Mineral, gem expo returns Jan. 26-28


The East Texas Gem & Mineral Society will host its 22nd annual gem, jewelry, rock, mineral and fossil show Jan. 26-28 at the Tyler Rose Garden Center.

There’s lots to see and experience at the annual exhibition, according to ETGMS member and event co-organizer Pete Keiser of Kilgore. Attractions range from member displays and educational demonstrations to dealer booths showcasing a wide variety of jewelry and materials for sale.

In addition to colorful fluorescent minerals on display, exhibitors boast a variety of mineral specimens, geodes, meteorites, petrified wood, fish fossils and stone carvings during the expo at 420 Rose Park Dr. in Tyler.

“They also sell natural dinosaur bone and teeth,” ETGMS announced, “as well as jewelry grade cut and polished dinosaur bone and petrified poo.

“If you haven’t ever been to a gem and mineral show, you are guaranteed to be impressed by some of the items you’ll see.”

The event includes hourly door prizes in addition to grand prizes for children and adults. The show runs 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Jan. 26, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Jan. 27 and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 28. Admission is free for schoolchildren on Friday and $1 on Saturday or Sunday; tickets are always free for Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts in uniform. Adult admission is $5.

East Texas Gem & Mineral Society is an educational nonprofit whose members gather at the Discovery Science Place in Tyler the first Monday of every month.

“We take a number of field trips every year for the purpose of collecting minerals and fossils,” the society reported. “We just purchased a building in Tyler where we will eventually have our meetings and teach a variety of jewelry-making classes as well as education classes into minerals and fossils.”

Learn more at ETGMS.com/annual_show.html.