The seventh annual Ancaster Gem, Mineral, Bead & Jewellery Show combines the worlds of rock hounding and Canadian jewellery design into one amazing educational experience for the whole family. The show is held at the Ancaster Fairgrounds, Marritt Hall, on October 2, 3 & 4, 2015.

“This show has something for everyone,” says Robert Parry, who produces the show with his wife Betty. “Visitors will see mineral specimens from all over the world, including huge geodes full of amethyst crystals, petrified wood formed from ancient trees, 250 million-year-old trilobite fossils and natural crystal specimens in every colour and shape that can be imagined.” Since this is part of the grade 4 and high school geology and earth science curriculums, the show will appeal to both teachers and students.

For the jewellery lover, this is a chance to see and purchase new and exciting one-of-a-kind jewellery creations. Meet well known and up-and-coming Canadian Jewellery Designers, and see how they incorporate Mother Nature’s gems and stones into stunning wearable art.

Make your own beautiful jewellery by taking a class at the show. Sign up early online. Class choices include beading, wire art and chainmail. The show also provides a chance to purchase beads, and other jewellery making supplies.

To round out the whole experience, there will be free seminars on fossils, Australian opals, Baltic amber inclusions and mineral collecting. Jewellery and lapidary experts will be giving free demonstrations on jewellery making techniques, stone cutting and gemstone healing properties.

There will be free activities for kids on Saturday and Sunday. “I Dig Fossil Fish” is presented by the University of Waterloo, Earth Sciences Museum. Mining Matters “Tools of the Trade” and “Where Challenge” presents an interactive way to learn “What on earth is in your stuff?” and “Where on earth does it come from?”

For more information, visit www.ancastergemshow.com. Contact: Robert & Betty Parry: 519-448-1236 or 1-800-360-2813

John Best had enjoyed a lengthy media management career, in television and radio and now print. As Vice President, News at CHCH in Hamilton, John oversaw a significant expansion of the news operation. He founded Independent Satellite News, Canada’s only television news service providing national content to Canadian independent TV stations. John is a frequent political commentator on radio and television, a documentary producer and author of a book and numerous articles on historical and political subjects. John is a past recipient of the New York Festival’s award for writing in the International TV category.

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