New England Gem and Mineral Show! Save the Date!

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New England Gem and Mineral Show! Save the Date, Spring 2019!

Gem and Mineral Show
Gem and Mineral Show

North Shore Rock & Mineral Club Show May 4th & 5th 2019
Portal Crystal Gallery

The North Shore Rock and Mineral Club will be hosting the 56th annual NEW ENGLAND GEM & MINERAL SHOW: Saturday May 4, 2019, and Sunday May 5 at the Topsfield Fairgrounds, Coolidge Hall, on Route 1 in Topsfield, MA. Retail and wholesale dealers, minerals, fossils, beads, gem stones, jewelry, lapidary, exhibits and mineral and fossil identification.
Club Purpose: The North Shore Rock & Mineral Club was formed in 1958 to stimulate interest in the collection of minerals and to disseminate knowledge of minerology, collecting and classification of materials and their application to the arts so that greater pleasure may be derived from these hobbies.

Membership: Annual dues are $10 for an individual and $15 for a family or couple. New members must attend a monthly meeting to join.

Monthly Meeting: Club meetings take place the third Friday, September through June at the First Church – Holland Hall, 1 Arbor Street, Wenham at 7:45PM.

Pebble Pups, Our “Children’s Group”: Dedicated to the introduction of rocks, minerals, and fossils. During our monthly meeting all children are invited to join Pebble Pups Leader, Tom Rich, for special projects, learning and fun.

Field Trip: Club members enjoy many field trips during the spring, summer, and fall months. Day and longer trips (usually occurring on traditional three-day weekends) provide members the ability to collect specimens and directly learn about geology.

Mineral Matter: The official newsletter of the North Shore Rock & Mineral Club is published and sent to the membership each month, September through June. To receive a single copy of the newsletter send an email to

Annual Show: The Club hosts it’s Annual New England Gem & Mineral Show the first weekend in May at the Topsfield Fairgrounds on Route 1 North, Topsfield, Massachusetts.


Affiliations: The club is affiliated with the Eastern Federation of Mineralogical and Lapidary Societies (EFMLS), The American Federation of Mineralogical Societies (AFMS), and The Association of Mass Mineral Clubs. The club abides by the AFMS Code of Ethics.

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Grand Junction Gem and Mineral Show

Mineral Show

Grand Junctio Gem and Mineral Show

Gem and Mineral Show presented by Grand Junction Gem and Mineral Club is September 22-23, 2018.

New Location!
Mesa County Fairgrounds
Grand Junction, CO

Entry $3, Seniors and Military $2
Kids (under 12) are FREE!

Mineral Show
Mineral Show
The Grand Junction Gem and Mineral Club, Inc, is a nonprofit, taxexempt, educational organization. Our purpose shall be exclusively educational and social: (a) to increase and disseminate knowledge of the earth sciences pertaining to minerals, gems, rocks, artifacts, and fossils and similar subjects; (b) to promote and perpetuate knowledge of the lapidary arts;: (c) to encourage field trips; (d) to encourage greater public interest and education in gems fossils and minerals, cooperating with established institutions in such matters.

The Grand Junction Gem and Mineral Club meets on the second and fourth Thursday of each month at 6:30 pm in
our club building. November and December meetings will be on the second Thursday only. Our Annual Show is Mother’s
Day Weekend and is held at Two Rivers Convention Center at 159 Main St, Grand Junction, CO 81501. Classes and
workshops are offered throughout the year. There are sign-up sheets at the clubhouse to get on a waiting list and scheduled
classes are posted in the newsletter.

The Grand Junction Gem & Mineral Club, Inc. is affiliated with the Rocky Mountain Federation of Mineralogical Societies.
The club is located at 2328 Monument Road Grand Junction, CO, mailing address: P. O. Box 953, Grand Junction, CO
81502 The Club is a nonprofit, 501(c3) tax-exempt, educational organization.

Mt. Hood Rock Club Rock & Gem Show April 27, 28, and 29, 2018

Gem Show

Gem Show
Gem Show
Mt. Hood Rock Club Rock & Gem Show
April 27, 28, and 29, 2018
Fri & Sat 10-5, Sun 10-4

At W.D. Jackson Armory
6255 NE Cornfoot Rd., Portland OR 97218
(take Alderwood Rd. from NE Columbia Blvd [south of PDX Airport])

FREE Admission, One free rock to each child.

Mt. Hood Rock Club, a nonprofit 501c3, is not affiliated with any school program or district.

24+ Dealers of Minerals, Rocks, Fossils, Jewelry, Beads, & More
– Kids are w/ games & more.
– Door, raffle, & game prizes.
– Silent Auction bargains.
– View many Exhibits.
– Demonstrations of lapidary, wire wrap and more.
– Oral Auction on Sunday (old and rare material).

Be sure to check out American Geode’s collection of gems, minerals, rough stones, stone artwork, and other mineral ones-of-a-kind for auction in our ebay marketplace:

Red Hill Fossil Discovery Part II

Later on Saturday, October of 2017, the American Geode team made it to the famous outcrop called Red Hill that is near Renovo, Pennsylvania and close to North Bend, Pennsylvania. Red Hill is the site of a very famous tetrapod discovery, one of the earliest tetrapods discovered in North America. The outcrop is very steep, and very dangerous. American Geode classifies Red Hill as an “advanced” or “expert” fossil site. Red Hill is managed by a volunteer group nearby who host and house a fossil and geology museum that American Geode was very lucky to view during a private tour later that day. You can see where boulders have fallen out of the cliff, shards of rock crumbled on the road nearby, and while we were there, occasionally a pea sized pebble to a golf ball sized rock would drop from the cliff.

The fossils that one can find are Devonian plants, and if you are very lucky, one can find an insect, and if lightning strikes twice, once could find a tetrapod again. The American Geode team found many examples of Devonian Plants, but the rock is crumbly. When we brought the Devonian Plant fossils in matrix back to American Geode headquarters to clean up, we sprayed them with water sealant to help seal and protect the matrix.

We did not find any insects, but one of the rockhound paleontologists there described finding a scorpion one time!

If you have some time in the area, rockhounding or not, the museum nearby is a very educational and interesting experience. The museum information is here:
*Call ahead to the museum! This is a volunteer staffed museum, so do not expect normal hours, and do not rely on information on their site. Call ahead!*

Here are photos of the Red Hill fossil trip and our Red Hill fossil discoveries! To see and purchase Red Hill fossils from the American Geode collection, go to our eBay store:
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Rockhound Visit to “The Echo” in Pennsylvania

***June 12, 2019 – American Geode received an email from a gentleman who lived in the area, and knew about this site, and informed us that what we were calling “The Little Grand Canyon” is actually called “The Echo.” We have corrected the title of the article with this new information.

So the American Geode team had planned for a rockhound trip for quartz crystals in McAdoo, Pennsylvania, and instead of finding the cache of quartz, we found something even better,,,,Pennsylvania’a “Little Grand Canyon.” So the American Geode team had heard stories and rumors of rockhounds finding large quartz crystals around McAdoo. We had to go see for ourselves!

The area around Mcadoo is largely abandoned coal mines, strip mines. There is a lot of abandoned history in the area as the coal industry dwindled. You see the row houses that make up the small towns that dot the areas around the abandoned and closed down strip mines, and when you are driving you notice the division between new homes and new business is very stark from the older homes and the old coal mining business.

The story we were told is that rockhounds were finding quartz around the areas exposed by the mining operations. We drove to the largest strip mine in the area, and it was clearly and heavily marked with “no trespassing” signs. Now we don’t do anything illegal, but sometimes what we do may be “unlegal,” but we do abide by “no trespassing” signs when we see them.

We drove around to some other areas not far from the strip mine, kept finding “no trespassing” signs, and we nearly gave up until, while driving down one road, Joe noticed a shack on the side of the road, a fella was sanding down the leg of a coffee table or a stool or something, but his porch was full of stones. Joe said “pull over!” and we did. I let Joe do the talking in these situations, he is kind of like Anthony Bourdain and has the gift of being to strike up a conversation with just about anyone he encounters. Well, after Joe spoke to this fella for 5 minutes, he comes back to the car with directions where the locals find the quartz crystals!

So we followed the directions that our new friend Drew had shared, and we were able to find the path he told us would lead to the locale to find the quartz.
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We followed the paths, that were not marked “no trespassing,” but they were not exactly marked “welcome” either. We stopped in our tracks when we saw what looked like THE GRAND CANYON! This gorge, unknown if man-made or natural, was giant, steep, sheer cliffs, beautiful, and a site to behold. Here are the photos:
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Now we are pretty reckless at American Geode, but without the right equipment we were not going to scale the Little Grand Canyon to find the source of the large quartz crystals. We did find the area however. Look closely in these photos at the blue rope, tied to the tree? We had been told that people scale down that thin rope, more like cord, to an overhang where one can dig into the side of the mini canyon. Look closely, the rope, cord really can be hard to spot.
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So we may return to this spot in the spring with proper equipment, but we did make a wonderful discovery during this trip. The Little Grand Canyon of Pennsylvania is a sight to behold.

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When we were walking about, look what we found on the ground!
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