North Carolina Gem & Mineral Showcase / Franklin & Spruce Pine, North Carolina USA
Franklin: May 4-8, 2016 (170 Vendors)
July 27-31, 2016 (210 Vendors)
Spruce Pine: August 4-7, 2016 (110 Vendors)
Show Dates: July 27, 2016 - May 7, 2017
View list at left for dates of each show.
Contact: Click on the show names below for contact information for individual shows.
Towns and counties across North Carolina — and in particular, western N.C. — take their mineral heritages seriously, and several proudly hold annual festivals, fairs or shows to celebrate their rich gem, mineral, and mining history and culture. This region is one of the richest in the world for hosting important gem and mineral related shows. Each year in the spring and summer, the little towns of Franklin and Spruce Pine become magnets for buyers and collectors from throughout the southeast states and around the country. They come to shop at five shows in Franklin in May and eight shows in both towns in late July and early August! Local organizations and volunteers enthusiastically participate in the gem show season. Some shows are operated by the local gem and mineral club and the chamber of commerce, and the dozens of area “gem mines” enjoy their peak season, providing tourists with the unforgettable experience of sluicing for authentic gemstones — sapphires, rubies, emeralds, and many more!