Cascade Gem & Mineral Show 2024



Here is a little preview from some of the vendors that will be a part of the show on June 29 – 30. 2024! Mark your calendars and plan to attend.

OlyArtesania: “I’m Gretchen Newman, and OlyArtesania is my local handmade jewelry and lapidary arts.  I do an artistic mix of the Pacific Northwest woods and South American style.  I have been making silver jewelry by hand for over 30 years.  My pieces have a lot of Chilean influence, as I learned silversmithing from artisans there – bold and earthy, each piece unique and individually inspired by the stones, metals and natural textures.  I work mostly with sterling, fine silver and natural stones, many from South America or the Pacific Northwest.  Since I am also fascinated with materials and want each thing to live its best life, I like to minimize waste, I use lots of recycled materials, melt things down and re-forge the metals to use again.  My products are made with start-to-finish care and artistry to last and be shared through generations.  All made locally in Olympia!” You can find her on Instagram at @olyartesania

Mineral Mandalas “Together Allie and I (Mark) turned our shared passion for rocks and minerals into our business. We enjoy being a conduit for unique artifacts created by the earth to reach their homes. We carefully select what we offer and we take pride in that our business is enthusiasm based. We love being part of the mineral business and are grateful that we can make a living sharing our passion.”

Peace of the Earth Jewelry. Her booth will be offering hundreds of pendants, wrapped with sterling silver or 14k gold-filled wire!

Elemental Endeavors will be vending a large selection of minerals and fossils. You can check out her Facebook here!

Freeland Art Shack – “My stones are mostly all gathered on the western shores of Whidbey Island. My favorite type of stone to work with would be Concretions aka Clay Babies, Mud Babies or Fairy Stones. But since they are hard to come by I’ll work with any type of stone as long as the texture is smooth enough. I paint intricately detailed designs that often have sea urchin like textures when completed. From painting, to drying, to my lengthy resin process, it usually takes 4 weeks to fully finish a piece, sometimes longer. Each piece gets a tremendous amount of time and love for a quality look and finish.

Bunnies on Fire: Calcite indoor fountains, cranberry garnet schist, lizardite.

Thank you for the generous donations to our raffle!

FossilEra is your trusted source for buying high-quality fossils, collectible minerals, and stunning crystals. Whether you are a passionate collector or looking for a unique gift, you can find it in our diverse selection of fossils for sale.

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Fire Mountain Gems & Beads – they offer an extensive selection of wholesale beads & jewelry making supplies.

Click here to visit their website!

Updated: February 22, 2024 — 12:19 pm

Presidents Message

  • From the Top of the Rock Pile Our Gem Show is on June 29th and 30th, with set-up on June 28th. Roger is looking for volunteers, so be prepared to help when he calls or emails you. We need a volunteer to ensure all the signs we need inside the venue are made and printed. We also need a volunteer to order street signs for our new location, place them before the show, and take them down. Then I am looking for a volunteer to take charge of the club sales table and set up the sales table. We need

Meeting Announcements

  • Topic: Out-of-state rockhounding sites by Roger Danneman Oregon, Utah, Idaho, Montana, etc. – So many rockhounding places! We have a few members who have combined a road trip vacation and rockhounding that will collaborate on this. It’s interesting to see the variety of material from these areas. After this meeting, you may want to plan a road trip too! Show ‘n Tell: Show us something you have found or bought on a road trip.

  • April 11th – Rock Bingo (Spring Break) and Food Drive This meeting is our annual “Rock Bingo” night. It is held during spring break so our Young Tumblers and their friends can attend without worrying about school the next day. Each member is asked to bring 3 wrapped items for each person who intends to play Bingo. You can play up to 3 games in person, and every person goes home a winner. Please try to donate an item you would like to receive, not junk slabs and rocks. Let’s all plan to have a fun evening together. Guests are welcome, and we encourage our Young Tumblers to bring their friends. Food Drive – We are collecting food for the Kent Food again. Try to donate 1 item or more for every person playing Bingo.

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