The Gem and Mineral Society of Middle Tennessee is putting on their 34th annual Earth Treasures show at the Williamson Ag Expo Park Saturday and Sunday.
The show is intended for all ages, and benefits scholarships to colleges in Middle Tennessee and other stone and gem education facilities. The show will include the following items and topics:
Demonstrations – May include Silver/Gold Smithing, Wirewrapping, Casting, Cabbing, Polishing, Faceting, Carving, Knapping, Tumbling, Cutting, Beading, etc.
Speakers – Guest speakers will cover various topics (full schedule below).
Jewelry – Finished, Tooling, Supplies, Rough Material, Castings, Cabochons, Faceted Stones, Beads, etc.
Mineral Specimens – Crystals, Minerals, Fluorescent, Geodes, Polished, Slab, Rough, etc.
Fossils – Petrified Wood, Plant, Animal, Amber, etc.
Supplies – Stones, Gold & Silver Chains, Findings, Grit, Polish, Cleaning, Tools, Books, etc.
Other – Meteorites, Arrow Heads, Grab Bags, etc.
Saturday Dec 13
1pm Miguel Munoz – “Gemstone Identification Techniques and
Miguel is a member of the GIA, SSEF, and GAAJ. He is active in Silver, Gold and Platinum Smithing as well as Faceting, Carving and cutting Cabochons.
2pm Dr. Robert Lauf – “Tourmaline”
Bob has a Ph.D. in Metallurgical Engineering from the University of Illinois. His scientific career included over twenty years at Oak Ridge National Laboratory, where he conducted research on topics ranging from nuclear fuel, coal by-products, materials synthesis, microwave processing, sensors, optical materials, and biomineralization.
3pm Dr. William Morgan – “Crinoids of Crawfordsville, Indiana” Bill holds a Ph.D. in Anatomy and Physiology from Indiana University. For forty years he was member of the faculty in the Department of Cellular and Structural Biology at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio.
4pm Ron Clendening – “Oil and Gas Resources of Tennessee” Ron is a Nashville native and graduate of John Overton High School. He earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Geology from Tennessee Technological University in 1986. He has worked as a private environmental consultant and as regulator with the State of Tennessee, Department of Environment and Conservation (TDEC).
Sunday Dec 14
2pm Van McMinn – “Precious and Semi-precious Gemstones”
Van graduated from Columbia Military Academy in Columbia, Tennessee and Vanderbilt University with a B.A. in History and earned the Graduate Gemologist Diploma from the Gemological Institute of America in 1997. He is a Certified Insurance AppraiserTM by the Jewelry Insurance Appraisal Institute. Van also serves as member of the Board of Directors of the Middle Tennessee chapter of the GIA.
3pm Melissa Mogan – “Romancing the Stones – a true historical story of gemstones and what they have meant to history.”
Melissa holds a degree in gemology, crystalogy and is a certified Melody Practitioner. She has trained under Four Winds Academy in Crystal Surgery and Ancient Tibetan Healing Techniques.