San Diego County Fair

Gems, Minerals & Jewelry

About This Exhibit

This exhibit features rare and unique gems, mineral specimens, fossils and handcrafted jewelry by professional and non-professional jewelers.

San Diego County is home to many collectors and enthusiasts who share their collections, which include museum-quality and unique specimens.

The exhibit also includes many demonstrations and special exhibits. Please scroll down the page for details.


2016 Dates, Times, Location

Exhibit Dates: Friday, June 3 through Monday, July 4
(The Fair is closed Mondays except July 4, and the first two Tuesdays)

Exhibit Hours: Fair opening to 10:00PM, Sundays and Tuesdays-Thursdays; 11:00PM, Fridays-
Saturdays; 11:00PM, July 4.

Exhibit Location: South Mission Tower

Results have been posted at the bottom of the page.

This is information from the 2016 San Diego County Fair.

Scroll down to see 2016 entry results, and check back next year, sometime in February, when we will have entry information for the 2017 Fair!




2016 Exhibit Attractions and Activities

Fluorescent mineralsNEW jewelry categories for 2016 – Jewelry artisans will show their creativity in two Fair theme-related jewelry categories, Steampunk and Alice in Wonderland. Also new this year is CAD (Computer Aided Design) jewelry, where computers help artisans create realistic renderings of their designs.

Special Exhibit: Fluorescent Mineral Room – See mineral specimens that glow in amazing colors under black light.

Daily Demonstrations – Daily demonstrations include gem faceting, jewelry making, rock carving, sphere making or other crafts. At least one craft will be demonstrated every day of the Fair.

FossilFree Gem ID, weekends – Bring your "mystery stones" to the Fair on weekends, and members of the Gemological Society of San Diego will identify it for you. Identification does not include appraisal of its value.

Featured Mineral of the Year – Minerals of South America

Featured Fossil of the Year – Fossils of the Ice Age



2016 Judging Results

Congratulations to the top award winners: Mary Rose of Fallbrook, A. Leo Horensky Memorial Award; Mary and Dave Malmquist of Vista, Coordinators Award; the Fallbrook Gem and Mineral Society, Josephine Scripps Memorial Award; and Linda St-Cyr of Sparks, NV, Gregory Anderson Award.

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Gems, Minerals & Jewelry Results By Last Name [PDF format]

Gems, Minerals & Jewelry Results By Class/Division [PDF format]

Thanks For Your Entries!

Entries are closed for Gems, Minerals & Jewelry at the 2016 San Diego County Fair. Information has been left online for those who might be interested in entering this competition. New entry information will be posted in early 2017.

2016 Gems, Minerals & Jewelry Entry Information [PDF format]
2016 Local Rules [PDF format]
2016 State Rules [PDF format]



If you would like to receive reminders on deadlines and other entry information, please sign-up for the Del Mar Fairgrounds mailing list.


Please contact the Exhibits Office at 858-792-4207 or email Someone is available to assist you Monday-Friday from 9:00AM to 5:00PM


Thank you to our 2016 Gems, Minerals & Jewelry Donors

Anne Schafer

Jan Wittenberg

Cal Neva Mineral Company

Jim & Mary Fong Walker

Carl J. Cobb

Kenneth Cilch


Middle Earth Minerals

Courtenay McGowen

San Diego Mineral & Gems Society

Fallbrook Gem & Mineral Society

Scott Maylen

Gregory & Eve Anderson

Thomas M. Schneider

Irv Brown

West Coast Rocks