Franklin is a small town located at the foot of the Great Smoky Mountains in western North Carolina. Twice a year — in May and July — the town hosts one of the country's finest gem and mineral showcases. With the G&LW wholesale show as its hub, the showcase also features shows ran by the local gem and mineral society, the chamber of commerce, as well as two fine independently owned gem shows.
This sapphire, one of the largest ever found in North Carolina, is on display at the Franklin Gem & Mineral Museum.
Be sure to visit the gift shop in the Franklin Gem & Mineral Museum.
Every rockhound, while you're attending the gem shows in Franklin, needs to visit the Franklin Gem & Mineral Museum, the excellent handiwork and home of the Gem & Mineral Society of Franklin.
Five gem and mineral shows are open simultaneously in both May and July in Franklin, which is why we call it a "showcase." This photo depicts the show floor at the Macon County Gemboree.
Assortment of Opals - Poor Boy Opals
Poor Boy Opals at the G&LW Show
Pyritized Ammonites from Enter The Earth at the G&LW Show
Azure-Malachite by Unconventional Lapidarist at the Echo Valley Gem & Mineral Show.
The Bead Goes On shows a great example of the Jewelry Making Supplies available....
John E. Garsow Gems & Minerals one of the vendors at the Faceters Frolic
The Bead Goes On features these beautiful beetle wings....
Gold Sheen Obsidian from The Obsidian House
Beads made from ceramic, porcelain, glass and even paper
Gems from every corner of the world are represented - Chrysoprase from Australia
The Gem &Lapidary Wholesalers Show at Watauga Festival Center
The Franklin Faceters Frolic is a popular event featuring educational seminars by Master Cutters, like Dalan Hargrave pictured above.
Franklin Faceters Frolic
Vendors small and large dot the roadside
Macon County Show offers a great variety....
Gem Shows are a Family affair!
Some of the dozens of area “gem mines” enjoy their peak season, providing tourists with the unforgettable experience of sluicing for authentic gemstones — as well as rockhounding fieldtrips for sapphires, rubies, emeralds, and many more!
Gems, gems, gems
Starborn Creations is a popular dealer of Larimar at the G&LW Show
Ancient Roman Glass
Madagascar Seam - chunky Labradorite at the Echo Valley Gem & Mineral Show.
You can find it all at a Gem Show - even the Kitchen Sink
Vista Gems array at the G&LW Show
Gem Kyanite from the Kyanite King at the Macon County Show