The Mineral and Gemstone Kingdom

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Our 2013 Contest Giveaway has come to a close, and we are proud to announce the winners. The drawing was this past Sunday, March 17, and three lucky winners will receive their beautiful specimens.

Contest Winners

Pala, California
Jackson, New Jersey, USA

Riemvasmaak, South Africa
Fort Rucker, Alabama, USA

Dundas, Tasmania, Australia
Glen Rock, New Jersey, USA

We want to thank all those who participated in the contest. We would also like to thank Rob Lavinsky of The Arkenstone, Robin Hansen of Kristalle and Crystal Classics, and Adam Wright of The Adelaide Mining Company for providing these amazing mineral specimens.

Tucson 2013 Show Reports

We have completed all our show reports on the 2013 Tucson shows. Our reports are a pictorial guide to the shows in Tucson, with a special emphasis on the TGMS Convention Center show. We have taken pictures of almost all the public exhibit cases, providing a glimpse to all the amazing minerals displayed at the Tucson show. This year we have added a new feature, making the exhibit pictures clickable to high-resolution images. This will allow you to zoom in and better see the individual minerals in each case.

The show reports can be found on the News page. Below are links to the individual postings of the Tucson Convention Center show, as well as the University of Arizona Flandrau Science Center, where Rob Lavinsky's outstanding Chinese collection is currently on display.

We are also producing a pictorial video on the Tucson Shows. The video is scheduled to be completed and launched in April or early May.

The NY-NJ Gem & Mineral Show is proud to announce that we will be taking a booth at the NY-NJ Gem & Mineral Show in Edison, New Jersey, this coming April 12-14. The NY-NJ Gem & Mineral Show is a new show spearheaded by Lowell Carhart, who also runs the Tucson 22nd Street Show and the Denver Coliseum Show. The The NY-NJ Gem & Mineral Show will be the largest show of its type in the New York metro area, and will also be one of the largest in the country.

The theme of this year's show will be the Minerals of New York and New Jersey. There will be public exhibits of the outstanding minerals and fossils of New York and New Jersey, showcasing collections of several museums and private collectors. Museums include the American Museum of Natural History, The Franklin Mineral Museum (with a special fluorescent exhibit), and the Staten Island Museum. This will probably be the finest exhibit of New York / New Jersey minerals and fossils ever displayed under one roof. In recognition of the show theme, Hershel Friedman will be exhibiting minerals of New York and New Jersey from his private collection.


The NY-NJ Gem & Mineral Show website is located at If you live within driving distance of the New York metro area, this show will be well-worth the visit.


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