This past week we took a couple of days and hit the road to attend one of the worlds largest Gem and Mineral shows. It is located right down the road from us in Tucson. We met some family there who attend every year. They know the place and the vendors like the back of their hand. They were our tour guides, so to speak. It was great to have them there to show us around and tell us where all the good deals were for a few items that we purchased and brought home with us.
Here are a few things that caught our interest and decided to bring home with us:
This is a small Amethyst Cathedral. It is amethyst crystals that are what is called "In Matrix" or their natural form. These are pretty pricey just to walk into any retail gem shop and purchase. One like we purchased would cost anywhere from about $50 to $80. We were able to get it for $14 at the Gem show. It is the coolest thing, specially at a price like that! The Cathedrals are priced based on their size and the quality of the crystals. The larger and darker the crystals the more valuable they are. Maybe next year we will get a larger one.
We brought home quit a few more samples with us but I don't have any pictures of them. One that I don't have a picture of is a rock that looks like it was perfectly polished by humans, but actually was not. It is a rock that is only found in a river in India. They are all the same shape (an oval egg shape). They are called Shiva Lingam rocks. They are known, mostly in Asia, for their spiritual powers. That is not the reason why I think they are cool. Again, I see it as another amazing act of God. He isn't just our creater of all things he is also the perfecter of all things.