Gem & Mineral Society Of Palm Beaches Presents 54th Annual Gem, Mineral, Bead, Jewelry & Fossil Show November 20-21

The 54th Annual Gem, Mineral, Jewelry, Bead & Fossil Show takes place November 20 – 21 at the South Florida Fair Grounds.  This is a family oriented, culturally stimulating show. Proceeds provide the operating budget for the Gem & Mineral Society for the following year. Get more information about this wonder-filled organization in the article!   The show is run totally by member volunteers.The Rickie Report shares the details plus a coupon for reduced admission charges, which may be duplicated as often as you like.

 

 

 

 

Gem & Mineral Society of the Palm Beaches, Inc.

Presents:

 

The 54th Annual

Gem, Mineral, Bead, Jewelry, & Fossil Show

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Saturday, November 20, 2021

 9 am – 6 pm

&

Sunday, November 21, 2021

 10 am – 5 pm

 

 

Adults/Seniors 1 day $9.00 or 2 day pass $14.00
Children under 12 are FREE.

 Visit our website for more details:

www.gemandmineralsociety.org

 

 

 

Expo Center East

South Florida Fairgrounds

9067 Southern Blvd.,        West Palm Beach, FL 33411

www.southfloridafair.com

 

 

 

 

 

DISCOUNT  ADMISSION  COUPON:

 

 

Mine Sluicing (Photo courtesy of GMSPB)

 

 

 

Great Shopping, Geode Cracking, Fossil Dig, Gemstone Mining, Spin-the-Wheel Game, Face & Rock Painting, Grand Prize Drawing, Door Prizes!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Decorative Items For the Home and Office

Demonstrations

Hourly Door Prizes

Guest Speakers

Kids Activities

 

 

Kids Activities Area (Photo courtesy of GMSPB)

 

 

Over 70 dealers from all over the country offer a wide range of merchandise—fine jewelry, southwestern Indian jewelry, bead jewelry, loose beads, rocks and minerals for specimen collecting and cutting, loose precious and semi-precious gemstones, settings and findings, fossils, meteorites, tools, books, and much, much more.

 

 

Calcite Crystals from Fort Drum Crystal Mine( Photo Courtesy of GMSPB)

 

The show offers a wide range of educational activities and exhibits. Visit the demonstration area where society members will be showcasing skills learned in club classes. Demonstrations will include faceting, cabochon making, chain making, and bead stringing just to name a few.

 

 

 

Photo Courtesy of GMSPB

 

 

Hourly door prizes awarded both days and a show Grand Prize Drawing and several other drawings will be held. We have also invited several local education based clubs to display at our show, as well as the Palm Beach Museum of Natural History. We will also have speakers.

 

 

General Meeting:

3rd Thursday of the Month at 7:30 pm

 4800 Dreher Trail North, West Palm Beach FL 33405

at the NEW Multi-Purpose Center

All interested parties are welcome!!

 

 

Photo Courtesy of GMSPB

 

 

You are entering a world of gemstones, minerals, fossils, rocks, jewelry, beads and lapidary.  This hobby is rewarding, exciting and educational for any age.  Browse our website in order to learn about our organization and the people who bring the club to life.  Whether you wish to learn how to cut gem stones, or whether you seek to learn more about minerals or even make your own jewelry  – our club has fascinating activities for you!

The Society offers many types of educational and cultural experiences. We operate a full lapidary shop open to our members. We also offer classes in lapidary and jewelry making for adults as well as children.

 

 

 

 

Club Purpose:

To associate persons of the Palm Beach area of cutting, displaying and studying of rocks,

shells, artifacts, and any kind of scientific objects of interest to the individual and the

organization to promote community interest in these objects.

The society is a member of the Eastern Federation of
Mineralogical & Lapidary Societies Inc. and the
Southeast Federation of Mineralogical Societies,
Inc., which are affiliated with the American
Federation of Mineralogical Societies. Our members
are able to participate in activities sponsored by
these organizations.

 

 

 

 

 

Membership applications are available at the show or on our web site: https://gmspb.org

 

Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/gemandmineralspb

Instagram:    https://www.instagram.com/gemandminerals/

Twitter:  https://twitter.com/gemandminerals

 

 

Visit our web site for more information, photos from past shows, membership forms and $1 discount coupons for the show.

Phone: 561-585-2080

USPS Mail:

GMSPB
PO Box 18095     West Palm Beach, FL 33416-8095

 

 

 

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Rickie@therickiereport.com   561-537-0291

17019 SW Sapri Way   Port St. Lucie, FL 34986

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

44th Annual St. Lucie Jewelry, Rock And Gem Show At MidFlorida Event Center Saturday, October 30 And Sunday, October 31. Classes, Demonstrations, Raffles, Discount Coupon For Admission For Adults, Children Under Age 12 Admission Free

St. Lucie County Rock and Gem Club announces its 44th Annual Jewelry, Rock And Gem Show At MidFlorida Event Center on Saturday, October 30 and Sunday, October 31.  This event has all of the elements of a fabulous weekend: Buy gems, jewelry, minerals; Sell unwanted jewelry; Take classes (only $5); Special kids activities! Free Parking, Kids under age 12 admitted Free. The Rickie Report shares the details, sneak peeks, and a Special Adult Admission Discount Coupon! Check out the Show Special Discount on Annual Membership to this Club! 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Saturday, October 30, 2021

9   am    to    5   pm

 

 

Sunday, October 31, 2021

10   am    to    4   pm

 

 

Admission   to   the   show   is   $5.00

Children   under   12   are   free

 

 

 

 

 

MidFlorida Event Center

9221 SE Civic Center Place       Port St. Lucie, FL

 

 

 

 

 

Artisans and vendors from many parts of the country bring their best wares to this show each year. There is handcrafted jewelry created from beads, rocks, silver, copper, and more. There will be rock slabs, cabochons (flat-backed) and faceted gemstones from around the globe.

 

Shopping for a special piece of jewelry for a gift or for yourself? 

 

 

 

 

 

Additional highlights include raffles for jewelry custom-made by club artisans and hourly drawings for items contributed by the vendors, as well as a silent auction with numerous unique items donated by club members such as jewelry, beads, stones, books, and equipment. Children are always welcome with a special area where they can learn about rock and gemstone identification and make their own jewelry.

 

 

Do you make jewelry and need something unusual to perfect your latest design?

 

 

 

 

Attendees who want to learn the skills will have the opportunity to join the St. Lucie County Rock and Gem Club, which offers many different classes to its members. Anyone wanting to join the club can take advantage of the show special and for $40 get 14 months for the price of 12.

 

Want to sell unwanted jewelry so you can buy something new?

 

 

 

 

Are you interested in making jewelry, but don’t know where to start? 

 

 

 

 

 

Sign up for a class (only $5) and make a piece of jewelry that you will be proud to wear home. Club members will also demonstrate a variety of techniques, including bead weaving, faceting (turning a bit of rock into a sparkling gem), creating cabochons, wire wrapping and weaving, and chain maille.

 

 

Fascinated by geology and gems or love looking at nature’s beautiful gifts?

 

 

 

 

Our mission is simply to provide a gathering place, forum and network to promote lapidary and related arts. The St. Lucie County Rock and Gem Club welcomes members from the counties of Palm Beach, Martin, St. Lucie, Indian River, Brevard and beyond.

 

 

 

 

The St. Lucie County Rock and Gem Club was founded in 1975 when area rockhounds decided to organize and share their knowledge and skills. The Club now has more than 100 active members from throughout the region. Classes are offered in the club’s fully-equipped workshop throughout the year. Each class is taught by a skilled volunteer who is a club member. Classes are held in 8-week increments, with additional “pop-up” classes available as demand and opportunity occur.

 

 

A    Sampling    of    Classes:

 

 

 

 

Fees for the classes range from $35 to $65. Open workshop times are also available for a fee to members who have demonstrated experience with the tools and equipment. The monthly general membership meeting is held on the fourth Sunday of the month. Because of COVID, meetings are currently held via Zoom (remote presence via computer). When possible, the club will return to its former gathering place at the White City Methodist Church on Midway Road (opposite Nelson Family Farms) in the Fellowship Hall. All are welcome to attend.

 

 

 

St. Lucie County Rock and Gem Club benefits The Bob and Ruth Young Memorial Scholarship for a student at Indian River State College.

 

 

More information about the club and the show: 

http://www.slcrockandgem.org

Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/slcrockandgemclub)

Call:    772-462-6597

 

Thanks to Moira Lynn Mefein for providing much of this information!

 

 

 

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Laura Kay Whiticar Darvill Takes Wire Wrapped Stones, Sea Glass, And Gems To A Higher Level

When you look at Laura Kay Whiticar Darvill‘s wire wrapped jewelry necklaces, bracelets, and earrings, you wonder how her fingers make the wires into such intricate motifs! For the month of December, she will be one of the featured artists in the Palm Room in StuartLaura Kay also fabricates jewelry using silver clay, offering unique, one-of-a-kind pendants and earrings.  Stop by and meet Laura Kay and watch her as she creates on Thursday, December 19; Friday, December 20; and Friday, January 3.  Much of her work is influenced by her passion for the ocean.  The Rickie Report shares the details and some sneak peeks of Laura Kay’s jewelry – and reminds you that gift-giving is the perfect time to choose from her selection!  She also hosts jewelry parties!

 

 

 

 

​J e w e l r y     By    W h i t i c a r

 

 

 

 

 

Laura Kay Whiticar Darvill 

 

 

 


 

 

At  

The  Palm  Room in  Harbour Bay  Plaza

3778 SE Ocean Boulevard   Stuart, Florida

 

 

MEET     THE     ARTIST:

Thursday, December 19:    

3:30 – 7 pm

 

Friday, December 20:

Noon – 3:30 pm

 

 Friday, January 3:

 3:30 – 7 pm

 

 

 

Regular Gallery Hours:

Wednesdays – Saturdays

Noon to 7 pm

Through the month of December

 

 

 

 

One of a Kind Bracelets by Laura Kay Whiticar Darvill

 

 

 

Laura Kay tells The Rickie Report, “My jewelry artist journey started about ten years ago on a cruise ship.  Some friends on the cruise talked me into going to a jewelry class even though I was completely uninterested. I went with the group, and was convinced I would not enjoy it. We made a simple pair of earrings and, amazingly, I was “hooked”.  I came home and immediately started taking classes , including the William Holland Lapidary School of the Arts”.

 

 

“Combining several media often creates interesting results.  I enjoy the challenge of working with silver clay, forming and soldering silver sheet, and wire wrap along with the objects such as gemstones”. 

 

 

 

Wire Wrapped pendants by Laura Kay Whiticar Darvill

 

 

TRR:   Please tell us about the variety of elements you use in creating your one-of-a-kind jewelry pieces.  

LKWD:

There is a variety of processes that can be incorporated into making jewelry.  After participating in quite a few classes in various methods, I came to the conclusion that two of the areas especially captured my interest:  wire wrapping and silver metal clay.

Wire wrapping jewelry is made using no solder, heat or glue.  The design of the wire is incorporated into the jewelry and can be the focal point of the piece.  Wire wrapped jewelry allows me to incorporate a variety of objects such as beads, pearls, gemstones, coins, crystals, beach coral, shells, sea glass, and fused glass into jewelry.  I really enjoy custom orders, and my favorite custom orders are those in which I incorporate meaningful objects into jewelry especially for someone.  These have included a small meteorite, sea glass found on a special beach, and a 25th anniversary commemorative coin.  Unless I have a specific request for another type of wire, I use sterling silver or gold filled wire for the wire wrapped jewelry.

 

Silver Clay pendants by Laura Kay Whiticar Darvill

 

 

 

Silver clay is formed from very tiny particles of pure silver along with some liquid and filler. The clay must be formed and shaped within about 10 minutes as it hardens quickly as it air dries.  When it is fully dry, it is hard (similar to pottery) and can be refined and embellished.  It is then baked in a kiln at 1650 degrees for about two hours.  After cooling, it can be polished and finished with patina (if desired). The result is a pure silver piece that is about 85% of the original size.  

 

My favorite type of jewelry using silver clay is my menagerie of animals, especially sea creatures which I have made.  This collection includes Bill the Pelican, Oscar the Octopus, and, my newest, Fiona the Flamingo.

 

 

 

 

Unique wire wrapped pendant by Laura Kay Whiticar Darvill

 

 

TRR:  Each piece of your jewelry seems to tell a story!

LKWD:

 

I have two main objectives in my jewelry making.  First, I enjoy creating and implementing new designs!!  The potential is limitless!!  Secondly, it is always a pleasure when people come up and tell me how much they enjoy wearing my jewelry.  Sometimes they seek me out at an event to show me they are wearing some of “my” jewelry.  Frequently they will explain how they have specific outfits they wear or occasions they attend wearing my jewelry.  If they feel special, then I do also!   I am really having so much fun learning new skills and creating jewelry!!

 

I really enjoy making custom jewelry.  I have gemstones, cabochons, coral, sea glass, and beads available for use in jewelry.  If you wish to come to the studio and pick out objects to be used for a custom piece, please contact me.  In addition, I make custom pieces using your items.  If you have a memento or treasure that has been sitting in a drawer or on a shelf, consider having it turned into “wearable art.”  The possibilities are endless: maybe you have a cherished stone, sea glass, or shell from the beach, or a coin from another country, beads from a special bracelet, or even a ceramic piece from a broken bowl that could be used as a pendant or incorporated into a bracelet or earrings.  Almost anything that is a reasonable size can be used in your special piece of jewelry. 

 

 

My jewelry incorporates sterling silver, pure silver and jewelers gold into pendants, earrings, bracelets, rings and necklaces.  This often features gemstones, fused glass, lamp work beads and other materials. The creation of custom jewelry is a special joy for me. Often this means taking someone’s favorite memento and turning it into an object that can be worn and enjoyed.  Much of my work is influenced by a passion for the ocean. 

 

 

 

Wire wrapped pendants by Laura Kay Whiticar Darvil include fused glass, semi-precious stones, sea glass and coral.

 

 

TRR:  You are a creative role model for people who think they can’t create!

LKWD:

I began creating jewelry ten years ago.  I have attended the William Holland Lapidary School of the Arts classes for eight years, plus several classes at the St. Lucie Rock and Gem Club, as well as participated in several national workshops and convention. I’m a member of the St. Lucie Rock and Gem Club, the Martin Artisans Guild, and the Arts Council of Martin County, all local organizations promoting the creation of art.  I’m also a member of the Alliance for Metal Clay Arts Worldwide (AMCAW) and the Southeastern Federation of Mineralogical Society.  My father, Curt Whiticar, was an oil painter and a boat builder.  His influence included the importance of hard work and perseverance, creativity in art, and enjoyment of nature.  He was very interested in art and enjoyed making suggestions to me regarding my work.  While my children were growing up, I had a career as a mathematics teacher.  After retirement, I learned sign language and enjoyed traveling (especially if it included a boat or ship.)

 

 

TRR:  To learn more about and from Laura Kay, we urge our readers to sign up for her newsletter.  She takes us to places we’ve never been and gives us insight!

LKWD:

 

 

Newsletter:  Whiticar Waves

The newsletter is sent out about every three weeks.It features some interesting ideas and facts that applies to the type of jewelry I make, especially focusing on recent new discoveries and processes.In addition, I post information regarding other art opportunities in the area.  To receive the newsletter,  just request and send your email address and name to jewelrybywhiticar@gmail.com or request in person.

 

 

 

 

Website:

My website is jewelrybywhiticar.com   My website features my jewelry, however I do not sell on the website.  You are welcome to contact me if you wish more information about the jewelry.  

 

My jewelry is available at:

Geoffrey Smith Gallery in downtown Stuart

Geoffrey Smith Studio in Port Salerno

The Emporium at the Elliott Museum on Hutchison Island in Stuart

The Palm Room at Harbor Bay Plaza (for December)

My Studio – by appointment only (contact me)

 

Jewelry Parties:  

Host a fun afternoon or evening with family or friends.  I can either set up a jewelry party in your location or mine.  If you sent host at your location, you will provide drinks and refreshments.  If I host in my studio location, I will provide drinks and light refreshments.  I have several games (jewelry related) and/or the attendees may just wish to mingle and socialize.  I will make a formal presentation of my jewelry if requested, and I will have jewelry for sale.  The hostess will receive a gift of a bracelet, pendant, or earrings of her choice in addition to a percentage of the sales credit towards other jewelry.   

 

 

 

 

 

For coverage of your events, to place an advertisement, or speak to Rickie about appearing in The Rickie Report, contact:

Rickie Leiter, Publisher

Rickie@therickiereport.com   561-537-0291

17019 SW Sapri Way   Port St. Lucie, FL 34986

 

 

 

Celebrate The Holidays With McMow Art Glass’ Annual Party And Sale On December 15th

McMow Art Glass’ Annual Holiday Party and Sale on Saturday, December 15th will offer BIG discounts, Complimentary Demos, a Make & Take Class, and Festive treats!  Sign up for classes and get 20% off!  The Rickie Report shares the details and some sneak peeks.  

 

 

 

 

 

 

701 N Dixie Hwy, Lake Worth, FL

561-585-9011   www.mcmow.com
https://www.facebook.com/McMowArtGlass/

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Celebrate the Holidays with McMow Art Glass!

Join us for our Annual Holiday Sale & Party

Saturday, December 15th

 9 am – 7 pm

Big discounts, Free Raffles, Complimentary Demos, and Festive Treats!

Schedule of Events

 

 

10 – 11 am

Making Murrine Demo with Phil

FREE RAFFLE!

 

 

 

Watch Phil create glass rods with multiple colors of glass that is layered to create an intricate design. Once cooled, the rods can be cut into cross sections once cooled and used to embellish other fused glass works of art or jewelry. All demo participants will be entered to win a portion of the murrine that is made during the demo! Murrine is hard to come by, and the setup to make it is complex and expensive, so don’t miss your chance to win this fantastic prize!

 

 

1 – 2 pm

Sandblasting Demo with Jurgen and Phil

 

 

 

Phil will teach attendees all about etching and the sandblasting process, then a select few will have the chance to put their knowledge to work and create a sandblasted piece, guided by Jurgen. Only the first 10 people to sign up will be able to create a piece, so call to sign up NOW! This will fill quickly! Piece is pre-selected and pre-prepared.

 

 

 

3 – 4 pm

Wire Wrapped Jewelry Demo with Stephanie

FREE RAFFLE!

 

 

 

Watch our resident jewelry expert, Stephanie, create a decorative wire wrapped encasement for a fused glass cabochon and learn how to apply this technique to jewelry and other decorative applications. One lucky attendee will have the chance to win the piece that is created during the demo!

 

 

5 – 7 pm
Join us for complimentary festive treats and beverages served in our recently updated showroom space!

 

 

 

 

 

 

6 – 7  pm
Mini Make it & Take it ClassGorgeous Glass Globe Ornaments with Patti

 

 

 

 

 

Patti will demonstrate how to make an ornament that has the feel of an authentic blown glass globe, but so much easier! The only materials needed are colored ink, compressed air, and a store bought clear glass ornament, but we will provide all the materials needed for this class. You will leave with your very own custom ornament, Created by YOU! Space is Limited so call now to reserve your spot. Cost is $10 per ornament.

 

 

 

Our NEW CLASS SCHEDULE will be released the day of our sale and ALL CLASSES ARE 20% OFF!

 

DON’T MISS YOUR CHANCE TO ENTER OUR BIGGEST GIVEAWAY OF THE DAY…

 

Every person who shops with us on the day of our sale will be entered to win a gift certificate for $75 TOWARDS ANY CLASS OF YOUR CHOICE! ANY & EVERY PURCHASE WILL BE ENTERED! Large OR small! Name will be chosen at random and announced on Tuesday, December 18th.

 

Come and shop to take advantage of incredible discounts ALL DAY!

Discounts Include:

The more you buy, the more you save with our volume discount increase this day only!

$0-$199 15% off
$200-$399 20% off
$400-$599 25% off
$600-$899 30% off
$900-$1199 40% off

*Volume discount does not apply to saws, kilns, grinders, or classes*

Please see Holiday Party discount amounts on these items listed below:

15% OFF Kilns, Saws, & Grinders
20% OFF Classes & Workshop time

 

 

 

 

For more information:

McMow Art Glass, Inc
561-585-9011 x108    Fax: 561-586-2292

www.mcmow.com
https://www.facebook.com/McMowArtGlass/

 

 

 

 

For coverage of your events, to place an advertisement, or speak to Rickie about appearing in The Rickie Report, contact:

Rickie Leiter, Publisher

Rickie@therickiereport.com   561-537-0291

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