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Cincinnati Show March 4-6, 2016

Explore earth sciences, plus shop from gems, jewelry and more at the GemStreet USA Show & Sale March 4-6

In addition to a bevy of stunning jewelry and beautiful beads—Professor Amanda Hunt, PhD, brings her fascinating geological display to the GemStreet USA Show at the Sharonville Convention Center March 4-6.

Along with other teachers and students, this Associate Professor of Geology from the University of Cincinnati-Clermont is assembling a wealth of equipment and specimens that focuses on earth science, such as a seismograph demonstration, and featuring a colorful array of minerals. She will also be doing lapidary cutting and polishing onsite. Children will learn how to identify fossils, minerals and rocks, and even receive free specimens.

“We will feature a display of fluorescent minerals, as well as rare and historical specimens,” says Dr. Hunt. “This is the perfect chance for anyone interested in geology to find out more about this fascinating field.”

Says Jane Strieter Smith, who organizes GemStreet. “We always enjoy showcasing Dr. Hunt’s intriguing interactive demonstrations. If you foster any interest in geology, her displays are a real education.

In addition to minerals and exotic fossils from around the world, show attendees can discover all the spring trends in custom-made jewelry. The group of nationally recognized collectors and artists at GemStreet USA make for an unparalleled shopping experience, offering everything from diamonds and emeralds to lampwork beads, Swarovski crystals, precious and semi-precious stones.

Plus a host of one-of-a-kind decorator items for the home and office will also be available, such as colorful mineral and crystal specimens that serve as interesting focal points in any decor.

One of the exhibitors, The Soaring Crystal, is featuring petrified wood pieces, exotic carved tiki masks and crystal specimens, as well as metaphysical items, such as Glass Witch Balls, which have been collected and revered for the past 600 years.
“According to folk tales, these hand-blown orbs (no two are alike) are said to entice evil spirits with their bright colors: the swirling colors mesmerize the spirits and then the strands inside the ball capture them and prevent them from escaping,” says Gail Strieter, owner of Soaring Crystal.

Show hours are Friday and Saturday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tickets are $7 general admission, and free for children under 12, and students 17 and under. The ticket is good all weekend and parking is free. The Sharonville Convention Center is located at 11355 Chester Road, Sharonville, Ohio 45246. For more information on the GemStreet USA Show, contact its organizer, Jane Strieter-Smith, at 216-521-GEMS or