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Displays of Dan Carlson and Don Olson at the Springfield Show

Dan Carlson had two display cases, one was material from the Kalahari Manganese field, and the other was on the mineral Staurolite. Below is his introduction, as stated in one of his exhibits:


My interest in minerals dates back to the mid-1960's when an uncle gave me my first mineral specimens. I was already collecting fossils and calcites from local northern Missouri limestone beds, so his bequest fanned my collection flames.

My field collecting accelerated while attending New Mexico Tech in the late 1970's, where I got to collect in all the local mineral districts. Inspired by Tech's Mineralogical Museum, I began focusing on a systematic collection trying to acquire good examples of the 200+ most common rock-forming and ore minerals. Systematic minerals are still the core of my collection, but I have branched into numerous sub-collections, often informed by aesthetics, sentiment (such as the first minerals I have every collected) or places around the globe I have visited.


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Dan Carlson: Kalahari Manganese Field in South Africa
Minerals of the Kalahari Manganese Field in South Africa


Dan Carlson: Hematite from Kalahari Manganese Field
Spectacular Hematite Crystal from the Kalahari Manganese Field


Dan Carlson - Staurolite Display
Dan's Display of Staurolite from Worldwide Locations



Don & Gloria Olson had four display cases of various collections. Below is their introduction, as stated in one of their exhibits:


Don's interest in minerals started at age 8 when he was invited to collect at the Himalaya Mine and the Little Three Mine in Southern California. At that time he lived on his grandparents' turkey ranch in Ramona, CA. When he and his parents moved to Osseo, Minnesota, three years later, he continued with his hobby by collecting Lake Superior agates and trading them for mineral specimens. Until 1984, Don worked in corrugated-box sales for Champion international in Minneapolis and Milwaukee, had a part-time mineral business (Minerals International) and raised four children. In 1985, Don and Gloria started their mineral and gemstone company, Donald K. Olson and Associates, which was based in Milwaukee, until they moved to their current home in sunny California.

Gloria also started field collecting at age 8, but in Lima, Ohio. She and her father frequently visited the quarries in the Midwest, which back then were open to collectors. Gloria graduated from Miami University with a major in chemistry. She then received MS and PhD degrees in mineralogy from Ohio State University. She was co-owner of the store, What on Earth, in Columbus, Ohio, for 16 years and, at the same time, was employed at Chemical Abstracts Service in the editorial and marketing departments.


You will see us at major gem and mineral shows across the country, including the East Coast Show!


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Don Olson's Minerals
Don & Gloria Olson Copper Country Minerals


Don & Gloria Olson Miscellaneous Minerals With Unusual Colors


Don Olson's Minerals
Don & Gloria Olson Additional Copper Country Minerals


Amazing Statue-Like Copper Specimen with Circle-Shaped Form in Center


Don Olson's - Copper on Prehinite
Copper Sprinklings on Prehnite, also from Copper Country


Fluorite cubes with a Desirable Brown Color


John Magnasco Public Exhibit at the Springfield Show

John Magnasco had five display cases with minerals from various worldwide locations. Below is his introduction, as stated in one of his exhibits:


During the 1980's I dug deposits throughout California and the west with Gail Dunning, Fen Copper and Ted Hadley as friends and mentors. We spent a lot of time digging mercury minerals in the Clear Creek claim in San Benito County. It gave me an appreciation for what it takes to bring quality minerals to shows.

As past president of the Bay Area Mineralogists (BAM) I enjoyed leading the nation's most eclectic group of amateur mineralogists through animated meetings and field collecting activities.

My wife Eun Joe and I love to travel. My work and hobbies have taken us to many places around the globe including Japan, Korea, China, and more. These trips have also offered me the chance to add to my collection which has several focused themes: minerals from China, the Koreas, Japan, California, well crystallized examples of rare species, and scheelite. I try to collect minerals of visit mines wherever I go and have always walked away with great memories of the people I have met or collected with, whether or not I've come away with a sample for my collection.


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


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John Magnasco Minerals from Japan Springfield Show
John Magnasco's Exhibit Case of Minerals from Japan



John Magnasco Minerals from California Springfield Show
John Magnasco's Exhibit Case of Minerals from California



John Magnasco Antimony, Stibiconite, Cervantite
Antimony, Cervantite & Stibiconite from the Tom Moore Mine in Erskine Creek, CA



John Magnasco Minerals from China Springfield Show
John Magnasco's Exhibit Case of Minerals from China



John Magnasco Cyanotrichite China
Cyanotrichite from the Qinglong Mine, China



John Magnasco Minerals from Korea Springfield Show
John Magnasco's Exhibit Case of Minerals from the Koreas



John Magnasco Scheelite South Korea Springfield Show
Large, honey-brown Scheelite from the Tae Hwa Mine, South Korea



John Magnasco Scheelite Springfield Show
Scheelites from Worldwide Localities

John Veevaert, Brett Keller, & Luciana Barbosa Exhibits at the Springfield Show

John Veevaert is a California mineral collector well-known for his Benitoite collection. Below is his introduction, as stated in one of his exhibits:


I have been an avid mineral collector - primarily a field collector since 1975. My first love was with gold but in 1977, while taking mineralogy, I discovered that there were lots of different minerals and I was hooked. Most of my field collecting was in southern California, Nevada, and Arizona. I have had the opportunity to see just about every nook and cranny in the Mojave Desert, almost all of Nevada, and all of Western Arizona. Living in southern California in the 1970's was advantageous as Pala was virtually wide open and easy to visit as were the myriad of mines over the Mojave Desert. I can even put collecting in the Red Cloud mine for wulfenite on my check list. It was rather easy to locate productive zones back in the 70s.

My education is in geology and my undergraduate work was done at Fullerton College and Humboldt State University in Arcata, both in California. My graduate work, centered on fluvial geomorphology, was also done at Humboldt State University.

After completing my bachelor's degree I was gainfully employed as an exploration geologist working for two mining companies - one out of Anchorage, Alaska, and one out of Reno, Nevada. After completing my MS in Geology, I went to work for Redwood National Park for three years and then transferred to the US Forest Service as a geologist on the Shasta-Trinity National Forest. I started Trinity Mineral Company in 1996 with the internet enjoying my hobbies of computers and mineralogy. The idea was to lose money and pay fewer taxes. But it was one of those rare situations in a person's life where they are at the right place at the right time. The Internet was in its infantile stages and I was able to get in while the gettin' was good.

Soon after becoming a full time dealer I decided to focus my collection on Benitoite from any global location and the minerals found at the Benito Gem Mine.


Pictured below are John's public showcases filled with Benitoite and related minerals.


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John Veevart - Benitoite - Springfield Show
John Veevaert case of Benitoite


John Veevart - Benitoite - Springfield Show
Another of John Veevaert's Benitoite Case, showing how the Benitoite forms


John's case of Benitoite, Neptunite and Friends


John Veevart - Benitoite - Springfield Show
Excellent Cluster of Benitoite Crystals


Benitoite Sushi Plate - Springfield Show
The Famous "Sushi Plate". This is a well-known combination of perfectly triangular Benitoite, doubly terminated Neptunite, and an orange-brown Joaquinite, all sitting on a Natrolite matrix.



Brett Keller had several interesting display cases, including his "Mineral Wines" cases which were cleverly put together. Each "Mineral Wine" bottle had a painting of a display specimen from well-known artist Fred Wilda, together with the actual specimen in the case. Unfortunately a few of the display photos with the wines didn't come out properly.


Below is his introduction, as stated in one of his exhibits:


I started collecting minerals in high school and decided to enter college to study mining engineering. This was in the 1990's, however, when the bottom dropped out of the job market for that profession. So, I sold my collection and moved to Lake Tahoe to ski and figure out what to do with my life. I met my wife Adrea during this time and fell in love with her home town of Angel's Camp in the heart of Mother Lode country in California. This was also a fledgling area new to wine production so my interest coursed that way.


I enrolled in Fresno State University and pursued a bachelor's degree in enology and viticulture. All this and my interest in minerals led to my establishing my own winery and Mineral Wines label.


In 2007 my daughter helped rekindle my interest in collecting again when she found some quartz crystals in our road rock that had come from the famous Carson Hill mine. We booked a trip to screen some benitoite material at the Lost Gatos Park and actually found some interesting things and there was no going back.


My focus is on the highest quality "toe nail" sized specimens I can afford. My collection won "Best of Show" in the 2014 Tucson Show this past February. I am pleased to be able to display samples of my wine with my collection here at the East Coast Show.


Pictured below are Brett's public showcases filled with minerals and interesting artifacts.


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Brett Keller Springfield show award
Brett's Award Display



Brett Keller Mineral Wines Gold
Minerals Wines Gold Label



Brett Keller Springfield show award
Samples and Award from Brett's Collection



Brett Keller Mineral Wines Rhodochrositr
Minerals Wines Rhodochrosite Label



Brett Keller Mineral Wines Benitoite
Minerals Wines Benitoite Label



Luciana Barbosa had a display cases interestingly set up showing some of her quartz inclusion collection.


Below is her introduction, as stated in her exhibit:


I was born in Brazil and lived there for most of my life. My father, Jose Eduardo Barbosa is a Mining Engineer and Gemologist. Since a very young age, I was around gems and crystals and just loved it. I started working at his company, Gemological Center, as a teenager and have been working with gems and minerals for over 20 years. 2010 was my 22nd consecutive Tucson Show. My degree is in international business administration. I specialize in rare gems for collectors, special inclusions in quartz and minerals that catch my eye. I have been living in the US since 2008 but try to go back to Brazil as much as I can on buying trips. My father does send me shipments regularly so I was always have new thing coming in.


My personal collection is composed of rough and cut specimens. Most are from my home country of Brazil but I have several from other places as well. I also have a blog about rocks and food. Check it out:
Cooking is my other passion, along with photography and travelling.


Pictured below is Luciana's showcase:


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Below are two more public exhibits - one was a group case by several members, and the other is a type of Tiger's Eye found in Australia.


Benitoite - Springfield show 2014
Benitoite and Friends from Various Exhibitors.



Marra Mamba Tigers Eye - Springfield show 2014
"Marra Mamba" Tiger's Eye from Australia

Dealer Minerals from the Springfield Show

There were some interesting new finds at the Springfield Show that I had seen by certain dealers. I did not have enough time to make my rounds to all the dealers, but I photographed some interesting finds including several new discoveries.



New Find of Calcite from the Colombian Emerald Mines.
Minerals America (Leonard Himes)


Close-Up of One of the Large Calcite from Colombia.
Minerals America (Leonard Himes)

Large Clinochlore Crystal from Chester Co., Pennsylvania
Minerals America (Leonard Himes)

New Find of Ilmenite from Litchfield County, Connecticut.
Nature's Choice (Damien J. Oskwarek and Robert J. Martinchek)


Exceptional Fluorite in Celestine from Clay Center, Ohio.
There were several of these put together by Don in the public exhibits, but this was stood out above the others.
Donald K Olson


Pyrite cubes in matrix from Navajun, Spain.
When I see these I challenge myself to photograph these amazing crystals since they are so difficult to get right.
Piritas de Navajun (Omar Daniel Gutierrez Ulibarri)


Assortment of Herkimer Diamonds
Herks.com (Paul and Shell Nuckols)

Assortment of zeolites and traprock minerals, especially from New Jersey
The Mineral Cabinet (Bill Butkowski)


Pyrite concretion from the city of Indianapolis
Geologic Desires (Michael Walter)


Large, Freshly-Mined Uvite/Dravite from the Powers Farm in Pierrepont, N.Y.
The actual identity of these Tourmalines is subject to debate.
Geologic Desires (Michael Walter)


Michael holding an outstanding Uvite/Dravite from the Powers Farm, recently mined.
Geologic Desires (Michael Walter)


New Find of Garnet in Graphite matrix from Erving, Massachussetts.
These are a mixture of Pyrope-Almandine
This mine is now owned and operated for specimens by Jason Baskin.
Jay's Minerals (Jason Baskin)


A close up of one of the Garnets in matrix. Looks like some associated Staurolite as well.
Jay's Minerals (Jason Baskin)


Some of the gem Garnets cut from this new Garnet mine
Jay's Minerals (Jason Baskin)


Chrysocolla on Copper from the Chimney Rock Quarry, Bound Brook, NJ.
An old collection of these classic minerals recently resurfaced bringing new specimens to the market.
Jay's Minerals (Jason Baskin)

New Find of Chrysocolla pseudomorphs after Barite from the DR Congo.
Throwin' Stones (Rusty James)


Large plate of highly iridescent Chalcopyrite with Dolomite from the Reynolds Mine, Missouri.
Weinrich Minerals (Dan Weinrich)


Fine Rhodochrosite from an interesting locality - the Starnitsa Deposit in Bulgaria.
Well Arranged Molecules (Kevin Downey)


Bi-Color Beryl (Blue Capped) from the Erongo Mountains
Well Arranged Molecules (Kevin Downey)


Incredible Barite Cluster from the Androvo Mine, Bulgaria
Well Arranged Molecules (Kevin Downey)

Show Scenes at the Springfield 2014 Show

Here are some general show scenes from the Springfield 2014 show.


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Fred Wilda and Helen Rodak posing in front of Fred's mineral art.
Fred is one of the most best-known painters of mineral specimens.


Display Case of Ted Johnson, Yankee Mineral & Gem Co.


Booth of Land of Crystals, from Bloomfield, New Jersey


Terry Szenics Holding a Piece of his namesake Szenicsite


Alan Benson in front of his booth.
The only specimen I purchased at the show was an Analcime from Millington, NJ.


New Find of Garnet in Graphite matrix from Erving, Massachusetts, from Jason Baskin.
These are a mixture of Pyrope-Almandine, and are backlit to show transparency.


Jason Baskin Showing Some of his Larger Garnets


Alfredo Petrov and Pu Tzu Posing for me in Alfredo's Booth


General Show Scene.
Note this Fellow's Shirt.


More Show Scenes


And One More Show Scene