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Members: FREE
Adults: $15.95 + tax
Children (3 – 17): $11.95 + tax
Student with ID: $11.95 + tax
Active Military w/ ID: Free
(1/2 price admission for active
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Seniors (65+): $13.95 + tax

Location

100 Tellus Drive
Cartersville, GA 30120
(770) 606-5700
I-75 Exit 293
Cartersville, GA
Photograph by Thomas Spann

Spanning the World of Minerals:
The Gail & Jim Spann Collection

See it in The Vault
March 8, 2020 through September 27, 2020

 

Explore the world of mineral collecting through the eyes of Gail and Jim Spann, prominent figures in the mineral community who believe strongly in education. For almost 15 years, the Spanns have been building their collection from thumbnail-sized specimens to high-end collector minerals. Their phenomenal collections contains over 14,000 minerals from around the world, spanning from the most common minerals to the rarest. The exhibition will take a ride through highlights of their collection and show how they started collecting minerals.

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Overview of the exhibit gallery

A view of Spanning the World of Minerals in The Vault, one of our special exhibits galleries. The exhibition features 150 specimens from the Spanns fabulous mineral collection.

Iridescent Hematite, Florence Mine, Cumbria, England

Iridescent Hematite, Florence Mine, Cumbria, England – Even though hematite from this mine appeared black and shiny, it was mined as a red pigment for the paint and cosmetic industries. This specimen is a rare iridescent sample from the mine.

Pyromorphite, Les Farges Mine, Limousin, France

Pyromorphite, Les Farges Mine, Limousin, France – this mine has produced world-class specimens of pyromorphite since 1973. The mine is now closed and specimens from this locality have become harder to find.

Malachite on Limonite, Sepon Mine, Laos

Malachite on Limonite, Sepon Mine, Laos – the Sepon mine was mined for gold from until 2013 when mining switched to copper. The mine produces a variety of copper mineral specimens including this unusual combination of botryoidal malachite on botryoidal limonite.

Wulfenite, Los Lamentos District, Chihuahua, Mexico

Wulfenite, Los Lamentos District, Chihuahua, Mexico – wulfenites from this mine are distinct and are easily recognized by the experienced mineral collector.

Vanadinite, Mibladen, Morocco

Vanadinite, Mibladen, Morocco – At Mibladen, it takes more than a month to dig one shaft by hand and it depends on luck if a pocket with vanadinite is found.

Malachite with Cerussite, Browns Prospect, Northern Territories, Australia

Malachite with Cerussite, Browns Prospect, Northern Territories, Australia – Malachite forms very rapidly and continuously at this locality―small tufts of fibers were found in 1977 growing on fragments of cardboard buried at the site in 1973.

Gypsum “Ram’s Horn”, Touissit, Morocco

Gypsum “Ram’s Horn”, Touissit, Morocco – This lead-zinc mining district shut down production in 2002 and is now mined for minerals specimens such as this gypsum. The curly “ram’s horns” form in vugs and can grow to more than 20 cm (7.9 inches).

Rutile and Hematite, Ambositra, Madagascar

Rutile and Hematite, Ambositra, Madagascar – this aesthetic specimen shows multiple twin crystals at 60ᵒ to each other with a nicely formed hematite crystal at bottom.

Smithsonite, Kelly Mine, Socorro Co., New Mexico

Smithsonite, Kelly Mine, Socorro Co., New Mexico – The first collectors of smithsonite from this mine were miners and prospectors who displayed the specimens at county and territorial fairs during the 1880s.

Gold, Red Ledge Mine, Nevada Co., California

Gold, Red Ledge Mine, Nevada Co., California – Crystallized gold from this mine was described as “jewelry gold” by the miners during the late 1800s.

Calcite “Gouda Cheese”, Malmberget Mine, Lapland, Sweden

Calcite “Gouda Cheese”, Malmberget Mine, Lapland, Sweden – this specimen represents the Spann’s lighter side of collecting: minerals that look like other things.

Tourmaline, Pederneira Mine, Minas Gerais, Brazil

Tourmaline, Pederneira Mine, Minas Gerais, Brazil – This specimen is from the aptly named Rocket Pocket at the mine which was discovered in 2001.

Silver with Calcite, New Nevada Mine, Chihuahua, Mexico

Silver with Calcite, New Nevada Mine, Chihuahua, Mexico – The most distinctive silver habit from of the region is the herringbone growth of narrow, spike-shaped crystals as seen in this specimen.

Smithsonite, Yunnan Province, China

Smithsonite, Yunnan Province, China – This cadmium-rich smithsonite came from a find that happened around 2003-2005 but that was not released into the mineral market until about 2014-2015. No one has been able to determine the exact location of the find and it is now considered a lost locality.

Wakabayashilite, Gormanite, Stokesite

Wakabayashilite, Gormanite, Stokesite – these three specimens attest to the Spann’s affinity for collecting rare, unusual, and oftentimes unheard of minerals.

Bornite on Chalcopyrite, Cornwall, England

Bornite on Chalcopyrite, Cornwall, England – Almost a quarter of the world’s production of copper came from Cornwall during the 1840s to 1850s.

Spodumene var. Kunzite, Nuristan, Pakistan

Spodumene var. Kunzite, Nuristan, Pakistan – this specimen seems to have broken into three pieces while forming but continued growing, eventually bonding the pieces back into one.

Brookite, Taftan, Pakistan

Brookite, Taftan, Pakistan – specimens larger than thumbnail or miniature size or containing significantly large crystals are uncommon from this location.

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Every day 10 AM – 5 PM
Closed Major Holidays


ADMISSION

Members: FREE
Adults: $15.95 + tax
Children (3 – 17): $11.95 + tax
Student with ID: $11.95 + tax
Active Military w/ ID: Free
(1/2 price admission for active
duty dependents with ID)
Seniors (65+): $13.95 + tax

LOCATION

100 Tellus Drive
Cartersville, GA 30120
(770) 606-5700
I-75 Exit 293
Cartersville, GA

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