Now that I've got you thoroughly confused I'd like to recommend a trip to this weekends Gem, Mineral and Fossil Show and Sale at the New York State Museum in Albany. There you'll see displays of both natural and faceted minerals in shapes and colors that astound. Plus, you can talk to people who really know what crystals, minerals and gems are. Let's not forget about fossils. There'll be lots of those as well. Admission is five dollars with specimens for sale from down to earth to the sky's the limit.
Unfortunately, Washington County seems to be the Rodney Dangerfield of the neighborhood when it comes to minerals. So little respect that I remember only one measly item from here in the museum's huge collection. And that lone piece wasn't particularly impressive. It's St. Lawrence County that gets most of the glory but Essex, Warren and even Saratoga Counties seem to have a richer bounty.
Further east in the Taconics, phyllite and slates are found and they sometimes contain veins of quartz and "ringer" inclusions. You might also find porphyroblasts with crystals of various minerals. Even the shales of the Hudson/Champlain lowlands can surprise. In my farm shale pit I've broke out small cavities with nice quartz crystals growing inside.
- Capital District Mineral Club
- Burlington Gem and Mineral Club