Gem Show ready to dazzle
By Ashley Pellegrini
La Habra Journal
Obsidian, Jasper, and geodes are just a few of the precious rocks, and gems that will be on display at this year’s 32nd annual “Jubilee of Gems” put on by the North Orange County Gem and Mineral Society.
This year’s theme, “Rocks around the Clock,” showcases a wide array of rocks from all over the world consisting of displays, dealers, demonstrations, raffles, kids activities, and a silent auction.
Guests should expect to see demonstrations consisting of: beading, rock carving, faceting, silversmithing, and lapidary (polishing of stone).
Guests will also have the opportunity to select their very own geode, and will have a chance to have it cut in half out on the patio.
The Gem and Mineral Society focuses on the expansion of kid’s education with an emphasis on earth sciences.
The non-profit organization recently awarded two high school seniors a scholarship based on essays they wrote.
The scholarship participants had to construct an essay elaborating on the uses of Mineral Salt in Ancient and Modern Society. The entries were then read by the group, and voted on.
Each year the topic of the essay changes, and is designed to encourage those interested in earth science, a chance to expand on their ideas and personal interest.
Show Chairperson Don Warthen and his wife, President Ofelia Warthen, joined the club several years ago. Ofelia hopes that getting the youth involved in the group will encourage a different type of entertainment.
“I would like kids to have a good experience with earth science,” she said.
She expressed that she was extremely grateful to the mayor of La Habra, Jim Gomez for being so supportive of the organization and it’s positive educational cause for the community and it’s children.
Gem member Linda Chu has been a member of the association since 2011. She has her own jewelry business in which she uses her love of making jewelry out of rocks. She expressed that all rocks and gem shows in general are different. “This is a show you don’t want to miss,” she stated.
“The gem show is meant to educate people about the desert, and is a wonderful opportunity to remind the public that they can go out and dig for these rocks themselves,” said Don Warthen.
He expressed that the group takes trips out to the local deserts in search of rocks and geodes.
Don and his wife enjoy cutting the rocks and making them into beautiful jewelry. The association highly encourages kids to discover various types of rocks, and the possibilities of creativity are endless.
There will be a kids corner that will consist of grab bags, spinning wheel, and educational activities. Workshops are often held for the kids in the La Habra community.
“Kids at this year’s gem show will be able to learn how to make toothpaste, anything rock related and an opportunity to learn how to pan for gem stones,” Warthen said.
Ofelia expressed her love of creating beautiful jewelry.
“I find working with precious stones is extremely therapeutic,” she said. “We often become so consumed that we forget about the world around us.”
The Gem show will be held Friday, June 3-5 at the La Habra Community Center. Parking and admission are completely free.
All proceeds from the raffles will support the La Habra Youth group.