Pieces of the world: The Ottawa Gem, Mineral and Jewelry Show celebrates its sapphire anniversary
Jessey is a writer, digital communications strategist, and the founder of Local Tourist Ottawa.
I’m proud to say it: I like rocks.
I know what you’re thinking, but stay with me.
Always held the last weekend of September at the Nepean Sportsplex, the show fills to capacity with more than 60 dealers and exhibitors. They show minerals, fossils, gemstones, as well as jewelry, crystals, beads, carvings and more.
In addition to dealers, the show also features demonstrations, seminars and informal gemstone evaluations.
I kid you not, the lineup this morning was out the door – women (and men) scrambling for fairly priced one-of-a-kind jewelry, rock collectors like me, and of course, kids who were fascinated by the science and sparkle of it all.
Check it out:
I was actually surprised by how many people filled the venue this year. I thought this show was my little secret, but I often forget it isn’t just about the minerals — it’s a beautiful jewelry showcase.
What did I get?
Oh, and of course:
This year marks the Ottawa Lapsmith and Mineral Club’s 45th year: happy sapphire anniversary!
Sunday is the last day to check it out, and for just six bucks (three for seniors, free for kids), you can go explore some fantastic natural wonders born from all over the world.