Excitement at Gem, Mineral, and Fossil Show

Collectors gathering at the Big E in West Springfield

WEST SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – The fascination for collecting rare minerals has lifelong pursuits of collections worth millions of dollars.

Collectors from far and wide are gathering at the Eastern States Exposition grounds Friday and through the weekend, for the East Coast Gem, Mineral, and Fossil Show.

The collection of rare gems and minerals brings some enthusiasts to the far corners of the world, in order to find rare pieces to add to their collections. Others travel around the country to attend shows like the one being held at the Better Living Center, to marvel at the collections of others.

95 year-old Lewis D’Alonzo of Nutley, New Jersey has been collecting rare minerals since the age of 13.

“Well it was the knowledge that inspired me. To think that these things existed and the history behind them, they helped the earth,” D’Alonzo said.

An eight year old boy from Agawam was apparently the youngest rare mineral collector at the East Coast Gem, Mineral and Fossil show.

The exhibition offers an opportunity for visitors to marvel at rare finds collected from underneath the earth, as well as buy pieces of their own.

The show is open Friday and Saturday 10:00 A.M. to 6:00 P.M. and Sunday 10:00 A.M. to 5:00 P.M.