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The NY-NJ Mineral and Gem Show 2014

Last Updated: 16th Apr 2014

By Jolyon & Katya Ralph

The NY/NJ Mineral, Fossil and Gem Show 2014

I have just returned from the third NY/NJ Mineral, Fossil, Gem and Jewelry Show, held in Edison, New Jersey. With hundreds of exhibitors and thousands of visitors over three days, it is certainly the largest show in the New York and New Jersey area.

This year the show had mineral displays tied into the theme of 'The best of the Northeast', along with some other but excellent out-of-theme exhibits.

As usual, fossils and dinosaurs abounded, with this Tyranosaurus being a popular attraction:

T-Rex up close and personal

Although there were fewer mineral dealers in the show than last year, the quality of minerals offered remained high, and there were some dealers here you wouldn't find in any other show - but more on that later.

Majestic Minerals

Ok. Let's look at some of the minerals that were on offer:

Firstly, from Edwards Minerals this fine Topaz after feldspar from Germany

Topaz pseudomorph after Feldspar - Saubach Fault, Saxony, Germany

The Arkenstone had selected a few relatively local minerals to add to their selection:

Rhodonite from Franklin, New Jersey

Clinochlore from the Tilly Foster Mine, New York

Cubic Magnetite from the ZCA Mine, Balmat, New York

Gibbsite from Richmond, Massachusetts

Amethyst from Sweden, Maine

Miner's Lunchbox had this fabulous little pyromorphite from Bad Ems, Germany

German pyromorphite

For something non-mineralogical but of immense curiosity value, how about this piece of the Skylab space station encased in resin?

Part of the insulation material recovered in Australia

New York's Astro Gallery of Gems had some super material to show me:

Tourmaline from madagascar

A perfect Bolivian phosphophyllite

It's always a pleasure to find a nice British mineral when I'm overseas. Green Mountain Minerals did not disappoint.

Baryte from Cumbria, UK - at least 15cm tall

Cornerstone Minerals had a couple of great American amethysts -

Amethyst from the Reel Mine, North Carolina

Amethyst from Jackson's Crossroads, Georgia

I mentioned there were some dealers you wouldn't see in other shows - one is regular Joseph Polityka who was selling some of his personal collection items at the show. This huge (2.1kg) Topaz crystal was a fine example.

Large topaz crystal

Elsewhere other dealers in the more general and wholesale sections also had interesting items to view

Some interesting minerals were to be found in these flats of mostly wholesale material

A Pakistani dealer had these very affordable faden quartz specimens

Plenty of thunder-eggs

And yes, lots of beads and other similar items

There were various displays and special exhibits at the show. This display of meteorites encouraged visitors to touch a piece of the Moon, Mars and the asteroid Vesta.

Touching the moon and mars - at the same time!

For the first time, public presentations were organized with speakers Bob Jones and Justin Zzyzx.

Bob Jones talks about Quartz

Justin Zzyzx giving his presentation 'advanced tips for beginner collectors'

Justin had also organized the special mineral displays - and one of these was his own collection of asbestos minerals. Not many people share his love of this fibrous death-bringer, but behind glass it's perfectly safe and interesting to see.

Justin's asbestos collection

Box of asbestos from Ekaterinburg, Russia (ex Philadelphia Academy of Sciences collection)

Asbestos from Rhodesia (Zimbabwe)

Hershel Friedman had another display of Amethyst from New Jersey - and even though I'd been to one of the localities (Upper New Street quarry) the previous day and collected Amethyst myself there, I was amazed at the quality of material found.

Hershel's amethyst display

Amethyst from the Upper New Street Quarry, NJ

Another Amethyst from the Upper New Street Quarry

Jim Chenard had a display of Mineral Treasures of the Northeast

Jim's display

Malachite from Cornwall, PA

The Franklin Mineral Museum and the Sterling Hill Mine Museum again cooperated to provide a fine display of the fluorescent minerals that the region is justly famous for:

One of around ten cabinets of fluorescent minerals

A young visitor admiring the display

Willemite in calcite from Sterling Hill, NJ

Clinohedrite from Franklin

For those interested in fossils there was plenty on display, a special exhibit of Devonian fossils from Bundenbach, Germany included this fabulous brittle star:

Euzonosoma Tischbeinianum

The Maine Mineral and Gem Museum had a lovely display of gems and minerals from Maine, as you would probably expect them to.

Part of the display

9ct bicolour Elbaite and rough, from Newry, Maine

252 carat Amethyst with crystal group from Deer Hill, Maine

Elbaite. Left 9ct, Right 11ct - from Mt. Marie, Paris, Maine

Elbaite. 35ct, Mt Marie, Paris, Maine

Next to this display Jeff Morrison, the proprietor of the Havey Mine was showing some of the gems and minerals to come out of his mine in Maine.

A beautiful selection of elbaite crystals

Close-up of the above

Crystalline Rose Quartz

A magnificent elbaite specimen

Microlite on tourmaline

Apatite crystals

All in all it was a very enjoyable show and I'm glad to have had the opportunity to attend for the second year in a row. I can see this show growing year after year - it has a few challenges ahead - mostly to ensure the right mix of collectors and dealers attend the show, but having spoken at length to the show organizers it is clear to me they are dedicated to making this show even bigger and better for next year - with some exciting ideas for mineral collectors that have never been tried out at a mineral show before. I'm sworn to secrecy about these plans but hope to be able to tell more early next year.

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Jolyon, thanks for the mention and the great report. Only one correction: our topaz is 2.10 kg, not the monster you describe in the article.



Joseph Polityka
16th Apr 2014 12:20am
Thanks Joe, not sure where I got that idea from. Now corrected!

Jolyon & Katya Ralph
16th Apr 2014 7:21am
Great report. Good to see you if only briefly. Sigrid and I had a good time and saw most of the show over two days (visited NYC on Sat.) though we missed a number of the things you reported on. I was a little disappointed with the displays this year, which were not as extensive as I had been led to believe. Eric Stanchich's display of NJ minerals from his collection was outstanding and deserves mention. It was the equal of any of the NJ mineral exhibits in the show in 2013. The gold collection was also really fine, though I'm sure it can't compare to what Munich assembled last year. On a personal note, I managed to find some of the new Moroccan prehnite that came out last year, and a couple of the blue prehnite specimens with diopside and tanzanite from Merlani, Tanzania. We also purchased several specimens from a dealer who collected his own Tampa Bay coral and the clams with calcite crystals. Very good quality for reasonable prices. I found several bargains at dealers from the Northeast and around the country, but was not able to find much in the way of NJ material to evaluate for my collection. I'll try to get together a brief report on my perspective with some of my photos.

Stephen C. Blyskal
25th Apr 2014 2:28pm
Hi Stephen,

It is unclear what you mean by the displays being "not as extensive as I had been led to believe". You said that you missed a number of them (which were spatially dispersed to encourage folks to see all parts of the show) so you are forming an opinion based on incomplete information. Please let me know what you did not see and then I'll be happy to fill in the gaps before you write your report.

Note too that we never claimed that the gold exhibit would exceed that of Munich. This NY / NJ Show was our third, and is now the largest east of the Mississippi. But it is still 1/5 the size of Munich which has been around for more than 50 years.

Please consider giving us a little bit more credit for all the things that our team of 4 people did get right, and support us in our effort to create a significantly better show for each of the next 50 years.

Kind regards,

Lowell Carhart
29th Apr 2014 11:55pm
this is the first report of a mineral show that i have read; I am throughly impressed! shall be reading more of these subjected reports.

keep up the good work!
George :)

George deWit Chaney
19th May 2014 8:53pm

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