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Sharon Woods Park Visitor Centre

Ohio’s Official Gemstone – Can You Dig It?

The most common stone used in prehistoric time was flint, the preferred material for toolmaking. Ohio is fortunate to have sources of some of the most highly prized flint in the world, sought after by collectors, lapidarists, and artists. Learn about Ohio flint by speaker and expert Garry Getz.

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Ohio’s Official Gemstone – Can You Dig It?
Ohio’s Official Gemstone – Can You Dig It?

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Feb 09, 2024, 8:00 PM – 9:30 PM

Sharon Woods Park Visitor Centre, 11450 Lebanon Rd, Sharonville, OH 45241, USA

About the event

Although Ohio is not well-endowed with precious stones, there is a handsome variety of quartz, known as flint, that has been recognized as the official Ohio gemstone. Ohio is fortunate to have sources of some of the most highly prized flint in the world, sought after by collectors, lapidarists, and artists

The material can be colorful, and good quality flint was also useful to Native Americans who quarried material to fashion tools and to trade with other tribes. Spealer Garry Getz rewrote the Ohio State brochure that describes the occurrence and history of flint in Ohio. 

Garry has experience digging Ohio flint and shares his collecting experiences with attendees. He will describe where flint may be collected today.

Garry Getz is the recent recipient of the Cincinnati Mineral Society’s 2023 Educational Foundation Award.

Guests are welcome at the meeting.

This live audio-visual program is fit for all ages.

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