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Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History 2018 Visit

In 2018, I made an additional trip to the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History. I wanted to photograph several additional iconic mineral and gemstone specimens in their collection on display in the gem and mineral halls. I also wanted to add some more rare and unusual minerals to the mineral detail pages of Minerals.net.


The post below contains some additional favorites of mine in the collection that I did not include in the coverage of my previous Smithsonian visit. These include interesting minerals and rarities.


Please view some of our earlier posts from our visit to the Smithsonian in 2015 by clicking here.


The Oppenheimer Diamond, a very large yellow Diamond Crystal at 253.7 carats Dutoitspan Mine, Kimberley, South Africa
The Oppenheimer Diamond, a very large yellow Diamond Crystal at 253.7 carats!
From the Dutoitspan Mine, Kimberley, South Africa

Metatorbernite from Shinkolobwe Mine, Shaba, D.R. Congo
Metatorbernite from Shinkolobwe Mine, Shaba, D.R. Congo

Meta-autunite from the Daybreak Mine, Spokane, Washington
Meta-autunite from the Daybreak Mine, Spokane, Washington

Romanechite from Marquette County, Michigan
Romanechite from Marquette County, Michigan

Ludlockite with Smithsonite from Tsumeb, Namibia
Ludlockite with Smithsonite from Tsumeb, Namibia

Michigan Copper from the Keweenaw Peninsula Region
Azurite with Malachite from Tsumeb, Namibia

Purple Calcite Twinned Crystals from Joplin, Missouri
Purple Calcite Twinned Crystals from Joplin, Missouri

Elbaite Tourmaline Crystals with Quartz and Calcite from the Tourmaline King Mine, San Diego Co., California
Elbaite Tourmaline Crystals with Quartz and Calcite
From the Tourmaline King Mine, San Diego Co., California

Giant Red Elbaite Tourmaline from Mozambique
Giant Red Elbaite Tourmaline from Mozambique

Unusual Fibrous Elbaite Tourmaline% Crystals from Minas Gerais, Brazil
Unusual Fibrous Elbaite Tourmaline Crystals from Minas Gerais, Brazil

Hydroxyl-Herderite from Virgem da Lapa, Minas Gerais, Brazil
Hydroxyl-Herderite from Virgem da Lapa, Minas Gerais, Brazil

Microcline var. Amazonite with Albite from the Keyhole Vug, Crystal Peak, Florrisant, Colorado
Microcline var. Amazonite from the Keyhole Vug, Crystal Peak, Florrisant, Colorado

Light Colored Wulfenite from Tsumeb, Namibia
Light Colored Wulfenite from Tsumeb, Namibia

Yellow Diamond Octahedral Crystal from Murfreesboro, Arkansas
Yellow Diamond Octahedral Crystal from Murfreesboro, Arkansas

Brown and White Diamond Crystals from Murfreesboro, Arkansas
Brown and White Diamond Crystals from Murfreesboro, Arkansas

White Diamond Crystal from Huntsville, Walker Co, Texas
White Diamond Crystal from Huntsville, Walker Co, Texas

Malachite and Azurite Polished Slice from Morenci, Arizona
Malachite and Azurite Polished Slice from Morenci, Arizona

Phosphophyllite Crystal and Cut Gem from Potosi, Bolivia
Phosphophyllite Crystal and Cut Gem from Potosi, Bolivia

Large Wulfenite Crystal Plate with Mimetite from the San Francisco Mine, Sonora, Mexico
Large Wulfenite Crystal Plate with Mimetite from the San Francisco Mine, Sonora, Mexico

Forsterite (Olivine) var. Peridot, Crystals and Cut Gemstones From Zabargad Island, Red Sea, Egypt
Forsterite (Olivine) var. Peridot Crystals and Cut Gemstones
From Zabargad Island, Red Sea, Egypt

Calcite and Quartz var. Amethyst from Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil
Calcite and Quartz var. Amethyst from Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil

The 2018 Springfield Mineral Show, Part 1

The East Coast Gem, Mineral & Fossil Show has just wrapped up this past weekend in Springfield, Massachusetts. Popularly known as the "Springfield Show," this show is the most significant mineral event in the Eastern United States. Marty Zinn, who ran this show for many years, has recently retired, and the show is now managed by LLD Productions under Laura and Bob Delano, with Marty remaining as a consultant.

This show traditionally takes place on the second weekend of August, from Friday through Sunday. Many prominent dealers are present, and many good deals and new finds can be made. There is also a nice representation of East Coast collectors, with a large concentration of old and unusual material from the Northeastern United States.


The show staff organize an exceptional display exhibit every year, featuring the collection of a prominent collector in public showcases near the entrance of the show. These exhibits are organized and displayed very well, with a nice set up and good lighting of over 50 display cases of outstanding minerals.


This year's show featured the collection of Dave and Karen DeBruin. Dave and Karen have been collecting for the past 35 years, and have amassed an outstanding collection of beautiful display minerals. Their collection was featured this year at the show, highlighting their fine mineral pieces and showing their collecting preferences. Their favorite mineral is clearly Galena, and they had several cases devoted to this mineral, with a strong concentration from the Midwest as well as worldwide Galena in all sorts of forms and habits. Another favorite of theirs is Apophyllite, with many important specimens displayed, including some unusual pink ones. Calcite and Fluorite from the Midwest are also well-represented, with large and colorful specimens in many of the cases.


Additional highlights from their collection include Michigan Copper, minerals from the Montreal Iron Mine in Wisconsin, unusual Quartz crystals, Mexican Amethyst, Michigan Celestine, minerals from Honduras, Quartz Gwindels, Pyrite, and Sphalerite.


This Show report will be divided in to 6 individual posts: This first introductory post, two posts on the public displays, two posts on the individual mineral displays, and one post on interesting dealer minerals. Please use the shortcut links below to access these links:


David & Karen DeBruin bio from Mineralogical Record in their Introductory Case
David & Karen DeBruin bio from Mineralogical Record in their Introductory Case

David & Karen DeBruin Introductory Case
David & Karen DeBruin Introductory Case

Barite on Calcite from the Montreal Mine Fred Wilda Mineral Painting
Barite on Calcite from the Montreal Mine
This Painting from Fred Wilda was Featured on the Show Advertisements

Copper Fan Formation as a Cornerstone of the Debruin Collection
Copper Fan Formation as a Cornerstone of the Debruin Collection

The 2018 Springfield Mineral Show, Part 2

This is our second post of the The East Coast Gem, Mineral & Fossil Show (AKA the Springfield Show), and it features some of the exhibit displays of Dave and Karen DeBruin's fabulous mineral collection.

This post highlights some of their cases at the show, which include a display on Michigan Copper; Calcite minerals from Racine, Wisconsin; minerals from Santa Barbara, Honduras; Quartz oddities from worldwide localities; blue Celestine (mostly from the Midwest); minerals from Cave-in-Rock, Illinois; and several cases of Galena, Apophyllite, Calcite.



Michigan Copper from the Keweenaw Peninsula Region
Michigan Copper from the Keweenaw Peninsula Region

Minerals from Racine, Wisconsin, including color-zoned Gray Calcite
Minerals from Racine, Wisconsin, including color-zoned Gray Calcite

Minerals from the El Mochito Mine, Santa Barbara Dept., Honduras
Minerals from the El Mochito Mine, Santa Barbara Dept., Honduras

Quartz Crystal Color Diversity and Habits
Quartz Crystal Color Diversity and Habits

Second Case of Quartz Crystal Color Diversity and Habits
Second Case of Quartz Crystal Color Diversity and Habits

Galena Crystals from Russia (Dal'Negorsk) and Eastern Europe (mostly Romania)
Galena Crystals from Russia (Dal'Negorsk) and Eastern Europe (mostly Romania)

Galena Crystals from the Rhodope Mountains, Bulgaria
Galena Crystals from the Rhodope Mountains, Bulgaria

Miscellaneous Worldwide Minerals
Miscellaneous Worldwide Minerals

Unusual Calcite Crystals from Worldwide Localities
Unusual Calcite Crystals from Worldwide Localities

Large Display Calcite Crystals from the Midwest (and one Loner from New York)
Large Display Calcite Crystals from the Midwest (and one Loner from New York)

Blue  Celestine mostly from Michigan, with a few from Ohio and 2 from Madagascar
Blue Celestine, Mostly from Michigan, with a Few from Ohio and Two from Madagascar

Minerals from Cave-in-Rock, Hardin County, Illinois
Minerals from Cave-in-Rock, Hardin County, Illinois

Large Display Galena from the Tri-State District of Oklahoma, Kansas, and Missouri
Large Display Galena from the Tri-State District of Oklahoma, Kansas, and Missouri

Apophyllite from the Deccan Traps at Maharashtra State, India
Apophyllite from the Deccan Traps at Maharashtra State, India

Another Case of Apophyllite from the Deccan Traps at Maharashtra State, India
Another Case of Apophyllite from the Deccan Traps at Maharashtra State, India

The 2018 Springfield Mineral Show, Part 4

This fourth post of the 2018 The East Coast Gem, Mineral & Fossil Show in Springfield, Massachusetts, features some of the outstanding individual minerals seen on public display in the exhibit displays of Dave and Karen DeBruin, the featured collectors of this years' show collection.



Copper Crystals from the Central Mine, Keweenaw Co., Michigan
Copper Crystals from the Central Mine, Keweenaw Co., Michigan

Calcite with Black Inclusions from the Vulcan Materials Quarry, Racine, Wisconsin
Calcite with Black Inclusions from the Vulcan Materials Quarry, Racine, Wisconsin

Frosty Quartz Crystals from the El Mochito Mine, Santa Barbara Dept., Honduras
Frosty Quartz Crystals from the El Mochito Mine, Santa Barbara Dept., Honduras

Blue Chalcedony over Sphalerite with Frosty Quartz from the El Mochito Mine, Santa Barbara Dept, Honduras
Blue Chalcedony over Sphalerite with Frosty Quartz
from the El Mochito Mine, Santa Barbara Dept, Honduras

White Quartz with Blue Fluorite from the Huanggang Mine, Inner Mongolia, China
White Quartz with Blue Fluorite from the Huanggang Mine, Inner Mongolia, China

Galena and Pyrite from the Huanzala Mine, Ancash, Peru
Galena and Pyrite from the Huanzala Mine, Ancash, Peru

Hoppered Galena Crystals with Calcite from the 2nd Sovietsky Mine, Dal'nergorsk, Russia
Hoppered Galena Crystals with Calcite from the 2nd Sovietsky Mine, Dal'nergorsk, Russia

Hoppered Galena Crystals from the Deveti Septemvri Mine, Madan, Bulgaria
Hoppered Galena Crystals from the Deveti Septemvri Mine, Madan, Bulgaria

Calcite with Crystal Overgrowths from Palmarejo, Chinipas, Chihuahua, Mexico
Calcite with Crystal Overgrowths from Palmarejo, Chinipas, Chihuahua, Mexico

Yellow Calcite Crystals from the Sokolovskoe Mine, Rudny, Kazakhstan
Yellow Calcite Crystals from the Sokolovskoe Mine, Rudny, Kazakhstan

Calcite & Galena from the Barrier Pillar between Buick & Magmont Mines, Reynolds Co., Missouri
Calcite & Galena from the Barrier Pillar between the Buick & Magmont Mines,
Reynolds Co., Missouri

Calcite Crystal in Geode from Keokuk, Iowa
Calcite Crystal in Geode from Keokuk, Iowa

Celestine Crystals from the Holloway Quarry, Newport, Monroe Co., Michigan
Celestine Crystals from the Holloway Quarry, Newport, Monroe Co., Michigan

Galena Crystal Clusters from Galena, Daviess Co., Illinois
Galena Crystal Clusters from Galena, Daviess Co., Illinois

Spiky Calcite Crystals from the Annabel Lee Mine, Hardin Co., Illinois
Spiky Calcite Crystals from the Annabel Lee Mine, Hardin Co., Illinois

Blue Barite with Calcite on Fluorite from the Minerva #1 Mine, Cave-in-Rock, Illinois
Blue Barite with Calcite on Fluorite from the Minerva #1 Mine, Cave-in-Rock, Illinois

Benstonite from the Minerva #1 Mine, Cave-in-Rock, Illinois
Benstonite from the Minerva #1 Mine, Cave-in-Rock, Illinois

The 2018 Springfield Mineral Show, Part 5

Our next post, the fifth post of the 2018 The East Coast Gem, Mineral & Fossil Show in Springfield, Massachusetts, continues featuring a selection of individual minerals from the exhibit cases of Dave and Karen DeBruin, the featured collectors of this years' show.



Large Sphalerite Crystals from the Mid-Continent Mine, Treece, Kansas
Large Sphalerite Crystals from the Mid-Continent Mine, Treece, Kansas

Galena Clustered Crystals on Dolomite from Picher, Oklahoma
Galena Clustered Crystals on Dolomite from Picher, Oklahoma

Toothpaste-Green Apophyllite Crystals with Heulandite from Jalgaon, India
Toothpaste-Green Apophyllite Crystals with Heulandite from Jalgaon, India

Elongated Cluster of Galena Crystals from the Magmont Mine, Bixby, Missouri
Elongated Cluster of Galena Crystals from the Magmont Mine, Bixby, Missouri

Zoned Fluorite from the Minerva #1 Mine, Cave-in-Rock, Illinois
Zoned Fluorite from the Minerva #1 Mine, Cave-in-Rock, Illinois

X-Shaped Smoky Quartz with Tourmaline Inclusions from the Little Pipestone District, Montana
X-Shaped Smoky Quartz with Tourmaline Inclusions from the Little Pipestone District, Montana

Quartz Pseudomorph after Barite from Ouray, Colorado
Quartz Pseudomorph after Barite from Ouray, Colorado

Amethyst Crystals from the Reel Mine, Iron Station, North Carolina
Amethyst Crystals from the Reel Mine, Iron Station, North Carolina

Pink Rhodochrosite from the Montreal Mine, Gogebic Range, Wisconsin
Pink Rhodochrosite from the Montreal Mine, Gogebic Range, Wisconsin

Unusual Hematite formation from the Montreal Mine, Gogebic Range, Wisconsin
Unusual Hematite formation from the Montreal Mine, Gogebic Range, Wisconsin

Pink Calcite Balls on Hematite from the Montreal Mine, Gogebic Range, Wisconsin
Pink Calcite Balls on Hematite from the Montreal Mine, Gogebic Range, Wisconsin

Pink Apophyllite from the Bor Pit, Dal'negorsk, Russia
Pink Apophyllite from the Bor Pit, Dal'negorsk, Russia

Large Calcite Crystals with Iridescent Marcasite from the Brushy Creek Mine, Greely, Missouri
Calcite Crystals with Iridescent Marcasite from Brushy Creek Mine, Greely, Missouri

Bright Blue Fluorite with Coated Galena from Bingham, New Mexico
Bright Blue Fluorite with Coated Galena from Bingham, New Mexico

Botryoidal Marcasite from the Blackstone Mine, Shullsburg, Wisconsin
Botryoidal Marcasite Crystals from the Blackstone Mine, Shullsburg, Wisconsin

Zoned Amethyst Crystals from Amatitlan, Guerrero, Mexico
Zoned Amethyst Crystals from Amatitlan, Guerrero, Mexico

Large Amethyst Crystals from Piedra Parada (Last Vigas), Veracruz, Mexico
Large Amethyst Crystals from Piedra Parada (Last Vigas), Veracruz, Mexico