Ken Gliesman dba Mineral Connection
235 Brookfield Road
Fiskdale, MA 01518
Phone: 508-347-2155 Cell: 508-735-1219
Mindat Home Page: http://www.mindat.org/user-17204.html#2
Established in 1991, owner Kenneth Gliesman of the Mineral Connection, offers a wide variety of mineral specimens at retail mineral shows throughout the area. The “Mineral Connection” is a part time endeavor based out of Kenneth’s home in the Sturbridge, Massachusetts area. In addition to mineral shows, Ken also offers specimens at his home by appointment.
A few words from Ken Gliesman
The mineral business is an offshoot of a hobby that I’ve been involved with for 25+ years. As the name implies (Mineral Connection) my goal is to have a very close connection between the source of rock and mineral specimens and the consumer. I have been participating in mineral shows since 1993 on a limited basis. Since 1994 I have been a regular dealer at the Albany Museum and Worcester Mineral Club shows.
In the last year or so I have been dedicating more time to “ramping up” the mineral business in both my collecting and sales efforts and have begun attending more of the better shows. In 2010, I added the Western Mass. Mineral, Jewelry & Fossil Show. Also, after a hiatus of many years, I returned to Gilsum, NH as a dealer. In 2011, I added the Mid-Hudson Valley Gem and Mineral Society’s show in Rhinebeck, New York.
Material for sale consists of approximately 50% self collected, 30% from special contacts I’ve established and 20% bought from wholesalers. On average 95% of my material for sale consists of natural rock and mineral specimens. Most specimens I’d categorize as aesthetically pleasing, however I do sell reference minerals also (i.e. Cumberlandite, Tonalite) as I find that many customers are interested in the geologic and scientific aspects. The remaining 5% I’d classify as lapidary material or faceted stones. I offer thumbnail to museum sized specimens with most being cabinet sized specimens.
Blandford, Massachusetts - Actinolite, Anthophyllite, Gedrite, Kyanite
Chester Emery Mines, Chester, Massachusetts - Actinolite, Clinozoisite, Chlorite variety Chamosite, Diaspore, Dravite, Magnetite, Margarite, Pyrite, Talc
Cumberland, Rhode Island - new supply of Cumberlandite from pebbles to large cabinet sizes
Cumberland, Rhode Island, Sneech Pond Copper Mine - Actinolite, Azurite, Bornite, Chalcopyrite, Magnetite, Malachite, Molybdenite, Tremolite
Holbrook Arizona - colorful Petrified Wood
Ludlow, Vermont - Magnetite crystals, Talc
Sparta, Illinois - Pyrite “Suns”
You can e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org for availability anytime with the mineral and size range you’re interested in if you can’t make it to the show. I’ll send photo images of the specimens available along with pricing.
All mineral photographs on Ken’s page copyright ©Ken Gliesman 2014.