Meteorites On Display At The GemStreet USA Show

While residents in Russia are canvassing the ground looking for pieces of the meteorite that exploded over the skies last week, Northeast Ohioans can see firsthand a meteorite that fell in Argentina four to six thousand years ago at the GemStreet USA Show & Sale March 8 to 10 at the Cuyahoga County Fairgrounds in Berea.

Gail Strieter, show organizer and owner of the Soaring Crystal, will showcase this meteorite, along with other crystals, minerals, gems, beads and jewelry. She will be joined by several dozen other jewelry artists and exhibitors from the east coast to Hawaii who will be showcasing their one-of-a-kind finds.

“Unlike other bigger shows, we consider ourselves a ‘boutique’ show and handpick only the most unique artists to feature,” says Jane Strieter-Smith, a Lakewood resident. “We showcase treasures you will not find in local stores or even on the internet.”

Mineral expert Maria Celeste from Gems by Celestial Dancer will showcase some rare minerals, including Cavansite. “This rare mineral mined on the side of mountains in Poona, India, not only is a beautiful decorative item for your home or office, but also helps you feel energized and hopeful,” comments Maria, who is a crystal therapist. “The Kentucky Red Agate is also a decorative piece, but makes a great focal point in jewelry, whether an agate sliced pendant or ring.”

The show will also have aisles of gemstones, Swarovski crystals, pearls, silver, gold and a bevy of beads. Those who make their own jewelry can find a great selection of supplies, tools and educational materials.

Two of the country’s pre-eminent lampwork bead designers—Terri McGill and Anita Pepper—will be at the show debuting their latest handcrafted glass beads, each its own little work of art. Anita is an award-winning artist who works mostly in colorful lampwork beads and finished jewelry, and Terri also specializes in the Kumihimo braiding technique that creates exotic and intricate pieces. She will teach attendees the latest Kumihimo braiding techniques at the show.

In addition to jewelry and minerals, a host of decorator items for the home and office will be available at the show, such as petrified wood pieces, colorful mineral and crystal specimens, exotic carved bamboo masks and fragrant California white sage bundles.

Show hours are Friday and Saturday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tickets are $6 and free for children under 12. Tickets are good all weekend and parking is free. The Cuyahoga County Fairgrounds is located at 164 Eastland Road, Berea.

Laura Briedis

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Volume 9, Issue 5, Posted 9:45 PM, 03.05.2013