North Jersey Gem and Mineral Show is this April!

North Jersey Gem and Mineral Show is this April!
This is an excellent group of skilled, knowledgeable and fun rockhounds and gem, mineral and fossil enthusiasts.
Be sure to “tell ’em American Geode sen’cha!” The good folks at the entrance will get a kick out of hearing that you are also friends with American Geode.

Here is your discount admission coupon to print out and bring to the show, or show from your phone at the door!

27th Annual North Jersey Gem, Mineral & Fossil Show
Sponsored by the North Jersey Mineralogical Society
April 2 & 3, 2016
Midland Park High School
250 Prospect Street
Midland Park, NJ
Sat. 10am-6pm, Sun. 10am-4pm
Ample FREE Parking
All Indoors
Free Mineral Specimen for all kids!
Door prizes and Grand Prize drawing.
Visit our website for more info:
North Jersey Mineralogical Society

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43rd Annual Atlantic Micromounters’ Conference

Atlantic Micromounters Conference registration 2016

43rd Atlantic Micromounters’ Conference Conference location: SpringHill Suites by Marriott, 6065 Richmond Hwy, Alexandria, VA
Presented by The Micromineralogists of the National Capital Area, Inc.

Friday April 22, 6-9pm & Saturday April 23, 8:30am – 9pm

We invite you to attend our geology conference.

Featured speaker: Tony Nikischer, Excalibur Minerals of Charlottesville, VA

Speaker Biography: Tony’s interest in minerals was stimulated by an early visit to Franklin, NJ in the 1960s. Today, he is founder and president of Excalibur Mineral Corp., arguably the largest provider of systematic minerals in the United States. The company has specialized in rare minerals for researchers, museums and private collectors worldwide since 1974. He operates an in-house analytical laboratory and is also the publisher of the monthly periodical, Mineral News.

He is the founder and chairman of The Hudson Institute of Mineralogy, a not-for-profit foundation devoted to study, preservation and public education pertaining to the mineral kingdom. The Institute is now the parent organization of, the most prolific and widely viewed mineralogical website in the world. Tony has served as a director of the Friends of Mineralogy and is a Life Member of the Mineralogical Society of American, and is also a member of both the Mineralogical Association of Canada and the Mineralogical Society of Great Britain.

In 2001, the new mineral “nikischerite” was named in his honor. Tony has contributed over 200 articles to publications such as Mineralogical Record, Rocks & Minerals, Mineral News and Applied Spectroscopy, and he has co-authored descriptions of a number of new mineral species. He was awarded the Salotti Earth Science Education award in 2013.

Tony’s topics include: #1. “How New Minerals Are Discovered and Named” (example nikischerite) #2. “Minerals of the Kola Peninsula” #3. “Rocks from Space”.

Preregistration fee $30 before April 15. ($35 at door). Includes 3 Lectures: Friday evening coffee/tea social with light appetizers. Saturday continental breakfast, and lunch are included – deli sandwiches, side dishes, beverages, and dessert. Mineral dealers, silent auction, mineral giveaways, geology friendship.

Make checks payable to: Atlantic Micromounters’ Conference

Mail payment form to: Kathy Hrechka 7201 Ludwood Court, Alexandria, VA 22306

If you need a room: SpringHill Suites Hotel reservation deadline is March 18 for conference rate of $119 USD – Studio 2 Queen & Sofa bed. Book your group rate for Atlantic Micromounters

Club website
Learn more about the Micromineralogists of the National Capital Area, Inc from our website!
We cannot wait to see you on April 22-23, Kathy Hrechka, Conference chairperson

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Gilsum Rock Swap and Mineral Show to be Held June 25-26, 2016

Gilsum Rock Swap and Mineral Show to be Held June 25-26, 2016

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Gilsum Rock Swap and Mineral Show press release for download

Gilsum Rock Swap and Mineral Show to be Held June 25-26, 2016
Gilsum, NH — The town of Gilsum, located in the scenic Monadnock Region in
southwestern NH, will once again host thousands of people from all over the
U.S. who will attend the Gilsum Rock Swap and Mineral Show. Here more than
65 dealers, swappers, distributors, wholesalers and collectors can buy, sell, or
swap beryl, quartz crystals, semi-precious stones, and rocks and minerals of
all sorts. Displays range from newly found specimens in the rough to fossils,
prized collector’s pieces and hand-crafted jewelry.
The event takes place at the Gilsum Elementary School grounds, Route 10 in
Gilsum, just north of Keene, NH, and is about 2 hours from Boston. Show
hours are 8:00 AM to 6:00 PM Saturday and 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM Sunday.
This year’s event includes a two special presentations. Saturday, June 27th at
1:00 PM, geologist and collector Nancy Swing will discuss “Rockhounding in
New England.” Swing is a former professor of Geology and Oceanography at
the Community College of Rhode Island, has been the featured speaker at the
East Coast Gem and Mineral show for the last 14 years, and is a regular at
the Gilsum Rock Swap & Mineral Show. Prized specimens will be on display.
The presentation will be held at the Elementary School gymnasium adjacent
to the field.
In addition, noted collector Steve Garza will also offer a prospecting for
beginners demonstration, including the proper way to break a rock to uncover
the minerals or precious stones within. That takes place at 2:00 PM at space
#40 on the field.
Gilsum’s many mines operated until the 1940s and yielded feldspar, mica
and beryl. Most are now abandoned, although one, the Beauregard mine, is
available to mineral clubs through prior arrangement. Today collectors prize
other minerals such as beryl. Maps showing locations of local mines are
available during the show.
Since the show’s inception, the town of Gilsum has opened its doors for the
event. Activities include a presentation on prospecting Saturday, daily
pancake brunch, bake sale, book sale, a traditional Saturday night New
England ham and bean supper with homemade pies and a chicken barbeque
dinner Sunday afternoon.
Admission is free, although donations are graciously accepted. All proceeds
go to youth recreation and community programs.
For more information please contact Robert Mitchell at the Gilsum Recreation
Committee, P.O. Box 76, Gilsum, NH, 03448; call 603.357-9636; or send email

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Discount ticket for spring New York gem, mineral and fossil show

Show this ticket for discount admission to the New York gem, mineral and fossil show
Show this ticket at the door for discount admission to the 2016 spring New York gem, mineral and fossil show. American Geode will be at the New York show and we hope to see you there. If you need more information about the gem, mineral and fossil show, and what to expect, please contact American Geode through our website American Geode.
Our friends at the New York Mineralogical Club and Excalibur Mineral Corp. are hosting the November gem and mineral show here in New York City.

This is a gem and mineral show we attend every year. As you enter the show, your first exchange will be with the New York Mineralogical Club, our beloved home base, and you will have a chance to join the club, or just learn about the club. Join the club however for some great prizes and gifts.

Now the show itself is full of the top dealers in and around New York City. You will have the chance to acquire very fine high-end pieces, very large display mineral and geode specimens, museum grade fossils, interesting one-of-a-kind artwork, as well as fine gemstone jewelry.

Make the trip the beginning or part of your day in New York City. You are not far from the American Museum of Natural History, and very close to the American Folk Art Museum, which is free admission.

We hope to see you there. Contact us via our “Contact Us” button if you would like to meet at the show, or at the hotel bar or after the show!

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The Joy of Rockhounding

The Joy of Rockhounding
By Charles Snider
I read an article in the New York Times, and have seen this story played out in commercials for modern day sitcoms. We are becoming so dependent on our phones, or our laptops and the social media sites that they contain, that we can not watch a television program with another person in the room without engaging an electronic device. The experience of watching TV or a movie, or reading, or being with someone else is not enough these days. The story I read talked about the generation upon us now, being born and taught to utilize a tiny screen at all times, even while a person, a teacher is standing before them speaking. According to the article, we crave as many distractions as possible, and they are not human, nor are the natural.
This premise led me to reminisce about last year’s rockhounding trips. Leaving my phone in the car felt awkward, but someone knew where I was going, approximately, if I were to fall into a hole or something were to happen to me. It’s not like I needed my phone on me to dial 911 or call someone because I was in trouble. There were 2 fellow rockhounds with me. I just felt a little awkward at giving up that “distraction,” but when I did, and started marching into the woods, listening to my steps, and to nature, it felt like another world,,,and it always does when I go rockhounding.
Rockhounding, or amateur geology as it’s sometimes called, for me is a great retreat from all the distractions of modern life. The tools I carry, the provisions I bring, the clothing I wear, while modern, are not very different in design or purpose than what one would carry to go rockhounding 50 years ago. Back then, we did not these personal distractions on us, so rockhounding these days, turning off your phone, having your phone disable because there’s no signal, however you can get off the grid these days, rockhounding is one way to do it.
I believe we are losing the art of conversation, certainly of negotiation, and possibly sense of humor with our reliance on electronic devices. Rockhounding on the other hand requires all three of those parts of life. Conversation is a natural part of rockhounding with your crew, negotiation is required at the end of the day to figure out how to divide up the loot, and laughter and humor and fun is a common theme throughout a rockhounding trip. No devices required.
The last time I went with the Eastern Federation/NY/Long Island club group to the Herkimer Diamonds claim for instance, there were 3 of us lugging a jackhammer in a dolly, as well as towing all the other supplies like a trio of pack-mules. We met some lively characters along the way in their respective claims. There was one gentleman who goes by the name “Diamond Jim.” As we each anticipated, he told stories about how he found the largest Herkimer Diamonds ever and always finds the largest pockets. Then there was s dude named Montana at another claim. We learned later that he was living out of his van, and peddling Herkimer Diamonds to fund his gas, lodging (the van), meals, and I am not sure what the bathroom, laundry, or shower situation was, but we ended up hanging out with him for 30 minutes and helped him mine Herkimer Diamonds for gas money. Going back to the theme of this article, did I exchange numbers or anything from my phone with either gentleman? No I did not. We met along the rockhound journey, shared some banter and laughs, heard some laughable quips and tall-tales, and we engaged with each other without distraction.
So by design, rockhounding is one of the most social activities in which one can participate, and no phone or distraction can make it any better. Popular TV shows these days encourage you to watch for different content on your laptop while you are also watching the show, and Tweeting and other Social Media is encouraged and rewarded. Your multi-tasking is purely solo, and does not involve or include your friends, loved ones or good mates even if they are in the same room. Compare and contrast that to a rockhounding trip with your club, loved ones and family, good buddies and friends, and consider that any distraction on your phone would not enhance your experience, but take away from it. You need all your senses ready to lay your eyes on a giant Herkimer Diamond pocket. You don’t want to be distracted when a large garnet pops out of Connecticut schist. Walking the dried creek beds in Indiana seeking a rare geode covered with growth, or concealed underground, is not enhanced if your eyes were reading the screen on your phone, like we see commonly on the streets of Manhattan for instance.

To conclude, for me the Joy of Rockhounding is that it forces me to put down my phone, to expect no emails from the office, to be away from Social Media “friends” and among “real friends.” These days multi-tasking for work and entertainment is commonplace, and keeps us from cooperating and working together. Rockhounding demands cooperating and working together, and demands that we are more human and involved and engaged with each other.

Charles Snider is a member of the New York Mineralogical Club, Nassau Mineral Club, Island Rockhounds, and Co-Founder of . He can be reached at