Fricot nugget back on display

Fricot Nug-LeroysmlAfter security upgrades the big Fricot gold nugget is back on display in the Vault area of the museum. Seeing this gold specimen should be on everyone’s bucket list. And if you haven’t seen it in a while, it is time to return and marvel at something so magnificent only Mother Earth could produce it.

While you are visiting, see also the new display cabinets in the Vault area, including our big Neptunite and fine Benitoite samples.  Remember, Benitoite is the office state mineral of California and has only ever been found near San Benito. Nowhere else in the world… at least so far.

Countdown to 2014 Easter Show

Specimen Display

Specimen Display

We are on final countdown to a great new show this year on Easter weekend April 19, 20. Yes, adult admission is $3 but parking is free, kids are free, the Museum is open and free to all, music throughout the day by local bands is free as are many of the other talks and demos and Easter egg hunt for the kids.

See official news release or Gem Show Flyer and invite all your friends and family for a fine time in Mariposa at the Fairgrounds. See a great collection of gem and mineral vendors, as well as jewelry and other artisans at work. Share the news on Facebook and Twitter as well.

All indoor booths in both halls are sold out, and there are a number of outdoor vendors too. New this year is continuous music in the pergola, easter egg hunt for the kids, mini train rides for the kids

Great new sample Neptunite thanks to Bruce Runner

The card in this picture says it all.  Thanks to Bruce Runner and the CSMMMA board the museum has a great new large specimen on show. See it in the Vault area of the museum when next you visit Mariposa, gateway to Yosemite. [Update: The gift was especially timely as Bruce passed away in early 2014]

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERADon’t think it is big?  See how it stacks up against typical big rich samples on the Collections page. And it is really from the Benitoite Gem Mine – Benitoite being the California State Mineral.

The State Museum and its Cooperative Friends of the Museum Association is actively seeking new specimens, especially natural gold samples and California rock samples from the more well known mines or areas. Please remember us when you stumble over great rocks hiding in a box in your basement or garage. And the CSMMMA is a California non profit so all donations are tax deductible. Bequeathments much appreciated too.

Gems, jewelry, minerals, tools and more at annual show

Reserve April 13th and 14th now to visit our annual Gem and Mineral show. See also jewelry, rock cutting and gold panning. Hear talks from eminent experts and visit the CA State Museum for free while you are there.

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Sample Mariposite Jewelry from Yosemite Gifts

Learn that Mariposite is officially classified as a mineral in its own right, and not just a type of marble. Look for jewelry and loose cabachons of it and many other rocks at the show. Bring the whole family and let them learn about these wonders from mother earth and see what great artisans have done with them.

Call for Exhibitors for 2013 Gem and Mineral Show

The dates are set, the venue is being layed out. We have new camp by your booth spaces right on the lawn (which rest of year is a real camp area). Speakers and events are planned. Kiddie attractions are set. The CA Gem and Mineral museum is open again with new display cases. The world’s biggest gold nugget, the Fricot nugget,  is still safe and on display. We are planning to grow this show dramatically and in due course to restore it to its former eminence on the show circuit.

Now all we need is you to join us as an exhibitor. Indoor booths from 10X10 at ridiculously low prices. Visit Gem Show to download a Vendor Info Letter and Vendor Registration form.

Publicity and advertising planned for California and all neighboring states. Materials to be provided so you can promote your booth online and in print as well as the show in general. Free web links and mention on this site too.

A joint effort of the CA State, Gem, Mineral and Mining Museum, The Mariposa Gem and Mineral Club, and the CA State Gem, Mineral and Mining Museum Association.

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