Art Installation “Subtle Bodies” and Interview with Artist Zackry Wiegand

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Constantly monitoring Twitter for anything related to “geodes” paid off in a major way when I read about an art installation involving geodes and neon light. I emailed the artist, Zackry Wiegand, and learned the exhibit was closing that week, so my Thursday night had swift plans to visit the art studio Gallery 225 in Harlem.
Zackry met us at the door to the art gallery, which is a very handsome building for starters. A lot of old wood went into the refurbishment of the gallery, and the lighting is very strategic. There is plenty of lighting from targeted bulbs and fixtures. There were no big hanging or ceiling neon or fluorescent lights hanging from the very high ceiling, but we were entering an installation where neon light is a critical component.
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Review of NYC Gem, Mineral, and Fossil Show

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The New York Gem, Mineral, and Fossil Show was Nov 8-9 at the Holiday Inn, Midtown Manhattan. Hosted by Excalibur Mineral and the New York Mineralogical Club, we visited both days, and from our first-hand reports, anecdotal reports from the dealers, and the fact that the New York Mineralogical Club had 9 new members at the half-way point of day one, the show was a success.

Upon entering the first table is the New York Mineralogical Club and a friendly group on hand to help identify minerals and gems, promote the club’s membership and educational programs, and entice new members to join. As we have written about before, belonging to more than one gem and mineral club, diversifying your passion and hobby between more than one club, is in our opinion the most fulfilling way to pursue rockhounding, gemology, geology, and paleontology.
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Herkimer Diamond is the New York State Mineral

Herkimer Diamond, the unofficial state mineral of New York!

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Herkimer Diamond as the state mineral of New York? Did you know there was a New York state mineral? Did you know there had not been a state mineral? We knew none of the answers to these questions until an article by Robert Harding educated us on the legislation being pushed by New York State Senator James Seward to name the Herkimer Diamond the New York state mineral.
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Antiques Roadshow Tips and Tricks

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Antiques Roadshow comes to New York City, and the rockhounds from American Geode had to be there. ¬†We had volunteered weeks in advance from our PBS Channel 13’s homepage. We did not know what our jobs were going to be, or what the day would entail.

We did learn one Antiques Roadshow tip straight away. No stamps, no coins,,,,and no fossils! Alas no fossils, but as most rockhounds are also collecting aficianados, and we also deal in antiques, antiquities, and folk art, we were able to conjure up some items for appraisal. More on that later…

Now when you go to Antiques Roadshow, we strongly suggest you follow this advice:
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Best Herkimer Diamond Find

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Joe and I met our friend Eric in Fonda on the morning of May 17th. Weather was not in our corner that morning as the claim, which now is 6 feet underground, was also under water.

While we had power tools, a 9000 volt generator, and a lot of Red Bull driven energy, we did not have a power suction unit or drain machine, or anything to remove this water.
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