SOURCE: San Francisco Fine Mineral Show

May 24, 2011 12:30 ET

Media Advisory: San Francisco Fine Mineral Show July 8-10, 2011 -- Free Admission and Parking

SAN FRANCISCO, CA--(Marketwire - May 24, 2011) -

This year the third annual San Francisco Fine Mineral Show will present more than 30 "mini-museums" featuring natural semi-precious mineral specimens like those displayed in museums throughout the world as Nature created them, often hundreds of millions of years ago. Dealers of unique crystal specimens will display and sell an array of fine minerals to delight established collectors, would-be collectors, jewelers, interior designers and anyone fascinated by the beauty of art created by Nature. Admission is free. Parking is free. For more information, call 509-998-5987 or go to

Friday, July 8 through Sunday, July 10, 2011
10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Friday and Saturday; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Sunday

Embassy Suites Hotel
101 McInnis Parkway
San Rafael, CA 94903

Background :
Many minerals are common, but those of exceptional quality and beauty are rare as visitors will see at the San Francisco Fine Mineral Show. Fine mineral specimens have unique crystals of striking size, color, symmetric form and beauty. They have been preserved as Nature created them, often hundreds of millions of years ago. Formulated by a brew of chemicals in the Earth's subsurface, fine minerals continue to be highly valued and very collectible.

Why Collect Minerals?
While some collectors accumulate minerals for scientific purposes and others to acquire each attainable species, it is the beauty of nature and the artistic appeal that drive most people to seek additions to their collections. Dave Waisman, founder and producer of the Fine Mineral Show that is presented annually in Tucson, Houston and San Francisco, collects minerals because he is in awe of what Nature creates and the uniqueness of every specimen. Waisman explains, "That something so inert but beautiful, complex, symmetric and not man-made can be found in the Earth is a wonderful discovery. Nature has made all of these incredible natural sculptures. That's what makes mineral collecting so amazing."

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