Unearthing New Mexico’s riches
“That is a turquoise far and away the finest in America, and it came from these new mines in New Mexico.” These were the words of George F. Kunz, a gemologist of Tiffany & Co., to a New York newspaper about the 1889 find at the Cerrillos, New Mexico, turquoise mines. The state’s mined treasures are admired once more during Rock On, the Fifth Annual Palace of the Governors Gem & Mineral Show, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday, June 18. The show continues at the same times Saturday and Sunday, June 19 and 20.
This family event features numerous exhibitors displaying gems and minerals for the public to touch, buy, and learn about. Several guest speakers address the history of miners, mineral traders, and the artisans who shape raw gems and minerals into astonishing jewelry. Special guest speaker Doug Magnus speaks about “The History of the Cerrillos Turquoise Mines” at 2 p.m. Saturday, June 19. There is no charge to attend the show; admission is through the south entrance of the New Mexico History Museum at 113 Lincoln Ave. Call 476-5200.