New feature – event calendar

We’ve added a new feature to the website.  Take a look to the right, and you’ll see a list of upcoming events that Drakestail will be attending.  If you click on an event you will see the full event information.  If you don’t see anything at all, it means we have shows in the works and will be adding some to the calendar when the details are set.

Field trip – Bancroft Gemboree

Bancroft, Ontario is a small Canadian town located in the heart of central Ontario, about 240 km (around a 3 hour drive) west of Ottawa. It is picturesque, and not far from Algonquin Provincial Park. It’s considered the mineral mapital of Canada.

Bancroft sits on the Canadian Shield, a geographic area including central and eastern Canada. It consists of some of the planet’s oldest rock, estimated at between 1.1 and 1.8 billion years old! Bancroft is rich in mineral deposits, and over 1600 different minerals have been identified in the area.

A few weeks ago, I went with a couple friends to enjoy Canada’s largest gem and mineral show, the Bancroft Gemboree. We arrived on Saturday, and promptly headed to the community centre. There were a lot of great vendors selling cut gemstones, mineral samples from around the world, geodes and sculptures. There were gold panning demonstrations as well, but for our first day, there was a fair bit of shopping and drooling over all the glittery gems.

The following day, we joined up with several other people and visited the Beryl Pit. We got to dig around among piles of freshly-overturned rock, and between us we found some great samples of clear quartz, smoky quartz, peristerite, tourmaline, and even a couple small beryls (deep green aquamarines). It was sunny and hot but we filled our buckets until we could barely carry them.

Discover more about Bancroft!

Getting ready for the fair

I’ve been working hard on getting ready for the Poltimore Fair next weekend.  I always feel like I have to do four times as much work for a 2-day show.  It’s coming together though, and it’s going to be lots of fun.

I have a confession – I’m a city girl.  I’ve never been to a country fair before.  I’m very excited about participating in the fair, and hopefully getting a few minutes to walk around and check it out.  The whole thing will start off with a parade on Saturday morning, and I’m particularly looking forward to some of the live music being advertsed.

Live in the Ottawa/Gatineau area?  You should check it out!  Be sure to come by my booth and say hello!

Next show: Poltimore Fair!

Saturday, August 13 & Sunday, August 14th
2740 rte Principale
Val-des-Monts, QC
Map to Fairgrounds


Drakestail Jewellery and Maidenstar are teaming up for a fantastic weekend at “The best little fair in the Outaouais!” We’ll be there all day Saturday and Sunday, enjoying great vendors, food, live music, a rodeo western show, and much more.
Fairgrounds open at 8am, and stay open until 1pm on Saturday, and 10pm on Sunday.

For more information, see the website at: http://www.poltimorefair.c​om/

Happy Canada Day!

Happy Canada Day to our Canadian fans.  For the big day, I’ve put together a list of our national and provincial mineral and gemstone emblems.  Enjoy!

Canadian national gemstone: labradorite

BC: jade
Alberta: ammolite (gemstone); fossilized wood (mineral)
Sask: potash
Manitoba: Nickel
Ontario: amethyst
Quebec: N/A
New Brunswick: N/A
Nova Scotia: Stilbite (mineral); agate (gemstone)
Newfoundland & Labrador: labradorite
Prince Edward Island: N/A
Yukon: lazulite
Northwest Territories: diamond
Nunavut: N/A

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