Tuscarora Indian intarsia

Tuscarora Lapidary Society, Inc.
24 Upland Road, Brookhaven, PA 19015

The Tuscarora Lapidary Society is a non-profit educational corporation, and Pennsylvania Purely Public Charity, organized to encourage and teach the science and art of lapidary (the cutting and polishing of gemstones), as well as the arts and sciences associated with lapidary interests.

Come explore gem cutting, jewelry making, and related arts and sciences with us.

We teach the journey from rocks to gems to jewelry.



November 4 & 5, 2017

HALL D at the Greater Philadelphia EXPO Center

100 Station Avenue, Oaks, PA 19456.

2017 will be the 48th year that Tuscarora Lapidary Society has hosted its annual fine gem, jewelry and mineral show Gemarama. This will be our third year at the wonderful EXPO Center venue. In addition to vendors you would expect at any gem show, a third of the show houses over 30 instructional and competitive cases and a large lapidary arts demonstration area where visitors can see live the cutting of stones, jewelry making, beading, chain making, wire wrapping, and other arts and sciences associated with lapidary. Read on below for a fuller account of all there is to do and see at Gemarama.

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2017 Theme  —  Agates Everywhere

            Saturday November 4, 2017, 10am - 6pm
            Sunday November 5, 2017, 9am - 5pm

HALL D, GREATER PHILADELPHIA EXPO CENTER, 100 Station Avenue, Oaks, PA 19456, located a few miles north of King of Prussia, PA, off Route 422. For a Google map, Click Here. Please also see the map attached to our DISCOUNT COUPON.

For GPS systems: Use 100 Station Avenue, Upper Providence Twp, PA (or Phoenixville, PA);
or use 1601 Egypt Road, Phoenixville, PA and follow the signs to the EXPO Center.

Admission is $6 for adults, $1 for children under 12 years of age; two-day adult tickets are $9. With our discount coupon (below) the adult single day admission is $5. Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts in uniform and accompanied by an adult Scoutmaster are admitted free.


Things to do: DEALERS - - EXHIBITS

Our dealers come from all over the country to display and offer their specialties. They bring a wide variety of gems, minerals, fossils, lapidary supplies, cut and polished stones, beads, finished jewelry, carvings and much, much more. (For a list of our dealers, click here.) To obtain information regarding availability of a Dealer booth: Send us an email from our Contact page with "Dealer Attn: Paul Stieff" in the subject line.

TLS members and invited guests exhibit many fine displays of the lapidary arts, jewelry, minerals, and fossils in both informative and competitive classes. Competitive exhibits are evaluated by teams of judges before the opening of the show. Awards are given in the following categories:

Best in Show
Best Theme Exhibit
Most Educational Exhibit
Best Non-Member Exhibit
Best Mini-Case (18" by 12") Exhibit
Director's Award

To Exhibit or get more Information:
Send us an email from our Contact page with "Exhibits Attn: Bill Mattis" in the subject line.


Come watch how we make beautiful cabochons and faceted stones from gem rough, or how we incorporate those lapidary creations into jewelry. You can also view incredibly beautiful microscopic mineral specimens, or watch bead stringing or the creation of wire-wrapped jewelry, and much more. There is information in the demonstration area about classes offered at our Education Center and an opportunity there to sign up to receive information on upcoming class schedules.

Continuous demonstrations — Cabbing, Faceting

Intermittent demonstrations —  Bead Stringing, Chain Making, Channel Jewelry, Intarsia, Metalcraft, Micromounts, Mini Gem Trees, Silver Smithing, Wax Modeling, Wirewrap Jewelry

Children’s table
Make a bracelet or perhaps a key chain. Toss a bean bag and win a prize! Pick up one of the wonderful and informative children's coloring books on gems and minerals. Take the Rockhound Quiz challenge and get a prize at the TLS booth, and have fun creating your own personal "PET ROCK".

Vanishing Gem Display
Have fun trying to touch the gem.

Exhibit for the vision challenged
See and feel this exhibit designed to explain different aspects of the gem and mineral world to those with vision difficulties. (Not on display each year.)


The TLS Booth is our operations center for the show, including the following activities:

Treasure Wheel
Take YOUR turn at the Treasure Wheel. Every spin a win. Will it be an agate slab? A pair of gemstone earrings? An amethyst specimen? A quartz crystal?

Silent Auction
Bid on one-of-a-kind creations, specimens and books donated by our members. There will be a minimum bid listed and the time at which the auction will close. If you are the last bidder — the item will be yours. Obtain that piece of malachite or those wonderful hand-crafted earrings that you have always wanted.

Dime Drop
A prize for each dime successfully dropped into the jar in the center of the water jug.

Grab Bags
Mystery treasures for children.

Back Copies of Lapidary Journal, Rock & Gem, etc.
Looking for that particular copy of Lapidary Journal? The TLS booth usually has many copies of past issues for a VERY nominal price.


Concession Stand
The EXPO Center will provide a food concession for Gemarama. You can stay the entire day!

There is plenty of parking at the Greater Philadelphia EXPO Center.  The show is all on one level and easily accessible.


Some exhibit photos from Gemarama 2015.