Royal Ontario Museum Visit

I had the opportunity to visit the Royal Ontario Museum (ROM) in Toronto this past March. Adam Teller and Eli Frommer, both Minerals.net enthusiasts from New York, joined me on this trip. The ROM is Canada's premier natural history museum, and it has an extensive mineral and gemstone hall containing many exceptional pieces. Some individual minerals and gemstones in the collection are highly renowned. Anyone in the vicinity of Toronto should definitely pay a visit to this museum.

The mineral hall occupies a large room with high ceilings, and the appearance of the room and displays show that it was recently renovated with modern display units and excellent lighting. A large focus of the museum exhibits is naturally the minerals of Canada. However, there are also plenty of other minerals and exhibits to be seen at this museum. For this new particular news post, I focused primarily on the minerals of Canada, though a few other interesting photos managed to get in as well. The museum has a dazzling collection from several important Canadian localities, including the Jefferey Quarry in Asbestos, Mont Saint Hilaire, the Cobalt District, and the Rapid Creek area.

The museum also hosts a gem hall adjacent to the mineral hall, which contains collections of rough and cut gemstones, as well as other interesting displays such as Gold.

The museum has most of the minerals on display labeled with a number. There are touch screen tablets by each large case which allow one to navigate and read all about each mineral in detail based on its associated number. This new-age concept with a tablet touch screen for detailed information is a great usage of modern technology for a mineral and gemstone exhibit. However, it disturbed me how many of these these touch tablets were disabled and rendered useless. In fact, there were more non-functioning units than functioning ones! Further, the basic locality should also have been shown together with a mineral on display, so that you can see this information without the need to look it up.


I subsequently discussed the above matter with Katherine Dunnell, the Mineralogy & Geology Technician at the museum, who informed me that they are upgrading the entire digital kiosk system this coming month. This will be a great improvement for research, and I am looking forward to seeing this enhancement on my next visit to the museum.

Below are some handpicked photos of some of the fascinating display cases in the ROM. Click the pictures below for a larger version pop-up.

 

Franklin NJ Mineral Show 2015 Adam Teller, Hershel Friedman, and Eli Frommer in Front of the Uniquely-Styled ROM Entrance


ROM Mineral Hall The ROM Mineral Hall


ROM Mineral Hall Copper Keweenaw Michigan
Eli and Adam Posing by a Huge Michigan Copper from the Keweenaw Peninsula


ROM Mineral Hall Bizarre "Gogotte" Sandstone Formation from Chartes Eure-et-Loir, France


ROM Mineral Hall Huge Polished Slab of Serpentine from Montville, New Jersey


ROM Mineral Hall Large Mass of Radiating Schorl Tourmaline from the Sceptre Claims, Emerald Lake, Yukon Territory


Grossular Garnet from the Jeffrey Quarry, Asbestos
Head-Sized Plate of Gemmy Orange Grossular Garnet from the Jeffrey Quarry, Asbestos, Quebec


ROM Diopside Crystals Jeffrey Quarry, Asbestos
Very Large Plate of Diopside with Other Smaller Diopside Crystals on the Side from the Jeffrey Quarry, Asbestos, Quebec


ROM Mineral Hall Prehnite Jeffrey Quarry, Asbestos
Crystal Cluster of Prehnite in a very Unique Formation of Thick Blocky Crystals from the Jeffrey Quarry, Asbestos, Quebec


ROM Mineral Hall Prehnite Jeffrey Quarry, Asbestos
Orange-Yellow Prehnite Crystals in Interesting Aggregates from the Jeffrey Quarry, Asbestos, Quebec


Vesuvianite Jeffrey Quarry, Asbestos
Vesuvianite Crystals from the Jeffrey Quarry, Asbestos, Quebec


ROM Phosphates from Rapid Creek Yukon Territory
Phosphates from the Rapid Creek Area in the Yukon Territory


ROM Silver Mass Cobalt Mining District Ontario
Giant Silver Mass from the Cobalt Mining District in Ontario


ROM Safflorite Skutterudite Cobalt Mining District Ontario
Safflorite and Skutterudite from the Cobalt Mining District in Ontario


ROM Analcime from Mont Saint Hilaire, Quebec
A Giant Grapefruit-Sized Crystal of Analcime from Mont Saint Hilaire, Quebec


ROM Serandite Crystals Mont Saint Hilaire Quebec
Beautiful Serandite Crystals from Mont Saint Hilaire, Quebec


ROM Crystals Mont Saint Hilaire Quebec
Various Colorful Crystals from Mont Saint Hilaire, Quebec


RROM Serandite Crystals Mont Saint Hilaire Quebec
Beautiful Twinned Serandite Crystal from Mont Saint Hilaire, Quebec


ROM Diopside & Corundum Grenville Province Canada
Diopside Crystal Clustes from Birds Creek, Bancroft, Ontario
Elongated Corundum Crystal from the Gutz Farm, Renfrew Co., Ontario 


ROM Green Fluorite
Deep Green Fluorite from Madoc, Hastings Co., Ontario.
This is Probably the Best Fluorite I have ever seen from Canada!


ROM Apatite Crystals Yates Mine, Otter Lake, Quebec
Exceptional Apatite Crystals Protruding from Calcite Matrix
From the Liscomb Occurrence, Wilberforce, Ontario 


Molybdenite Moly Hill, Quebec
Large Molybdenite from Moly Hill, Quebec


Star Sapphire from Sri Lanka ROM
Star Sapphire from Sri Lanka


ROM Gems Light Effect
Case of Various Gemstones Displaying Asterism and Chatoyancy


ROM Gems Tourmaline Cat's Eye
Tourmaline Cat's Eye; Locality Unknown


Gold Mine McIntyre, Timmins, Ontario
Large Gold from Mine McIntyre, Timmins, Ontario


ROM Gems Tourmaline Cat's Eye
Canadian Gold - Left to Right:
Crosus Mine, Matheson, Ontario
Sachigo River Mine, Sachigo River, Ontario
Hoyle Pond Mine, Timmins, Ontario


Gold in Matrix Picture Rock from Mine d'or O'Brien, Cadillac, Quebec
Gold in Matrix ("Picture Rock") from Mine d'or O'Brien, Cadillac, Quebec


ROM MuseumCut Cerussite gem, 896 cararts, from Tsumeb, Namibia
Cut Cerussite gem, 896 carats, from Tsumeb, Namibia
This is the world's largest cut Cerussite Gemstone, and an Iconic ROM Object
Cerussite is an extremely lustrous gemstone with amazing internal fire, greater than Diamond


Massive Biotite Mica
Mass of Biotite Mica with Adam and Eli for Perspective
From the Purdy Mine, Eau Claire Station, Ontario


Minerals.net at the ROM Museum
Minerals.net Delegation at the ROM Museum. Left to Right:
Adam Teller, Hershel Friedman, Eli Frommer


The Franklin, NJ Spring Show 2015

Franklin, New Jersey, hosts two mineral shows every year: one in the spring and one in the fall. This show, along with the Clifton N.J. show, is the best show to get local material and meet local dealers. This show also has nice interesting fluorescent minerals to view and buy cases as well as public exhibits put together by local collectors. I was somewhat surprised by the lower attendance this year and the amount of dealers not present compared to previous years. As always, though, I was able to find some nice bargains at this show.


The show took place on April 27-18, 2015. Images of some the public exhibits and minerals from the exhibits can be seen below. (Click the pictures for a larger pop-up.)

 

The NY/NJ 2015 Gem & Mineral Show: Stan Parker Exhibit

Stan Parker had an outstanding display case of N.J Traprock minerals. Aside from a great selection and great color, he had detailed labels, and had given much thought to the layout of the case. This was by far the best exhibit showcase at the show.


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Prehnite from Lower New Street Quarry, Paterson, NJ
Prehnite Casts, Lower New Street Quarry, Paterson, NJ
Ex Ed David Collection


Golden Calcite Crystal, Prospect Park, NJ
Golden Calcite Crystal, Prospect Park, NJ
Ex Hobart Jones, Ex Eric Stanchich


Prehnite from  Prospect Park, NJ
Large Prehnite Plate, Prospect Park, NJ
Ex Hobart Jones, Ex Eric Stanchich


Pectolite, Prehnite, and Chalcopyrite Geode, Millington, NJ
Pectolite, Prehnite, and Chalcopyrite Geode, Millington, NJ
Ex Robert Batic, Ex Eric Stanchich


Bright Red Heulandite, Prospect Park, NJ Stan Parker
Bright Red Heulandite, Prospect Park, NJ
Ex Eric Stanchich


Prehnite Pseudomorphs, Lower New Street Quarry, Paterson, NJ Stan Parker
Prehnite Pseudomorphs, Lower New Street Quarry, Paterson, NJ
Ex Eric Stanchich


Hematite on Calcite on Quartz, Upper New Street Quarry, Paterson, NJ Stan Parker
Hematiteon Calcite on Quartz, Upper New Street Quarry, Paterson, NJ
Ex John Kohnowich, Ex Eric Stanchich


Stilbite and Heulandite, Upper New Street Quarry, Paterson Stan Parker
Stilbite and Heulandite, Upper New Street Quarry, Paterson, NJ
Ex Jesse Jacobson, Ex Eric Stanchich


Stilbite and Heulandite, Upper New Street Quarry, Paterson Stan Parker
Datolite on Prehnite, Lower New Street Quarry, Paterson, NJ
Ex Paterson Museum


Smoky Quartz with Casts and Hematite, Prospect Park, NJ Stan Parker
Smoky Quartz with Casts and Hematite, Prospect Park, NJ
Ex Paterson Museum, Ex Miro Bianchi


Blue Prehnite Prospect Park, NJ Stan Parker
Blue Prehnite, Prospect Park, NJ
Ex Paul Lazar, Ex Eric Stanchich


Orange Stilbite Moore's Station, NJ Stan Parker
Large, Bright Orange Stilbite Plate, Moore's Station, NJ
Ex Jay Baskin


Prehnite Pseudomorphs Glauberite, Fanwood Quarry, Watchung, NJ Stan Parker
Prehnite Pseudomorphs After Glauberite, Fanwood Quarry, Watchung, NJ
Ex Frank Imbracchio, Ex Eric Stanchich


Thick Prehnite Lower New Street Quarry, Paterson, NJ Stan Parker
Thick Prehnite, Lower New Street Quarry, Paterson, NJ
Ex Dr. A.J. Delario, Ex Eric Stanchich


Chocolate Stilbite Laumontite Quartz,Prospect Park, NJ Stan Parker
Chocolate Stilbite with Laumontite and Quartz, Prospect Park, NJ
Ex Hugh Ford, Ex Eric Stanchich


Orange Natrolite, Upper New Street Quarry, Paterson, NJ Stan Parker
Rare Orange Natrolite with Prehnite, Upper New Street Quarry, Paterson, NJ
Ex Ken McKim, Ex Eric Stanchich


Natrolite Prehnite, Upper New Street Quarry, Paterson, NJ Stan Parker
Prehnite Pseudomorphs After Anhydrite, Upper New Street Quarry, Paterson, NJ
Ex Bill Butkowski, Ex Eric Stanchich


Prehnite Pseudomorphs After Anhydrite, Lower New Street Quarry, Paterson, NJ Stan Parker
Prehnite Pseudomorphs After Anhydrite, Lower New Street Quarry, Paterson, NJ
Ex Arizona Mining Museum, Ex Eric Stanchich


Prehnite Upper New Street Quarry, Paterson, NJ Stan Parker
Deep Green Prehnite, Upper New Street Quarry, Paterson, NJ
Ex Fred DeVito, Ex Eric Stanchich


Orange Chabazite Upper New Street Quarry, Paterson, NJ Stan Parker
Orange Chabazite in Vug with Quartz and Calcite, Upper New Street Quarry, Paterson, NJ
Ex Curt Hennig, Ex Eric Stanchich


%Datolite Heulandite rospect Park, NJ NJ Stan Parker
Datolite with Heulandite, Stilbite, Calcite, Babingtonite, & Quartz, Prospect Park, NJ
Ex Eric Stanchich


The NY/NJ 2015 Gem & Mineral Show: Hershel Friedman Exhibit

Hershel Friedman put together a public exhibit of Prehnite from the New Jersey traprock locations. Below are photos taken of the individual minerals within that exhibit showcase.


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Prehnite from Lower New Street Quarry, Paterson, NJ
Gemmy Prehnite
Lower New Street Quarry, Paterson, NJ


Prehnite with Bubble Formation and Casting - Stan Parker
Prehnite with Bubble Formation and Casting
Eagle Rock Quarry, West Orange, NJ


Prehnite with Bubble Formation and Casting - Stan Parker
Prehnite Epimorph after Glauberite
Fanwood Quarry, Watchung, NJ


Prehnite with Finger Upon Hollow Cast
Prehnite with Finger Upon Hollow Cast
Prospect Park Quarry, Prospect Park, NJ


Prehnite Thumb Prospect Park, NJ Hershel Friedman
Prehnite "Thumb"
Prospect Park Quarry, Prospect Park, NJ


Prehnite Snakehead Lower New Street Quarry, Paterson, NJ
Elongated Prehnite "Snakehead"
Lower New Street Quarry, Paterson, NJ


Prehnite Lackawanna Ave. Church Construction Site, W. Paterson, NJ
Prehnite Epimorphs after Anhydrite
Lackawanna Ave. Church Construction Site, W. Paterson, NJ


Prehnite Interstate Route 80 Construction, Paterson, NJ
Thick Prehnite "Knob"
Interstate Route 80 Construction, Paterson, NJ


Prehnite with Finger Upon Hollow Cast
Polished Prehnite Geode
Lower New Street Quarry, Paterson, NJ


Prehnite Balls Upper New Street Quarry, Paterson, NJ
Perfect Prehnite Balls on Basalt Matrix with Calcite
Upper New Street Quarry, Paterson, NJ


Large Prehnite Plate Riker Hill, Livingston, NJ Hershel Friedman
Large Prehnite Plate
Riker Hill, Livingston, NJ


Thick Prehnite Fingers Lower New Street Quarry, Paterson, NJ
Thick Prehnite "Fingers"
Lower New Street Quarry, Paterson, NJ


Prehnite Upper New Street Quarry, Paterson, NJ Hershel Friedman
3 Prehnite Balls on Weathered Basalt Matrix
Upper New Street Quarry, Paterson, NJ


Prehnite Finger Prospect Park Quarry, Prospect Park, NJ
Prehnite "Finger"
Prospect Park Quarry, Prospect Park, NJ


Prehnite Basalt Upper New Street Quarry, Paterson, NJ Hershel Friedman
Prehnite Bubble Formation
Upper New Street Quarry, Paterson, NJ


Prehnite Fingers Upper New Street Quarry, Paterson, NJ Hershel Friedman
Prehnite "Fingers" with Laumontite
Upper New Street Quarry, Paterson, NJ


The NY/NJ 2015 Gem & Mineral Show: Public Exhibits

he The NY/NJ 2015 Gem & Mineral Show focused very much on making the lecture series a big success. There was a great turnout and those who attended the lectures enjoyed them very much. However, the bulk of the focus was placed on the lecture series, and therefore the public exhibits were sidelined and not as impressive as in previous years.


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NJ Traprock Minerals from the Collection of Stan Parker
NJ Traprock Minerals from the Collection of Stan Parker


NJ Traprock Minerals from the Collection of Stan Parker
Stan Parker in front of his showcase


Prehnite from New Jersey, from the Collection of Hershel Friedman
Prehnites from New Jersey, from the Collection of Hershel Friedman


Minerals from the Collection of Jack Troy
Minerals from the Collection of Jack Troy. Jack Recently Sold off His Collection
Exhibit organized by Juan Gonazalez


Wavellite from Around the World
Wavellites from Around the World


Prehistoric Tools, Organized by Justin Zzyxx<
Prehistoric Tools, Organized by Justin Zzyxx


Prehistoric Tools, Organized by Justin Zzyxx<
Chrysocolla pseudomorph of Malachite after Barite
From the Luputo Mine, DR Congo


Prehistoric Tools, Organized by Justin Zzyxx<
Large Fossils from Pennsylvania


The NY/NJ 2015 Gem & Mineral Show: Fluorescent Exhibits

The NY/NJ 2015 Gem & Mineral Show has been putting together an outstanding showcase of fluorescent minerals the last couple of years, thanks to the contribution of the Franklin and Sterling Hill Museums and several collectors. The fluorescent exhibits were quite impressive, filling a large room of brightly colored minerals glowing in ultraviolet light. The room had large "fishtank"-style showcases with a a strong UV lamp on top illuminating the contents of brightly fluorescent minerals. Most of the minerals were from Franklin and Sterling Hill, though there were some cases with a worldwide fluorescent assortment of both shortwave and longwave minerals.


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Esperite Assemblages from the Franklin Mine, Franklin New Jersey
Esperite Assemblages from the Franklin Mine, Franklin New Jersey
Collection of Warren Miller


Sterling Hill Mine Fluorescent Warren Miller
Select Minerals from the Sterling Hill Mine, Ogdensburg, New Jersey
Collection of Warren Miller


Sterling Hill Mine Fluorescent Warren Miller
Large Willemite Crystal in Calcite from the Sterling Hill Mine
Collection of Warren Miller


Fluorescent Minerals Collection of Steven M. Kuitems, DMD
Fluorescent Minerals from the Collection of Steven M. Kuitems, DMD


Fluorescent Minerals from the Franklin Mineral Museum
Fluorescent Minerals from the Franklin Mineral Museum


Norbergite from Franklin, New Jersey
Large Norbergite from Franklin, New Jersey, from the Franklin Mineral Museum


Rare Fluorescent Barite from Franklin, New Jersey
Rare Fluorescent Barite from Franklin, New Jersey, from the Franklin Mineral Museum


Collection of Richard Bostwick and Tema Hecht
Worldwide Fluorescent Minerals under Shortwave UV Light
Collection of Richard Bostwick and Tema Hecht


Collection of Richard Bostwick and Tema Hecht
Worldwide Fluorescent Minerals under Longwave UV Light
Collection of Richard Bostwick and Tema Hecht


Collection of Richard Bostwick and Tema Hecht
Picture Rocks from Franklin and Sterling Hill
Collection of Richard Bostwick and Tema Hecht


Hot Pink Aragonite Agrigento Sicily Italy
Hot Pink Aragonite, Agrigento Sicily Italy
Collection of Richard Bostwick and Tema Hecht


The NY/NJ 2015 Gem & Mineral Show: Dealer Minerals

I went around the The NY/NJ Gem & Mineral Show last Sunday looking around for interesting booths and asking some of the dealers to show me new or interesting minerals for our reports. I took photos of some of the items, and posted them for everyone below:



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Ethiopian Opal NY/NJ Show 2015
Huge White Opal gem from Ethiopia, 45 ct.
Ethiopian Opal, Amde Zewdalem


Ethiopian Opal NY/NJ Show 2015
Incredible Colorless Opal with play of color. This piece is fist size!
Ethiopian Opal, Amde Zewdalem


Double Malachite Stalactites DR Congo
Artfully Shaped Double Malachite Stalactites from the DR Congo
Land of Crystals, Shurland & Cherylanne


Peach  Stilbite Apophyllite Maharashtra, India
Peach Colored Stilbite with Apophyllite from Maharashtra, India
Though these Indian Zeolites are Very Common, this one Stood Out Incredibley
Land of Crystals, Shurland & Cherylanne


Purple Fluorite Tombstone, Arizona
New Find of Purple Fluorite from the old Silver Mines of Tombstone, Arizona
Cassidy's Crystals, Nick & Cassidy Flanagan


Purple Fluorite Tombstone, Arizona
Another Example of the Purple Fluorite from the old Silver Mines of Tombstone, Arizona
Cassidy's Crystals, Nick & Cassidy Flanagan


Amethyst Ellis Mine, Due West, South Carolina
Amethyst on matrix mined this year by Bryan Major from the Ellis Mine, Due West, South Carolina
Ultra-Rocks, Bryan Major

http://www.ultrarocks.org


Amethyst Ellis Mine, Due West, South Carolina
Another Amethyst on matrix pulled out this year by Bryan from the Ellis Mine
Ultra-Rocks, Bryan Major

http://www.ultrarocks.org


Ruby Winza Tanazania
Excellent gem-quality Ruby,30x27x22 mm, from the Winza Mina in Tanzania
Quest Minerals, Don Thompson


Spessartine matrix, from Nani, Loliondo, Tanzania
Orange Spessartine in Mn-rich Muscovite matrix, from Nani, Loliondo, Tanzania
These Spessartines have Recenly Flooded the Matrix, but I have yet to see a Matrix piece prior to this
Quest Minerals, Don Thompson


Pyrite Crystals from Navajun,Spain
Stacked Pyrite Crystals from Navajun, Spain
Piritas de Navajun, Daniel Ulibarri


Uranium Minerals
Suite of Rare Uranium Minerals from an Old Collection Recently Acquired by Michael Shannon
Shannon & Sons Minerals, Michael Shannon
http://www.shannonsminerals.com


Kasolite Crystals from from Kasolo, Congo
Rare Kasolite Crystals from the Above Suite from Kasolo, Congo
Shannon & Sons Minerals, Michael Shannon
http://www.shannonsminerals.com


Pyrite Crystals from Navajun,Spain
Autunite Crystals from the Augeres Mine, Ambazac, Haute-vienne, France
Shannon & Sons Minerals, Michael Shannon
http://www.shannonsminerals.com


Laguna Agate from Mexico
Polished Laguna Agate Slice with Excellent Banding from Mexico
Collected Between 2005-2014 and Polished by Alberto Rey
Del Rey Agates, Alberto Ray


Laguna Agate from Mexico
A Very Large Laguna Agate Polished Nodule with Intricate Banding from Mexico
Collected Between 2005-2014 and Polished by Alberto Rey
Del Rey Agates, Alberto Ray


Purple Passion Agate from Mexico
"Purple Passion Agate"- Agate with Natural Purple Color, Mined by Alberto Ray from his Mexican Deposit
Collected Between 2005-2014 and Polished by Alberto Rey
Del Rey Agates, Alberto Ray


Fibrous Sugilite N'Chwaning II Mine Kalahari Mn Deposit S. Africa
New Find of Fibrous Sugilite from the N'Chwaning II Mine in the Kalahari Mn Deposit of S. Africa
Throwin' Stones, Rusty James
http://www.throwinstones.com


Fibrous Sugilite N'Chwaning II Mine Kalahari Mn Deposit S. Africa
Focus on One of the new Fibrous Sugilites from the N'Chwaning II Mine.
Throwin' Stones, Rusty James
http://www.throwinstones.com


Amethyst Goboboseb Mts, Erongo Region, Namibia
Amethyst/Smoky Quartz Scepter Depicted with its Original Photo
Original Collection of Charles Cecil
Crystal Junction, Aaron Robin


Amethyst Goboboseb Mts, Erongo Region, Namibia
An Excellent Amethyst on Matrix from the Goboboseb Mts, Erongo Region, Namibia
Original Collection of Charles Cecil
Crystal Junction, Aaron Robin


Amethyst Goboboseb Mts, Erongo Region, Namibia
Large Skelelal Amethyst from the Goboboseb Mts, Erongo Region, Namibia
Original Collection of Charles Cecil
Crystal Junction, Aaron Robin


The NY/NJ 2015 Gem & Mineral Show

The NY/NJ 2015 Gem & Mineral Show took place this past weekend, from April 10-12. We had a booth at the show promoting the Minerals.net website, and we were also selling some local mineral finds of New Jersey minerals. Special thanks to Juan Gonzalez for manning the booth this year!


This year's show featured an outstanding lecture series organized by Justin Zzyxx, with a nice turnout to all the lectures. Lecturers invited included well-known names such as Jolyon Ralph (Mindat), Evan Jones, John Cornish, David Eicher, Peter Lyckberg, and Justin Zzyxx. Although the fine minerals gallery with the larger dealers was absent this year, there were still good minerals booths and interesting things to see at the show, despite the large amount of bead and jewelry dealers.


The Franklin and Sterling Hill Museums together with some other collectors once again hosted a fabulous fluorescent display in a large room full of glowing rocks under ultraviolet light. Though there weren't many public exhibit showcases this year, I put together some interesting Prehnites from my collection, and Stan Parker had a dazzling display of brightly colored minerals from the New Jersey traprock occurrences.


Several collectors did show Hershel Friedman some new finds; these have been photographed and will be shown in a follow-up post. There seemed to be an abundance of Opal and Opal dealers at the show this year, though some of their items were spectacular, especially the Ethiopian material. For dinosaur enthusiasts, this show is a dream come true. There was a large section in the middle of the show full of large dinosaur replicas and full-size fossils, including a menacing-looking T-Rex. The previous years of this show also had great dinosaur exhibits, but this year was by far the most impressive yet.


Below are pictures of some of the show scenes. Stay tuned for additional posts that we'll be posting this week on this show!



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NY/NJ Gem & Mineral Show
Juan Gonzalez (L) with Jolyon Ralph (R) of Mindat in the Minerals.net booth.
Jolyon purchased that excellent Sicilian Sulfur he is holding from Juan.
The Sulfur was originally from the collection of Jack Troy.


Bryan Major Ultra-Rocks
Bryan Major of Ultra-Rocks came into our booth to show me his Minerals.net cap.
The worn out one on the right is the one he wears all the time while digging.
I gave him the new one on the left to wear when he's at shows or just not digging.


Metal Detector Station for Kids
Metal Detector Station for Kids to Search for Covered Items.
This was a Nice Activity for those who Brought Kids.


Large Dinosaur Replicas
Large Dinosaur Replicas


Floating Dinosaur Heads
Floating Dinosaur Heads


Large T-Rex Fossil
Large T-Rex Fossil


Large T-Rex Fossil
Large T-Rex Fossil


Dinosaur Fossils
More Dinosaur Fossils, Courtesy of Peleo Bond


Club Information Tables at the NY/NJ Show
Club Information Tables at the Show


NY/NJ Show Spectators
Crowd of Show Spectators


NY/NJ Show Spectators
The Crowds Kept Growing as the Afternoon Progressed


NY/NJ Show Spectators
Group of People Inside the Minerals.net Booth


University of Arizona Mineral Museum: General Exhibits

Aside from the Special Exhibits showcased upstairs, the University of Arizona Mineral Museum also has a permanent museum showcase in the basement with an impressive collection. I had not been down here for several years, and on my previous trip my impression was that the exhibits were outdated and not so impressive. I was pleasantly surprised to see many of the cases refurbished with some new modern cases and interesting minerals. If you are visiting Tucson, it's definitely a worthwhile visit to go downstairs in the museum to view the permanent mineral collection.



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Calcite Oriented Pyrite  Chenzou Pref., Hunan Prov. China
Huge Calcite With Oriented Pyrite from Chenzou Pref., Hunan Prov. China


Fluorite Rainbow Arch De'an Mine, Wushan, Jiangxi Prov, China
Fluorite Rainbow Arch from the De'an Mine, Wushan, Jiangxi Prov, China


Calcite 884 Mine, Leiping, Hunan Prov., China
Twinned Calcite from the 884 Mine, Leiping, Hunan Prov., China


Minerals of Afghanistan & Pakistan Gene Meieran
Minerals of Afghanistan & Pakistan from the Collection of Gene Meieran


Pink Kunzite Elbaite Kunar Province, Afghanistan
Deep Pink Kunzite and Elbaite from Kunar Province, Afghanistan (from the above case)


Copper Minerals from the Ed David Collection
Copper Minerals from the Ed David Collection.
This Exhibit was Put on Display at the Tucson Show, and is Empty in the Meantime.
Click Here to View the Post Where this Display can be Seen.


Platinum Nugget Nizhnii Tagil, Sverdlovsk, Russia
Platinum Nugget from Nizhnii Tagil, Sverdlovsk, Russia


Gold Specimens from California
Exhibit Case of Gold Specimens from California


Brochantite from the Millpillas Mine, Sonora, Mexico
Amazing Brochantite from the Millpillas Mine, Sonora, Mexico


Cassiterite Var. Wood Tin from Durango, Mexico
Cassiterite Var. Wood Tin from Durango, Mexico


Cerussite Flux Mine, Patagonia, Arizona
Fascinating Cerussite from the Flux Mine, Patagonia, Arizona


Linarite Collins Vein, Mammoth Mine, Tiger, Arizona
Polished Linarite from the Collins Vein, Mammoth Mine, Tiger, Arizona


Sphalerite & Galena Iron Cap Mine, Landsman Camp, Arizona
Sphalerite and Galena from the Iron Cap Mine, Landsman Camp, Arizona


Minerals of the Ojuela Mine, Mapimi, Durango, Mexico
Minerals of the Ojuela Mine, Mapimi, Durango, Mexico


Mottramite Ojuela Mine, Mapimi, Durango, Mexico
Mottramite from the Ojuela Mine, Mapimi, Durango, Mexico, found in 2011


Paradamite Ojuela Mine, Mapimi, Durango, Mexico
Paradamite from the Ojuela Mine, Mapimi, Durango, Mexico, found in 2011


Iridescent Goethite Lavendar Pit, Bisbee, Arizona
Iridescent Goethite from the Lavendar Pit, Bisbee, Arizona


Calcite Malachite Inclusions Bisbee, Arizona
Calcite with Malachite Inclusions Bisbee, Arizona