The 38th annual Gem, Mineral and Craft Show is running through Sunday, Oct. 6, at the Sportsmans Club in Joshua Tree.
Hi-Desert Rockhounds of the Morongo Basin member Hugh Matthews has been doing the show for many years. He is the co-owner of Joyce and Hughes Rock Shop in Yucca Valley.
Zack M., a 2nd-grader at Onaga Elementary School visits the Gem, Mineral and Craft Show on a rock and mineral scavenger hunt field trip Thursday.
A recently retired couple, Sherry and Tim Bustin of Perris, were two of the new vendors for the show. They make jewelry and stained glass ornaments and are selling little stained-glass garden slugs. “We have children here in Yucca Valley, so were able to combine a visit and the show,” Sherry Bustin said.
Violet and Eric Mandeson of West Covina are regulars at the show. They are standing behind their favorite piece at this year's show, a large gypsum sand crystal from Chihuahua, Mexico.
One Joshua Tree vendor, Hamid Moazzam, sells at the show every year. He is seen here demonstrating how to sound meditation bowls.
David Walblom of Quartz Hill has been a vendor at the gem show for many years. He sells lapidary tools and jewelry making supplies.
Second-grade students from Onaga Elementary School visited the gem show with a class field trip Thursday. Fabian J., left, and Reuben K. are entranced by the sparkling necklaces.
Vendors take some time to chat before the rush Thursday morning. From left are Hugh Matthews, Andy DeLong and Pheng Vongnalith.
Kids on a field trip from Onaga Elementary School make purchases.
Scissors, clamps and wire wrapping tools are available from David Walblom's Lapidary Tools and Supplies.
Sherry Bustin of Bustin Glass and Minerals from Perris displays her cute little stained glass pieces.
Gem, Mineral and Craft Show vendor Darlene Bjork demostrates grinding and polishing techniques for visiting 2nd-grade students from Onaga Elementary School. Bjork will be giving demonstrations every day of the show.
It's never too early to sell Christmas ornaments. Sherry Bustin of Bustin Glass and Minerals has a lovely display of her custom ornaments.
Andy and Sonia DeLong Traders came from Laguna Niguel for the show.
Second graders from Onaga Elementary came to the Gem, Mineral and Craft Show Thursday. Payton K., right, and Abi L. are shopping and learning.
Both beaded jewelry and loose beads are available at the show.
One Joshua Tree vendor, Hamid Moazzam, sells at the show every year. His newest showpiece is a water buffalo skull carved with two dragons battling each other. “Two dragons fighting symbolizes a battle over material wealth,” he explained.
The mineral on the left is Carborundum and on the right is sulfur crystals from Bolivia.
Rylee C., a 2nd-grader from Onaga Elementary School sifts through pieces of pyrite.
Second-grade children on a field trip from Onaga Elementary School participate in a rock and mineral scavenger hunt at the 38th annual Gem, Mineral and Craft Show Thursday. Rylee C., center, shouted “Diamonds are a girl’s best friend,” when she spotted the sparkling necklaces at Leah Criss’ booth.
Cabochons made from Chinese Writing Rock are for sale at Hugh Matthews booth.
Onaga Elementary 2nd-grade students come to the Gem, Mineral and Craft Show for an educational rock and mineral scavenger hunt Thursday.
Onaga Elementary School student Trae A. browses the wares of Leah Criss.
Some particularly fine mineral specimens are available at Inge Glidden's booth.
A beautiful necklace of various types of jasper and garnet is on display at the Violet Marie Collection booth.
The first booth on the right as you enter the Sportsmans Club's Gem, Mineral and Crafts Show is where you can see locust wood carvings by Steve Scratch. Locust wood comes from the eastern Sierras.
Leah Criss' booth is filled with beaded necklaces and also loose beads for those who like to do their own stringing.