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Crystal Caves Gemstone Party Ideas


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Kids love shiny, sparkly things, expensive and precious things. They also love dirt, digging and collecting their own little treasures. If you happen to have a budding gemmologist in your house, why not make their next birthday party a gemmologist field day? Even better, make your child’s birthstone the centre of the party theme, therefore decorating using the gemstones colour. For example, May’s birthstone is the Emerald, a gem that by looking at its inclusions can determine the mine and country which it came from (Columbia, Afghanistan, Brazil, Zambia and America), and to make them a vivid green they are oiled and as such will need to be re-oiled every few years.

Let your child gemmologist make their own invitations, embellishing them with diamond stickers – did you know on the Mohs’ scale, diamonds rank at number 10, they cannot be scratched by other gem stones, making them the hardest ever! Decorate the party with bright balloons, glitter hanging decorations and bunting (sprayed with glitter).  Set up mosaic vases with chocolate lollipops crusted with edible glitter, crystal scatters and little pots of rock and popping candy along with the party menu which you can serve up dishes from where the gemstones come from (eg: mild vegetable curry – India, sushi – Japan, burritos – Mexico, burger and fries – USA). Make a cake that looks like a geode (big rock) that when it is cut open reveals a purple centre – like the amethyst, or a round rainbow swirl cake that looks like a big opal.

Fill trays with various coloured sand and hide within crystal scatters and actual gemstones (which you can find in any new age gift shop) and let the kids fossick through the sands to find their gems which they then keep and carry in their own little organza bag. Set up Grow Your Own Crystal science project kits for the children to take home. An easy one is the baking soda crystals for which the kits will require string, small clean jar, paper clip and a pencil (to secure the string across the top of the open jar). Include the instructions for the children to follow; check out Baking Soda Crystals for the instructions. Be sure to include interesting facts about gemstones, how they are created, their colours and where they are found. Amethyst is formed in geodes as a result of trapped gas bubbles from cooling lava. Silicone solution fills the gaps made by the bubbles and this is how amethyst crystals form. Moonstone is a sacred stone in India for its spiritual and healing properties. It is a very pretty stone and is found in Sri Lanka, Brazil, Madagascar, Mexico, Norway, Switzerland, Tanzania and USA. Rubies are highly prized and occur in limestone and gem gravels. Rubies are also found right here in Australia! Jadeite is popular in the orient – Imperial Jade as it is known, Jadeite is found within boulders and is most common in Myanmar but is also sourced from Mexico, Guatemala, South and Central Indians, Japan, Russia and USA.

On a big board draw/paint a great big crown and on a separate piece of cardboard make the Hope Diamond – the most famous gemstone, known for its brilliant blue colour (yes you can get blue diamonds!), its massive size (which you can exaggerate for the game) and also for the stories of woe and misfortune that befell upon its past owners (you may be able to locate one such tale to tell the kids in the lead up to the game). Set it up on a wall and have the kids play pin the diamond on the crown. The gemmologist field day party will be fun but also educational as the budding gemmologists take their new treasures home and grow their baking soda crystals and you can do this easily by sourcing all your party needs from one location – Australia’s #1 Party Shop.



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