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Rock Stars

Show's spotlight shines on gems and other pretty stones.

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Stones, pebbles, gems . . . The 39th annual Cleveland Area Gem and Mineral Show will celebrate whatever you dig about the loose formations of our planet at the Cuyahoga County Fairgrounds this weekend. More than 25 vendors from across the country will unload rocks, jewelry, and other mineral-related ornaments. You can probably talk sellers down for some real bargains, says show chairman John Zaborowski. “It’s not like going to a jewelry store, where $1,000 is $1,000, and that’s it,” he says.

Experts will be on hand with DIY exhibits and demonstrations, which cover such topics as wire-wrapping and copper-enameling. Plus, showgoers will have a chance to show off their cutting and polishing skills at various competitions. “Don’t be turned off because it’s called a rock,” says Zaborowski. “If you really take a look at some rocks, they are beautiful. It’s amazing what these artists can do.”
Sat., May 19, 10 a.m.-7 p.m.; Sun., May 20, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.

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