fluorite

A mineral that grows in pretty crystals and comes in many different colors. Members of the Show Me Rockhounds club own several specimens.

Fluorite and Calcite on Sphalerite

A silver sphalerite matrix with some purple fluorite crystals and a yellow calcite crystal on it.

Photo by Anton Watzl

Here is some fluorite (purple) and calcite (yellow) on sphalerite (silver). No further comments, I just thought this was pretty.

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Spring 2016 Show Photos

I took way too many photos at the show and most of them were interesting, making it difficult to write this post. Without further ado, here are the highlights from the Spring 2016 Gem and Mineral Show.

People buying and selling rocks

The Association Booth was staffed by club members from Show-Me Rockhounds, IGAMS, and more. Photo by Stephanie Reed

A smiling young woman sitting behind a large wooden spinner with eight sections. She is wearing an ammonite necklace and a shirt proclaiming that the Kansas City Gem and Mineral Show "finally struck gold" and is 50 years old.

The popular prize wheel returned again. It’s only 50 cents to spin and receive one of 8 different prizes. Everyone’s a winner! Photo by David Reed

Cracking geodes

The Geode Gallery (Davenport, IA) cracked a lot of geodes. You can have a geode opened whether you buy it from them or bring your own. Photo by Stephanie Reed

Mr. Bones dinosaur walking around

Look behind you, it’s a dinosaur attack! No, it’s Mr. Bones! From Louisville, CO, Mr. Bones has returned for more dinosaur fun. Photo by Stephanie Reed

Scientist mounting specimen museum science city dino lab

A representative from the Dino Lab in Science City at Union Station. She is cleaning a specimen to be mounted. Photo by Stephanie Reed

free rock mineral gem identification

Mark Sherwood is helping these people identify something. It’s a free service from the Friends of Mineralogy, The Association, and IGAMS. Photo by Stephanie Reed

geology archaeology volcano crystal science kits toys

Science kits for kids (of all ages). Photo by Stephanie Reed

flume mining diy gems agate slabs

Ever wanted to try flume mining? Get a Nugget Bucket from McDe’s River Gems (Topeka, KS). Photo by Stephanie Reed

Case full of handmade silver jewelry

Each club in the Association can submit cases to show off things they have done, created, collected, etc. This case is from the Sterling Guild, a club for crafting with silver. Photo by Stephanie Reed

A display of fluorite octahedrons of many different colors and sizes.

Bruce Stinemetz’s fluorite octahedron collection. Photo by Stephanie Reed

gem trees in many different colors

A stunning assortment of gem trees from Accessory Minerals (DeSoto, KS). Photo by Stephanie Reed

display cases and stands for sale

Jeanne’s Rock and Jewelry (Bellaire, TX) was selling stands and cases for your specimens. Displaying is an important part of collecting, which is often overlooked. Photo by Stephanie Reed

Christmas Rhodochrosite

A cluster of crystals that has square red crystals on a shiny green surface, with white and lavender puffballs scattered across the whole cluster. A nice display of Christmas colors.

Ex. J. Vorpahl Mineral Collection, http://www.themineralgallery.com/rhodoroom.htm

This gorgeous crystal specimen is perfect for Christmas! It has red rhodochrosite crystals on a green matrix (green pyrite?), with pale lavender fluorite cyrstals that look like little snowdrifts. From Steve’s Pocket, Fluorite Raise, Sweet Home Mine, Alma, Colorado.

The Many Colors of Fluorite

Fluorite comes in just about every color of the rainbow, and is found all over the world in most areas of North America, Europe, and China. These are some of my favorite photos of fluorite.

Red fluorite crystals

Photo by Rob Lavinsky, iRocks.com – CC-BY-SA-3.0 https://www.cs.cmu.edu/~fluorite/fluorite_image.html

Fluorite is pretty on its own, but it’s simply amazing how the most common minerals look so awesome when made into these polished spheres.