A rock show is a treasure trove for rock hounds, with vendors offering rocks and jewelry from every corner of the earth, from Ethiopian obsidian to Mexican calcite to local aquamarine from Mt.
A rock show is a treasure trove for rock hounds, with vendors offering rocks and jewelry from every corner of the earth, from Ethiopian obsidian to Mexican calcite to local aquamarine from Mt. Princeton. Most of the vendors find the rocks themselves, so they are knowledgeable geologists and are almost always happy to tell you about their finds. In order to sell at rock shows, the vendors spend much of the year traveling in campers and and the other portion rock hunting. Some are artists, carving the rock into animals or other designs or polishing the rock to perfection.
The rocks themselves are like a museum you're allowed to touch. (or purchase) The vendors show off hundreds of different rocks and minerals. I easily spent an hour and a half at the rock show in Buena Vista. My favorites were the multicolored striped calcite and the polished petrified wood.
If geology isn't your thing, there's jewelry and other items at rock shows. Jewelry ranges from simple but beautiful stone pendants to complex inlaid metal masterpieces and the variety is interesting. You can buy other things as well. I got a handmade ceramic flute from a Peruvian merchant. Another stall sold vividly colored glass in bizarre shapes.
I'm not sure how other rock shows like the one coming up in Denver compare to the one I went to, I think it was better than a museum, and cheaper.