2015 New York Gem and Mineral Show in Midtown Manhattan

Fall of 2015 hours are 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM on Saturday November 14th, 2015, and Sunday 11:00 AM to 5:00 PM November 15th, 2015. It’s going to be held as always at the centrally located Holiday Inn on 440 west 57th st. midtown Manhattan, New York

The New York Gem and Mineral show is (to my knowledge) the only mineral show in downtown New York City. Tony at Excalibur Minerals runs the show, (http://www.excaliburmineral.com/shows.htm) with the support of the New York Mineral society and goes to significant effort to keep costs down for the dealers, as well as for the attendees ($6 entrance fee is cheap for any show, let alone NYC). It’s in the ballroom of the Holiday Inn on 440 west 57th st. midtown Manhattan. Unlike the NY/NJ Mineral, Fossil, Gem and Jewelry show that is at the NJ Expo Center in New Jersey, and run by Eons Expos, It’s not widely advertised, and many people in the area don’t know about it. It’s a cozy, worthwhile show, with good honest dealers, and a wonderful crowd of friendly knowledgeable club members who volunteer at the show to help educate guests which all makes for a fun outing to see some hard-to-find minerals in a city that has everything (else).

I just returned from the Munich Mineral and gem show, and I’m preparing a new selection of choice specimens for the show. Something quite unique are several Azurite pseudomorphs after linarite from Morocco. I have a great selection of Brandberg amethysts from Namibia, exquisitely clear Quartz from Penas Blancas, Columbia, a new kilo of emerald green Moldavites from Nesmen, Czech Republic, Gemmy yellow Libyan desert glass in all sizes. On the lapidary front, we have hundreds of new pendants including the best sunstone I’ve ever seen, moonstone, fluorite, and many more. I also recently picked up a collection of fetish carvings, and some interesting larger display pieces. My favorite piece from the Munich display area: A spectacular 5″+ Imperial topaz in Matrix from Auro Preto, Brazil.

Delightful masterpiece

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2014 Fall New York Mineral show in Midtown Manhattan

Fall of 2014 hours are 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM on Saturday November 8th, 2014, and Sunday 11:00 AM to 5:00 PM November 9th, 2013. admission $6. It’s going to be held at the Holiday Inn on 440 west 57th st. midtown Manhattan

The New York Gem and Mineral show is (to my knowledge) the only mineral show in downtown New York City. Tony at Excalibur Minerals runs the show, (http://www.excaliburmineral.com/shows.htm) with the support of the New York Mineral society and goes to significant effort to keep costs down for the dealers, as well as for the attendees ($6 entrance fee is cheap for any show, let alone NYC). It’s in the ballroom of the Holiday Inn on 440 west 57th st. midtown Manhattan. It’s not widely advertised, and many people in the area don’t know about it. It is a worthwhile show, and makes for a fun outing to see some hard-to-find minerals in a city that has everything (else).

We have been very fortunate recently to have acquired a treasure trove of new minerals from around the world. Pete’s recent travels to Europe and Colorado for major shows has lead to a wide selection of new finds and classic pieces. Too numerous to list here, you’ve just got to come to the show to see what we’ve brought.

A range of new peridot crystals from the northern territories of Pakistan.

We look forward to seeing our New York customers this weekend!

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2013 New York City Gem, Mineral and Fossil Show in midtown Manhattan

The 2013 New York City Gem, Mineral and Fossil Show in Midtown.

The 2013 New York City Gem, Mineral and Fossil Show in Midtown.

Fall of 2013 hours are 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM on Saturday November 9th, 2013, and Sunday 11:00 AM to 5:00 PM Sunday November 10th, 2013. admission $6.

The New York Gem and Mineral show is (to my knowledge) the only mineral show in downtown New York City. Tony at Excalibur Minerals runs the show, (http://www.excaliburmineral.com/shows.htm) with the support of the New York Mineral society and goes to significant effort to keep costs down for the dealers, as well as for the attendees ($6 entrance fee is cheap for any show, let alone NYC). It’s in the ballroom of the Holiday Inn on 440 west 57th st. midtown Manhattan. It’s not widely advertised, and many people in the area don’t know about it. It is a worthwhile show, and makes for a fun outing to see some hard-to-find minerals in a city that has everything (else).

2013 New York City Gem, Mineral, Fossil Show in Midtown Manhattan

There are about 20 – 25 mineral and jewelry dealers, featuring several well known mineral dealers.  We exhibit our minerals on 8 tables, including three custom made mineral showcases. I’m really looking forward to this show, we are loaded with lots of showcase-level minerals, and I’ll have my wife Wendy there with me for the first time. I always enjoy New York, it’s a great city with lots of friendly, interesting people (okay I’m probably biased by the friendly club members, and enthusiastic patrons).

New Material we are bringing: Crystallized Gold specimens from a  recently purchased collection, Covelite, dozens of fantastic Tanzanite crystals, Phenakites, Mimetite, Creedite, Cobaltoan Calcite, Barite, Diopside, Emeralds, Optical-clear Columbian Quartz, Herkimer Diamonds, Recent Chelyabinsk Meteorites, Seymchan pallasite slices, Sikhotes, Moldavite, Libyan desert glass.

We’ve recently replenished our stock in : Labradorite, Carnelian, Celestite, Kyanite in Quartz, gem purple Lepidolite, crystallized Malachite, Dioptase, polished free form Ethiopian Opals.

SS Pendants: New Rhodochrosite, Peridot, Amethyst, Moonstone, more

Hundreds of unique different Minerals, too numerous… 

2013 New York City Gem, Mineral, Fossil Show in Midtown Manhattan

Tri-color tourmaline from the Cruzeiro Mine, M.G. Brazil

Come to the show!

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The Crystal Circle Fall Mineral, Crystal, Fossil, and Meteorite Sale in Cincinnati 2013

The Crystal Circle Fall Mineral, Crystal, Fossil, and Meteorite Sale at the Hannaford Inn and Suites in Kenwood, 12 miles north of Cincinnati, October 18, 19, 20th 2013

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The Crystal Circle’s Spring Mineral Sale 2013 in Cincinnati Ohio

The Crystal Circle's Spring Mineral Sale 2013 in Cincinnati Ohio

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2012 New York City Gem and Mineral Show

The New York Gem and Mineral show is (to my knowledge) the only mineral show in downtown New York City. Tony at Excalibur Minerals runs the show, with the support of the New York Mineral society and goes to significant effort to keep costs down for the dealers, as well as for the attendees ($6 entrance fee is cheap for any show, let alone NYC). It’s in the ballroom of the Holiday Inn on 440 west 57th st. midtown Manhattan. It’s not widely advertised, and many people in the area don’t know about it. It is a worthwhile show, and makes for a fun outing to see some hard-to-find minerals in a city that has everything (else).

There are about 20 – 25 mineral and jewelry dealers, featuring several well known mineral dealers.  We exhibit our minerals on 8 tables, including three custom made mineral showcases.  We’ll have several thousand thumbnail specimens, hundreds of species of worldwide minerals across a broad price range, a large selection of silver pendants, Worldwide Quartz, Atacamite, polished quartz, spheres and eggs on clearance, celestite geodes, moldavite, libyan desert glass, rhodochrosite, tourmaline and much more.

The Crystal Circle's large booth

a snapshot of our booth from the successful 2011 show

For the 2012 New York Gem and Mineral show, we will also have an extensive array of Quartz crystals and animal carvings (including Zuni Fetish carvings) from a large collection we acquired this summer. We also are offering new finds of fantastic Tanzanite crystals from Tanzania,  Scolecite sprays from a well pocket in India, as well as a new find of green apophyllite from India.

a fine example of this amazing contrast of color and form

This mineral show has become one of my favorites. I enjoy the cozy feel of the show, contrasted with the intense vertical skyscrapers of midtown Manhattan. I love the food in New York, and I enjoy getting to know New Yorkers and turning them on to our latest “finds.” We wish everyone the best in the city after dealing with Sandy! We trust the strong force of the men and women of New York to have power restored and most things up and running by the time of the show.

Our company is centered out of the midwest, and we often are told what reasonable prices we have on our minerals. Perhaps it’s a midwest thing, but for us it’s important to offer competitive, reasonable prices with the best quality we can possibly get our hands on.

Tanzanite with a gold crystal from Venezuela

The 2012 New York Gem and Mineral show happens at the Holiday Inn on 440 west 57th st. on Saturday, November 10th from 10 A.M. to 6 P.M. and Sunday the 11th from 11 A.M. to 5 P.M. Adults are $6 children under 12 are free. You may contact Tony Nikischer at (914) 739 – 1134 for more information. There is a spring show as well, which we don’t currently attend due to space limitations (but we want to do that one too!)

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Recent customer feedback

Here are two unsolicited comments from customers regarding two different purchases:

three zoned blue cap tourmaline from the Sapo Mine in Brazil

Beautiful Tri Color Blue Cap Tourmaline from the Sapo Mine, Brazil

April 15, 2012

Hi Pete,
The blue-cap has the “Pride of place”, under it’s own dome on my writing desk, under perfect lighting to capture all of it’s gorgeous gradated colors, terminating in the stellar blue-cap. How can anything be so beautiful? We are awestruck at this wonder of the planet we call home! The tourmaline has found it’s home where it will be treasured for a long, long time.
Thank you so much.
My best to you and I look forward to acquiring other specimens from you,
Merrill (in California)

April 22, 2012

Hi Peter

The cuprites/copper pieces have savely arrived here in Germany.

So everything is great!

The pieces itself are of great quality. Thanks for dealing! Have a great week!

Cheers

Juergen (in Germany)

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Spring 2012: Recent shows, Recent customer feedback

Our booth at the Main show in Tucson 2012
We have had a great year so far. We set up in Tucson in room 169 at Tucson City Center (formerly Inn Suites), for two weeks and did very well. We followed it with the “double header,” of the Main show at the convention center for four days. They had  improved attendance and we continued to sell massive amounts of material. During the show I met a friendly geologist who had mined in Chile in the late 1970′s. He had collected Atacamite there, and before I knew it I was out in the parking lot, checking out his collection. I bought it all on the spot, happy to score material that isn’t on the market and that is beautiful, sparkly green. For the first time I posted all the best specimens in one update, instead of spreading them out over months of updates. see update.
Pete cleans Atacamite, with a little helper

I continue to work on the updates, finding the web site is a wonderful medium to connect with collectors that we meet around the country at our mineral shows. I work hard to match the colors of the pics with the pieces, and to be forthright about any and all damage on each piece. Because I have a large inventory to choose from, I’m able to pick the very best examples that rarely have significant damage. I imagine I am receiving the item in the mail and looking at it for the first time and then I re-read the description. If I feel good about the accuracy, I move on to the next step. Here are some of the comments I have had recently regarding transactions online:

on 1/30/2012

Hey Pete,

Just got both Tourmalines in the mail. I must say, they are absolutely amazing! Both crystals, I can assure you will stay in my personal collection! Truly beautiful specimens…The Crystal Circle has absolutely grabbed my attention with the quality of the specimens that you guys are able to provide. I am quite sure, and very hopeful that we will do business again sometime soon! Thank you as always for your time. Much appreciated! Take care. -Eric from New York

3/30/2012

I received my order (Greek adamite). We are VERY happy with it. Thanks!” — Penny (from Los Angeles)

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New York City Gem and Mineral Show, November 12th and 13th

The New York Gem and Mineral show is (to my knowledge) the only mineral show in downtown New York City. Tony at Excalibur Minerals runs the show, with the support of the New York Mineral society and goes to significant effort to keep costs down for the dealers, as well as for the attendees ($6 entrance fee is cheap for NYC). It’s in the ballroom of the Holiday Inn on 440 west 57th st. midtown Manhattan. It’s not widely advertised, and many people in the area don’t know about it. It is a worthwhile show, and makes for a fun outing to see some hard-to-find crystals in a city that has everything (else).

It’s a cozy show, with probably 20 -25 mineral and jewelry dealers, featuring several well known mineral dealers: the most well known being John Betts. John is a very smart guy, who has a wealth of information. As a dealer I always enjoy his showcases of clean, colorful specimens that are very well lit and concisely labeled. (it’s much harder than it may seem to accomplish this!)

The Crystal Circle is there with everything from fine minerals in our showcases, to mixed world wide minerals in table flats,  a large selection of silver pendants, enhydro agates, a great array of thumbnails, spheres and eggs on clearance, celestite geodes, moldavite, libyan desert glass, unusual Quartz, tourmaline and much more.

This mineral show has become one of my favorites, due to being in a comfortable setting with my mineral dealer friends, offset by the vast upward expanse of midtown Manhattan. I love the food in New York, and getting to know New Yorkers and turning them on to these amazing “wonders of nature,”  is refreshing compared to just walking by them on impersonal streets.

The New York Gem and Mineral show happens at the Holiday Inn on 440 west 57th st. on Saturday, November 12th from 10 A.M. to 6 P.M. and Sunday the 13th from 11 A.M. to 5 P.M. Adults are $6 children under 12 are free. You may contact Tony Nikischer at (914) 739 – 1134 for more information. There is a spring show as well, which we don’t currently attend due to space limitations (but we want to do that one too!)

The Crystal Circle Show Schedule

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Amazing Examples from Scott Rudolph’s collection in Springfield, Mass.

A dynamic Rhodochrosite from the Kalahari

A few of my favorite pieces from Scott Rudolph’s Mineral Collection while on display at the Springfield Gem and Mineral show in 2011.

I shot these pics through the display glass, when I had some free time at the show (we’ve been selling there for over 12 years running.)

I had the opportunity to talk with Scott about collecting minerals. He was friendly and actually humble about the endeavor. He mentioned he sold his coin collection and began mineral collecting by buying several noteworthy collections. (Keith Proctor, Marshal Sussman, and others), about 5 years ago.

He said that by purchasing entire collections he was in effect compressing decades of time and experience, which I understand is a major reason why nearly all his pieces on display were Stunning.

I also really like the style of his custom – made bases. I had recognized the style from Marshall Sussman’s collection. Scott said he liked the simple, rounded look that doesn’t distract from the piece itself.

I have often thought about what I would do with millions of dollars, and how I might build an incredible collection. In my opinion, Scott is “leading the way,” in style and class.

I would much rather have this incredible gold than say artwork. IT SPINS!

The backside shows off its Crystal Circle!!

Pictured below..  along with his stunning display of Smithsonites. These were easily overlooked given the major players nearby. They grew on me as I passed by the displays. I realized slowly how their subtle color differences created something altogether new. I loved how such distinct colors are neatly set as five examples. The starkness of the case accentuates the broad measure of subtle characteristics, in a frankly artistic way.

An actual "Crystal Circle," of fine gold from California

Breathtaking array of Smithsonites

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