Quartz Crystals are the featured stone of this year’s Fiesta of Gems

Quartz Crystals are the featured stone of this year’s Fiesta of Gems

The 54th annual Fiesta of Gems runs from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. Sunday at the Culver City Veterans Memorial Auditorium, 4117 Overland Ave., Culver City. Free admission and parking. Visit culvercityrocks.org/fiesta.htm for more information.

Here’s an event guaranteed to “rock” your world, Culver City residents.

More than 30 gem and jewelry dealers convene this weekend from across California, New Mexico, Arizona and Nevada for The Culver City Rock and Mineral Club’s 54th annual Fiesta of Gems show.

The featured stone this year: crystal quartz.

Fiesta of Gems is an annual event to introduce the community to minerals, gems, earth sciences and the art of jewelry making. Vendors will be on hand with museum displays, designer jewelry, fossil collections and mineral and gem specimens.

Jewelry making and lapidary demonstrations include Metal Etching with Ruth Shapiro, Kiln-Fired Enameling with Sharon Kaplan, Intro Soldering & Fusing with Jette Sorensen and Beading Around A Bead Pendant with Janice Metz.

There are also children’s games in the Kid’s Zone, door prizes and grand prize drawings.

Culver City Rock and Mineral Club’s mission is to unite local people interested in the Earth sciences, help members collect and preserve rocks and minerals, advance the study of lapidary arts and support scientific research and study.

Proceeds from the annual Fiesta of Gems support local programs such as Culver City Boy Scouts Troop 113 and the Culver City Senior Center, as well as educating local elementary students in Earth sciences activities.

—Michael Aushenker

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