The Atlantic Coast Gem Show is currently going on this weekend at the Howard County Fairgrounds in Maryland. It is put on by the Gem Cutters Guild of Baltimore, which I am a member, and we were allowed to submit a show case to display our work. Most people just created a case of finished pieces or specimens, but I decided to demonstrate classes that I took and/or are offered at the guild as well as the evolution of my jewelry from when I started as a hobbyist to my current professional bench work. The cases are judged by the public and the 1st place case wins $25.
and I placed 2nd in the Lapidary category with my Mexican Crazy Lace Agate (photo 2 and 4), beating out my instructor who taught me how to properly cut designer cabs. He placed 4th, his wife placed 3rd, and one of the shop supervisors placed 1st. He’s been cutting probably for decades and also helps maintain the machines at our guild so it’s no surprise he would take 1st.