I’m continuing my report of the 2015 San Francisco Gem & Mineral Show held at Golden Gate Pavilion annually (9th St. @ Lincoln Way entrance). (Display Hall Review)(opens in new window or tab)
I spent about three times as long in the vendor hall. It’s a large single room with cafeteria-style tables set along the sides and in islands forming a sort of median. The dealers set up behind the tables. They are all independent and pay a fee to be there. As you can see… everyone is doing their own thing:
Here are a few stills of the colorful wares…
What minerals did I end up buying there? Did I get my double terminated quartz? Dioptase? I got two double terminated pieces – one long thin virtually perfect thumbnail piece and one “Herkimer diamond” (double terminated clear quartz from Herkimer County that grows in mud pockets as “floaters,” hence the double termination).
Some of the other notable pieces I brought home with included a golfball sized aragonite (son of arathornite), the cluster of cylindrical clear reddish crystals, and a small cluster of pyrite:
Dioptase will have to wait. It tends to be a bit pricey, and I did not find real breaks from vendors on it. There was one piece I was thinking over actually, but I embarrassed myself terribly in front of a pretty vendor and sort of ran away. Anyway this is what dioptase looks like…
I did, however, score this literal gem – a naturally terminated in-matrix beryl (aquamarine). This has also been on my dream list. Can you see why?
Until next year’s show… rock on.