Humans, like crows, tend to be attracted to sparkly things. Twinkling Christmas lights, disco balls, platinum grills: we can't get enough of them. This year's gem faire at the Orange County Fairgrounds brings a plethora of shiny minerals to delight the eye and, ideally, the pocketbook as well. Diamonds are actually pretty boring when compared to the lustrous beauty of a well-set piece of opal. And have you ever heard of a Blood Aventurine? Exactly. Economical and morally sound jewelry is the way to go in these socially conscious times. Find a gem you like and absolutely need to wear it home that day? No problem! Skilled jewelers will be there to set the stones for you while you wait.
Fri., Aug. 8, noon; Sat., Aug. 9, 10 a.m.; Sun., Aug. 10, 10 a.m., 2008