In these days of mass-produced everything, it is pleasantly surprising to come across one-of-a-kind items that don’t break the bank. Whether treating yourself to something special or buying gifts for others, you don’t need to bust the budget if you visit the Gem & Mineral Society’s show this weekend at the Aquatic Center.

Now in its 50th year, the Gem & Mineral Show is Havasu’s longest continually running event.

“We’ve never missed a year,” said Cathy Viney, one of 440 members of the club. She headed up publicity for this year’s show.

Visitors will find the same show set-up at the Aquatic Center as in years past. A free Kids’ Cave will teach the younger set about the wonders of geology through several interactive displays. Games and a food court are available. Club members will exhibit some of their precious collections. Forty-five vendors will display their wares across 100 tables.

And that’s where things get interesting and unique. When browsing through the sparkly gems, finely marbled minerals and distinctive fossils, it is rare to find any two that are exactly alike. Raw materials, polished gems, lapidary supplies, jewelry, decorative items and beads in every color, shape and size will be for sale.

“We’ll also be raffling off 15 baskets over the weekend,” Viney said. Proceeds from the raffle help fund the club’s scholarship program.

“We award the scholarships to high school seniors who plan to major in the earth sciences,” she said, noting that Arizona State University and the University of Arizona have particularly strong programs.

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