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Diamond in the Rough

Treasures of the Earth Gem, Mineral & Jewelry Expo

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You ever wander through a meadow or just down the street of your neighborhood, find a smooth stone amongst jagged rocks and put it in your pocket for a rainy day? If so, then you might be the target audience for the 46th annual Gem, Mineral, and Jewelry Expo at Expo New Mexico (300 San Pedro NE). Hosted by the Albuquerque Gem & Mineral Club, this year's theme is Treasures of the Earth, and you'll no doubt find some treasures in the form of quartz, mica, sapphires, emeralds … or whatever your birthstone happens to be.

The event kicks off tomorrow, from 10am to 6pm, and continues through Saturday, March 21 (10am to 6pm), and Sunday, March 22 (10am to 5pm). Feel free to take the kiddos because if they're 12 and under, they get in gratis. Unfortunately, their adult caregivers will have to pay a $3 entry fee, which is nothing when considering the event's silent auction, visits by a live wolf and rock bottom prices for minerals. Oh, and on Friday you can get in for only a dollar. Need more incentive? I didn't think so. Head to for more info. Expo New Mexico • Fri Mar 20 • 10am-6pm • $1-$3, FREE for children under 13 • ALL-AGES! • View on Alibi calendar