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!)