Mineral News

Garnet from Red Embers Mine, Erving MA

by Bryan Davis September 11, 2014 10:48 PM

One of the new finds (and big hits) at the Springfield Show this year were the garnets from Red Embers Mine, released to the mineral market by Jason Baskin. The American Museum of Natural History, Yale, The University of Arizona, and many others purchased specimens at the Springfield show this past August.

 

The project started 16 years ago when Jim Garabedian who worked the garnet mine in Erving, Massachusetts, (then named the Two Fat Guys Mine), brought James Zigras and Jason Baskin to the site to collect for a few hours. Since getting permission to work the prospect 8 – 10 years ago, Jason has been mining by hand with sledge hammers, chisels, and wedges with his cousin Kyle Baskin and Uncle Kevin Baskin.

 

The almandine/pyrope garnets are found in a massive graphite vein which varies in thickness from one foot wide to six feet wide in some areas. Garnets form sporadically on planes in the graphite on mica veinlets that are only ¼ mm to 1 mm thick. A university in Connecticut identified an accompanying mineral as black dravite tourmaline, which also occurs in the graphite between the garnets. The bright red garnet crystals range in size from 1 mm to 1-1/8” tip to tip. The garnets are gem quality and the largest stone cut so far is a whopping 4.72 carats.

 

The specimens are processed using air abrasion using a unique plastic blasting media provided by Kramer industries. This process is aggressive on graphite and gentle on the tourmaline and garnets. The specimens are abraded on both sides so that the garnets are visible from both sides of the specimen, allowing light to show through and show the gem quality of the crystals and the phenomenal color. A typical 5” x 5” specimen takes on average an hour or more to process to expose the garnets. The largest piece took over 20 hours to abrade and prepare. Processing of the specimens presented at the Springfield show has been progressing, mostly in secret, for the past four years.

 

Almost 50 flats have sold in the last 2 weeks, exhausting almost the entire inventory processed in the last 4 years. Some of the largest specimens have upward of 70 garnets on one specimen, with individual crystals up to the size of a dime. The largest specimen to date is 16” x 11.” The site is closed to collectors and is both posted and under video surveillance. However, specimens can continue to be obtained via Jason Baskin who will be selling at the Franklin Show and most likely at the North Jersey Mineralogical Society fall swap and sale at the Sterling Hill Mining Museum. Select specimens and cut stones have also been featured by Alan Benson at the Marriot show. Jason is also working with Eric Greene of Treasure Mountain Mining on articles for Rocks and Minerals and the Mineralogical Record.

 


Jason Displaying a Large Plate of Garnet with Backlighting at the Springfield Show

 


These Garnets Show Exceptional Red Color when Backlit

 


More Backlit Garnets with Trapezohedral Crystals

 


Smaller Specimens Prepared at Jason's Booth at the Springfield Show

 


Jason Showing Some Cut and Polished Gemstones

 



The Springfield 2014 Show

by Hershel Friedman August 22, 2014 12:08 AM

The Springfield Show, officially called the East Coast Gem, Mineral & Fossil Show, is held every year in the summer in a large hall in the Better Living Center at the Eastern States Exposition in West Springfield, Massachusetts. This year the show was held on August 8 through 10. This is a great show, with many important dealers present, and some new material that I never saw before. This show also has public exhibits, with top-notch collectors displaying their material to all the show-goers.

 

This year's special exhibit featured California collectors and collections. It featured some of the top minerals from nine prominent California collectors, and was coordinated by John Veevaert of Trinity Minerals.

 

The Springfield Show news posts will be divided into several sections:

 



Jerry Rosenthal Public Exhibit at the Springfield Show

by Hershel Friedman August 21, 2014 12:31 AM

Jerry Rosenthal had twelve full display cases of exceptional minerals. Below is his introduction, as stated in one of his exhibits:

 

I grew up in the orchard country of San Jose that is now Silicon Valley. During my early years my interest was sparked by my grandfather who gave me a petrified wood domed limb cast. I was intrigued by the thought of wood turning into stone.


My collecting began in thw 1980s once I had some disposable income. I had a deep fascination with lapidary tools and what you could do to rocks with them. As I continued on my interest branched into actual mineral specimens. I met lots of dealers, diggers, collectors, prospectors, traders and more than a couple of con men. Thanks to finding a few honest dealers I was able to compile a collection of over 800 specimens of which a fraction are presented here.


For years my collection was "housed" in cardboard flats and boxes. With the expansion of my plumbing business I was able to build a custom walk in display room to show my mineral and sphere collection. The beauty of the minerals is why I collect but I should also mention that I am color blind so don't be surprised if I ask you what color my minerals are.

 

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

 

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Jerry Rosenthal Copper and Silver Case
Jerry Rosenthal Copper and Silver Case, with Jerry's Bio

 

Crystallized Copper from Keweenaw Peninsula, Michigian
An Amazing Crystallized Copper from the Keweenaw Peninsula, Michigian

 

Native Gold Display Case
Native Gold Display Case

 

Gold Nugget from American River, Placerville, CA
Gold Nugget from the American River in Placerville, California

 

Jerry's Showcase of Gem Beryl
Jerry's Showcase of Gem Beryls

 

Showcase of Gemstone Minerals
Showcase of Various Gemstone Minerals

 

Elongated Topaz from Ouro Preto, Brazil
Elongated Topaz from Ouro Preto, Brazil

 

Pink Kunzite from Minas Gerais, Brazil
Excellent Pink Kunzite from Minas Gerais, Brazil

 

Yellow, Gemmy Orthoclase from Itrongahy, Madagascar
Bright Yellow, Gemmy Orthoclase from Itrongahy, Madagascar

 

Jerry's Azurite Collection
Jerry's Azurite Collection

 

Garnets from Jerry Rosenthal's Showcase
Collection of various Garnets from Jerry Rosenthal's Showcase

 

Garnet Crystals on Matrix Tyrol, Austria
Amazing Garnet Crystals on Matrix from the Tyrol in Austria

 

Demantoid Garnet from Val Malenco, Italy
Demantoid Garnets on Matrix from Val Malenco, Italy

 

Jerry's Tourmaline Collection
Jerry's Tourmaline Collection

 

Jerry's Fluorite Showcase
Jerry's Fluorite Showcase

 

Exhibit of Uncommon Worldwide Minerals
Exhibit of Uncommon Worldwide Minerals

 

Veszelyite from the Black Pine Mine in Montana
Large Elongated Crystal of Rare Veszelyite from the Black Pine Mine in Montana

 

Legrandite from the Ojuela Mine in Mexico
Beautiful Spray of Bright Orange-Yellow Legrandite from the Ojuela Mine in Mexico

 

New Mineral Recently Named Marshalsussmanite
New Mineral Species Recently Named "Marshalsussmanite"

 

Jerry's Quartz Exhibit
Jerry's Quartz Exhibit

 

Jerry Rosenthal's Collection of Polished Spheres
Collection of Polished Spheres

 

Lapidary Glasswork from Jerry's Collection
Lapidary Glasswork from Jerry's Collection



Rick Kennedy Public Exhibit at the Springfield Show

by Hershel Friedman August 20, 2014 10:51 PM

Rick Kennedy had seven display cases at the Springfield show public exhibit. Below is his introduction, as stated in one of his exhibits:


I've been a collector ever since I was able to pick up with my hands. I've collected everything from stamps and coins to bottle caps. Minerals and rare gemstones became my passion for several reasons: their natural beauty, the fact that I could never learn everything about the hobby and the adventures involved in collecting these beauties in the field.


I received my BS degree in Earth Sciences from the University of California, Santa Cruz in 1994, seven years after finishing my course work (it is a long story!). I started Earth's Treasures in 1985 as a part time business while I worked managing a small business for one of my mineral collecting partners. In March 2006, I left that world for good and became a full time mineral and rare gemstone dealers and have never been so happy!


Personally, I collect "rough and cut" suites of rare gem minerals, but my passion will always be for Benitoite, and I proudly flaunt my status as a poster boy for the Benitoite Mine Run sales that John and Steven did a few years ago, my 5.96 carat flawless cut Benitoite is indeed the "Jewel" of my collection.

 

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


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Amethyst/Smoky Quartz scepters, Hallelujah Junction, NV
Amethyst/Smoky Quartz scepters from Hallelujah Junction, NV

 

 

Amethyst/Smoky Quartz scepter, Hallelujah Junction, NV
Amethyst/Smoky Quartz scepter from Halleluyah Junction, NV

 

 

Minerals from Western States from Rick Kennedy
Minerals from the Western States from Rick Kennedy; Large Blue Fluorite in Center.

 

 

Rick's Suite of San Benito County, CA Minerals
Rick's Suite of San Benito County, CA Minerals

 

 

Benitoite with deep blue color
An Exceptional Benitoite with Deep Blue Color

 

 

Rick Kennedy's Tsumeb Minerals
Rick Kennedy's Tsumeb Minerals

 

 

Dioptase on Calcite from Tsumeb
Dioptase on Calcite from Tsumeb

 

 

Rick Kennedy Gem Mineral Rough and Faceted
Rare Gem Mineral Rough and Faceted

 

 

Purple Apatite from Maine
Purple Apatite from Maine with Rough and Faceted Examples

 

 

Miscellaneous Mineral Case from Rick Kennedy
Miscellaneous Mineral Case from Rick Kennedy

 

 

Minerals from the California Blue Mine
Minerals from the California Blue Mine in San Bernardino Co.



Dan Evanich Public Exhibit at the Springfield Show

by Hershel Friedman August 19, 2014 10:30 AM

Dan Evanich had seven display cases filled with minerals of the American West, including Arizona and Butte, Montana. Below is his introduction, as stated in one of his exhibits:

 

When my family moved to Colorado from Springfield, Illinois in the mid 1950's, I was provided an early life exposure to the mineral rich Southwest US. Growing up as a boy in Colorado and Northern New Mexico, I spent many summers roaming the local canyons and arroyos searching for rocks, minerals, and crystals with my Dad and brothers. These experiences undoubtedly influenced my mineral collecting preferences today.


I spent 22 years working in Corporate Sales and Marketing for both Sony and Panasonic before retiring, all the while expanding my knowledge of minerals. About five years ago, I began planning for life in a post-corporate world with the idea of becoming more seriously involved in mineral collecting. 16 years ago, I was introduced to the Northern California mineral collecting organization, Bay Area Mineralogists (also known as "BAM") and a few years later, the San Francisco Crystal Gazers. Since then, I am an active member of both groups and participate in the planning and organizing of field collecting trips. Members of these two groups often join together on field trips and coordinate efforts in support of local gem and mineral show throughout California.


My collection is focused on specimens from the Western US and select regions of Northern Mexico. Favorite localities include Butte, Montana, Bisbee and Tiger, Arizona, and numerous others throughout Nevada, Colorado, and New Mexico.

 

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

 

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Dan Evanich Large Wulfenites Springfield Show
Dan Evanich's Bio with Two Large Wulfenite Specimens

 

 

Dan Evanich Wulfenite plate from Los Lamentos, Mexico
A Close-Up of this Giant Wulfenite plate from Los Lamentos, Mexico

 

 

Dan Evanich Minerals from Butte, Montana
Minerals from Butte, Montana

 

 

Dan Evanich Covellite from Butte, Montana
Excellent Iridescent Covellite from Butte

 

 

Dan Evanich Rhodochrosite from Butte, Montana
Dan Evanich's Collection of Rhodochrosite from Butte

 

 

Dan Evanich Minerals from Copper Mines of Butte
Minerals from the Historic Copper Mines of Butte

 

 

Dan Evanich - Butte, Montana
Sulfides and Sulfates from Butte

 

 

Dan Evanich - Bornite Butte Montana
Interesting Bornite on Quartz from Butte

 

 

Dan Evanich - Chalcanthite Butte Montana
Electric-Blue Chalcanthite from Butte

 

 

Dan Evanich Mammoth-St. Anthony Mine, Arizona
Case of Minerals from the Mammoth-St. Anthony Mine in Arizona

 

 

Dan Evanich Mammoth-St. Anthony Mine, Arizona
Another Case of Minerals from the Mammoth-St. Anthony Mine in Arizona

 

 

Dan Evanich Wulfenite Mammoth-St. Anthony Mine, Arizona
Bright Orange Wulfenite plate from the Mammoth-St. Anthony Mine

 

 

Dan Evanich - Los Lamentos, Mexico
Wulfenite and Associates from the Mines at Los Lamentos, Mexico

 

 

Dan Evanich Wulfenite Geode: Los Lamentos, Mexico
Unusual Wulfenite Geode from Los Lamentos



Displays of Dan Carlson and Don Olson at the Springfield Show

by Hershel Friedman August 18, 2014 11:06 PM

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

by Hershel Friedman August 17, 2014 9:34 PM

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

by Hershel Friedman August 16, 2014 11:10 PM

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:
http://betweenrocksandahearlyplace.blogspot.com
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

by Hershel Friedman August 15, 2014 11:30 PM

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

by Hershel Friedman August 14, 2014 5:37 PM

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





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