Amethyst Geode I bought for $3 at the show.
Amethyst Geode I bought for $3 at the show.

25th Annual Gem, Mineral and Jewelry Show in Knoxville, Tennessee

We have been to the Knoxville Gem and Mineral Society’s Annual Gem, Mineral and Jewelry Show event for the last three or four years and this year we made our own Minecraft scavenger hunt to find all the rocks and gems from the game and learn what they look like in real life. The scavenger hunt was a way for us to learn what rocks and gems look like in a fun way. I didn’t get to go shopping until we found everything on the list that we could. As part of the scavenger hunt, a vendor let me hold a giant golden nugget and I saw a real diamond.

Our homemade Minecraft Scavanger Hunt List
Our homemade Minecraft Scavanger Hunt List.

There’s always lots to do besides just looking around at all the exhibits. One of my favorites was the “take what you find” bucket. It’s a big bucket with clean kitty litter in it and they have buried rocks, gems and fossils in it. You get to sift around in it and you get to keep up to five cool items that you find.

Machine used to crack open the geode...what will be inside?
Machine used to crack open the geode…what will be inside?

I also got to buy a geode, which just looked like a round rock on the outside but on the inside it had all kinds of amethyst formations and some of the ones in my geode looked like three little Christmas trees.

T-Rex Tooth Plaster Fossil - - the mold was made from an actual fossil.
T-Rex Tooth Plaster Fossil – the mold was made from an actual fossil.

Make a plaster fossil is also an experience for kids. You get to chose from several molds and after the plaster sets, you get to paint it to look more realistic and take it home.

Free Goody Bag for Each Child
Free Goody Bag for Each Child

If you are a kid, they give you a goody bag full of fossils, rocks and gems. You pretty much get an instant rock collection. When you get home, you can sort through your bag and look at each of the labeled items to see the different specimens. If you have a field guide, it is great tool for looking up the items to learn more about each of them.

Lots of specimens to see at a rock and gem show.
Lots of specimens to see at a rock and gem show.

If you can’t travel to the 26th annual event in Knoxville in 2016, then look for a local rock and gem club meeting or show near you and feel free to use our scavenger hunt list.

One of the kid's activities was learning about the water table and how pollutants effect the watershed.
One of the kid’s activities was learning about the water table and how pollutants effect the watershed.

The Details

What?

rocks
gems
fossils
plaster fossils
people
jewlrey
geodes
kids activities

 

Where?

Kerbala Temple
South Knoxville
Tennessee

 

Who?

Audrey's plaster fossil
Audrey’s plaster fossil

family
friends
archaeologists
people who study rocks
geologists
visitors
volunteers
Cub Scouts

 

When?

October
fall

 

Why?

It’s interesting because of the variation of rocks and gems.
It is educational.
You can buy specimens. This year I bought silicon carbide, which looks like a sparkly rainbow.

Silicon Carbide
Silicon Carbide
Knoxville’s Gem, Mineral and Jewelry Show
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