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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
people who study rocks
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.