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Springfield, Massachusetts August 2009 Show Report

Last Updated: 7th Sep 2009

By Robert Simonoff

This is my Springfield Mineral Show show report! The show was huge and crowded.
Here is a view from above of the whole show that shows how huge it was:
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View from above


Kristalle has a very nice wire silver from Kongsberg Silver Mining District, Kongsberg, Buskerud, Norway.
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Silver


Wright’s Rock Shop’s bright pink Spherocobaltite from the Agoudal Mine, Morocco.
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Spherocobaltite


An Arseniosiderite from Morocco, also at Wright’s Rock shop
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Arseniosiderite



These skeletal galena crystals from Bulgaria were everywhere at the show, all of the galena cube is etched away except the edges. This particular piece was being sold at Edwards Minerals.
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Galena ... but wow!



A hydroxylherderite on albite from Pakistan
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Hydroxylherderite


A faden clinozoisite from Hashupi, Pakistan at Mountain Minerals was interesting because it is the first faden piece I’ve ever seen that wasn’t adularia or quartz.
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Faden Clinozoisite



An aquamarine from Apaligun, Pakistan (also at Mountain Minerals) interested me not only because of the parallel growth of many small crystals, but also because of the shade of blue much darker than any I had previously seen in aquamarine.
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Aquamarine



A whole shelf of diopside from Koksha valley in Afghanistan at Mountain Minerals.
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Diopside



A new find of bright blue sodalite crystals from Larjuar Madan, Afghanistan at Mountain Minerals International.
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Sodalite



I.C. Minerals’s Austinite from Mina Ojuela, Mexico
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Austinite


Beautiful red beryls from Utah at Vance Gems.
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Red Beryl
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More Bixbite
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Red Beryl
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More Bixbite
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Red Beryl
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More Bixbite


I love the color combination of amazonite and smoky quartz from Crystal Peak, like this one at Green Mountain Minerals.
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Amazonite and Smoky Quartz


Also at Green Mountain Minerals, a pink fluorite on muscovite from Pakistan.
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Fluorite


Me next to the biggest japan-law twinned quartz I’ve ever seen. This is also at Green Mountain Minerals.
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Me with the Japan Law Quartz


The mineraloid heklaite, a man-made byproduct of mining in Florida. This is at Minerals America.
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Man made "mineral"


Red Beryls, from Utah at Vance Gems.
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Red beryl


Calcite from the Aghbar Mine, Morocco at Dan and Diana Weinrich’s mineral booth.
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Calcite


Red-pink fluorite from Plaggenstock Mountain, Switzerland at Dan and Diana Weinrich’s booth.
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Fluorite


A beautiful pyromorphite from Bunker Hill (Idaho.)
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Pyromorphite


Dan and Diana Weinrich’s beautiful aquamarine from Pakistan with an interesting “corkscrew” inclusion.
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Love it!!!


Dan and Diana Weinrich’s huge crocoite crystal from the Red Lead Mine, Australia.
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big-big-big!! crocoite


A mimetite from the Congreso-Leon Mine in Mexico, also at Dan and Diana Weinrich’s booth.
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Mimetite


Dan and Diana Weinrich’s smithsonite pseudomorph from the Berg Aukus Mine, Namibia.
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Smithsonite


A new find of Andradite garnets in quartz, with clinozoisite, at John Betts Fine Minerals.
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Garnets
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Box 'o garnet
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Garnets
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Box 'o garnet
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Garnets
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Box 'o garnet


Ethiopian Opal at John Betts Fine Minerals.
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Opals


A neat bent tourmaline from Paprok, Nuristan Province, Afghanistan at John Betts Fine Minerals.
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Bent Tourmaline


Thank you for reading my show report! It is my first show report or Mindat article.
By Jessica




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Discuss this Article

6th Sep 2009 02:15 BSTJim Houran

Great report, Jessica! You have a great eye for minerals.

Keep it up,

Jim :)

6th Sep 2009 19:56 BSTAdam Kelly

Great pictures, and great report.
I could not make it to the Springfield show this year,
but now it almost feels like I was there.
AK

6th Sep 2009 22:20 BSTSteve Stuart Expert

Nice photography, Jessica! The pink fluorites were especially well done.

Steve

7th Sep 2009 00:13 BSTRobert Meyer Manager

Jessica,
Great report. Thanks. It really made me wish I had been at the show. I like the faden clinozoisite--quite interesting!
Bob Meyer

7th Sep 2009 03:55 BSTIda Chau Manager

Jessica,

Great report, thank you so much for this!

Ida
ida@mindat.org

7th Sep 2009 11:18 BSTDavid Von Bargen Manager

Nice report and photos. Thanks for posting.

7th Sep 2009 14:51 BSTDavid Bernstein Expert

Jessica,

Well done! And thanks for showing some Weinrich specimens. Although I walked around the show for several hours, I missed their booth.

David

7th Sep 2009 22:51 BSTMaggie Wilson Expert

FANTASTIC job, Jessica. I know that you spent hours and HOURS doing this report. Thank you!
Maggie

9th Sep 2009 18:45 BSTEdward Rosenzweig Expert

Jessica -

Great report and photography! It was nice meeting you at the show!

Ed

10th Sep 2009 14:52 BSTNauroz Nausherwani

Nice report and photography Jessica.

2nd Nov 2009 15:26 GMTVan King Manager

Great report! Do you have in-focus labels for the minerals or localities not reported on mindat?

Best Wishes, Van
 
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