Gem shows could seemingly be found around every turn this past weekend in Franklin. Set up on the Highlands Road, Georgia Road/441S, and two locations on the Sylva Road, visitors and locals alike were able to check out a variety of vendors specializing in jewelry, gems, fossils and a ton of other things.
Booth operator Mary Lou Brock, owner of Mary Lou's Jewelry in Asheville has attended the whole-sale show on the Sylva Road for the last 15 years and every year she finds a good turnout.
“It's something that I look forward to. We're constantly going to these shows. We come here and we go to New Orleans, Florida, and out west. It's just a big network,” she said. “Every year we benefit from coming. We wouldn't keep doing it if we didn't.”