Springfield Show Dealer Minerals

There were many new and interesting minerals to be seen at the Springfield Show. There was both old and classic material, as well as new finds. I photographed some of the more interesting items that I encountered at the show and am glad to be able to share them with you.

Click the pictures below for a larger version pop-up. Additional pictures can be found on our Instagram page at www.instagram.com/mineralsnet.

Purple Apatite from Namibia Purple Apatite from Namibia
Throwin' Stones (Rusty James - Asheville, NC)


Very Large Jeremjeyvite Crystal An Exceptionally Large Jeremjeyvite Crystal from Erongo, Namibia (Collected 2006)
Throwin' Stones (Rusty James - Asheville, NC)


Amethyst with Lepidocrocoite Inclusions, Gobobosberg Mountains, Erongo, Namibia Amethyst with Lepidocrocoite Inclusions, Gobobosberg Mountains, Erongo, Namibia
Allectoris Minerals (Rocko Rosenblatt - Margaretville, NY)


New Find of Dolomite from the Lead Mine Road Gash Vein, Macomb, St. Lawrence Co., NY New Find of Dolomite from the Lead Mine Road Gash Vein, Macomb, St. Lawrence Co., NY
Collected May 2015 by Michael Walter
Geologic Desires (Michael Walter - Nicholville, NY) 


Flat of the New Find of Dolomite from the Lead Mine Road Gash Vein, Macomb, St. Lawrence Co., NY Flat of the New Find of Dolomite from the Lead Mine Road Gash Vein, Macomb, St. Lawrence Co., NY
Collected May 2015 by Michael Walter
Geologic Desires (Michael Walter - Nicholville, NY)


Adularescent Peristerite from the Ellis Farm, Macomb, St. Lawrence Co., New York Adularescent Peristerite from the Ellis Farm, Macomb, St. Lawrence Co., New York
Collected June 2015 by Michael Walter
Geologic Desires (Michael Walter - Nicholville, NY)


Willemite Crystal in Calcite from the Sterling Hill Mine, Ogdensburg, NJ Willemite Crystal in Calcite from the Sterling Hill Mine, Ogdensburg, NJ
The Mineral Cabinet (Bill Butkowski - New Providence, NJ)


Huge Datolite Crystal from Charcas, St. Luis Potosi, Mexico Huge Datolite Crystal from Charcas, St. Luis Potosi, Mexico
Alan's Quality Minerals (Alan Benson - Mt. Laurel, NJ)


Unusual Elongated Morganite Crystal from Madagascar Unusual Elongated Morganite Crystal on Matrix from Madagascar
Morganite is usually flattened and tabular, and rarely elongated
The Uncarved Block (Pu Tzu - Sebastopol, CA)


An Enormous Green Fluorite from the Erongo Mountains, Namibia An Enormous Green Fluorite from the Erongo Mountains, Namibia
The Uncarved Block (Pu Tzu - Sebastopol, CA)


Mineral Artist Fred Wilda Posing with a Grossular Garnet and Diopside from Eden Mills, VT Mineral Artist Fred Wilda Posing with a Grossular Garnet and Diopside from Eden Mills, VT
This Specimen was dug out from a groundhog hole in the mine
Natures Finest Creations (Fred Wilda - Hadley, MA)


Large Titanite from Bras Couper, Montcerf, Quebec, Canada Large Titanite from Bras Couper, Montcerf, Quebec, Canada
Lambert Minerals (Dan & Shelley Lambert - Newport, MI)


Rare red Elbaite Tourmaline in Lepidolite from Connecticut Rare Red Elbaite Tourmaline in Lepidolite from Connecticut, from the Neil Wilson Collection.
(Specific locality not available.) Such Tourmaline is almost unheard of from Connecticut.
Minerals America (Michael Jacob - Eagle, PA)


Chalcopyrite Formation in Galena from Shullsburg, Wisconsin Chalcopyrite Formation in Galena from Shullsburg, Wisconsin
Donald K. Olson - Bonsall, CA


Classic Witherite Crystals from Cumberland, England Classic Witherite Crystals from Cumberland, England
Donald K. Olson - Bonsall, CA


Diopside Crystal Cluster from the Jeffrey Mine, Asbestos, Canada Unusual Diopside Crystal Cluster from the Jeffrey Mine, Asbestos, Canada
Geokrazy Minerals: (Geoffrey Krasnov - Wilmington, NC)


Aquamarine in a Biotite Cast. Beryl in a Pseudomorph Cast is Unusual. Aquamarine in a Biotite Cast. Beryl in a Pseudomorph Cast is Unusual.


Lustrous Topaz Crystal from Karengerenge, Solwezi, Zambia. This Topaz Highly Resembles the Imperial Topaz from Brazil. Lustrous Topaz Crystal from Karengerenge, Solwezi, Zambia.
This Topaz Highly Resembles the Imperial Topaz from Brazil.


Classic Magnetite Dodecahedrons from the Tilly Foster Mine in Brewster, NY Classic Magnetite Dodecahedrons from the Tilly Foster Mine in Brewster, NY.
These old-time specimens are from the 1800's and were from the Ron Januzzi Collection.
Yankee Mineral & Gem Co (Ted Johnson - Cobalt, CT)


Classic Chondrodite Crystals from the Tilly Foster Mine in Brewster, NY Classic Chondrodite crystals from the Tilly Foster Mine in Brewster, NY.
These old-time specimens are from the 1800's and were from the Ron Januzzi Collection.
Yankee Mineral & Gem Co (Ted Johnson - Cobalt, CT)


Red Spinel in Marble from Luc Yen, Vietnam Red Spinel in Marble from Luc Yen, Vietnam
Breck Kent - High Bridge, NJ


Large Orange Grossular Garnet from the Jeffrey Quarry, Asbestos, Quebec Large Orange Grossular Garnet from the Jeffrey Quarry, Asbestos, Quebec
Well Arranged Molecules (Kevin Downey - Florence, MA)


Exceptional Azurite Crystals on Limestone Matrix, Milpillas Mine, Sonora, Mexico Exceptional Azurite Crystals on Limestone Matrix, Milpillas Mine, Sonora, Mexico
Unique Minerals (Evan Jones & Marc Miterman)


Torbernite from Margabal, Averyon, France Torbernite from Margabal, Averyon, France
Unique Minerals (Evan Jones & Marc Miterman)


The Springfield Show

One of the most significant mineral events of the summer is the East Coast Gem, Mineral & Fossil Show, in West Springfield, Massachusetts. Informally known as the Springfield Show, this is the most popular mineral event in the Eastern United States. The show took place in the Eastern States Exposition from August 7 through 9. 


This show is large in size, with a truly impressive number of dealers. The show also has a healthy representation of significant dealers with high-end material, as well as more localized dealers offering many bargains to be found.


The Springfield show has a special exhibit with different collections featured every year. This exhibit is well-organized, with a quality display of good cases and proper lighting. This year's public exhibit featured the incredible mineral collection of none other than Marty Zinn, the organizer of the Springfield Show. There were close to 50 exhibit cases filled with an amazing array of color and quality, with each case themed and well thought-out. We will feature Marty's exhibits as well as some of his individual minerals, so stay tuned as we'll be posting this in the coming days.


As far as mineral news goes, Jason Baskin of Jay's Minerals debuted a new find of quality Amethyst crystals from Windham County, Connecticut. This new locality was mined by Jason during the past several months and first brought to the public at the Springfield show. We hope to write a special report on this with information from Jason, but in the meantime, you can enjoy some of the photos we took of this new find of Amethyst.


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Large Amethyst Crystal from Windham Co., CT Large Amethyst Crystal from Windham Co., CT


Doubly terminated Amethyst Crystal with Great Color Zoning Doubly terminated Amethyst Crystal with Great Color Zoning


Several Amethyst Crystals on Matrix Several Amethyst Crystals on Matrix


Another Doubly Terminated Amethyst Crystal on a Clear Quartz Matrix Another Doubly Terminated Amethyst Crystal on a Clear Quartz Matrix


Jason Baskin (R) and his cousin Kyle Baskin (L) in Front of their Amethyst for Sale Jason Baskin (R) and his cousin Kyle Baskin (L) in Front of their Amethyst for Sale


Several Flats of the the Amethyst at Jason's Booth Several Flats of the the Amethyst at Jason's Booth


A Close Up of some Good Amethyst Points in the Flats A Close Up of some Good Amethyst Points in the Flats


Another Great Amethyst Matrix Piece Another Great Amethyst Matrix Piece


An Exceptional Amethyst Purchased by Alan Benson An Exceptional Amethyst Purchased by Alan Benson


Stay tuned for additional posts on the Springfield Show!

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The Bear Mountain Trailside Museum

Bear Mountain is the most famous mountain in the New York City vicinity. Jutting up from sea level at the Hudson River with a myriad of hiking trails, this location has been an important scenic destination for over a hundred years. Bear Mountain State Park encompasses Bear Mountain and the surrounding highlands and contains many tourist-friendly attractions including a scenic lake, observation tower, skating rink, carousel, pool, and an historic inn. It also hosts seasonal events such as the weekly antique car show throughout the summer and Oktoberfest in the fall. 


One of Bear Mountain's main attractions is the zoo. While very small when compared to most zoos, its collection is exclusively limited to local animals of the region. The zoo is also unique for its natural and woodsy feel, as well as pretty scenery and good views. Located within the zoo are several museum rooms containing historical artifacts and natural history items. One of these museums is the geology museum. The geology museum is located directly behind the Bear Mountain Bridge, and is housed in a musty one room stone structure that is easily missed. 


This geology museum contains a small representation of local minerals from the Hudson Highland / Ramapo Mountains region of New York. The local rock in the vicinity of the Museum is Precambrian metamorphic rock, with gneiss, granites, and some localized skarns and marbles. The mineralogy of the region is somewhat similar to the St. Lawrence County region of upstate New York and the Grenville Province of Canada. 


This region was also home to a booming iron mining industry, with a large number of abandoned iron mines dating back to the 1700 and 1800's. Some of the better-known mines include the Forest of Dean, Hasenclever, Hogencamp, Pine Swamp, Greenwood, O'neal, and Sterling Mines. All these mines are long abandoned and overgrown, though many are still accessible within state parks along hiking trails. 


Not much in terms of mineral specimens was ever recovered from these mines. The iron ore was mostly Magnetite, but in massive or crudely crystallized form. These mines only occasionally produced collector specimens, though other locations such as road cuts and dams produced several more specimen findings. Aside from Magnetite, other minerals include Diopside, Scapolite, Hornblende (including the rare Potassic-fluoro-hastingsite which is not found anywhere else in the world), Graphite, Biotite (including very large books), and Pyrhottite.

 

While the museum's collection of local minerals is fairly small, it is an interesting collection whose likes are rarely represented in collections. The exhibits are definitely old and dated, but they are nevertheless worthwhile for a visit. If you are visiting New York, definitely make a visit to Bear Mountain to enjoy the scenery and the zoo, and don't miss this little museum within the zoo.


Here are some of the individual minerals in the exhibitClick the pictures below for a larger version pop-up.

 

Anthony's Nose and the Bear Mountain Bridge from the Zoo View of Anthony's Nose and the Bear Mountain Bridge from the Zoo


Geology Museum at the Bear Mountain Zoo Geology Museum at the Bear Mountain Zoo


Mineral Exhibit of Minerals of the Bear Mountain Area Mineral Exhibit of Minerals of the Bear Mountain Area


Giant Mastodon Skull Found in the Vicinity Giant Mastodon Skull Found in the Vicinity


Calcite & Diopside Route 6 Woodbury NY Salmon Calcite & Diopside, Route 6, Woodbury, Orange Co, NY


Diopside Brooks Hollow Woodbury NY Diopside Crystal Cluster, Brooks Hollow, Woodbury, Orange Co, NY


Meionite Route 6 Woodbury NY Meionite Crystal, Route 6, Woodbury, Orange Co, NY


Meionite Bear Mountain Stony Point NY Meionite Crystal, Bear Mountain, Stony Point, Rockland Co, NY


Quartz on Calcite Anthony's Nose Cortlandt NY Quartz on Calcite, Anthony's Nose, Cortlandt, Westchester Co, NY


Analcime Dirubbo Quarry Peekskill Westchester Co NY Analcime, Dirubbo Quarry, Peekskill, Westchester Co, NY


Calcite Tompkins Cove, Stony Point, NY Calcite, Tompkins Cove, Stony Point, Rockland Co, NY


Meionite Iona Island Stony Point NY Crude Meionite Crystal, Iona Island, Stony Point, Rockland Co, NY


Hedenbergite Crystals Iona Island Stony Point NY Hedenbergite Crystal Cluster, Iona Island, Stony Point, Rockland Co, NY


Pyrrhotite Route 6 Woodbury NY Pyrrhotite Crystal Mass, Route 6, Woodbury, Orange Co, NY


Large Feldspar Crystal Bear Mountain Stony Point NY Feldspar crystal (probably Microcline), Bear Mountain, Stony Point, Rockland Co, NY


Graphite Bear Mountain Stony Point NY Graphite Flaky Mass, Bear Mountain, Stony Point, Rockland Co, NY


Biotite Mica Beechy Bottom Stony Point NY Large Biotite mica Book, Beechy Bottom, Stony Point, Rockland Co, NY


Calcite West Nyack New York Spiky Calcite Crystal Cluster, West Nyack, Rockland Co, NY
(Only the photo of this is in the museum, not the actual specimen)


Magnetite Monroe New York Octahedral Magnetite Crystals, Monroe, Orange Co, NY
(Only the photo of this is in the museum, not the actual specimen)


New Sulfide Minerals Added

We have been working on finishing the sulfide group of minerals (and sulfosalts sub-group) so that all the important ones are indexed with detailed information and pictures. While there are always more to add, all the standard and important members are now indexed in our database.

Here are the recent sulfide minerals added:

We will now commence with the oxides and add the important ones that are missing, as well as refresh the existing content and add new pictures to them.



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