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GemStreet USA adds new show in Springfield, Ohio

The GemStreet USA Show & Sale makes a stop for the first time in Springfield—featuring a plethora of fine gems, jewelry, beads, crystals, minerals and fossils from internationally renowned artists and collectors—at the Clark County Fairgrounds December 1-3.

“We produce shows all over the Midwest, including Cincinnati, Cleveland and Buffalo, and are excited to be in Springfield just in time for the holiday shopping season,” says GemStreet organizer Jane Strieter Smith.

“Our boutique show offers specialty items ideal for gifting that you won’t find at local stores,” says Gail Strieter of The Soaring Crystal, one of the exhibitors. “These one-of-a-kind finds come from all corners of the globe—clay beads from Africa to meteorites from Argentina and amethyst from Brazil.”

The Soaring Crystal from New Hampshire has a large collection of Gamal Bowls, which are formed by using gnarled roots of a gamal tree as a base, then topped with hand-blown glass bowls that appear as if they have melted onto the root. “There are no two bowls that are the same as the molten sculptural glass highlights nature’s beauty,” says Gail. “These wood-glass sculptures make stunning vases, candy dishes, fish bowls and terrariums.”

You’ll find lots of bling, too, at the three-day show. The latest jewelry trends that incorporate intricate beadwork and wire wrapping will be on display, along with all colors of gemstones and pearls. And if you want to make your own jewelry, you will also find an array of beading supplies, tools and educational materials.

In addition to jewelry and gems on display, a host of fossils and minerals will appeal to both novice and serious collectors with items ranging from a rare black amethyst mineral specimen to petrified wood to sharks teeth and metaphysical items, such as singing bowls and wands.

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. The ticket is good all weekend. The Clark County Fairgrounds is located at 4401 South Charleston Pike, Springfield, OH 45502. For more information, contact organizer Jane Strieter-Smith at 216-521-4367 or www.gemstreetusa.com.

PHOTO CAPTION: Among the rare finds at the show are intricate Dagwood Selenite mined in Australia. Mineral bearing solutions flow throw its fractures, joints and linear void spaces, and crystals grow between these layers resulting in an eye-catching specimen with sandwich-like layers of sequential crystals.