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Mineral ShowsMindat "Virtual Mineral Show"

19th Mar 2020 02:26 GMTEd Clopton Expert

Since most or all mineral shows are called off for the foreseeable future, a lot of us aren't going to get our periodic "fix" of minerals for some time to come.  The specimens get neglected, too; mine spend 52 weeks a year entombed in their storage drawers except for when I look in on them from time to time.  Just a lucky few see the light of day for about a week as I prepare and mount displays for our club's annual show.  This year they won't get even that chance.

Or will they?  I suggest that we hold a Virtual Mineral Show here on Mindat.  Go ahead and set up a display at home that you would have prepared for your local show, Federation convention, etc. and post a photo or two (or maybe three, but not more, to keep it manageable) here for all to see from the social-distance safety of the Internet.

I look forward to the displays at every show I attend.  We can't exactly run a silent auction or draw for door prizes, and of course no buying and selling of specimens, but at least we can recreate the display part of a mineral show online.  My contribution will be posted here in a day or two, and I'm very curious to see what others come up with.

19th Mar 2020 21:41 GMTHarold (Hal) Prior Expert

A quick, simple display. This represents a portion of my award winning TN Gold locality collection, featured at Tucson, Denver, St. Louis, Houston, Austin, Cedar Rapids, Two National, and numerous other local mineral shows. Some shows combined into multiple cases with Glenn William. Original collection consisted of 155 items. Now reduced and featuring 42 select pieces. Not sure is Ed was still in CR when showed there. ……H. Prior

19th Mar 2020 21:47 GMTHarold (Hal) Prior Expert

Part two

19th Mar 2020 21:51 GMTHarold (Hal) Prior Expert

My favorite from this group "The Squirrel"

20th Mar 2020 16:11 GMTEd Clopton Expert

Hal,  I remember seeing your gold display, and it must have been in Cedar Rapids because I've never been to most of the other shows you named.  It was impressive!

20th Mar 2020 00:20 GMTKevin Conroy Manager

Hal, the Farncomb Hill specimen looks out of place.  I would be willing to get it out of your way and store it in my collection!

20th Mar 2020 01:53 GMTHarold (Hal) Prior Expert

     It would be embarrassing for a man of your stature to have a mineral that small in his collection.  It would be lost among the Boat anchors that we carried to the second floor of the EI! I believe Glenn's collection had a better Farncomb - I think I got his reject.  In general my AU collection was far ahead of his - however, he had several that I really coveted.  Hope all is well in St. Louis.  We are in self imposed isolation here with everything closed - using the time work on mineral collections.  Nearest current confirmed virus  is about 40 miles from us.  ......Hal P  

20th Mar 2020 03:19 GMTKevin Conroy Manager

I don't remember how many 50 pound-plus galena specimens we carried up the stairs, but it was WAY too many!  Stay well.

20th Mar 2020 17:43 GMTRichard Gunter Expert

A typo on one of the gold labels.

The MaCintyre Mine should be the McIntyre Mine. It is one of the major producing gold mines at Kirkland Lake, Ontario.

20th Mar 2020 20:17 GMTHarold (Hal) Prior Expert

Thanks Richard - It has been shown dozens of times at numerous show and you are the first one to comment.  Your input is appreciated - I will change!  ......Hal P

20th Mar 2020 21:12 GMTSteve Sorrell Expert

Nice display Hal. Good to see a few Victorian specimens.

Not being picky, but Mt Kari should read Mt Kare.


21st Mar 2020 00:29 GMTLawrie Berthelsen (2)

Also, the correct country name is Papua New Guinea, or PNG for short.

20th Mar 2020 18:55 GMTEd Clopton Expert

Here's a display I might have shown in our annual club show next month (postponed to October 24-25, by the way) in Portland, Maine:  Thumbnails in Pairs.  My goal is always for the specimens to have some relationship with one another besides merely being in the same display case together.  You can also tell that I like shapes and that I am intrigued by the diversity that can occur within one mineral species.

20th Mar 2020 20:28 GMTDavid Carter

Nice to see that the often overlooked Lead is sharing a platform and taking pride of place with the Gold!

21st Mar 2020 00:51 GMTKeith Compton Manager

I like your concept of "pairing" minerals. A bit different from the usual before and after for pseudomorphs.
Nice job.

20th Mar 2020 20:36 GMTRichard Gunter Expert


Have a look at the Mindat.org page for the McIntyre Mine. There are six photos of gold from there.

20th Mar 2020 23:18 GMTHarold (Hal) Prior Expert

Checked the page out - Now I have question.  My labels are as given when I acquired the item.  I have another gold with label Pamour Porcupine mine, Timmins.  Is this the same locale as the McIntyre?
Since we have abundant free time due to virus self isolation I need to add my collection pieces to the database, which will help me  with the accurate locale info.  Thanks for the info - I always appreciate learning new mineral info.  Unfortunately at 83 I forget if I don't document quickly.  ......Hal P 

24th Mar 2020 01:50 GMTKevin Conroy Manager


A case of cabinet sized calcite specimens.   For scale, the inside of the case is 46.5 inches (118 cm) across, and the V-twin in the back row is about 10.5 inches (26.7 cm) across.

Back row (left to right):
Tsumeb Mine, Tsumeb, Namibia
Leiping Mine, Leiping, China
Mid Continent Mine, Treece, Kansas, USA (self collected)
San Vicente Mine, Guanajuato, Mexico

Front row (left to right):
Second Sovietskii Mine, Dalnegorsk, Russia
Jinding Zn-Pb-Ag Deposit, Nujiang, China (with hydrozincite)
Naica Mine, Naica, Mexico (with galena and fluorite)
Santa Eulalia District, Chihuahua, Mexico
Taolin Mine, Linxiang County, China

24th Mar 2020 03:32 GMTHarold (Hal) Prior Expert

     I like the Mid-Continent Calcite.  Looks like it may be 9" across.  ......Hal P

24th Mar 2020 04:52 GMTDon Windeler


Very nice!

I have to admit I've been toying with the idea of a "Big A-- Calcites" theme to use in a show when I don't have a lot of prep or setup time.  Guess I'll have to push that one back in the rotation by a couple of years.  ;)


24th Mar 2020 13:13 GMTKevin Conroy Manager

Hal, the Mid-Continent Mine calcite is just under 11 inches across.

Don, you're right, a case full of big specimens is easy to set up.  Not many pieces to align or make lables for.   I wouldn't recommend doing a galena case though.   The boxes get really heavy in a big hurry (personal experience)!

24th Mar 2020 04:12 GMTDon Windeler


Alright, I'll admit I like to go off the rails sometimes with club show cases, especially when I can convince other members to contribute fun pieces.  

The case pictured above was the Crystal Gazers case I organized for the 2018 San Francisco Gem & Mineral Society show.  The theme that year was "Black and White", which inspired the illustrated bit of silliness.  

Bonus points if you can tie in the case title without Googling.


24th Mar 2020 04:30 GMTPaul Brandes Manager

Murray Head's One Night in Bangkok from the musical Chess.
And no I didn't look it up; it's one of my favourite 80s songs... ;-)

Beautiful case, Don!

24th Mar 2020 04:44 GMTDon Windeler

Ding ding!

Lots of people got the play on the song title, but didn't realize or recall the connection to the more obscure musical that spawned it.  I probably never would have remembered more than that song either (a favorite of mine also!), except for a lovely Russian geology grad student I dated for a summer who was a huge fan of the full soundtrack.

Glad you like the case -- just sorry the photo isn't sharper.


24th Mar 2020 12:49 GMTBob Harman

My 2019 Cincinnati show case. "Colors Around The World".   Large cabinet size examples; the 4 from Indiana were self-collected.  They are the top row right, middle row both ends, and front row middle. The other examples come from Idaho, Missouri, Utah and Argentina, Brazil, Mexico, Madagascar, and Morocco.     CHEERS......BOB

24th Mar 2020 13:00 GMTBob Harman

For those Calcite collectors, Indiana is rich in localities with a wide variety of examples. My 2017 Cincinnati display case showed some of my self collected examples.
Highlights include a Meshberger Quarry example, top row near the left, Berry Materials Quarry, middle row near the right and a number from the Harrodsburg road cuts in Monroe County.    
If sold as one offer has been made to me, the very large top row left example, from private land in Washington County would be in the top 3 calcite containing Indiana geodes ever sold (to my knowledge).    It was self-collected in 2014.     CHEERS.....BOB  

24th Mar 2020 13:16 GMTKevin Conroy Manager

Bob, nice zeolite from Idaho!

24th Mar 2020 13:38 GMTBob Harman

THANKS KEVIN!       Yeah, pink Heulandite on Mordenite from the Rat's Nest Claim in Idaho. From John Cornish at the 2017 Denver Show. Interestingly, there is a (not visible) 3 cm Calcite in the cavity. Unusual for those specimens.     From what he said at this year's Tucson Show, I am lead to believe they are no longer working that claim......might be of interest to confirm or refute my understanding of that assertion.        

If a few more displays are posted, I might add a couple more of mine down the road. CHEERS.....BOB

24th Mar 2020 14:24 GMTRichard Gunter Expert

Hi Hal:

No the McIntyre Mine and the Pamour Porcupine Mine are separate entities. There are a number of closely spaced gold mine in the Timmins and in the Kirkland Lake areas. These mines have gone through several changes of ownership as well so the naming of each mine can be complex. There is a Mindat Message thread on the name for the Pamour Porcupine mine.

24th Mar 2020 15:23 GMTHarold (Hal) Prior Expert

Thanks for the info!  ......Hal P

24th Mar 2020 16:31 GMTDonald Lapham

These were all collected in 2019. Would have been my case for the Buffalo Geological Society's 52nd annual Show this past weekend.

24th Mar 2020 16:48 GMTKevin Conroy Manager

Nice!  I've always liked the Walworth fluorites, don't see many here in the Midwest, US.

24th Mar 2020 22:30 GMTHarold (Hal) Prior Expert

I agree with Kevin - love the Walworth fluorite!  I acquired three in the early 80's (?) at Colorado Springs show from Matt Zane.  I believe he was a police officer in Walworth.  I was on vacation with my family and did not have much trade material with me.  He offered to let me take a full flat and send him something when I got home, as he said he could get more.  I was foolish didn't want to deplete his show trade stock,  and did not take the offer - however received three great ones!   

24th Mar 2020 18:57 GMTDana Morong

Very nice!  Also just like a mineral show - can't always quite read the labels!  But very nice all the same.  I particularly like the case with the cut geodes - personal preference.  

24th Mar 2020 23:09 GMTTama Higuchi

What an awesome idea!  And here I thought I would slowly bore myself to death during quarantine.  I'll set up a nice Erongo suite and miniature collection to post here this week :-) 

25th Mar 2020 14:01 GMTBob Harman

For locality collectors, the Indiana rte 56 road cuts about 7 miles East of the town of Salem in Washington County affords a great opportunity to find some large colorful specimens. And this locality is open to the public! Collecting is quite easy from about mid November thru April.   Wear a hard hat, no children, park off the road and no one will bother you.

 The host rock is very porous Dolostone. It absorbs large amounts of water and scales off in sheets with every freeze/thaw episode. Rock falls are very common. Looking thru the talus or carving out fresh examples can be quite rewarding. These examples are rather unique in the Midwest, either as geodes or simple medium to large size specimens.    Most specimens are Calcites on Dolomite, but Baryte, Sphalerite and Quartz examples are also found.    For those collectors who, for some reason, don't care much for geodes, many larger examples can have nice areas culled out making for more traditional mineral specimens  

My case at the May 2015 Cincinnati show.         CHEERS......BOB

26th Mar 2020 12:57 GMTBob Harman

Quartz is a commonly collected mineral. While Indiana is not known for its large and showy crystals, there are some colorful interesting examples. Individually these might not be so great, but together, in a display case, they make for a nice grouping. Shown here is my Cincinnati show display case from several years ago.    

At these regional shows, I have found that the overwhelming number of show-goers are the non-geologist curious public. They linger at the display cases showing larger local and self-collected examples. The general public "connects" with these locally found examples. CHEERS....BOB 

26th Mar 2020 22:04 GMTEd Clopton Expert

Here's a display I organized for the 2017 EFMLS show in Bristol, Connecticut.  Members of the Maine Mineralogical & Geological Society lent some really amazing specimens of minerals other than tourmaline--who knew?!--from Maine for this display.
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