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This is our final post on the 2016 NY/NJ Gem & Mineral Show in Edison, New Jersey. The show hosts a phenomenal public exhibit of fluorescent minerals, with hundreds of fluorescent minerals on display. The fluorescent displays are organized by the Franklin Mineral Museum, Sterling Hill Mining Museum, and several private collectors specializing in fluorescent minerals. Most of the minerals in the fluorescent display are from Franklin or Ogdensburg, New Jersey. These localities, which about 2.5 miles apart from each other, are known collectively as the fluorescent capital of the world due to their abundance or fluorescent minerals.
We are proud to share with you just a sample of the many fluorescent mineral cases and minerals that were at the show. Please click the photos below for larger pop-ups.
Fluorescent Minerals from the Franklin Mineral Museum
Fluorescent Minerals from the Sterling Hill Mining Museum
Fluorescent Calcite and Willemite - Warren Miller Collection
Fluorescent Franklin Area Minerals: Steve Kuitems Collection
Barite from Franklin: Franklin Mineral Museum Collection
Worldwide Fluorescent Minerals: Richard Bostwick & Tema Hecht Collection
Fluorescent Halite from Inowroclaw, Poland: Richard Bostwick & Tema Hecht Collection
The 2016 NY/NJ Gem & Mineral show had an interesting array of minerals, from new finds to classic pieces. One of the more interesting events that everyone at the show buzzing about was a booth by hikers James Pascale and Jordan Salits, who had huge Quartz crystal clusters for sale from a new find in Ellenville, New York. This classic locality produced large Quartz crystals many years ago, but James and Jordan accidentally stumbled upon a new occurrence of huge crystals while hiking the area.
Another area of interest was Gary Maldovany's table which had an entire section of fabulous, unusual Amity (New York) minerals that he purchased from Glenn Rhein. Other new finds including Amazonite from Madagascar (reminiscent of the Colorado material,) Almandine from North Carolina, and green Quartz included with Chlorite from Upstate New York. Click the pictures below for a larger pop-up.
Yellow Quartz Crystals (Color Caused by Iron Oxide Inclusions) from Diamond Hill, South Carolina
Ultra-Rocks, Bryan Major
Almandine Garnet from Madison Co., North Carolina
Relics Gems, Lucas Critcher
Drusy Quartz from Middleville, Herkimer Co., New York
Alan's Quality Minerals, Alan Benson
Large Quartz Crystal Clusters from Ellenville, New York
James Pascale and Jordan Salits
More Large Quartz Crystal Clusters from Ellenville, New York
James Pascale and Jordan Salits
Continuing along with our posts of the NY/NJ Gem & Mineral Show, this one focuses on the display case that I organized on Stilbites of New Jersey. The traprock quarries of New Jersey have produced the best Stilbites in the United States, and rank among the best in the world for the finest Stilbites.
Being that this show took place in New Jersey, I felt it was appropriate to have a theme based on an important local mineral. This post shows some of the individual Stilbite specimens in my display exhibit at the show.
The colors of these photos are slightly off. That's because the lighting of the case was using two different bulb types: one warm and one cool. (I only noticed this after the case was already set and locked.)
Some of the Stilbites in the Display Case
Stilbite on Quartz Matrix from Prospect Park, NJ
Stilbite "Mushroom" from Upper New St., Paterson, NJ
Orange Stilbite with Calcite from the Houdaille Quarry, Montclair, NJ
Stilbite Balls with Heulandite from Braen's Quarry, Haledon, NJ
Brown Stilbite from Prospect Park, NJ
Stilbite "Ladder" from Prospect Park, NJ
Stilbite "Fan" from from Upper New St., Paterson, NJ