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The 2017 NY/NJ Gem Show in Edison

The NY/NJ Mineral, Fossil, Gem, & Jewelry show is now in its sixth year. The show took place on April 7-9, 2017 at the New Jersey Expo Center in Edison, New Jersey. This show is large, and continues to grow, with hundreds of dealers of all types filling up the mammoth expo center. Please enjoy our photos taken by Hershel Friedman of general show scenes as well as interesting individual minerals, new finds, and fluorescent displays.


Fluorescent Willemite and Calcite Richard Bostwick and Tema Hecht
Fluorescent Willemite and Calcite from the Sterling Hill Mine, Ogdensburg, NJ
Richard Bostwick and Tema Hecht


Fluorescent Wollastonite from the Sterling Hill Mine, Ogdensburg, NJ
Fluorescent Wollastonite from the Sterling Hill Mine, Ogdensburg, NJ
Richard Bostwick and Tema Hecht


Fluorescent Willemite in Calcite from the Sterling Hill Mine, Ogdensburg, NJ Franklin Mineral Museum
Fluorescent Willemite in Calcite from the Sterling Hill Mine, Ogdensburg, NJ
Franklin Mineral Museum


Blue Opal from Owyhee, Malheur Co., Oregon Colorado Rocks Amanda Adkins
Blue Opal from Owyhee, Malheur Co., Oregon
Colorado Rocks (Amanda Adkins)


Newly Mined Quartz Rock Crystal from Balochistan, Afghanistan Khyber Gem Stone
Newly Mined Quartz Rock Crystal from Balochistan, Afghanistan
Khyber Gem Stone


New Find of Emerald from Ethiopia TJ's Rocks
New Find of Emerald from Ethiopia
TJ's Rocks


Additional Emeralds from New Ethiopia Discovery TJ's Rocks
Additional Emeralds from New Ethiopia Discovery
TJ's Rocks


Pyrite Cubes in Matrix from Navajun, Spain Pyritas de Navajun
Pyrite Cubes in Matrix from Navajun, Spain
Pyritas de Navajun


Giant Stegodon Huanghoensis Skeleton (Elephant/Mammoth Family)
Giant Stegodon Huanghoensis Skeleton (Elephant/Mammoth Family)


New Find of Amethyst from Turkey Alacam Mining
New Find of Amethyst from Turkey
Alacam Mining


Additional Amethysts from Turkey Alacam Mining
Additional Amethysts from Turkey
Alacam Mining


Additional Amethysts from Turkey Alacam Mining
New Find of Green Chromium-Dravite from Tanzania
New Era Gems


Minerals from the Rhein Find in Amity, NY, Acquired by Gary Maldovany Just Keep Rockin
Minerals from the Rhein Find in Amity, NY, Acquired by Gary Maldovany
Just Keep Rockin'


Gary Maldovany in his Just Keep Rockin' Booth
Gary Maldovany in his Just Keep Rockin' Booth


Scenes at the NY/NJ Show
Scenes at the NY/NJ Show


Scenes at the NY/NJ Show
The Evolving Universe by the Smithsonian Institute

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Much thought and consideration is given to every picture we choose to display on the mineral detail pages on Minerals.net. Our goal is to provide a complete portrait of each mineral’s appearance without overwhelming our visitors.

We try to provide a snapshot of all minerals in their most commonly encountered scenarios, and show the diversity of each mineral. We include multiple habits and colors for each mineral type. The most common habits and colors are always included, and less-common settings are also included if they are interesting or unique.


Another very important factor is locality. We will try to include at least one picture of every important locality for a specific mineral, and usually more if there are multiple habits or forms. As far as specimen value, our key is diversity. We try to show a range from high-end and more exclusive forms, to more common lower-end samples of each mineral.

We try not to repeat the same habit or color from the same locality, to keep interest and retain a healthy assortment. An exception to this is when a less common mineral has limited localities or habits.

For many minerals, this general concept works, showing enough diversity while keeping the number of pictures limited to a maximum of 15-20 pictures. However, certain more common minerals, such as Quartz and Calcite, have so many significant habits, colors and important localities, that it is virtually impossible to provide a picture of every color, habit, and primary locality. Such minerals create a significant challenge, as we have to select the most well-known habits and varieties for these minerals.

Some highly diversified minerals that have significant varieties may have their own dedicated variety pages that can include many more pictures of just the variety type. For example, Quartz has a dedicated page with general Quartz pictures, but the Amethyst, Citrine, Chalcedony, and Agate varieties have their own dedicated pages with their own pictures as well as additional information and sub-varieties.

Our website was first launched in 1997, and started out with only a few low resolution pictures of each mineral. Over the years, we have been expanding our database and adding many more pictures. We have recently been going through all minerals, adding many more pictures to the existing ones. We are also starting a new campaign to redo the picture system to include a new picture display window with larger and higher resolution pictures.

The Tucson Gem & Mineral Show® Dealer Minerals Part 1

Our final two posts on the 2017 The Tucson Gem & Mineral Show® features some of the interesting or new minerals being sold by dealers that we found while walking along the show floor.


Kammererite from Kop Krom Mine, Turkey Throwin Stones
Kammererite from Kop Krom Mine, Turkey
Throwin Stones

Limonite Pseudomorph after %Pyrite from Gachala, Colombia Pachamama Minerals
Limonite Pseudomorph after Pyrite from Gachala, Colombia
Pachamama Minerals

New find of Interesting Aquamarine from Deo Darrah, Badaskshan, Afghanistan Fine Art Minerals
New find of Interesting Aquamarine from Deo Darrah, Badaskshan, Afghanistan
Fine Art Minerals

Herkimer-Like Quartz Crystal from the Rist Mine, Hiddenite, NC  Ledford Minerals Ledford Minerals
Herkimer-Like Quartz Crystal from the Rist Mine, Hiddenite, NC
Ledford Minerals

Newly-Mined Amethyst on Quartz from Jackson's Crossroads, GA Ledford Minerals
Newly-Mined Amethyst on Quartz from Jackson's Crossroads, GA
Ledford Minerals

Newly-Mined Amethyst Crystals from Jackson's Crossroads, GA< Ledford Minerals
Newly-Mined Amethyst Crystals from Jackson's Crossroads, GA
Ledford Minerals

Large Aquamarine Crystal from Mt. White, CO The Lucky Miner (Hosted at the Ledford Minerals Booth)
Large Aquamarine Crystal from Mt. White, CO
The Lucky Miner (Hosted at the Ledford Minerals Booth)

Elbaite on Quartz from the Mawi Pegmatite, Afghanistan The Collector's Edge
Elbaite on Quartz from the Mawi Pegmatite, Afghanistan
The Collector's Edge

Elbaite Tourmaline from the Pederneira Mine, M.G., Brazil The Collector's Edge
Elbaite Tourmaline from the Pederneira Mine, M.G., Brazil
The Collector's Edge

Emerald on Matrix from Muzo, Colomobia The Collector's Edge
Emerald on Matrix from Muzo, Colomobia
The Collector's Edge

Beautiful Collection Case from the Collector's Edge
Beautiful Collection Case from the Collector's Edge

Morganite, Elbaite, and Quartz from Azad Kashmir, Pakistan
Morganite, Elbaite, and Quartz from Azad Kashmir, Pakistan
The Collector's Edge

Barite from Lower Silesia, Poland<br><em>Spirifer Minerals
Barite from Lower Silesia, Poland
Spirifer Minerals