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The Springfield 2014 Show

The Springfield Show, officially called the East Coast Gem, Mineral & Fossil Show, is held every year in the summer in a large hall in the Better Living Center at the Eastern States Exposition in West Springfield, Massachusetts. This year the show was held on August 8 through 10. This is a great show, with many important dealers present, and some new material that I never saw before. This show also has public exhibits, with top-notch collectors displaying their material to all the show-goers.

 

This year's special exhibit featured California collectors and collections. It featured some of the top minerals from nine prominent California collectors, and was coordinated by John Veevaert of Trinity Minerals.

 

The Springfield Show news posts will be divided into several sections:

 

Jerry Rosenthal Public Exhibit at the Springfield Show

Jerry Rosenthal had twelve full display cases of exceptional minerals. Below is his introduction, as stated in one of his exhibits:

 

I grew up in the orchard country of San Jose that is now Silicon Valley. During my early years my interest was sparked by my grandfather who gave me a petrified wood domed limb cast. I was intrigued by the thought of wood turning into stone.


My collecting began in thw 1980s once I had some disposable income. I had a deep fascination with lapidary tools and what you could do to rocks with them. As I continued on my interest branched into actual mineral specimens. I met lots of dealers, diggers, collectors, prospectors, traders and more than a couple of con men. Thanks to finding a few honest dealers I was able to compile a collection of over 800 specimens of which a fraction are presented here.


For years my collection was "housed" in cardboard flats and boxes. With the expansion of my plumbing business I was able to build a custom walk in display room to show my mineral and sphere collection. The beauty of the minerals is why I collect but I should also mention that I am color blind so don't be surprised if I ask you what color my minerals are.

 

Pictured below are all of Jerry's public showcases, as well as some individual minerals from within those cases.

 

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Jerry Rosenthal Copper and Silver Case
Jerry Rosenthal Copper and Silver Case, with Jerry's Bio

 

Crystallized Copper from Keweenaw Peninsula, Michigian
An Amazing Crystallized Copper from the Keweenaw Peninsula, Michigian

 

Native Gold Display Case
Native Gold Display Case

 

Gold Nugget from American River, Placerville, CA
Gold Nugget from the American River in Placerville, California

 

Jerry's Showcase of Gem Beryl
Jerry's Showcase of Gem Beryls

 

Showcase of Gemstone Minerals
Showcase of Various Gemstone Minerals

 

Elongated Topaz from Ouro Preto, Brazil
Elongated Topaz from Ouro Preto, Brazil

 

Pink Kunzite from Minas Gerais, Brazil
Excellent Pink Kunzite from Minas Gerais, Brazil

 

Yellow, Gemmy Orthoclase from Itrongahy, Madagascar
Bright Yellow, Gemmy Orthoclase from Itrongahy, Madagascar

 

Jerry's Azurite Collection
Jerry's Azurite Collection

 

Garnets from Jerry Rosenthal's Showcase
Collection of various Garnets from Jerry Rosenthal's Showcase

 

Garnet Crystals on Matrix Tyrol, Austria
Amazing Garnet Crystals on Matrix from the Tyrol in Austria

 

Demantoid Garnet from Val Malenco, Italy
Demantoid Garnets on Matrix from Val Malenco, Italy

 

Jerry's Tourmaline Collection
Jerry's Tourmaline Collection

 

Jerry's Fluorite Showcase
Jerry's Fluorite Showcase

 

Exhibit of Uncommon Worldwide Minerals
Exhibit of Uncommon Worldwide Minerals

 

Veszelyite from the Black Pine Mine in Montana
Large Elongated Crystal of Rare Veszelyite from the Black Pine Mine in Montana

 

Legrandite from the Ojuela Mine in Mexico
Beautiful Spray of Bright Orange-Yellow Legrandite from the Ojuela Mine in Mexico

 

New Mineral Recently Named Marshalsussmanite
New Mineral Species Recently Named "Marshalsussmanite"

 

Jerry's Quartz Exhibit
Jerry's Quartz Exhibit

 

Jerry Rosenthal's Collection of Polished Spheres
Collection of Polished Spheres

 

Lapidary Glasswork from Jerry's Collection
Lapidary Glasswork from Jerry's Collection

Rick Kennedy Public Exhibit at the Springfield Show

Rick Kennedy had seven display cases at the Springfield show public exhibit. Below is his introduction, as stated in one of his exhibits:


I've been a collector ever since I was able to pick up with my hands. I've collected everything from stamps and coins to bottle caps. Minerals and rare gemstones became my passion for several reasons: their natural beauty, the fact that I could never learn everything about the hobby and the adventures involved in collecting these beauties in the field.


I received my BS degree in Earth Sciences from the University of California, Santa Cruz in 1994, seven years after finishing my course work (it is a long story!). I started Earth's Treasures in 1985 as a part time business while I worked managing a small business for one of my mineral collecting partners. In March 2006, I left that world for good and became a full time mineral and rare gemstone dealers and have never been so happy!


Personally, I collect "rough and cut" suites of rare gem minerals, but my passion will always be for Benitoite, and I proudly flaunt my status as a poster boy for the Benitoite Mine Run sales that John and Steven did a few years ago, my 5.96 carat flawless cut Benitoite is indeed the "Jewel" of my collection.

 

Pictured below are all of Rick's public showcases, as well as some individual minerals from within those cases.


Click any picture below for a larger pop-up, and use the zoom key to enlarge:


Amethyst/Smoky Quartz scepters, Hallelujah Junction, NV
Amethyst/Smoky Quartz scepters from Hallelujah Junction, NV

 

 

Amethyst/Smoky Quartz scepter, Hallelujah Junction, NV
Amethyst/Smoky Quartz scepter from Halleluyah Junction, NV

 

 

Minerals from Western States from Rick Kennedy
Minerals from the Western States from Rick Kennedy; Large Blue Fluorite in Center.

 

 

Rick's Suite of San Benito County, CA Minerals
Rick's Suite of San Benito County, CA Minerals

 

 

Benitoite with deep blue color
An Exceptional Benitoite with Deep Blue Color

 

 

Rick Kennedy's Tsumeb Minerals
Rick Kennedy's Tsumeb Minerals

 

 

Dioptase on Calcite from Tsumeb
Dioptase on Calcite from Tsumeb

 

 

Rick Kennedy Gem Mineral Rough and Faceted
Rare Gem Mineral Rough and Faceted

 

 

Purple Apatite from Maine
Purple Apatite from Maine with Rough and Faceted Examples

 

 

Miscellaneous Mineral Case from Rick Kennedy
Miscellaneous Mineral Case from Rick Kennedy

 

 

Minerals from the California Blue Mine
Minerals from the California Blue Mine in San Bernardino Co.

Rick Kennedy Public Exhibit at the Springfield Show

Rick Kennedy had seven display cases at the Springfield show public exhibit. Below is his introduction, as stated in one of his exhibits:


I've been a collector ever since I was able to pick up with my hands. I've collected everything from stamps and coins to bottle caps. Minerals and rare gemstones became my passion for several reasons: their natural beauty, the fact that I could never learn everything about the hobby and the adventures involved in collecting these beauties in the field.


I received my BS degree in Earth Sciences from the University of California, Santa Cruz in 1994, seven years after finishing my course work (it is a long story!). I started Earth's Treasures in 1985 as a part time business while I worked managing a small business for one of my mineral collecting partners. In March 2006, I left that world for good and became a full time mineral and rare gemstone dealers and have never been so happy!


Personally, I collect "rough and cut" suites of rare gem minerals, but my passion will always be for Benitoite, and I proudly flaunt my status as a poster boy for the Benitoite Mine Run sales that John and Steven did a few years ago, my 5.96 carat flawless cut Benitoite is indeed the "Jewel" of my collection.

 

Pictured below are all of Rick's public showcases, as well as some individual minerals from within those cases.


Click any picture below for a larger pop-up, and use the zoom key to enlarge:


Amethyst/Smoky Quartz scepters, Hallelujah Junction, NV
Amethyst/Smoky Quartz scepters from Hallelujah Junction, NV

 

 

Amethyst/Smoky Quartz scepter, Hallelujah Junction, NV
Amethyst/Smoky Quartz scepter from Halleluyah Junction, NV

 

 

Minerals from Western States from Rick Kennedy
Minerals from the Western States from Rick Kennedy; Large Blue Fluorite in Center.

 

 

Rick's Suite of San Benito County, CA Minerals
Rick's Suite of San Benito County, CA Minerals

 

 

Benitoite with deep blue color
An Exceptional Benitoite with Deep Blue Color

 

 

Rick Kennedy's Tsumeb Minerals
Rick Kennedy's Tsumeb Minerals

 

 

Dioptase on Calcite from Tsumeb
Dioptase on Calcite from Tsumeb

 

 

Rick Kennedy Gem Mineral Rough and Faceted
Rare Gem Mineral Rough and Faceted

 

 

Purple Apatite from Maine
Purple Apatite from Maine with Rough and Faceted Examples

 

 

Miscellaneous Mineral Case from Rick Kennedy
Miscellaneous Mineral Case from Rick Kennedy

 

 

Minerals from the California Blue Mine
Minerals from the California Blue Mine in San Bernardino Co.

Dan Evanich Public Exhibit at the Springfield Show

Dan Evanich had seven display cases filled with minerals of the American West, including Arizona and Butte, Montana. Below is his introduction, as stated in one of his exhibits:

 

When my family moved to Colorado from Springfield, Illinois in the mid 1950's, I was provided an early life exposure to the mineral rich Southwest US. Growing up as a boy in Colorado and Northern New Mexico, I spent many summers roaming the local canyons and arroyos searching for rocks, minerals, and crystals with my Dad and brothers. These experiences undoubtedly influenced my mineral collecting preferences today.


I spent 22 years working in Corporate Sales and Marketing for both Sony and Panasonic before retiring, all the while expanding my knowledge of minerals. About five years ago, I began planning for life in a post-corporate world with the idea of becoming more seriously involved in mineral collecting. 16 years ago, I was introduced to the Northern California mineral collecting organization, Bay Area Mineralogists (also known as "BAM") and a few years later, the San Francisco Crystal Gazers. Since then, I am an active member of both groups and participate in the planning and organizing of field collecting trips. Members of these two groups often join together on field trips and coordinate efforts in support of local gem and mineral show throughout California.


My collection is focused on specimens from the Western US and select regions of Northern Mexico. Favorite localities include Butte, Montana, Bisbee and Tiger, Arizona, and numerous others throughout Nevada, Colorado, and New Mexico.

 

Pictured below are all of Dan's public showcases, as well as some individual minerals from within those cases.

 

Click any picture below for a larger pop-up, and use the zoom key to enlarge:


Dan Evanich Large Wulfenites Springfield Show
Dan Evanich's Bio with Two Large Wulfenite Specimens

 

 

Dan Evanich Wulfenite plate from Los Lamentos, Mexico
A Close-Up of this Giant Wulfenite plate from Los Lamentos, Mexico

 

 

Dan Evanich Minerals from Butte, Montana
Minerals from Butte, Montana

 

 

Dan Evanich Covellite from Butte, Montana
Excellent Iridescent Covellite from Butte

 

 

Dan Evanich Rhodochrosite from Butte, Montana
Dan Evanich's Collection of Rhodochrosite from Butte

 

 

Dan Evanich Minerals from Copper Mines of Butte
Minerals from the Historic Copper Mines of Butte

 

 

Dan Evanich - Butte, Montana
Sulfides and Sulfates from Butte

 

 

Dan Evanich - Bornite Butte Montana
Interesting Bornite on Quartz from Butte

 

 

Dan Evanich - Chalcanthite Butte Montana
Electric-Blue Chalcanthite from Butte

 

 

Dan Evanich Mammoth-St. Anthony Mine, Arizona
Case of Minerals from the Mammoth-St. Anthony Mine in Arizona

 

 

Dan Evanich Mammoth-St. Anthony Mine, Arizona
Another Case of Minerals from the Mammoth-St. Anthony Mine in Arizona

 

 

Dan Evanich Wulfenite Mammoth-St. Anthony Mine, Arizona
Bright Orange Wulfenite plate from the Mammoth-St. Anthony Mine

 

 

Dan Evanich - Los Lamentos, Mexico
Wulfenite and Associates from the Mines at Los Lamentos, Mexico

 

 

Dan Evanich Wulfenite Geode: Los Lamentos, Mexico
Unusual Wulfenite Geode from Los Lamentos