How to create a fluorescent mineral display

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By: Tony Mancini                                                       A common question I have received over the years is how can I make my own fluorescent mineral display.  Very commonly collectors will build a great collection but have no way to show it off.  Many collections remain in boxes in the closet and under the bed.  I’ve always recommended very affordable ways collectors can show off their collections to their friends and family by using cases already out on the market. 

Terrariums are a great way to display your collection.  That come enclosed in glass and with a top wire mesh cover that can hold your lamp.  They can be found at most pet stores like Pets Mart.  The price range vary from 60 to 125 dollars.  We use to offer these cases for our customers but found it very difficult to ship a glass case without it being damaged so we stopped.  We can offer the acrylic stand steps to place your rocks and plan to do so in the near future.  You can also call or email us if you need them sooner.

If you are a beginner on a tighter budget consider getting a 10 gallon fish tank from Walmart for about 15 dollars and then buying the wire mesh cover at your local pet store or online.  This will allow you to show off those magic rocks to all your friends who will think you painted them! ;0)

Last but not least you can always contact your local rock club and ask them where did they purchase their display cases.  These “standard” confederate cases are normally 4x4x3 feet in size.  From what I’m away of not company actually makes these cases but are hand made.  If your able to afford a few hundred dollars this would be the best way to go!

If you are looking for display steps for your case you can contact me directly at tony@uvtools.com

Where to find Fluorescent Minerals

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Fluorescent Minerals can be found all over the world.  There is not one place on earth that you will not find fluorescent rocks no matter how remote.  While most people may not have access to some of the most remote places you can still find locations that perhaps no one has yet discovered.  The best places to go are old or active mines or quarries.  Almost every town or city has a nearby rock quarry and rock is constantly mined for mostly road gravel.  Of course you will need permission but most places do offer field trips as part of their public relations. 

Any location that was once a mine has a possibility to have fluorescent minerals.   DO NOT go into old mines as they are very dangerous and you can lose your life! Instead look at the tailings,  these are rocks piles taken out of the mine that was considered waste rock.  You would be amazed on what you will find.  The best time of course to go would be at night but be aware of your surroundings as open pits can be around presenting yet another danger.

For local locations check near by creek beds.  Dried up creek beds are also a great place to rocks that may glow.  Anywhere where the earth has been dug up or moved around will be a prime location.  If you choose not to want to find your own there are several locations you can visit that have plenty for you to choose from.  Two locations in New Jersey USA are the Sterling Hill Mining Museum and the Franklin Mineral Museum.  These two locations are only about a hour from the big apple New York City.  They offer daily tours during the open season and have literately hundreds of tons of fluorescent rocks.  A very unique and enjoy experience to visit these two locations that are only a few miles from each other. 

Ebay is yet another location where you will be able to find hundreds of different types of fluorescent rocks from around the world.  You will find amazing colors and sizes from all over the world.  And don’t forget we have or soon to have several choices of fine specimens on our website!  Enjoy! www.ultraviolet-tools.com

Tucson Gem & Mineral Show 2014

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By Tony Mancini                                                                                                                         Every year for the past 60 years people and business from around the world come to Tucson, Arizona for the Tucson Gem & Mineral Show.  If you are not familiar with the show its the biggest of its kind anywhere in the world.  Every major country is represented and dealers and people from around the world come for two weeks to buy, sell, and trade some of the best gems and minerals from around the world. 

If you can imagine over 33 hotels all host their own dealers who bring their best.  From wholesale to retail everything you can imagine is here.  From one dollar to over a million dollars for a single specimen can be found here.  Its impossible to see everything but there is something for everyone! 

A few of the shows are wholesale only which means you must have a business license to get it, but most are open to the public.  Each year there is a specific theme to the show which can be found at the main show help at the Tucson convention center.  If you have never been to the Tucson show its a absolute must!  Even if you have no interest in rocks, minerals, and fossils you will find world class jewelry.  Amazing diamonds, gold, and precious gems from around the world!

Out side of the show Tucson has several places of interest to visitors.  Tombstone Arizona is only about a hour away,  the Trident Missile Museum is a short drive as well.  There is also a huge museum that holds almost every major plane the US military has used.  The planes can actually be placed back into service should the need arise!    You can visit the tgms.org for detail information about the show.  The show is always is help the first week of February and the weather is almost always perfect.  See you in 2015!