Franklin Annual Gem, Mineral, and Jewelry Show
2019-04-27 – 2019-04-28
12 Munsonhurst Road
The main gem, mineral, and jewelry show, held Saturday and Sunday, takes place in the spacious interior of the Littell Community Center, on Munsonhurst Road (Route 517) near its intersection with Route 23 in the southern part of Franklin.
Dozens of mineral, gem, fossil, and jewelry dealers come to Franklin for this event and open up shop. This show is sponsored and organized by the Franklin Mineral Museum and is the Museum’s largest annual event. A similar show that takes place in April, in the same venue, is jointly sponsored by the New Jersey Earth Science Association, the Franklin-Ogdensburg Mineralogical Society, and the Sterling Hill Mining Museum.
Swap-and-Sell outdoor show
This event, held Saturday and Sunday, also takes place at the Littell Community Center.
This event is held outdoors along the access road between the ball field and playground. Depending on weather, up to 100 (sometimes more) dealers and collectors set up tables on which to display their items for sale, including minerals (both local and worldwide), jewelry (lots!), gems, fossils, and more. One of the main attractions of this part of the show is that one never knows what will show up; items seen in recent years include a shillelagh and a bullwhip. This part of the show, as well as the show banquet listed below, are sponsored by the Franklin-Ogdensburg Mineralogical Society.
The Franklin Mineral Museum’s mission is to preserve and disseminate knowledge related to the mineral wealth, geology, and history of “the greatest mineral locality on Earth,” and to foster scientific inquiry into those subjects.
To that end the Museum acquires, preserves, and displays mineralogical and geological specimens, artifacts, and documents related to the history and mineralogy of the Franklin-Sterling Hill mining district. The Museum also acquires and displays archaeological and paleontological specimens and other items of interest.
The Franklin Mineral Museum, a nonprofit educational institution, is located at 32 Evans Street, Franklin, Sussex County, New Jersey. The Museum was created solely for educational and scientific purposes, was incorporated June 2, 1964, and first opened its doors to visitors on October 9, 1965.