I used to love going to the Gem and Mineral show in Austin each year when I was young to buy polished rocks and other beauties that caught my eye. This year, folks in Houston can get free tickets to the 2012 International Gem and Jewelry Show ($8 regularly) held January 20-22, thanks to a Goldstar promotion. There is a $3 service fee per ticket, but you’re still saving $5 per ticket.

You’ll need to sign up at Goldstar with an email (it’s free) to take advantage of this freebie. Head to Goldstar Houston and search Comp Ticket. As usual with ticket companies, a $3 service fee is added per ticket. The Gem and Jewelry Show will be held at Reliant Center. Children 8 and under will not be admitted to the showroom. Attendees over 9 require a ticket.

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