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Special Fluorescent Mineral Display at the Tucson Gem & Mineral Society Show, Feb. 2008

Here are three photos of the special TGMS display case that was next to the Franklin and Sterling Hill -American Mineral Treasures display case. The fluorescent case was modified just for displaying fluorescent mineral in high ambient room light in the Tucson Convention Center. This case has four special SW TripleBright II UV lights and a cantilevered black cloth covering for the top and sides. Most of the specimens are from the personal collections of Richard C. Bostwick and Earl R. Verbeek, with some from the Sterling Hill Mining Museum. This was undoubtedly the finest single display case of fluorescent minerals since Tucson '96 when there were 76 cases of fluorescent minerals at the TGMS Show.

Fluorescent Minerals of Franklin and Sterling Hill, New Jersey
The two zinc deposits at Franklin and Sterling Hill, New Jersey, have produced some of the finest examples of mineral fluorescence in the world. What makes these localities so great? Consider the following:

  • Large number of fluorescent mineral species: 89 at last count.
  • Bright, bold, and varied colors of fluorescence, with at least 20 species fluorescing brightly enough for display.
  • Presence in many specimens of two or more fluorescent minerals.
  • Large grain size and textural complexity of many mineral assemblages.
  • Fluorescent species rare or unknown elsewhere (hardystonite, esperite, turneaureite, clinohedrite, numerous others).

Not listed in any specific order, for reference only

BARITE in CALCITE
Franklin mine, Franklin, NJ
WILLEMITE, CALCITE, FRANKLINITE (layered ore)
Buckwheat dump, Franklin, NJ
WOLLASTONITE ("Third Find")
Bladed crystals in CALCITE
Franklin mine, Franklin, NJ
MANGANAXINITE, MARGAROSANITE with minor WILLEMITE
Franklin mine, Franklin, NJ
WOLLASTONITE (coarse-grained mass)
600 level, Sterling Hill mine, Ogdensburg, NJ
WILLEMITE (anhedral masses in CALCITE)
1680 Stope below 1400 level,
Sterling Hill mine, Ogdensburg, NJ
WOLLASTONITE ("Third Find")
Large bladed crystal in CALCITE
Franklin mine, Franklin, NJ
WOLLASTONITE (solid granular mass)
700 level, Sterling Hill mine, Ogdensburg, NJ
WILLEMITE ("Dead Zone" vein in ore)
430 level, Sterling Hill mine, Ogdensburg, NJ
HARDYSTONITE, WILLEMITE,CALCITE, CLINOHEDRITE
Franklin mine, Franklin, NJ
CLINOHEDRITE with minor WILLEMITE and CALCITE
Franklin mine, Franklin, NJ
WILLEMITE (secondary crystal rosettes on fracture surface)
Franklin mine, Franklin, NJ
WOLLASTONITE ("First Find")
Granular mass with minor WILLEMITE
Franklin mine, Franklin, NJ
TURNEAUREITE in CALCITE
Franklin mine, Franklin, NJ
TURNEAUREITE in CALCITE
Franklin mine, Franklin, NJ
ESPERITE and CALCITE with minor WILLEMITE and HARDYSTONITE
Franklin mine, Franklin, NJ
WOLLASTONITE and MARGAROSANITE and minor WILLEMITE and CALCITE
Franklin mine, Franklin, NJ
WOLLASTONITE ("Second Find")
Franklin mine, Franklin, NJ
WILLEMITE (secondary, radiating, partly altered to SERPENTINE)
Franklin mine, Franklin, NJ
WOLLASTONITE (fibrous mass) with WILLEMITE
Franklin mine, Franklin, NJ
MARGAROSANITE, WILLEMITE, MANGANAXINITE, trace CLINOHEDRITE
Franklin mine, Franklin, NJ
ESPERITE, HARDYSTONITE, WILLEMITE, CALCITE
Franklin mine, Franklin, NJ
MANGANAXINITE with WILLEMITE
Palmer Mill site, Franklin, NJ
WOLLASTONITE ("Second Find") with CALCITE, HARDYSTONITE, WILLEMITE, and BARITE
Franklin mine, Franklin, NJ
CALCITE and WILLEMITE in DIOPSIDE ("Christmas Tree rock")
Franklin mine, Franklin, NJ
ESPERITE replacing HARDYSTONITE with trace WILLEMITE
Franklin mine, Franklin, NJ
BARITE (granular layer in calcite)
Franklin mine, Franklin, NJ
MARGAROSANITE and WILLEMITE (granular layer in CALCITE)
Shuster Park, Franklin, NJ
ESPERITE, WILLEMITE, CALCITE, CLINOHEDRITE, HARDYSTONITE
Franklin mine, Franklin, NJ
WOLLASTONITE ("First Find") with WILLEMITE, minor CALCITE
Franklin mine, Franklin, NJ
MARGAROSANITE (radiating crystals on fracture surface) with minor WILLEMITE
Franklin mine, Franklin, NJ
   
Fluorescent Egg Presentation
This PowerPoint PresentationPowerPoint presentation was prepared by Jacques Poulin using pictures of fluorescent eggs in the collection of Robert Gariépy. They both live in Montreal, Quebec, Canada.
   
List of Morphing Minerals photographed by Jeff Scovil
From the Home page
     
     
Miscellaneous fluorescent specimens
Gypsum, var. Selenite (crystals) all from Willow Creek near Nanton, Alberta, Canada
Stereo Photographs
(Hints on viewing Stereo Photos: Take a sheet of paper and fold it in half or thirds so it is about 8.5 inches long or cut out some cardboard of about the same length. Put one of the short ends vertically on the division between the left and right photo (between the two white dots) of the stereo-pair, perpendicular to the screen. Put the bridge of your nose against the other end so that each eye is on opposite sides of the 8.5 inch paper or cardboard. Now your left eye sees the left photo and your right eye the right photo. Now gaze a little and the photos will come together automatically, and the two white dots will appear as one dot.)

People & Places
Fluorescent Mineral Society meetings and members
Sterling Hill Mining Museum
Franklin Mineral Museum
Tucson Gem and Mineral Society Show, Feb. 2000
Dedication of the Thomas S. Warren Museum of Fluorescence
Ogdensburg, NJ, October 1999
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