Tucked away in the northwest corner of New Jersey the Franklin and
Sterling mines are considered
one of the top 10 mineral collecting localities in the world. The Franklin
and Sterling mines are fabulously rich in a unique
zinc-iron-manganese ore deposit the likes of which exist nowhere
else in the world.
Together these mines are known as the
Fluorescent Mineral capital of the world and boast over three
hundred different minerals, with more than 60 new mineral species
claiming this area as their type locality.
Iíve found collecting at these two mines to be both a
relaxing and rewarding experience.