Dig in to find answers to some frequently asked questions about our show, geology & gemology
1What is for sale at the Gem Show?
Everything from Sterling Silver Gemstone jewelry with unique stones from around the world to crystals, minerals, rocks, fossils, and home décor items.
2Is there an entry fee for the Gem Show?
The Pittsburgh Gem Show has FREE ADMISSION so bring all your friends and family for a great time!
3What makes buying at the Gem Show different than buying at a store?
The Gem Show has a HUGE selection of items you will not find in ANY store in the area at prices that are hard to beat!
4What is the definition of Sterling Sliver?
By law any item marked Sterling Silver must be 92.5% Silver by weight. That is why Sterling Silver is sometimes marked .925.
5What is a Geode?
A geode is a hollow, rounded rock where the inside cavity is lined with crystals. A geode begins as a bubble in volcanic rock or a hollow in sedimentary rock. Eventually, the outer shell hardens as a rock. Minerals begin to form inside, and over thousands of years, many layers of crystals appear inside the geode.
6What is the difference between a rock and a mineral?
Minerals are the building blocks of rocks. Minerals are crystalline solids that have specific physical properties and a narrowly defined chemical composition. Rocks are formed from minerals.