Adirondack Rocks & Minerals


Attention Rock Hounds, the Adirondacks have some nice field spots for rock hounding.  Our local minerals include Wollastonite, Quartz, Garnet, Dolomite, Sphalerite and our favorite "Herkimer Diamonds."   If you prefer just collecting, please visit our "Rock Shops"  Mother Nature makes beautiful works of art!


Adirondack Rock Shops

Attention Shop Keepers:  If we have missed your shop, please e-mail us to post (free).


A to Z Minerals and Rock Shop

(on line only)

PO Box 488 Schroon Lake 518-569-8884

Adirondack Custom Granite

2690 Route 9N Ausable Forks 518-647-8600

Bay Street Bead Works

88 Bay Street Glens Falls 518-798-BEAD

Blue Mountain Design & Gem Mining

Route 30 Blue Mountain Lake 518-352-7361

Carnes Granite Co.

2726 Route 9N Ausable Forks 518-647-8192

Crystal Grove Diamond Mine & Campground

161 County Highway 114 St. Johnsville 800KRY-DIAM

Delczeg's Discoveries (beads & minerals)

4717 State Route 8 Riparius 518-494-2666

Garnet Mine Tours & Gore Mountain Mineral Shop

Barton Mines Road North River 518-251-2706

Graphite Mountain Stoneworks

Graphite Mountain Road Hague 518-543-0040

Herkimer Diamond Mines, Inc.

800 Mohawk Street Herkimer 315-891-7355

Natural Stone Bridge & Caves

(rock shop & tour)

Stone Bridge Road Pottersville 518-494-2283

Naturescapes 4U, Inc.

Alpine Mall, Main Street Lake Placid 518-523-4000
Oddities and Herbs 4325 Main Street Port Henry  

Twin Crystal Rock Shop

13 Broadway Saranac Lake 518 891-1714

Two Horse Trade Company

15 Broadway Saranac Lake 518-891-4055

Stones-N-Bones (rocks, minerals, gifts)

Route 30 Hope 518-863-6412



Adirondack Minerals

Most minerals can be found in different variety of colors



Mined in the Adirondacks at our own Barton Mines, North Creek - (NY State's Gem, and our Gore Mountain has a rich deposit. Use for sandpaper, jewelry.  January's birthstone.)



(Industrial use due to the  conductivity of heat/electricity and high refractoriness, well used in paints as a good water repellant & our pencils.)


(Ornamental and used in the manufacturing of paper and the creation of sulfur gas.)



(Zinc) (NY ranks 5 in production of zinc, for copper to make brass, plumbing pipes, fireworks, coins and pharmaceutical products)




(Used in gypsum wallboard joint compound, electrical industry as insulators, and plastics)


(An iron ore used in the production of steel, uses as an abrasive, and even toner)



Minted in the northwest Adirondacks - (Major use in paper,  also plastic, pharmaceutical, ceramics and familiar hygiene products.)


(Common to NY and used in building stone and highway paving.)


(Nation's leading producer found in the Adirondacks, used for ceramics, dental cleaning match heads, brake linings, paint, and car bumpers.)




(The Mohawk Valley boasts proudly their "Herkimer Diamonds".  Quartz is used in electronics, insulation and optics.)




(Used for billiard tables, roofing, gravestones, flooring and many garden decorations.  Granville as the best colored slate in the world!)


Mines in central and western New York (Salt mined in the central & western parts of NY.)


Titbit:  "What do the moon and the plant Mars have in common with New York State?"  The DEC says "The moon contains anorthosite, an igneous rock composed primarily of feldspar, which can be found in the High Peaks of the Adirondack Mountains.  Mars contains the mineral hematite, the most abundant and important ore of iron which can also be found in Clinton County.



Resource Links

DEC Division of Mineral Resources

Warren County Mines
Essex Mines    

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