Another wonderful experience in the majestic Blue Ridge Mountains has been checked off the bucket list as I was finally able to visit the G&LW Gem Show in Franklin, NC, the “Gem Capital of the World”. This was my very first gem show experience, and I highly recommend you check it out!
After registering for the show, I entered the first tent, which was so large it felt more like a warehouse. Sparkling gemstone jewelry of nearly every variety lined tables, walls, and filled stacked drawers. Mineral specimens, crystal towers, cathedrals, and polished stones were carefully displayed across tables and upon shelves.
The energy was palpable, and it was a bit overwhelming not knowing where to start. As you can imagine, it was hard to make a purchase at the first few vendor booths when there was so much more to view. From loose raw diamonds to fossil jewelry, beautifully-crafted bowls to lapidary equipment—shiny, sparkling objects caught my eye in every direction.
I was blown away by the selection of heulandite available, and quickly purchased some. Heulandite is a member of the zeolite family and yields sprays of multifaceted translucent crystals, showing off beautiful soft color tones ranging from clear to black, brown, grey, green, yellow, pink, and white. It is high in vibration, which may stimulate the brain, as well as improve mental clarity, allowing one to feel safe, reorganized, and stimulated.
I also found a nice selection of nice quality calcite and stilbite. Calcite can be found all over the world and is often mixed with other stones. Calcite is a powerful cleanser and is good to have around you because it can clear stagnant energies from any environment. Stilbite is a compassionate stone whose soothing vibrations can be felt upon touch. Loving and healing vibrations emanate from stilbite and fills the entire environment it’s placed in with joy, passion, and uplifting energies. This stone connects our heart, third eye, and crown chakras together and helps one clearly see the emotions weighing on their heart space.
After spending a few hours inside (which felt more like minutes), I made my way to the open-air tents outside and found even larger crystals, flats for purchase, crystal sculptures, and even crystal sink basins!
I managed to find some Blue Chalcedony, hand-carved in the form of a stunning dragon’s head! The word “chalcedony” is named after the ancient sea port of Chalcedon, which is now known as the city of Kadikoy. The blue hue of the stone occurs because of the “Tyndall effect”, which is defined as light scattering by colloid sized particles. The color can range from a light transparent blue to a solid baby or sky blue. Blue Chalcedony is a calmer of the emotional body and is known to help one communicate their truest thoughts and ideas. This encourages deeper discussions with the ones you love, which will not only strengthen your relationships, but also help “awaken” their emotional bodies as well.
After a whirlwind afternoon of new discoveries, vendors began breaking down their booths as I did a little last-minute wheeling and dealing. I managed to score many amazing and unique finds that will be for sale at Raja Goods soon! Limited quantities will be available and they will sell fast—So visit us to check them out before they are gone!
Overall, it was an experience of true adventure and discovery. After getting my very first gem show under my belt, I now have an educated and well-focused “plan of action” for future visits and collecting customer requests seamlessly—and I am looking forward to visiting the largest gem show on the East Coast in July. You will want to stay tuned for more details and highlights!
To make a request for future gem shows as well as other products, please feel free to contact me at: firstname.lastname@example.org; I’ll be happy to reach out with specifics and discuss your crystal needs, purchase, and pick-up options. Examples of previously requested items include amethyst cathedrals, ocean jasper, peridot, celestite, dumortierite, chalcopyrite, Ethiopian opal, and smoky quartz. With so much to choose from, I am always on the search for rare finds to add to the diversity to both my personal collection and at Raja Goods!
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