The East Coast Gem, Mineral & Fossil Show, takes place every year in August in the Eastern States Exposition Center in Springfield, Massachusetts. This show, more commonly known as the Springfield Show, is the most significant mineral show in the Eastern USA.
Many important dealers are present at Springfield, bringing some of their best specimens to their booths. Much of the material from Tucson earlier in the year can be seen here, as well as some new material released since the summer and by local dealers who weren't able to travel to Tucson.
The show also puts together an exceptional public display exhibit. This year, the New Mexico Bureau of Geology & Mineral Resources Mineral Museum exhibited, with many cases featuring the best of New Mexico's minerals, as well as their worldwide collection featured.
This first post of the 2019 Springfield Show highlights some of the outstanding and memorable cases of New Mexico minerals. Although all the cases were exceptional, this article highlights our selection of the photos that came out best.
Additional posts of the show will include the following:
An Incredibly Large Smithsonite and Memorabilia from the Kelly Mine
Gemstones of New Mexico
Nice Assortment of Unusual New Mexico Minerals
Fine Fluorite Assortment from New Mexico
Another Nice New Mexico Mineral Assortment
Outstanding Fluorite from the Cookes Peak District, Luna Co.
Polished "Ricolite" Serpentine from from Ash Creek, Grant County
Fine Copper Crystals from the Chino Mine, Santa Rita District, Grant Co.
Our next post covering the 2019 East Coast Gem, Mineral & Fossil Show at Springfield features worldwide minerals in the collection of the New Mexico Bureau of Geology & Mineral Resources Mineral Museum that were on display at the show. Our selection includes some of the more interesting and unusual minerals among the hundreds of fantastic worldwide minerals on display.
Azurite Crystal Discs from the Malbunka Mine, Northern Territory, Australia
Bright Blue Cavansite from the Wagholi Quarry, Pune, India
Botryoidal Mimetite from San Pedro Corralitos, Chihuahua, Mexico
Chalcopyrite and Pyrite from the French Creek Mines, St. Peters, Chester Co., Pennsylvania
Sulfur Crystal on Matrix from the Cuprite District, Esmeralda Co., Nevada
Cyanotrichite from the Grandview Mine, Horseshoe Mesa, Coconino Co., Arizona
Our final post covering the 2019 East Coast Gem, Mineral & Fossil Show at Springfield features some exceptional minerals that we encountered at the dealer booths. There was an impressive variety from many of the fine dealers, with a good selection of new and interesting material since the Tucson show earlier this year. We hope you enjoy our selection of minerals that made it for this report.
Legrandite Crystal on Matrix from the New Find in the Ojuela Mine, Mapimi, Durango, Mexico
Yellow-Tipped Quartz with Halloysite Inclusions from Cabiche, Boyaca Dept, Colombia.
Left: A Large Crystal Cluster. Right: Rocks & Minerals Magazine featuring this Find.
Meta-Autunite from the Margnac II Mine, Compreignac, Haute-Vienne, France
The Mineral City Show is a new show in Tucson at 516 W Lester Street, a bit further uptown than the major shows. Mineral City is organized by Graham Sutton, and took place in a newly construction cinderblock L-shaped building.
The concept of this show is to provide dealers with permanent storage of their minerals in Tucson, and allow them to showcase as well during the show season. The concept is novel and it seemed to have really kicked off this year.
There were 16 well-known dealers at Mineral City, offering excellent specimens of all price ranges available.
From their website, it looks like Mineral City will be expanding with additional dealers for 2020. Many of the dealers here had maintained rooms in the Hotel Tucson (AKA InnSuites) in prior years; some of them still maintained rooms in both shows, while others exited the other show and only exhibited here.
Mineral City Mineral Show Outside the New Building
New Find of Large Smoky Quartz Crystals from Mulanje, Malawi
Paul Botha Minerals