It’s me, Christine, the voice you hear on the recorded voice mail message, the name you see on email correspondences, the one you speak to about any and all questions here at Celestial Earth Minerals (CEM) and Mineral of the Month Club (MOTMC). Well, Lora and I literally shopped until we dropped this past weekend at the West Springfield Massachusetts Show. As you can see from the front of the trade show booklet, it is also called the East Coast Gem, Mineral and Fossil Show. It is the largest Gem and Mineral Show on the East Coast with over 200 vendors and an huge wholesale section.
When the doors first open, there is an expanse of vendor tables…..
Hehe, we combed through the wholesale section for one full day to get new minerals for the MOTMC monthly offerings. You can click on the following link to learn more about The Mineral of the Month Club, MOTMC
One find that I am particularly fond of is the Red Quartz from Morocco. Some of the specimens crystal structure reminds me of Cactus Quartz, really lovely and a deep rich red color. I must confess that though we purchased over 25 minerals for the offering, I have been remiss in the photo taking. So hopefully soon , I will take some more photos for you to drool over.
This is one of over 10 tables set up in the wholesale section by Howard Schlansker. Note the nice deep stacks of flats of minerals. Woo hoo, I was in crystal heaven!
Every year Martin Zinn who puts on the show has a new special exhibit for mineral collectors to have the opportunity to see minerals they may not have been able to see. Here are a few photos of this years exhibit, which was from martin Zinn’s personal collection.
I will create a photo album of the show on our Celestial Earth Minerals Facebook page.
Until next time….Rock on!