The Gem Faire is a pretty cool event that takes place all around California, Washington, Oregon, and Utah every year. Booths are set up with thousands and thousands of gems, rare and common. You can come as a buyer, seller, or observer. Hundreds of dealers come and try to sell or trade their gems.
For the past two decades, the Gem Faire has been the best event for people to come and collect or dispose of their gems. What they say is true; one man’s trash is another man’s treasure. One of the vendors was only selling her only gem for $150, but I watched an old woman and a young man have a lengthy bid war. The old woman said that the gem looked exactly like the gem on her mother’s pendant and the young man wanted the gem so he could turn it into a ring and propose to his girlfriend of 6 years. Their bickering caught the attention of many people but was actually quite entertaining. In the end, the old woman walked away with the gem, having paid a total of $2,685. People do crazy things for the gems sold at the Gem Faire, but it makes it more memorable for the observers.
A separate feature of the Gem Faire is called the Bead Faire, where thousands of beads are bought and sold every year. Beads fill tons of racks at the back of the park. The vendors offer different materials so you can make bracelets, necklaces, anklets, and anything else you can imagine. There is a very large variety of everything. It’s hard to not find what you’re looking for and leaving empty-handed.
The Gem Faire is coming back to Costa Mesa February 27th to March 1st so make sure to check it out! You won’t be disappointed.