EDISON- Sixteen life-size dinosaurs, gemstones worth millions, along with some of the rarest fossils and minerals in the world will be on display -and for sale- at the second annual NY / NJ Gem and Mineral Show April 12 through 14.
Over 10,000 visitors are expected at the New Jersey Convention and Exposition Center throughout the three day show, and 200 exhibitors from around the world will present their collections of gems, jewelry, fine minerals, fossils, dinosaurs, meteorites, crystals, home décor, amber, petrified wood, turquoise, gold nuggets, opals and so much more. The entry fee is $6 for adults and free for kids under 12.
The NY/ NJ Gem and Mineral Show is hosted by Eons Expos, a team of siblings that also organizes fossil and mineral expositions in Denver and Tucson. Fossil seller, Lowell Carhart, along with his sister and fossil preparator, Christine Coyle-Perner and younger brother, Russell, believed that the Greater Metropolitan Area was lacking a major gem and mineral show of international stature. So, they organized Eons Expos’ first New Jersey fossil and gem show in 2012.
This year, the show has grown into a venue two-and-a-half times its original size and will host 100 more exhibitors including a wholesale area designated for business to business transactions. Special guests this year are Amanda Adkins and Steve Brancato of the Weather Channel’s reality show “Prospectors.” They will be filming an episode for their next season at this show. Meet them in booth 201.
The show will also be featuring full-sized dinosaurs cast from the Jurassic Park movie. The Franklin Mineral Museum of Franklin, N.J. will set up world famous “black light” U.V. minerals in the darkened Junior Ballroom, along with Sterling Hill Mine Tour and Museum of Fluorescence. Local specimens from the Staten Island Museum and the American Museum of Natural History will also be on display. A rare collection of trilobites, an extinct marine arthropod, will be exhibited by The Gold Bug. And, door prizes will be awarded to some lucky visitors.
This show is open to the public and will run 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $6 for adults and are valid for all three days of the expo. Children under 12 are free. The admission fee includes a 10% donation to the Franklin Mineral Museum.
A free shuttle bus will run continuously from Metropark Station to the front door of the N.J. Expo Center at 97 Sunfield Ave. Edison. It is a 14-minute trip each way.
For more information on the event, see http://www.NY-NJ-GemShow.com/.
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