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The 2018 Springfield Mineral Show, Part 6

This final post on the 2018 The East Coast Gem, Mineral & Fossil Show in Springfield features some of the individual dealer minerals that I encountered at the show. These include new finds, unusual specimens, and minerals that I found unique. This show has an excellent representation of quality dealers, and always has new and interesting minerals to be seen.


Sphalerite and Marcasite from the G.P. Materials South Quarry, Potosi, Washington Co., Missouri, Alan's Quality Minerals
Sphalerite & Marcasite from G.P. Materials South Quarry, Potosi, Washington Co., Missouri
Alan's Quality Minerals

Green Fluorite Crystal Cluster from Yiwu, Zhejiang Prov, China - Hummingbird Minerals
Green Fluorite & Marcasite from Crystal Cluster from Yiwu, Zhejiang Prov, China
Hummingbirg Minerals

Smoky Quartz with Goethite Fan from Lake George, Park Co., Colorado, Nicholas Stolowitz Fine Minerals
Smoky Quartz with Goethite "Fan" from Lake George, Park Co., Colorado
Nicholas Stolowitz Fine Minerals

Amethyst with Quartz from Hpa-an District, Kayin, Burma, Nicholas Stolowitz Fine Minerals
Amethyst with Quartz from Hpa-an District, Kayin, Burma
Nicholas Stolowitz Fine Minerals

Calcite with Chalcopyrite from the Daye Mine, Huangshi, Hubei Prov, China, Nicholas Stolowitz Fine Minerals
Calcite with Chalcopyrite from the Daye Mine, Huangshi, Hubei Prov, China
Nicholas Stolowitz Fine Minerals

Calcite Flower on Amethyst from Artigas Uruguay, Nicholas Stolowitz Fine Minerals
Calcite "Flower" on Amethyst from from Artigas Uruguay
Nicholas Stolowitz Fine Minerals

New Find of Wood Opal with Copper from Indonesia, Jason Baskin Minerals
New Find of Wood Opal with Copper from Indonesia
Jason Baskin Minerals

Copper, Silver, and Chrysocolla from the Chimney Rock Quarry, Bound Brook, NJ, Jason Baskin Minerals
New Find of Copper, Silver, and Chrysocolla from the Chimney Rock Quarry, Bound Brook, NJ
Jason Baskin Minerals

New Chrysocolla from the Chimney Rock Quarry, Bound Brook, NJ, Jason Baskin Minerals
New Chrysocolla from the Chimney Rock Quarry, Bound Brook, NJ
Jason Baskin Minerals

Paradamite and Smithsonite from the Ojuela Mine, Mapimi, Durango, Mexico, Unique Minerals
Paradamite & Smithsonite from the Ojuela Mine, Mapimi, Durango, Mexico
Unique Minerals

Botryoidal Rosasite from the Ojuela Mine, Mapimi, Durango, Mexico, Unique Minerals
Botryoidal Rosasite from the Ojuela Mine, Mapimi, Durango, Mexico
Unique Minerals

Very Large Amethyst Crystals from Jacksons Crossroads, Georgia, Mark E. P. Woods Minerals
Very Large Amethyst Crystals from Jacksons Crossroads, Georgia
Crystals from Jacksons Crossroads, Georgia

Large Graphite Crystals from a new find in Rossie, St. Lawrence Co., New York
Large Graphite Crystals from a new find in Rossie, St. Lawrence Co., New York
Geologic Desires

Single Large Graphite Crystal Flake from Rossie, St. Lawrence Co., New York
Single Large Graphite Crystal Flake from a new find in Rossie, St. Lawrence Co., New York
Geologic Desires

Blue Fluorite Cube in Dolomite Matrix from Walworth, Wayne Co., New York
Blue Fluorite Cube in Dolomite Matrix from Walworth, Wayne Co., New York
Rocko Minerals

Purple Fluorite Cube from the Penfield Quarry, Monroe Co., New York
Purple Fluorite Cube from the Penfield Quarry, Monroe Co., New York
Rocko Minerals

Sal Ammoniac with Lecontite from the Coronel Manuel Rodriguez Mine, Mejillones, Antofagasta, Chile, Weinrich Minerals
Sal Ammoniac with Lecontite from the Coronel M. Rodriguez Mine, Antofagasta, Chile
Weinrich Minerals

Mimetite from Hat Yai, Songkhla Province, Thailand, Green Mountain Minerals
Mimetite from Hat Yai, Songkhla Province, Thailand
Green Mountain Minerals

Fluorite from the Viesa Quarry, Seiero, Asturias, Spain, Green Mountain Minerals
Fluorite from the Viesa Quarry, Seiero, Asturias, Spain
Green Mountain Minerals

Tourmaline
Sphalerite & Tourmaline (Rubellite) with Quartz from the Malkhan Pegmatite, Russia
Collector's Edge Minerals

Sterling Hill Mining Museum: Mine Tour

I recently made a trip to the Sterling Hill Mining Museum in Ogdensburg, New Jersey. The museum is on the grounds of a former mine, the Sterling Hill Mine, which was one of the largest producers of zinc in the United States. This productive underground mine was closed in 1986 and converted into a museum, with an underground tour in the former mine tunnels.

The Sterling Hill Mine is located in the Franklin Marble, a Precambrian deposit of white and weathered brown Calcite crystals in Northwestern New Jersey. The Sterling Hill Mine, together with the nearby and geologically similar Franklin Mine, has produced more mineral species than almost any other mine in the world. Franklin and Sterling Hill are also collectively known as the "Fluorescent Capital of the World," due to their abundance of fluorescent mineral specimens.

The museum tour starts in the Concession Building where tickets are purchased, inside the gift shop. A guide then leads the group to the Exhibit Hall, which contains many relics from the old mine as well as interesting mineral samples. The Exhibit Hall also contains an outstanding worldwide collection of fine minerals.

The tour continues in the old mine tunnels, where one visits the Lamp Room, Shaft Station, Ore Pass, the Rainbow Tunnel, a loading bin and ore car, and one can see a blasting demonstration. The tour ends after exploring the Geotech Center, which contains many more local and fluorescent minerals on display.

This first post will document the mine tour, and our next post will document individual mineral images from the museum.

The Sterling Hill Mining Museum Exhibit Hall
The Sterling Hill Mining Museum Exhibit Hall

Entering The Tunnel Adit of the Sterling Hill Mine
Entering The Tunnel Adit of the Sterling Hill Mine

Inside the Lamp Room
Inside the Lamp Room

Main Tunnel Adit
Main Tunnel Adit

The Mine Shaft Station
The Mine Shaft Station

The New Tunnel
The "New Tunnel"

The Rainbow Room Aglow with Fluorescent Minerals
The Rainbow Room Aglow with Fluorescent Minerals

Fluorescent Minerals in the Rainbow Room
Fluorescent Minerals in the Rainbow Room

Blasting Demonstration in the Mine
Blasting Demonstration in the Mine

Slusher and Ore Chute Area
Slusher and Ore Chute Area

>Mining Equipment Demonstration in the Mine Tunnel
Mining Equipment Demonstration in the Mine Tunnel

Ore Car in the Landmesser Tunnel
Ore Car in the Landmesser Tunnel

Sterling Hill Mining Museum: Museum Minerals

Our next post on the Sterling Hill Mining Museum in Ogdensburg, New Jersey, focuses on the minerals and displays of the museum. The highlight of the museum is the mine tour and preservation of the historic zinc mine for public view and exploring. The museum also has many mineral specimens and mining artifacts. These include historical artifacts related to the days of active mining, regional artifacts, and general mining and mineral artifacts of interest. 


However, the most significant part of the museum collection is their exceptional worldwide collection and important collection of local Franklin and Sterling Hill minerals. This post features the regional minerals of the collection.


Large Boulder with Vein of Zinc Ore
Large Boulder with Vein of Zinc Ore

Various Minerals from the Sterling Hill Mine
Various Minerals from the Sterling Hill Mine

Polished Ore of Franklinite, Willemite, and Calcite
Polished Ore of Franklinite, Willemite, and Calcite

Fluorescent Minerals from Sterling Hill
Fluorescent Minerals from Sterling Hill

Hemimorphite Crystals from the Passaic Pit in Sterling Hill
Hemimorphite Crystals from the Passaic Pit in Sterling Hill

Ore Car in the Landmesser Tunnel
Stalactites and Stalagmites from Old Workings at the Sterling Hill Mine

Rhodonite Crystals from the Franklin Mine
Rhodonite Crystals from the Franklin Mine

Rare Green Willemite Gemmy Crystals
Rare Green Willemite Gemmy Crystals

Blocky Willemite Crystals from the Franklin Mine
Blocky Willemite Crystals from the Franklin Mine

Minerals from the Paul Chortney Collection
Minerals from the Paul Chortney Collection

Large, Well-Formed Andradite Garnet from Sterling Hill
Large, Well-Formed Andradite Garnet from Sterling Hill

Franklinite with Zincite in Calcite from the Franklin Mine
Franklinite with Zincite in Calcite from the Franklin Mine

Rhodonite Crystals from the Franklin Mine
Rhodonite Crystals from the Franklin Mine

Green Microcline var. Amazonite from the Franklin Mine
Green Microcline var. Amazonite from the Franklin Mine

The World's Best Allactite Specimen, from the Franklin Mine
The World's Best Allactite Specimen, from the Franklin Mine

Fluorescent Franklin District Minerals: Willemite (Green) and Calcite (Red)
Fluorescent Franklin District Minerals: Willemite (Green) and Calcite (Red)

One of the Additional Fluorescent Displays, in the Geotec Center
One of the Additional Fluorescent Displays, in the Geotec Center

Book Review: Collector's Guide to the Balmat Mining District

This past March saw the release of a new book, titled "Collector's Guide to the Balmat Mining District." The book provides comprehensive coverage of the Balmat District, which includes Edwards and Fowler, in upstate New York. This district is one of the most famous mineral-producing regions in all of New York State, having produced exceptional minerals since the mid-1800s. The district is located in the far-northern part of the state, near the Canadian border.




The book, published by Schiffer Publishing, is authored by several experts in New York State Minerals: Steven C. Chamberlain, Marian V. Lupulescu, David G. Bailey, William F. deLorraine, and George W. Robinson. It starts with a history of the talc and zinc mining of the district, then explains the geology of the region, and then proceeds to discuss the individual minerals of the deposit, which is the bulk of the book's contents.

Some of more noteworthy minerals this district is famous for include Calcite, Lazurite, Magnetite (in rare cubic crystals), Phlogopite, Pyrite, Sphalerite (in fully transparent examples), and Tremolite (especially the Hexagonite variety).


This book provides the most comprehensive coverage of this famous mining district. Aside from its rich and detailed background and history of the district, it also provides many quality photos with a good selection covering all the important minerals in different habits. It is highly recommended reading for anyone interested in New York State minerals, especially the upstate region of the Adirondacks.

Mineral Explorers: Complete Second Season

I recently watched the second season of Mineral Explorers, a television documentary of mineral exploration and inside glimpses to to the mineral and gemstone hobby. The second season is now available in a three-disc DVD set consisting of seven episodes. The series is produced and narrated by mineral dealer Thomas Nagin, the owner of Crystal Springs Mining and Jewelry Co. The footage of this series is sharp, information, and well-done. In addition to providing a glimpse at the specimen mining operations at some of the mines, it also provides excellent footage of three dimensions mineral close-ups of quality mineral specimens.


Mineral Explorers fills an important void in mineral education, by providing an interactive presentation of important mineral discoveries. It provides the ability for those interested in the hobby, especially children, to develop an appreciation of how minerals are mined and brought the market.

The first DVD in the set includes the Peruvian localities of Mundo Nuevo and Pasto Bueno, both high up in the Andes. Mundo Nuevo is well-known for its large and splendent Pyrite crystals associated with Quartz, and Pasto Bueno produces Rhodochrosite and tungsten minerals.


The second DVD delves more into the mineral hobby, featuring stories from the road, and some background on the great Tucson show and Arizona copper minerals. There is also an episode on Southern California, documenting some of the famous gem pegmatites of the region and visiting some renowned collectors.


The third DVD is on Spain and Portugal, with an episode going behind the scenes at the the most famous Pyrite locality in the world, The Mina La Rioja in Navajun, Spain. This locality produces the perfectly shaped cubic type of Pyrite well-known by all collectors, and the footage show how these incredible crystals are found and pulled out of the ground. The episode on Portugal concerns itself with the Panasqueira Mine, one of the most important ore mines in Europe today, with a special focus on the mineral Apatite so famously produced from this mine.

Click here for a link to the official trailer for the second season on Vimeo.

Click here to order the complete DVD set of the second season.