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Tucson Shows 2020

Last Updated: 17th Feb 2020

By Jolyon Ralph

This is a LIVE report, keep this page loaded for live updates - new images will appear as they are added.

And I am back in Tucson for the shows again, it's that time already. I'm here at the La Fuente building at 1735 North Oracle where mindat will be based for the next two weeks.

Those who remember when this was a Mexican restaurant will be impressed with how it has changed to a mineral wholesale salesroom for JTI.

And in here is where I'm setting up, tomorrow at 10am I start selling books from the Rock Currier library, with all proceeds going to mindat.org

Some of the books we will be selling starting tomorrow

JTI wholesale area

Behind the scenes Alfredo Petrov is pricing small rocks.

In the back is a tent with more dealers

Peter Megaw is here with of course Mexican minerals

Good Mickey and Bad Mickey.

Apex mine vanadinite

Ajoite partially replaced by chrysocolla from Rancho Jacalito, Mexico

These are fun! Crystallized biophosphammite fertilizer from "someone's backyard, Mexico"

Rhodochrosite etc from Sara Rose mine, Colorado - Big Rock Minerals

Arkenstone have a big presence here

Pink fluorite from China, Arkenstone

Leah Luten is here painting minerals of course!

Jaroslav Hyrsl is here with the usual selection of rarities

Quartz var. Tired quartz from Mundo Nuevo, La Libertad, Peru

And OMG level bismuthinite from Tasna, Bolivia.

Nice type locality euchroite from Petr Sztacho

Sneak preview of the Rock Currier collection sale starting 10am tomorrow at La Fuente.

Bigger pieces too. Six large cabinets and tables filled with Rock's rocks.

Nice tourmalines and amazonites

Good morning from Tucson! Here ready and waiting for opening the mindat booth at 10am. Come and get some bargain books from Rock Currier's library.

This classic Bancroft book was signed by Peter Bancroft and inscribed to Rock Currier. If this doesn't sell I'm buying it myself.

There are free books too

Want some random foreign stamps to put alongside your international minerals? A ten cent donation is all it takes.

Into Rock's giant coke bottle please.

Masses of first day covers collected by Rock's father. Ten cents each.

And of course mindat t-shirts. Special offer! Come to me and say you've been reading the live report and you can have t-shirts at $25 each or two for $48. Special offer only valid for live report viewers!

Three mining artifacts from Rocks collection. Yesterday's small world story. I went to show Petr Sztacho who is in the tent outside to get his opinion on these. He's sharing the booth with Jaroslav Hyrsl. Jaroslav said 'oh yes, I collected those myself 30 years ago and Rock got them from me!'

The queue is growing for the Currier specimens. Many others have a number for entry and have gone off to get coffee

Who could this be next door to me?

The book library also contained a good collection of books and journals relating to gemology, jewelry and antiques. This issue has an article about the famous Chinese snuff bottles including some carved from Pala tourmaline

Of course if you want a book from Rocks library you may want it just for his, ahem, unique bookplate. The only bookplate I have ever had to censor to post online!

Almost ready to open!

Specimens from the collection

Shiny things

Admiring the dioptase

Looking out at the queue

Aaaaand they're off!!


Rare first edition book, yes for sale!

Finally managing to get a few minutes to look through the Rock Currier collection myself. This is a fabulous Artinite.

Super hematite pseudo from Payun Matru


Books still for sale

I'm now over at the Mineral City party, starting here at Crystal Classics

Diana Maria mine fluorite cut stones and jewellery

Hopes Nose gold, Crystal Classics

Spirifer are selling a new find of Congo minerals

And new dioptase

I'm back at La Fuente pricing up more books to add to the table. This is a first edition of Mineralogy of Pennsylvania by Samuel Gordon.

More random books yet to be priced. There are about 35 of these boxes full to go through.

Just pricing up this book for sale.

It's inscribed by the author to Herbert P. Whitlock, who was curator of minerals at the American Museum of Natural History in NY at the time. Whitlockite was named for him. Now available here!

This was in the box of first day covers that we are selling at ten cents each :) atoms for peace!

I've escaped from the booth and have a few minutes to live report. Here I am with John Cornish. This is a nice calcite filled shell from Florida. They were everywhere a few years back but it's difficult to see a good one today.

Big polish concretionary things, Spirifer Minerals

Spirifer also has some nice water clear fluorites

Selenite on dolomite, Natural Selection Crystals

Native sulfur on Stibiconite. Peter Megaw minerals

Monster legrandite, Anthony Gleckler collection

Boracite from Wathlingen, Lower Saxony, Germany - Rock Currier collection

Pricing more books

And having some fun

Amethyst rise with calcite from Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil. Rock Currier collection

I've just wandered over to the Matrix India and Aurora tent.

Zeolites by the flat

Fluorite on barite Berbes, Spain. Big Rock Minerals

Nine new boxes of books coming in to the mindat book booth at La Fuente, Oracle. All books out of the Rock Currier library. Includes a full set of the Rochester reprint of Goldschmidt

You are all invited to the mindat.org Tucson 2020 party here at La Fuente, 1735 North Oracle on Saturday 8th Feb at 6:30pm! We will be opening the last boxes of books at the party for the first chance to browse and buy.

If you are coming on Saturday adding an 'i'll be there' message on this report will help me keep track of numbers. Unrelated, this is a great book!

You may not have known that Rock also collected Asian art and there are many interesting books and auction catalogs here. This one is $20

Sometimes you have to do a lot to get Jolyon to do anything. So we now have a designated stick to poke him with!

Closed down the book sales booth for the afternoon to look around. What do I do? Buy books!

I'm at the opening party for the mineral habit show.

It's Ed!

With lots of super British rocks.

Wheal Jane, Cornwall fluorite

New find of dioptase from the Hummingbird deposit, Riverside Co., California. Phil's Minerals

'fordite', Gaia Agates and Minerals

Scorodite from Kirua mine, Japan. Mineral zone specimen

Chalcophyllite from Chile. We miss you, John.

Enchanted Minerals have nice pink chalcedony from South of Deming, New Mexico

Huelgoet pyromorphite, Canyon Colours specimen

Ed Loye seems to have some naughty minerals - Tom Costes

Also from Ed (Jolyon back again) is this nice quartz from Tintagel, Cornwall, which is the place I found my first mineral that started my passion for minerals. Of course this is much better than mine!

And good news this morning, we are now able to take card payments for books, t-shirts and donations to mindat.org!

Even an old geology book in Dutch!

I've escaped for a few hours to visit the HTCC show. I'll be back selling books at 5pm

World's largest Petscheckite crystals from the Berere pegmatite field, Madagascar. Gunnar Farber specimen

Feldspar is a truly underappreciated mineral. This fine crystal at miner's kingdom.

Cave pearls (not from a natural cave) , Pinnacle 5 minerals.

New find of pink Trona crystals, Owens Lake, California. Pinnacle 5 minerals

I have escaped from the booth for a few minutes to do some more reporting for you (back at 1pm if you want a book or t-shirt) - I'm currently with Jordan Root of Natural Selection Crystals who has some excellent Rocklands, Australia native copper crystals.

This is the best one! Jordan is in the large tent in the car park of La Fuente building at Oracle (where I'm based). Now heading over to Mineral City

The Mineral City complex now consists of three buildings

50% off this excellent Betekhtinite at Wendel Minerals

Chris Stefano doing his best Wendell impression.

There's a whole new building C at the back

Cornish Bornite, Don Olsen specimen

You don't often get aesthetic native lead, and well this isn't any exception. But I still like it!

Sicilian sulphur , webminerals s.a.s

Morphological suite of hematite from Casa de Pedra mine, Brazil - Blake Barnett specimens

Change of plans, now in 22nd Street show! Signal here awful so can't report much.

Triceratops for sale. Some assembly required.

Massive Moroccan Vanadinite matrix specimen. Hiba Minerals

Change of plans again. Now at HTCC

Esquel palasite slice from Argentina. Impactika specimen.

Beautiful skeletal Galena from Madan. Bulgaria Minerals and Gems. I tried to focus on the reflection hope that worked.

Fantastic synthetic quartz - Exotic Minerals of Russia

Just collected the last eight boxes of books which will be available for sale tomorrow at 6:30pm here at the mindat party. See above for details. All welcome.

Ps. We are also collecting items for next week's mindat auction. If you have something you want to donate to mindat to sell next Saturday please drop it off either at the booth or the party, thanks!

I'm at the AAPS dinner talking to fossil people!

They have a silent auction (just like we will next week) except all fossil stuff of course :) I'm still bidding on a couple of things.

I've escaped again to the Westward Look show.

Beautiful large Les Farges pyromorphite, Crystal Classics specimen.

New book on African Minerals from the Des Sacco collection.

Impressive liddicoatite, Madagascar - Saphira minerals

Peruvian rhodochrosite - Saphira minerals

The best of the matrix pink fluorite specimens from Inner Mongolia that I have ever seen. Christophe Gobin specimen.

Chinese pyromorphite doesn't get much better than this. Fine Minerals International

Enormous sperrylite! Fine Minerals International

Cornish Liroconite - Wendel Minerals

Opalized wood coloured by copper, Mount Tijkolak, West Java, Indonesia. Unique Minerals

Leah Luten is painting a very special painting to auction in benefit of mindat. Thank you so much Leah!

Don't forget mindat party tonight 6.30! La Fuente 1735 N Oracle

Tom here - I am so proud to have planted the seed for this very useful fundraiser campaign.

The party is on!

Mary and Jolyon are welcoming the people.

Nicole is the auctioneer of the painting by Leah Luten.

Some obscure Brit has won the auction

The obscure Brit with Leah, the wonderful artist of this slightly obscene painting.

A post auction bid came in so the obscure Brit lost the painting to the wonderful Mike Bergman

And Leah is already taking revenge

And the first Whack is a fact

Good morning! We all survived the party and I'm back at work. Here at Arkenstone they have specimens from the Jack Halpern collection. This piece has even better provenance with a Fred Plough label.

And that's not the only south African Rhodo in the Halpern collection.

There are still plenty of fine minerals from Rock Currier's collection available here for sale, such as this slab of Variscite etc from the Little Green Monster Mine, Utah.

Uranophane from Madawaska mine, Canada

Copper and natrolite

Set up at the Westward Look with books an t-shirts

The American Heritage Mineral Award winner is about to be announced.

And the winner is... Mike New of Tucson, Arizona

Chris Stefano is talking about Minerals of the Keweenaw

Explaining about the midcontinent rift system.

Wendell Wilson talking about Minerals in the Movies.

Snow White!

The Monolith Monsters!

Crystal grotto from Journey to the Center of the Earth

First Men in the Moon

Congo 1995

The famous Herkimer scene!

Mackenna's Gold

Nice old anglesite from Toussit, Morocco. Earth's Treasures specimen

I'm at the Elks for the annual Tsumeb event.

Well Arranged Molecules quite unsurprisingly selling Tsumeb specimens

It's PuTzumeb!

Last refresh or the Rock Currier collection this morning

Finally Katya and Roman are in towm, and Roman has found his friend Athena at HTCC!

Katya couldn't resist trying on Rock's famous fur coat.

Heavy rain today - hopefully back to sunny weather tomorrow

Yes, we still have books left. Moving some to the Convention Center today for the TGMS show starting tomorrow.

Set up day at TGMS

Some of the items for our auction on Saturday night.

I'm at the TGMS show, a quick look at some displays.

Green Mountain Minerals

The Snail

50 years of the Mineralogical Record

Case if gem minerals with no name

Scott Rudolph

Field collected minerals of Europe

Baryte from the UK (for some reason they are all mislabelled as 'barite'!)

Jackson Crossroads

Mineralogical Society of Arizona

Trona collected 2019

A whole section devoted to the Young Mineral Collectors

Mostly field collected specimens by Tim Dorris

Leah Luten"s artwork.

Ashley Palafox

Specimens under $100

Who are YMC?

Sacred Pebble!

Erin's case. Eris did all the design work for these displays.

Phil Simmons

Chris Stefano and Tom Moore admiring the YMC displays.

MAD display. The previously unlabeled display of gem crystals now has a label, Meieran and Larson collections

Natural History Museum Vienna display on Epidote

Some nice shunt rocks - collector unknown.

The classic morganite and tourmaline.

Colorado class minerals.

Historical TGMS items

Perot museum

New Mexico Tech

SMMP. Also check out the virtual gallery from SMMP at:


In a show full of super showy gem crystals it's an absolute delight to see that the Fersman Museum of Moscow have chosen to highlight a bunch of polished ore vein samples containing weird Cu and PGM minerals! I love it.

National Museums Scotland

Canadian Museum of Nature

Dragons Lair gold, Kambalda, Western Australia

And its open! Going back to the booth

People coming in

Come up and meet us at the mindat booth.

Spectacular silver boulders. From Globe, Arizona. Collectors Edge

Come to the mindat.org booth up on the galleria and meet Roman Ralph who's selling some of his (originally mine) rocks. All proceeds towards the Roman Lego fund.

Katya and I trying the wonderful gemstone gemshades by the highly talented Naomi Hinds.

My day off today (don't come looking for me at the show) - heading up Mount Lemmon

Happy Valentine's Day

Accidentally finding minerals in the snow. Mount Lemmon

Colton Kalina has won first place in the Junior category here with excellent mineral thumbnails.

Close up

New book and video in the Naica mine.

The book can be purchased from naica.org.mx

Almost ready for the silent auction

And we are on. I will try something new this year and try to take online bids if you see something you want to bid on. I can only do this right now by Facebook Messenger (look me up) and you'll need to figure out with us after about shipping costs if you win.

And we are on. I will try something new this year and try to take online bids if you see something you want to bid on. I can only do this right now by Facebook Messenger (look me up) and you'll need to figure out with us after about shipping costs if you win.

You can bid on the rock we found yesterday!

Mineral wines. All good medal winners


Every year Pat Haynes donates a huge box of micro material. Thank you!

Perovskite and magnetite donated by Wendel Minerals


Tom and Nicole have dressed up for the evening.

Tom is bidding on the official stick they used to poke me with this year.

Roman is still winning the kyanite squad fake Lego.

My live reporting tonight is delayed a little because Roman isn't feeling great.

A very special bundle of Arizona issues of MinRec including some long unavailable.

Yes we do fossils too!

Fantastic kiwi calcite up for auction donated by Enchanted Minerals

Bournonite donated by Collector's Edge

Ex Conklin specimen donated by The Arkenstone

We are on our way out and the show is drawing to a close. Roman's final mineral transaction is a straight-up trade with Peter Megaw of a Cornish Cumengeite for a Lego Jabba the Hutt figure with lightsaber. Why did Peter have a Jabba the Hutt? This is a mystery we probably will never have an answer for.

Thank you all for following this report. See you at the next event!

Epilogue. I can't totally sign off from this report without mentioning that Brian Kosnar has convincingly won the coveted 'Best Chocolate from a Mineral Dealer at Tucson 2020' award with this incredible bribe gift of high quality truffles. Thank you Brian and the entire Kosnar family. One more photo to come...

Peter Megaw passed on this photo of the specimen he traded with Roman. And it's not even Mexican! p.s. That phone number for me is about 25 years out of date :)

Ok. That's REALLY all for this year. Unless, of course, I change my mind.

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Discuss this Article

30th Jan 2020 22:40 GMTPaul Brandes Manager

Excellent start, Jolyon!

31st Jan 2020 02:19 GMTMark Andrews

I love these show reports!  They get me all wound up!

I don't land in Tucson until next Friday.  Don't let them buy all the good stuff before I get there!!!

31st Jan 2020 02:22 GMTKeith Compton Manager


Shame you didn't produce / have a list/price of Rock's books for those that can't make the show.

31st Jan 2020 04:02 GMTJolyon Ralph Founder

Unfortunately we don't really have any way to mail them. I'm only here for the period of the show, then I go home and all the unsold books go back into storage until next year.  Maybe in the future we'll have someone helping us out full/part time in Tucson who can deal with these things, but that isn't happening yet.  So until then we can only sell them at the show.

31st Jan 2020 04:22 GMTKeith Compton Manager

Hi Jolyon

Sent you a PM


31st Jan 2020 17:48 GMTLarry Maltby Expert

Thanks for covering the Show, Jolyon, I really enjoy the photos. It is the next best thing to being there.

31st Jan 2020 19:36 GMTHolger Hartmaier

Hi Jolyon,
Thanks for covering the show. I won't make it down this year, so i will be looking forward to your posts

2nd Feb 2020 14:35 GMTJean-Claude Costes

nice reports
thank you

2nd Feb 2020 15:14 GMTHerwig Pelckmans Expert

Having to censor a work of art? 
IMHO, that is quite an unusual point of view, especially in this case, since there was nothing shocking about it.
Cheers, Herwig

2nd Feb 2020 15:18 GMTTony L. Potucek Expert

Agreed, Herwig.  Given the historical perspective, especially...

2nd Feb 2020 18:27 GMTJolyon Ralph Founder

If you want to see the uncensored version you have to come here and see it in person :)

3rd Feb 2020 00:15 GMTTony L. Potucek Expert

Got to see them at Rock's some years back, and they are a scream!  And I'll be down Tuesday to see them again in person.  Thanks!

3rd Feb 2020 01:54 GMTFrank K. Mazdab Manager

I saw a couple of photos from Jaroslav's specimens up above, but does anyone know where his location is this year? I did a quick cursory pass through the HTCC and didn't find his room.  The show guide says AMFS 308, but there's a different dealer in rm 308 at the HTCC. It was funny that I while I was chatting with Gunnar in his room about the very small pool of dealers I typically spend the most time visiting, another rare-mineral collector overheard our conversation and also remarked that he too had been wandering around unsuccessfully looking for Jaroslav's room.

3rd Feb 2020 02:51 GMTFrank Keutsch Expert

I think Jaroslav is in a tent at the La Fuente show (Jewel Tunnel Imports) on Oracle...

3rd Feb 2020 03:23 GMTFrank K. Mazdab Manager

Thanks Frank... that venue is on my to-do list, probably next weekend, unless I can slip out an hour or two early one afternoon this week.

3rd Feb 2020 13:13 GMTPaul Brandes Manager

It's Tucson. I'm surprised any work gets done during this time..... ;-)

3rd Feb 2020 14:56 GMTKevin Conroy Manager

Frank, I thnk that you're looking a little pale.   You should probably take every afternoon off, and go to the shows to look for the perfect healing stone.   Maybe something like goldschmidtite?

3rd Feb 2020 17:01 GMTEddy Vervloet Expert

I can never help wondering if those prices are in dollars or mexican peso's...

3rd Feb 2020 20:07 GMTBruce Friedman

We'll be there Saturday!

3rd Feb 2020 21:00 GMTJolyon Ralph Founder

Stop complaining about mineral prices. If you think they were so much cheaper before you should have bought them then :)

4th Feb 2020 00:52 GMTMark Andrews

Jillian and I will be there Saturday.  Very much looking forward to it!

4th Feb 2020 22:04 GMTKristi Hugs

I have never been to Tucson but always look forward to your reports. I would love to be able just to look through Rock's extensive book collection! If you do not sell them all, will you sell them online for those of us who cannot make it?

4th Feb 2020 23:18 GMTJolyon Ralph Founder

I'm trying to work out if that's possible. The problem is needing someone here in Tucson to manage that when I'm back in the UK.

5th Feb 2020 11:26 GMTDavid Von Bargen Manager

Actually we are not selling them all. Books which have geological/mineralogical information in them and are not on the web, will be kept until we can use that information for the improvement of the mindat website.

6th Feb 2020 04:48 GMTJohn Christian

If the books are not on the internet and out of copyright would Mindat consider scanning them and putting them on this site for the public benefit?

6th Feb 2020 08:09 GMTDavid Von Bargen Manager

Short answer is yes, but a lot of things need to get in place before that could be done.

5th Feb 2020 12:20 GMTJohn Montgomery Expert

thx for wetting our appetite Jolyon... looking forward to seeing you others (and the minerals too) there soon... I noticed 2 Kanuks-- Don Doell and Ray McDougall -- zooming into  Rock's  room. I hope they left some for us.

5th Feb 2020 22:40 GMTBen Grguric Expert

Are the prices of some pieces deliberately hidden in the photos? e.g. the fordite, the New Mexico chalcedony (digitally blanked?) and the cave pearls. What would be the reason for this?  

5th Feb 2020 23:06 GMTJolyon Ralph Founder

Yes, some prices are deliberately hidden. Generally I try to do this when I have time to do so because otherwise everyone complains about the price of things, and I have absolutely zero interest in discussing that.

6th Feb 2020 01:34 GMTTony Albini

A few of my friends have been trying to find Jaroslav Hrysl.  Has anyone actually located him?

6th Feb 2020 04:14 GMTErin Delventhal Manager

He is in the southwest corner of the tent on the west side of La Fuente.

6th Feb 2020 05:52 GMTJolyon Ralph Founder

The Tucson Show Guides are usually a good way to find where a dealer has moved to. 

6th Feb 2020 06:23 GMTFrank K. Mazdab Manager

not in this case... the Tucson E-Z guide, which I've always thought of as one the pre-eminent guides, lists Jaroslav's location as AMFS 308, a room which instead hosts a Chinese dealer this year.

And what's unfortunate is that every person wandering around the wrong venue looking for Jaroslav's room is a person not at his actual room buying minerals...

In any case, glad to hear from Frank's and Erin's replies above where Jaroslav is located this year, and on my next visit to the show, I'll make a point to head up to La Fuente.  And I'll drop by the mindat booth and say hello.

6th Feb 2020 20:25 GMTRolf Luetcke Expert

My wife also looked at the locations for dealers in both the easy and main guide and it is all screwed up.   Several people that came to our shop have also talked about Tucson being a mess this year, trying to find people.  Think it will take a couple of years before the mineral dealers get settled in a regular place again.  We have not had time to go up since our shop is open again so staying put.

7th Feb 2020 05:34 GMTJolyon Ralph Founder

A huge number of dealers have relocated to the Mineral City/La Fuente/Mineral Habit strip along Oracle. It's the new center for mineral specimen dealers in Tucson.  I was in HTCC the other day (as you saw), but there really wasn't much to talk about. It's so sad to see a show that once was the most important in decline.   Next year brings even more disruption with the official show moving to a new venue and the HTCC hotel owners planning to run their own show at the HTCC - and dealers I've been talking to are split between those going and those staying.  It's anyones guess to see if either of these new shows actually survive next year.   

Tucson evolves. Tucson of the 2010s was very different to Tucson of the 1990s, and Tucson of the 2020s is going to be different again.

7th Feb 2020 06:26 GMTFrank K. Mazdab Manager

it may be too late for this year, but perhaps for next year, mindat can put together a simple online list, posted here, of mineral specimen dealers and their locations (just something akin to "so-and-so is at this venue, room #"). It could even be crowd-sourced, based on people asking "where is so-and-so this year?" and then helpful people adding to the list, "oh, I saw so-and-so at _______".

7th Feb 2020 07:25 GMTKeith Compton Manager

Having never been, I do like your idea Frank, but I would only recommend doing it for those mineral dealers that already advertise on mindat. That way we just promote those that promote us.

7th Feb 2020 08:39 GMTFrank K. Mazdab Manager

Hi Keith, I disagree that such a list be limited to only advertisers. 

I feel it should be more like the old White Pages phone book.  Limiting such a listing to only advertisers introduces problems like someone asking, "I'm trying to find John Doe's Mineral Extravaganza room this year but he's not on the list?" and us having to awkwardly say "that's because the cheapskate didn't pony up the cash...".  I don't think that builds goodwill. It should be a public service.

As such, I'm not suggesting some advert-rich listing... nobody gets to tout what amazing items they'll have available in the current year. I'm simply suggesting a basic text file type of list (or even just a simple thread here entitled, "where are they now? 2021")... name+location, and possibly dates present.  I'm also not suggesting we do any significant research to put such a list together... I think between the several dozen active posters here we could easily assemble a simple list just of everyone's favorite vendors they hope to visit (or have visited in the past), and then other posters in the know, or who have started their rounds early, could simply crowdsource chime in their locations for the rest of us stragglers. 

I also have no problem if a dealer who's name doesn't show up on the initial list (maybe someone new, or someone just not on members' radars) adds their own name to the list. If dealers likely of little interest to most of our members (say, the Healing Bead SuperMegaEmporium) are added, they can be deleted (or not?), but since entries would only be a name+location (no advertising), it's of little consequence if such entries are retained or not... the savvy membership here can look up unfamiliar or unconventional vendors in one of the official guides and then decide if they're worth visiting or not. And truly suspect entries can be deleted.

It's also possible a few dealers who don't currently advertise with us might feel inspired to return a little of that goodwill and "pony up some cash" in future advertising???

7th Feb 2020 09:28 GMTKeith Compton Manager

A plus each way ++++ (I'm divided over pluses or plusses !!)

7th Feb 2020 09:50 GMTJohn Christian

Here is a good example of a Tucson guide put out by a non profit association, AAPS. Although a members only guide, it does require them to adhere to a code of ethics.

7th Feb 2020 14:27 GMTRolf Luetcke Expert

I remember when the Execuative Inn was the main motel for mineral dealers and that place is now blocked off and nothing there.
I also remember many cool dealers of minerals along the freeway in a number of years past.
Correct about the show in transition and it will take time for it to settle in again.  Don't think many will stay along that Oracle area, since it is not a motel or place that stays the same for next year.
Still lots to see.

7th Feb 2020 16:22 GMTJolyon Ralph Founder

The oracle venues are permanent because rather than renting for a show dealers have moved in permanently and have the facilities 12 months a year (even if most will just use it as storage for the rest of the year).  There are at least three new buildings going up for mineral people in the immediate area. The only issue that will need to be resolved as this grows is parking which is OK at the moment but needs to be able to scale as it grows.

9th Feb 2020 12:50 GMTRolf Luetcke Expert

Thanks for the update on the Oracle location and the purchase of it.  Had heard rumors of people wanting to do that, think that was something for possible building at the 22'nd street location but this seems a good idea.  Good to know.

14th Feb 2020 14:58 GMTJolyon Ralph Founder

It's also possible a few dealers who don't currently advertise with us might feel inspired to return a little of that goodwill and "pony up some cash" in future advertising???
You don't know mineral dealers very well :) sadly right now even though mindat is essential to almost all mineral dealers fewer and fewer each year are supporting us with advertising. My desire to help them back in return isn't as great as it once was. 

14th Feb 2020 15:00 GMTJolyon Ralph Founder

But... I do actually think it's a good idea to have such a directory and yes it would need to be fully inclusive of all dealers. 

7th Feb 2020 23:42 GMTKeith A. Peregrine

Great pic of Chris!

9th Feb 2020 01:07 GMTKevin Conroy Manager

I like the fund raiser photo!   Extra style points awarded for the name tag!!!

10th Feb 2020 03:28 GMTDon Windeler

How long (and where) will the Currier specimens be out for sale?  I'll only get out there for the main show starting Thursday -- sad that I missed all the early fun, but earning a living intrudes...


10th Feb 2020 05:16 GMTJolyon Ralph Founder

They will still be available at the La Fuente building on Oracle between 10am-6pm, last day is Saturday 15th

12th Feb 2020 01:57 GMTKeith Compton Manager

Looks like black body bags with caronavirus victims outside the tent !! ((-:)

12th Feb 2020 12:52 GMTRolf Luetcke Expert

Saw the photo of the kids on the "lizard" and noticed it was an odd cross between the body shape of a Komodo Dragon or Monitor Lizard and the coloring of a Gila Monster, fun lizard.

13th Feb 2020 17:28 GMTDale Foster Expert

Interesting the display case of Baryte / Barite from the UK.

I note the comment: "Very few specimens have survived from the very old mines in Cornwall (pictured), but the mine sites are certainly picturesque."

It is interesting to note that whilst there have been on the order of three thousand mines recorded in Cornwall, ranging from insignificant failed trials to major operations, there are relatively few occurrences of Baryte, I would estimate less than fifty of those mines recorded this mineral to be present. 

No mines in Cornwall were worked for this mineral, probably why there are so few specimens to be seen.

Incidentally the pictured mine is a view of the compressor house ruins at Levant Mine with, to the left, the stack of the stamps engine house and beyond the arsenic calciner stack.

Levant, whilst certainly picturesque, isn't one of the locations for Baryte in Cornwall.  

To the best of my knowledge, the nearest mine that exploited Baryte as its primary product was Bridford Mine near Christow in Devon.

13th Feb 2020 18:39 GMTKevin Conroy Manager

As expected the display cases have a lot of superb specimens!  One quick plug, if you're ever in Edinburgh be sure to visit the Royal Museum of Scotland.   The mineral display features an excellent worldwide array.

14th Feb 2020 05:30 GMTKeith Compton Manager


Nice display as always. Well done

14th Feb 2020 21:57 GMTIan Acworth (2)

Excellent report! 
Thanks for doing this.
Well done.

15th Feb 2020 02:40 GMTKeith Compton Manager

Nice little Quartz find on your walk.
Is that a Japanese twin - centre right at 1:00 ?
Roman might get a few $$ for his lego with that one.

16th Feb 2020 23:14 GMTTama Higuchi

I see some of my specimens!

Lovin this show report :-D Looks like fun!

17th Feb 2020 02:57 GMTKeith Compton Manager


We all want to know if Roman was successful in his lego bid !!

Great report and thanks from all of us that couldn't make the show.

17th Feb 2020 22:06 GMTJolyon Ralph Founder

Roman has around $100 in his Lego fund which should get him something special! 

17th Feb 2020 13:40 GMTDebbie Woolf Manager

Great report and stunning displays, many thanks.

18th Feb 2020 00:59 GMTPeter Andersen

With a nephew who is a fanatical collector of lego and has been for the last 20 years all I can say on this trade that Roman made with Peter Megaw is that Roman, by far, got the better deal. 

25th Feb 2020 16:04 GMTJolyon Ralph Founder

So Roman was smart to invest his money in used Lego sets on Facebook marketplace and ended up with these :) 

23rd Feb 2020 13:59 GMTEdward Bayley

Wow where is this Mount Lemmon Quartz locality?  We should be finding that pocket.

6th Mar 2020 22:42 GMTBrian Kosnar Expert

I'm honored to have won the "Best Chocolate from a Mineral Dealer at Tucson 2020" award.  I'd like to thank my family, my friends and the efforts of the diligent chocolatiers without whom this would not be possible.  I'll expect my trophy to arrive in the mail soon.
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