Monday, June 28, 2010

The Bloomington Gem, Mineral, & Fossil Show was HUGE.  3 buildings in the fairgrounds and overflow dealers outside.   I couldn't believe how big it was - but cab sellers were the minority. Tons of people were selling rock slabs and huge amounts of chunks of rock. Despite that, I think I did pretty well.

The only person I met from Etsy that I knew was GemCutter.  It was like meeting an old friend.  I got a chance to see his cabs in person and preview some that he'll have in his Etsy shop later this week. A few of the ones he was going to list went home with me.  (Do you see that huge plume agate and the large Bruno Jasper.  Sorry, they're never going to get listed in his shop as they're mine!)

I thought I bought quite a lot of cabs, but when I laid them out to photograph, it doesn't seem to look like much.  As you can see in the photo I  got some Atlantiscite, plume agates, bruno jasper, imperial jasper, turquoise, a boulder opal, and a bunch of other stuff.  (If you want to see individual photos of the cabs, go to my flickr site. )

It's so nice being able to see the cabs rather than buying them on line.  They look so different in person and you really know what you're getting.  I bought a couple new types that I'd never seen in person, the bruno jasper and the imperial jasper.  I'd never been impressed when I'd seen photos of them.  They looked pretty boring in photos so I never bought them.  But when I saw them in person - WOW!  Especially the Imperial Jasper - it has an amazing inner glow that is so difficult to capture.

It was hotter than heck and I was so exhausted when I got back home. ( I have no idea how the sellers can do it.)  But I'm already planning to go again next year.


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12 Comments:

  1. Black Squirrel Knits said...
    Oh my goodness, SO pretty! I especially love all the blues!
    Contrariwise said...
    I'm really drawn to blues and, at one point during the show, I had to restrain myself from buying too many. (I don't know why, but I don't think they sell that well in my shop.)

    I was trying to be really good and not buy too much. My aim was to buy only unique stones.
    Anna said...
    I'm really drawn to blue as well! Love that lower right rectangular piece! So beautiful! One day, I need to learn how to work with cabs!
    Beth said...
    And what sexy bead porn it is too! <3
    Cindy said...
    Wow that is great you went. I wish I could of been there! I like the rectangle piece too! Great pickings!
    hopestudios said...
    there are so many there that i'm drooling over! you did good!

    is it gonna be hard to figure out which one you'll play with first?
    TeriBaskett said...
    Your work is simply lovely and I can't wait to see what you do with all these new cabs! I'm also from Indiana (way down by Louisville KY) and would have LOVED to know about this event. How can I get on their contact list?

    Teri
    sandtcreations.blogspot.com
    sandtcreations.etsy.com
    Robin Charlotte Humphrey said...
    gorgeous! so jealous!!! i am going this weekend! I am excited!
    Contrariwise said...
    TeriBasket,

    Thanks!

    About the next show, I don't know when it is. The site doesn't say anything about it, but I'm sure there's going to be one in 2011.

    I first learned about it through a dealer at a gem show. Then I saw the flyer at a local rock shop, Jox Rox.

    Best thing to do is ask around and keep googling.
    Contrariwise said...
    Hope,

    I don't know which I'm setting first. That blue/green/red rectangular one on the lower right is very tempting.

    But I'm trying to be patient. Rather than setting any of these cabs, I was working on some back orders yesterday.
    Baroness Bijoutery said...
    How Beautiful they all are. I would be looking forward to next years show too. You are one lucky girl....
    PonderandStitch said...
    Omg- I SO wish I could just hold all of those in my hands- they are so smooth and gorgeous! I have a thing for rocks and I'm really drawn to these, though they are not like the rocks I currently collect. Gorgeous!! :D

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