Mineral News

Two New Minerals Added

by Hershel Friedman July 18, 2014 11:08 PM

We just added new mineral detail pages with detailed informaiton and pictures on the following two minerals:



Minerals.net July 2014 Newsletter

by Hershel Friedman July 17, 2014 5:47 PM

We have emailed our July 2014 Minerals.net online newsletter. Please click the image below for the larger version.


Mineral Localities on our Mineral Pages

by Hershel Friedman July 10, 2014 2:56 PM

One of the best features of our detailed mineral guide is the locality section. This section is thought-out and researched for every single mineral in our database. We try to include a list of the most relevant and practical localities.


We noticed that many reference books leave out important localities, and others may focus on more on particular regions. For example, some books focus on European localities, while others put a bigger emphasis on North American occurrences. Dealing with a worldwide audience, we wanted our locality information to place equal emphasis on all regions worldwide.


On the flipside, certain websites will include every single locality the mineral has been found in. While this is very useful as a powerful research tool, it limits the full appreciation and focus on the minerals. We have therefore chosen to include all significant or classic localities which are known to be producers of specimens of a particular mineral.


Determining important localities can be somewhat arbitrary, and there are many times we are forced to make a decision whether to include a locality or leave it out. We generally select those localities that are considered the most important from a collectors viewpoint, whether they be classic occurrences or localities they likely will encounter when purchasing minerals or viewing collections. Certain common minerals like Quartz and Calcite were particularly challenging, because there are so many localities. In these cases we made the decision to include the localities that we felt were the most relevant for collectors to encounter on a frequent basis.


Our research in the localities involves several sources. This includes first and foremost extensive background knowledge of minerals and localities from our authors. We spend much time researching books and field guides, looking at photos from Mindat and other websites, and culling information from mineral periodicals such as the Mineralogical Record and Rocks and Minerals. In addition to listing classic localities, we are also always on the lookout at shows for new localities that are producing specimen-grade minerals for collectors.


Sometimes a locality yields only one or two pockets of outstanding specimens, and other times it is a steadier producer. With the exception of the occasional one-of-a-kind finds, we generally will limit the locality data to include significant finds that produced a healthy volume of specimens. Our locality information will include both closed localities that are no longer producing, as well as active collecting sites. The quality and quantity will determine a locality's eligibility, not the status of the site.


We try to group our geographic localities by regions. There are no hard rules for this, but generally we move along the globe from Asia, Europe, Africa, and South America to North America. When a mine or deposit is significant to the occurrence, we mention its name; otherwise we stick to the municipality of the locality. We often try to give a more specific region to the locality to more easily identify it, and always will mention a county within American localities. To eliminate confusion caused by localities and regions, we separate each distinct locality with a semicolon.

New Minerals Added - Inesite and Olmiite

by Hershel Friedman July 01, 2014 11:22 PM

We just added the following two minerals, with detailed information and great photos:

New Minerals and Gemstones Added

by Hershel Friedman June 22, 2014 10:14 AM

We recently added several new mineral and gemstone pages, with comprehensive details, locality information, and photos:




New Video of the NY-NJ Gem & Mineral Show

by Hershel Friedman June 17, 2014 11:23 PM

We have produced a new video for the 2014 NY/NJ Gem & Mineral Show documenting the show, by Hershel Friedman.


Humite Group Minerals Added

by Hershel Friedman June 02, 2014 3:03 PM

We added several members of the humite group, with comprehensive information and photos. The member minerals added here are the four most well-known of the group:

Minerals.net May 2014 Newsletter

by Hershel Friedman May 27, 2014 6:09 PM

We have emailed our April 2014 Minerals.net online newsletter. Please click the image below for the larger version.


New Tucson Videos of 2014 Shows

by Hershel Friedman May 14, 2014 3:13 PM

We have uploaded our new videos on the Tucson 2014 shows! It was too large to fit in to one single video, so we placed them into 2 seperate videos, one for the Tucson Gem and Mineral Show TM, and the other with the rest of the shows. These and other videos can be viewed on our videos page at http://www.minerals.net/videos.

We have also provided the videos below from YouTube. Make sure to watch them in full size for best effect!


Part 1

Part 2

The Franklin, NJ Spring 2014 Show

by Hershel Friedman May 01, 2014 11:01 PM

The borough of Franklin, New Jersey, hosts two mineral shows every year, once in the spring and once in the fall. Although these shows are relatively small when compared to the large shows, they bring out many of the local collectors. The Franklin show is the best place to get minerals from local collectors at the best prices. The show has an outdoor and indoor section, and the outdoor part is heavily weather dependent.


The weather was nicer on Saturday, but it rained in the afternoon, which is always a challenge for outdoor shows. Sunday was overcast and very windy, with temperatures only in the 50's. This made it cold and uncomfortable and unfortunately prevented the crowds from coming.


The show always has nice exhibits, and has some of the best fluorescent displays. I took pictures of the display cases, especially some of the fluorescents.

Click any picture below for a larger pop-up, and use the zoom key to enlarge:


Flourescent Veins, Franklin and Sterling Hill
Rock Veins and Arteries from Franklin and Sterling Hill
Franklin Mineral Museum



Fluorescent Green Willemite and Red Calcite Sterling Hill Mining Museum
"Christmas in Springtime" - Green Willemite and Red Calcite
Sterling Hill Mining Museum



Fluorescent Minerals from Around the World, Paul Shizume
Fluorescent Minerals from Around the World
Paul Shizume



Minerals that Fluoresce in Longwave Light - Franklin mineral show
Minerals that Fluoresce in Longwave Light



Fluorescent Mineral Spheres - Andy Muir
"Ridiculous Roster of Rolling Rocks" - Fluorescent Mineral Spheres
Andy Muir



Mineral Color and Form - Rudy and Beth Greipel - Franlin NJ Show
Case Depicting Mineral "Color and Form"
Rudy and Beth Greipel



rospect Park, NJ Minerals Robert A. Horn - Franklin Mineral Show
Dense Case of Prospect Park, NJ Minerals
Robert A. Horn



Franklin NJ Mineral Show 2014
Show Scene in the Indoor Gym



Pyrite: Richard and Elna Hauck
Pyrite: Richard and Elna Hauck



Minerals of Great Notch, NJ - Bradly Plotkin
Minerals from Great Notch, New Jersey
Bradley Plotkin


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