By Melissa Cano
La Habra Journal
Gem and mineral enthusiasts across Orange County gathered at the La Habra Community Center for the 29th Annual Jubilee of Gems and Jewelry Show June 8-9.
The two-day show, hosted by the North Orange County Gem and Mineral Society, offered many events and activities for guests of all ages, including 22 gem and mineral dealers, eight demonstrators, free classes, raffles and a specialized kids’ center.
One of the most popular activities at the event was the geode booth. Spectators had the opportunity to select a geode and have it cut open.
“When you open up a geode…what’s inside is all magical,” said Heather Bates, Jubilee show vendor. “You just get that thrill of knowing that this has been underground for thousands and thousands of years.”
Along with geode cutting, another popular attraction was the kids’ center. It enticed children of all ages to create their own necklaces, bracelets and even make some natural toothpaste.
Grandparents George and Barbara Cosand admitted this was their favorite room of the entire show. They attended the event both days, which allowed their granddaughter, Zoe Cosand, to create a variety of items to take home.
“I made some toothpaste, and I made a keychain, and I made a pet rock too,” said the 4-year-old Cosand.
In addition to the various activities at the show, many vendors were there to sell their works of art. Jewelry, minerals, gems and other handmade items could be found for sale by crafters and collectors.
While the Jubilee was a true demonstration of the North Orange County Gem and Mineral Society’s hard work and efforts, it is just one of the many things the group does for the community.
“We teach a lot of young people,” said Jonas Ruzgys, North Orange County Gem and Mineral Society member. “We try to involve them, teach them about gemstones, about the geology of rocks, and things like that.”
The society, which includes several La Habra residents, acts as an educational resource for the community by encouraging the study and interest of gems and minerals. The group also hosts classes, field trips, workshops and school presentations throughout the year.
“It’s beneficial to everybody to be able to discover these things,” said Rosemarie Pedroza, Jubilee participant. “The history of the Earth is essentially what we are finding.”
To learn more about the North Orange County Gem and Mineral Society, visit www.nocgms.com.