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National Jewelry and mineral show coming to Cincinnati

Whether jewelry or beads made by renowned artists, or gems, crystals, fossils or minerals curated by collectors—the GemStreet USA Show & Sale features one-of-a-kind finds from all corners of the globe. Discover them under one roof at the Sharonville Convention Center. The show stops in Cincinnati for one weekend only, October 18-20.

This boutique show offers precious things you won’t find at local stores or malls.

One of the featured artist-exhibitors at the show will be Jolanta Narejko of Elka Designs. After growing up in Poland, where she owned a renowned art gallery, Jolanta emigrated to the United States and began designing exquisite jewelry from natural materials including crystals, stones, bones and African beads. Each of her pieces has a fascinating story to tell.

All the rage this fall are stackable, single-strand, adjustable bracelets you can mix and match. Designed by Jolanta, they feature intricate shapes and luminous materials, such as abalone from New Zealand. She says another big trend right now are leather wrap bracelets fashioned from ribbons of suede.

Much of the artistry in her jewelry designs comes from traditional methods, such as crochet. “I learned how to crochet with yarn from my grandmother when I was five years old, and as an adult translated the techniques to beads,” she says.

Also at the show, don’t miss mineral and fossil experts showcasing rare collector’s pieces, petrified wood and geodes perfect for home decor. And if you want to make your own jewelry, you will find an array of beading supplies, tools and educational materials.

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 Sharonville Convention Center is located at 11355 Chester Road in Cincinnati. For more information, contact organizer Jane Strieter Smith at 216-521-4367 or GemStreetusa.com .

CAPTION: These fun stackable, single-strand, adjustable bracelets let you mix and match all the hottest fall colors.

Intricate crochet techniques come to life in this one-of-a-kind statement necklace made from Miyuki Japanese beads.