Bridport couple collect Earth's treasures

BRIDPORT-Charlie and Sandy Jago are a match made in heaven. The husband and wife team were born collectors and their passions have taken them to unusual places in search of rocks and minerals.

For Charlie, rocks and minerals are his life's passion; for Sandy, farm collectibles and jewelry making are her special passions. When the couple first met online, they knew they had a lot in common-so when they married they combined households and collections. The result is now a part of a unique home exhibit known as C&S Minerals and Collectibles located in Bridport.

Charlie amassed a large collection of rocks and minerals from various rockhounding adventures that include unusual New England volcanic minerals such as datolite and prehnite-minerals found inside Triassic age basalt traprock located in Connecticut and Massachusetts-apatite from Ontario, Canada, crysocola from Zaire, Africa hexagonite from New York, actionolite from Vermont, and grossular garnet from Quebec, Canada-just a sampling of the many fascinating specimens in Bridport.

"The Earth is a mineral treasure chest," Charlie said. "We have a sampling of this immense wealth. We get all kinds of folks who visit-collectors, crystal enthusiasts, jewelry makers, and just those curious about what's inside the Earth, beneath their feet."

When not in their Bridport home garage exhibit area, Charlie and Sandy are on the road attending rock and mineral shows throughout the northeast and beyond.

For example, the couple enjoy displaying at the Sloan Stanley Museum and the Connecticut Antique Machinery in Kent, Conn.; they will be there Sept. 25-26. They will showcase their collectibles to visitors. Charlie will display a portion of the rock and mineral collection while Sandy will display jewelry items and John Deere collectibles, popular with New England farming families (these include the coveted John Deer Precision series of die-cast tractors). Many of these items were part of her late first husband's collection.

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