By Greg Hince
July 2, 2012. Fans of one of a kind natural treasures and original jewelry will delight in the 18th Annual High Country Bead, Gem, Mineral & Jewelry Show July 20-22 at The Boone National Guard Armory. The expo, put on by Treasures Of The Earth (TOTE) out of Salem, VA, will feature demonstrations and exhibits from jewelry makers, goldsmiths, silversmiths and other experts from across the country.
Dealers, who are hand picked for the quality of their work, will be on hand to reconstruct, repair, design or make original jewelery from customers’ selected gems, stones, opals, crystals, gem trees, wire sculpture, wire wrap, pearls, stone beads, amber and other materials.
The show runs Friday and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is $2, but is free for children under 16. Parking is free.
Hourly door prizes will be awarded, including a gold ring with a precious stone as a Grand Door Prize, given out Sunday evening. Attendees do not have to be present to win the Grand Prize.
TOTE encourages the whole family to come to the event. Free tumbled stones will be provided for the kids.
Dealers interested in participating in the show can visit http://www.toteshows.com/dealer.html for more information. No Selling is allowed by anyone other than fee paying dealers that are part of the show.
Dealers do not buy scrap gold or other metals, including old jewelry or gem stones from show customers. The reason for that practice is because illegal is to do so in many of the states where TOTE does shows.
The armory is located at 274 Hunting Hills Lane, near the hospital and behind Fire Station No. 2. Watch for permanent highway departmental directional signs leading to the Armory.
All shows in National Guard Armory’s are subject to being canceled if the Guard Unit is activated or there is a State or National Emergency. Before traveling to the show, attendees are encouraged to call Show Director Van Kimmer at (540) 384-6047 or check www.toteshows.com to confirm that the show will be held. The website also has a link to a flier which is free to use for promotional purposes, and interested parties can e-mail [email protected] for more information.