Club Contests

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Currently Running club competitionS

The winning club members for 2020 have been notified. Please see the April Conglomerate newsletter for the details.

We formally announce our next annual club photography contest. We are actively taking club member photography submissions for our 2nd club-wide Millie Hurt Mineral Photography Contest. The prize for the best photo image will be awarded at the 2022 Banquet held in January. This will run from March 16th, 2021 to the next club banquet date on January of 2022.

The 2021 Millie Hurt Mineral
Photography Contest


The Rules

Club members in good standing can submit up to five photographs of minerals in their personal collection. The photos must be submitted in electronic format and emailed to either Brad Zylman ( or Dave Lurie ( Photos must be at least 1024 by 768 pixels in order to be posted for consideration.

The photos must be accompanied by a document (.doc) or text file (.txt) that lists what the specimen is, where it was found and whether it was purchased or self-collected. It can also contain any descriptive information that you wish others to know. This document must have the following wording in it: “I give my permission to post this photo and information on the MMS website, Instagram, and on Facebook in perpetuity.” In return, we will not use your name or publish personal information.

When: Starting in March 2021.

Where: Material, if sent in a usable format, will be posted within a month on the MMS website (, under the About Us tab. It will be public-facing with the intention to generate interest and highlight our club.

Why: To promote the interests of mineral collecting, geology and to create excitement for the Michigan Mineralogical Society. We have renamed the contest in honor of Millie Hurt's memory, and her passion to share mineral collecting with the world.

The Prize: At the Banquet each year, the Best two photographs of the Year will receive the President’s Award, a substantial cash prize given to the winners. 

We hope all MMS Members take out their Smartphones or Cameras and Submit your Photos Today!! 

202o Winning entries
Canary Selenite

Mineral Variety:

Selenite Gypsum

Locality: Red River Floodway, Manitoba, Canada

Weight: 136 grams

Dimensions: 7.5 x 7 x 6 cm

Collection Method: MMS Show Purchase 

DESCRIPTION: Golden yellow Selenite ball with swallow tail twinned tabular crystals - longest crystal is 4 cm.


Mineral Variety: Calcite

Locality: Sylvania Quarry, S. Rockwood, MI

Weight: -

Dimensions: 4.5 x 4 x 3 cm, rhomb is 2.5 cm.

Collection Method: Self-collected

DESCRIPTION: Translucent butterscotch Calcite crystal in a rare rhombic habit growing from the matrix. It has some opaque, cubic, white crystals of unknown material on the lower left side.

2021 March Submissions
Sylvania Calcite

Mineral Variety: Sylvania Calcite

Locality: Sylvania Quarry, Rockwood, MI

Weight: 1 lb. 7.8 oz.

Dimensions: 11.6 x 7.75 x 6 cm.

Collection Method: Self-collected

DESCRIPTION: Golden rhombic calcite crystals on matrix. The left side is under normal light, right is UV-C from a Convoy 2 light source. This was found at the bottom of the quarry.

2021 MAY Submissions
Multi-Colored Smithsonite.jpeg

Mineral Variety: Smithsonite

Locality: Unknown

Weight: Unknown

Dimensions: 4 by 2 inches

Collection Method: Purchased

DESCRIPTION: This specimen is a great and colorful example of Smithsonite. I purchased this piece at the 2018 MMS show from a dealer. It is a Zinc Carbonate named in honor of James Smithson (benefactor of the Smithsonian Institute). Smithsonite can come in many colors – but usually not on the same piece/specimen as shown here.

Elbaite Tourmaline

Mineral Variety: Elbaite


Locality: Capelinha, Minas Gerais, Brazil

Weight: Unknown

Dimensions: 6.8 x 1.2 x 12 cm

Collection Method: Purchased


Elbaite tourmaline can be red, green, bluish, and colorless. Elbaite is named after the Italian island Elba where the first chemical analyses were done. Elbaite is a sodium, lithium, aluminum boro-silicate. The tourmaline group is the most complicated group of silicate minerals.

2021 September Submissions
Brazillian Agate Slab

Mineral Variety:

Carnelian Agate Slab

Locality: Brazil

Weight: 13 ounces

Dimensions: 6 x 6 x .25 inches

Collection Method: Purchased

DESCRIPTION: Deeply striated translucent white, orange, golden yellows, and pink, cut, and polished slab.

Red-Cap Amethyst

Mineral Variety:

Redcap amethyst

Locality: Brazil

Weight: 3 ounces

Dimensions: 2 x 2.5 .75 inches

Collection Method: Purchased

DESCRIPTION: A encrustation of deep purple Amethyst with red Hematite inclusions.


Mineral Variety: Wavellite

Locality: Arkansas

Weight: 7 lbs

Dimensions: 7 x 5 x 5 inches

Collection Method: Purchased

DESCRIPTION: This is a larger example of Arkansas Wavellite with the globular crystals that have broken away revealing the internal radial crystals with some iridescent light play.

Calcite & Galena

Mineral Variety: Calcite on Galena and pyrite

Locality: Sweetwater Mine, MS

Weight: 2 lbs, 3 ounces

Dimensions: 4.5 x 4 x 2 inches

Collection Method: Self-Collected


A classic example of the Sweetwater mine translucent, dogtooth calcites that have formed on top of Galena deposits and intermittent metallic Pyrite crystals.

Mineral Variety: tourmaline

Locality: Unknown

Weight: 7 lbs

Dimensions: 7 x 5 x 5 inches

Collection Method: Purchased

DESCRIPTION: Beautiful, vibrant pink Tourmaline partial crystal that has intergrown with a quartz crystal point. Tourmaline is of gemstone quality.

2021 October Submissions
Celestine under UV

Mineral Variety:

Huge celestine

Locality: Sylvania Quarry, S. Rockwood, Michigan

Weight: 6.4 lbs.

Camera: iPhone 11 Pro Max

Collection Method: Self-Collected

DESCRIPTION: Huge Purple/White Celestine Crystal 

Sunlight, room light, and 365 nm UV fluorescence and Phosphorescence 0.7s after UV-off.

Celestine & Calcite UV image

Mineral Variety:

calcite & celestine

Locality: Sylvania Quarry, S. Rockwood, Michigan

Size: 80 x 60 x 45 mm

Camera: iPhone 11 Pro Max & Levenhuk microscope

Collection Method: Self-Collected

DESCRIPTION: Three transparent tabular celestine crystals upper middle (and white mass lower-left) and 4 sizes of calcite rhombs: 1 large (middle), a few medium (scattered to right), several small (on top and around the tabular celestine), and a myriad of tiny druzy calcite near the bottom.

The calcite fluoresces blue (light-blue for small) and phosphoresces green (brownish for small). In the closeup frame the fluorescence of the small calcite is saturated to white, allowing the celestine to appear pink. Unknown cream cream-colored crystals on surface fluoresce salmon.

2021 November Submissions
Apophyllite, Stilbite, Gyrolite

Mineral Variety: Gyrolite &

Apophyllite with Stilbite

Locality: Lonavia Quartet, Lonavia, India

Weight: 61 grams

Camera: iPhone 11 Pro Max

Dimensions: 6x3x3 centemeters

Collection Method: Purchased

DESCRIPTION: Green Apophyllite, white wheat-sheaf Stilbite, and bright-white Gyrolite florets with radiating Okenite acicular needles


Mineral Variety: Siderite, Chalcopyrite, Calcite, & Quartz

Locality: Texas-Gulf Syndicate, Timmins, Ontario

Weight: 56 grams

Camera: iPhone 11 Pro Max

Dimensions: 6x4.5x3.5 centemeters

Collection Method: Inherited

DESCRIPTION: Unusually translucent satin-yellow siderite and red-gold chalcopyrite on transparent calcite rhombs with transparent quartz projecting left.

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