greg and Carolyn Tunnicliff, Phantom, CO
Rosoarinoro Marie Bernadette, Madagascar Import Seam Inc., Tucson, AZ 
Rory Palmore, Silver Stone, Gallup, NM
Mike Pierce and Jayne Aubele, New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science, Albuquerque

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