Springfield Mineral Show Report 2013

This is the only show we do on the East Coast and it has always been a fun and relaxing one – the only questionable aspect is the weather.  Some years we swelter with high temperatures and humidity; other years we have thunderstorms; some years we get lucky.  This year the weather was quite nice for the first few days but on opening day torrential rains came our way.

One upside:  it brings in people looking for someplace to spend the day and it is a TAX FREE!!!!! weekend.  Wish California would have a tax free weekend!

The layout of the show has remained the same since the move over to the Eastern States Exposition grounds – easy to manoeuver with straight aisles.  Something few shows have anymore is a large wholesale section – there are 60 dealers in this section – it is always busy and there are around 140 retail dealers. Parking is plentiful and suprisingly, for those of us who are used to convention center offerings, the food service is actually quite good.  Now…if only they would add my favorite lobster rolls…..

Kristalle storage facility in Springfield

Do you think we need a bigger storage area in Springfield????

Kristalle loading the van for the Springfield Mineral Show 2013

Story of our life:  load, unload, load, unload…..

Setting up at the Springfield show

The center is quite large and it would take you a full day to see it all – nice that we can drive the trucks and cars into our booth area to unload!!

Last year we took over the large booth space that Chris Wright occupied for years and we love the location.  The layout we did this year is totally different from the last one and I expect we will come up with yet another layout for 2014.

The Kristalle booth at the Springfield Mineral Show 2013

The booth coming together.

Kristalle setting up at the Springfield Mineral Show 2013

The Kristalle booth at the East Coast Gem, Mineral and Fossil Show 2013

The finished cases!

Minerals on display in the Kristalle booth at the Springfield Mineral show 2013

Mineral books for sale at Kristalle

Our books section

Over the next days we will be out and about the show and I’ll post photos of some of the good, the bad and ugly (and that includes both specimens and people!)

The main attraction this year is the collection of Carolyn Manchester and it is exquisite.  Carolyn has been prominent on the mineral scene for many, many years.  In years past many, many excellent displays have been presented but I must say that Carolyn has done a superior job – the display techniques, the labeling, the minerals – all top notch.

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Special display Springfield mineral show 2013

The area of the special display.

Here are some of the highlights of this special exhibit:

Beryl mineral specimens on display

A superb selection of Beryls from various locations.

Aquamarine Beryl with Fluorite from Pakistan

Aquamarine crystal cluster with pink Fluorite on a bed of Muscovite crystals from Pakistan.

Rhodochrosite minerals specimens on display

Who doesn’t love Rhodochrosite? An array of different habits.

Globular Rhodochrosite from Conselheiro Lafaiete, Minas Gerais, Brazil.

A close up of the eyecatching centrepiece – globules of Rhodochrosite from Conselheiro Lafaiete, Minas Gerais, Brazil.

Tourmaline mineral specimens on display at the Springfield 2013 mineral show

A fine display cabinet of Tourmalines

A delicate cluster of terminated Tourmalines from Minas Gerais, Brazil.

A delicate cluster of terminated Tourmalines from Minas Gerais, Brazil.

Tourmaline crystal group with Lepidolite and Cleavelandite, from Pederneira Mine, Minas Gerais, Brazil.

Tourmaline crystal group with Lepidolite and Cleavelandite, from Pederneira Mine, Brazil.

Rubellite Tourmaline from Minas Gerais, Brazil

“Rubellite” Tourmaline from Minas Gerais, Brazil

Thinly cut and polished Malachite slices from the Congo.

Thinly cut and polished Malachite slices from the Congo.

Malachite from the Congo, displaying classic stalactitic form

Another Malachite from the Congo, displaying classic stalactitic form

Cuprian Smithsonite from Tsumeb Mine, Tsumeb, Otjikoto Region, Namibia.

Cuprian Smithsonite from Tsumeb Mine, Namibia.

Benitoite and Neptunite from San Benito Co., California, USA

A selection of Benitoites and Neptunites from San Benito Co., California, USA

Twin crystals of different minerals on display at the Springfield show 2013

A display of some Twinned crystal groups.

A common mineral in a plethora of forms - Pyrite also known as "Fools Gold"

A common mineral in a plethora of forms – Pyrite also known as “Fools Gold”

Apatite in a variety of forms

Another fairly common mineral in a variety of forms – Apatite, from locations around the World

Mineral specimens from Mexico

A colourful array of specimens from Mexican localities

Native Elements in natural crystallised form

A display of Native Elements in their natural crystallised form

Native Silver from Kongsberg, Norway

A close up of that amazing centre specimen – Native Silver from Kongsberg, Norway

Spessartine encrusted Smoky Quartz crystals from Tongbei in China.

A spectacular group of Spessartine encrusted Smoky Quartz crystals forms the centrepiece in this display of Garnets from around the World. It is from the well known Tongbei deposits in China.

Quartz mineral specimens on display at the Springfield Show 2013

Quartz in various shapes and sizes

A couple of classic Rose Quartz specimens:

Rose Quartz on Quartz from Lavra da Ilha, Minas Gerais, Brazil

A “shawl” of tiny Rose coloured Quartz crystals wrapped around a single colourless/white terminated Quartz crystal – stunning!

Rose Quartz specimens, some in association with Eosphorite

More Rose Quartz specimens, some in association with Eosphorite

The rest of the photos are of the display and some of my favorite pieces:

Azurite crystal from Tsumeb, Namibia

What a Tsumeb Azurite miniature!

Mineral Mimicry

Calcite cave formation 'Bird's Nest' from Bisbee, Arizona, USA

One of the best ‘bird’s nest’ specimens I’ve seen from Bisbee. It is a Calcite cave formation.

"Mickey"..... where are you?

“Mickey”….. where are you?

Native Copper from Phoenix Mine, Keweenaw, Michigan

Spessartine, Albite and Schorl from Little Three Mine, San Diego Co., California, USA

This one had California collectors in awe.

Native Gold specimen from Eagle's Nest Mine, California, USA

I always like ‘revisiting’ with golds that passed through our hands at one time.

Dona Leicht and Larry Conklin renewing their friendship of over 40 years. 

Dona and Larry Conklin renewing their friendship of over 40 years.

Wayne checking Larry's mineral cabinets for a 'sleeper'

Wayne checking Larry’s mineral cabinets for a ‘sleeper’

Richard and Safra Jackson just celebrating their first wedding anniversary!  Is that James Zigras I see behind them?

Richard and Safaa Jackson just celebrating their first wedding anniversary! Is that James Zigras I see behind them?

Herb and Moni Obodda chatting with Dr. Raquel Alonso-Perez of Harvard Mineral Museum.

Herb and Moni Obodda chatting with Dr. Raquel Alonso-Perez of Harvard Mineral Museum.

Terry Huizing manning the booth for Rocks and Minerals Magazine

Terry Huizing manning the booth for Rocks and Minerals – sweet guy we have known for about 35 years.

A fantastic show with fantastic displays – we really enjoyed this year’s East Coast Gem, Mineral and Fossil Show – the Springfield Show! and we urge anyone living on the East Coast to visit it. See you next year!

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