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ABOUT US

In 1996 Helen, Sandra and Fred went on a trip to Western North Carolina in hope of collecting rubies, sapphires and any other minerals.  It was Helen and Sandra’s first experience collecting minerals, but Fred had been there many years before. After two days, each with a handful of “precious stones”, we were all hooked.

We joined the Connecticut Valley Mineral Club based in Springfield, Massachusetts to satisfy our thirst for more knowledge and of course the opportunity to search for more minerals.

We acquired some used lapidary equipment and quite a batch of old but beautiful rough and after some professional tutoring and guidance from a fellow member of our club, began to cut a considerable amount of cabs. Fred, being an artist all of his life, was certainly an asset.

What started out as a hobby was quickly turning into a small business. It consumed our lives very quickly. Collecting minerals became an obsession and we started doing shows to make our wares available. It didn’t take long for Fred’s profession as an artist to mix with our love for minerals and we developed a line of mineral paintings. A quickly growing demand for originals as well as limited edition prints, at a few major shows made us decide to establish this web site. Fred does numerous commissioned paintings and illustrated a book on the Palermo Mines in New Hampshire and has established himself as a leading Mineral Artist.  Helen, our business manager,  devotes much  of her time to doing the computer work. It’s not unusual to find us “digging” at numerous sites all over New England and Canada.

                                                     WHO WE ARE

“The Artist”.. He’s on the drawing board more often than not. But an obsession with minerals will find him in the field whenever he can sneak out.  Then there’s photographing products for our site, mounting specimens and doing the mineral shows. His love for the outdoors since he was a little more than a toddler gave him a firm understanding of nature and it’s many creations. He has painted landscapes and wildlife for over 40 years. His mineral art paintings are a new challenge and give him a chance to broaden his horizons. Click here for biography...

  • HELEN

“The organizer”.. Helen our business manager keeps the us on track preparing for shows, servicing the Web Site, greeting people at shows and making sure Fred doesn't wander too far from his drawing board. She has a knack for laying out the show booth to make it easier for visitors to enjoy our offerings.  Her energy level and enthusiasm seems to be endless.  She can be found at the computer sending e-mails to clients, typing lists and correspondence into the wee hours of the night.  She's at all of the shows greeting people with a smile.  She has an impressive mineral collection, specializing in Quartz.  Many of her most prized specimens have been self collected on many trips throughout the country.  Her knowledge of minerals and gemstones is a great asset.


We take great pleasure working in art and minerals, and we hope you enjoy your visit with us.

We do a few Gem and Minerals Shows each year. 

         
You can find us at the following Shows:  

  • July 16 & 17, 2016
    Herkimer Gem Show
    Herkimer High School
    801 W. German St.
    Herkimer, New York
    Sat. 9 - 5 and Sun. 9 - 5
     

  • August 12,  13,  14, 2016
    East Coast Gem, Mineral & Fossil Show
    Better Living Center
    West Springfield, Massachusetts
    Fri. & Sat. 10 - 6 and Sun. 10 - 5
     

  • March 25 & 26, 2017
    Western Mass Mineral, Jewelry and Fossil Show
    Hadley Farms Meeting House  at Hampton Village Barn Shops
    41 Russell St., (Route 9)
    Hadley, Massachusetts 01035
    Exit 19 off I-91 North - South take Exit 20 then 1 mile East on Rt. 9 / Hadley
    Sat. 9:30 - 5 and Sun. 10 - 4

    May  12 - 14, 2017
    New England Mineral Conference
    Grand Summit Resort Hotel & Conference
    Sunday River
    Newry, Maine
     

 

 

 

 

 
   
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