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Traditional Heart in downtown Athens internet hosting gem and mineral present

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The second annual Fall Athens, Rock, Gem, Mineral, Fossil and Jewellery Present is on now via Sunday on the 440 Foundry Pavilion behind the Traditional Heart in downtown Athens.

This yr’s present options 17 sellers bringing in treasures from treasured gem stones to historical fossils, in line with occasion organizer Mark E.P. Woods, proprietor of Southeastern Mineral Specimens.

Final yr’s first fall present fell within the coronary heart of the COVID-19 pandemic, so Woods mentioned he expects a bigger crowd this yr.

Sellers like Barry Segura, who scuba-dives for fossilized shark tooth alongside the coast of South Carolina, and Justin Sills, a Dahlonega rock hound with a large assortment of crystals, are amongst these attending this yr’s present.

The rock and mineral show takes place this weekend in the pavilion behind the Classic Center in downtown Athens.

As well as, Woods mentioned he has acquired a big assortment from retired Northeast Georgia collector and mineral skilled David Smith.

“I’ve cleaned and ready them and mounted them in acrylic show instances,” Woods mentioned concerning the assortment.

Woods mentioned he just lately went on an journey to Dahlonega to discover the town’s gold-mining historical past that dates to the early 1800s. He traveled deep right into a man-made cave dug via rock by miners of their seek for the precious steel. A portion of the cave is open to the general public.

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