The Gem and Mineral Show (A Look at a Traditional Humboldt Favorite)

Bobbie Clark, left, and Lorelei Paulus, of Seattle, Washington, look at a piece of malachite. The tow were visiting a friend in Arcata and heard about the show from a guy in a local coffee shop.

Bobbie Clark, left, and Lorelei Paulus, of Seattle, Washington, look at a piece of malachite. The two were visiting a friend in Arcata and heard about the show from a guy in a local coffee shop. [All photos by Mark McKenna]

Rob Corpstein was demonstrating gemstone faceting on a Facetron at the 62nd Annual Humboldt County Gem and Mineral Show.

Rob Corpstein was demonstrating gemstone faceting on a Facetron at the 62nd Annual Humboldt County Gem and Mineral Show.

Steve Mobray of McKinleyville was picking out stones to use as decorations on flutes that he makes. This was his first time attending and he said he was finding some real treasures.

Steve Mobray of McKinleyville was picking out stones to use as decorations on flutes that he makes. This was his first time attending and he said he was finding some real treasures.

Humboldt County Gem and Mineral Society member Doug Batt oversaw the sand pit where people can scoop stones form the sand.

Humboldt County Gem and Mineral Society member Doug Batt oversaw the sand pit where people can scoop stones from the sand.

Donovan and Sara Lange, left, waited a year for the Gem and Mineral show to get a geode cut in two. The couple received the geode, which came form the Ochoco Mountains in Oregon as a wedding gift from Donovan's father, but they missed the show last year.

Donovan and Sara Lange, left, waited a year for the Gem and Mineral show to get a geode cut in two. The couple received the geode, which came form the Ochoco Mountains in Oregon as a wedding gift from Donovan’s father, but they missed the show last year.

Humboldt Gem and Mineral Society Vice President Mike Martin attempts to identify the stones in a necklace belonging to June Manfreda of Arcata.

Humboldt Gem and Mineral Society Vice President Mike Martin attempts to identify the stones in a necklace belonging to June Manfreda of Arcata.

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