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Tucson 2015 - A quick photo tour

Last Updated: 27th Feb 2015

By Jolyon & Katya Ralph

Tucson 2015

The Tucson Show has been over for nearly two weeks - and this is the first chance I've had to put together a report. It's going to be a very quick photo report with few comments. Enjoy the photos though!

Arrived at the Inn Suites show to torrential rain. Not the Tucson weather we are used to!

Autunite from the Margnac Mine, France (Khyber Minerals)

Crocoite from the Adelaide Mine

More crocoite from the Adelaide Mine

Canadian cubanite (Spirifer Minerals)

Shattuckite from the DR Congo (Valere Berlage)

Finally, more appropriate Tucson weather

Monster anglesite on galena from the Wheatley Mine, Pennsylvania (Crystal Classics)

Large (2cm) dioptase from Altyn-Tube, Kazakhstan (dioptase.ru)

Jeff Scovil giving an impromptu camera-phone training session to Yuko of Colorstone Mithrill

Alfredo Petrov preparing even more labels

Stolzite on Scheelite with Japan-law quartz, Peru (Jaroslav Hyrsl)

Free-range Triceratops

Reedmergnerite from Pakistan (Jean Claude Leydet)

Someone is enjoying the Tucson weather

Aragonite from Cumbria, UK (Fabre Minerals)

Malachite after azurite from Chessy, France (Fabre Minerals)

Tarbuttite from the Skorpion mine, Namibia (Fabre Minerals)

Gold from Uriman, Venezuela, Mined in 2014 (Fabre Minerals)

Pink fluorite from China (Fabre Minerals)

Ernstite pseudo after Childrenite from Linopolis, Brazil (Kristalle)

Jarosite, Colorado Mine No.1, Utah, USA (Kristalle)

Amethyst with calcite from Tonglushan mine, China (Collector's Edge)

Pyromorphite from Bunker Hill, Idaho (Collector's Edge)

One of the dealer's outdoor stock

An enormous Australian wittichenite crystal (Mineral Movies)

There was a lot of this blue fluorite on quartz from China at the show (Collector's Edge)

Mineraldesk were showcasing their system for recording 360 degree spins of mineral specimens - now fully supported in mindat.org!

Snail shell replaced with chalcedony, etc. from Dahkla, West Sahara. (Gunnar Farber)

I told you there was a lot of that blue fluorite... (Jinan Chinese Mineral Trading)

An incredible lab-grown quartz (Ian Jones specimen, from R&D XTALS, Inc)

A lovely sliced shattuckite from DR Congo (Valere Berlage)

Rarestone/Dioptase.ru were offering a box full of dioptase fragments suitable for creating mineral pigments.

Meanwhile someone else is looking after Alfredo Petrov's room...

Time to hop over to the Westward Look show

Superb plumbogummite after pyromorphite from China (Arkenstone)

Another piece... (Arkenstone)

Augelite from Peru (Arkenstone)

Mimetite from Mexico (Bergmann Minerals)

Another piece of the sliced and polished shattuckite from DR Congo (Mineral Classics)

Metatorbernite from Old Gunnislake Mine, Cornwall (Dave Bunk)

Topaz from Murzinka, Russia (Dave Bunk)

Sperrylite from the Broken Hammer Prospect, Ontario, Canada (Dave Bunk)

One of several copper specimens from Chino mine, New Mexico (Dave Bunk)

... and another (Dave Bunk)

Fluorite from Erongo, Namibia

Rose quartz from Brazil (Anton Watzl)

Fluorite from West Pastures Mine, Cumbria, UK (Crystal Classics)

Ian and Diana from Crystal Classics are so busy at the show they only get the chance to talk occasionally by phone

Wulfenite from China (Roberts Minerals International)

Bad Ems pyromorphite (Miner's Lunchbox)

Bournonite from Herodsfoot, Cornwall (Graeber & Himes)

Legrandite from Ojuela Mine, Mexico (Graeber & Himes)

More stolzite on scheelite from Peru (Stuart Wilensky)

Dealer rooms at the Westward Look

Inside the Arkenstone's room

Pharmacosiderite, Wheal Gorland, Cornwall, UK (Crystal Classics)

Bismuth, St Ives, Cornwall (Crystal Classics)

Proustite, Marienberg, Germany (Weinrich Minerals)

Liroconite, Wheal Gorland, Cornwall (Weinrich Minerals)

Pyrargyrite, Brahmaputra vein, Saxony, Germany (Weinrich Minerals)

Brett Keller promoting his Mineral Wines

Hematite, quartz, rutile from Switzerland (Saphira)

Rutile from Madagascar (Christophe Gobin)

Fluorite from Minerva #1 mine, Illinois (Christophe Gobin)

If you register for Crystal Classic's mailing list you get a free coaster

Gail and Jim Spann examining one of Alain Martaud's specimens

Taking a day off to explore Mount Lemmon

Back at the Inn Suites...

Rowley Mine wulfenite (Crystal Habit)

Gold from the Bulolo Mine, Papua New Guinea (Crystal Habit)

Cassiterite (yes, really!) from the Barranca Mine, Mexico (Crystal Habit)

Azurite, Nchanga Open Pit, Zambia (Le Sueur)

More Azurite from Nchanga (Le Sueur)

This is how big it is

Cuprite coated with Malachite/pseudomalachite from Nchanga (Le Sueur)

Lustrous cuprite crystals on matrix from Nchanga (Le Sueur, now in J.Ralph collection!)

Torbernite from Nchanga (Le Sueur)

Libethenite crystal from Nchanga (Le Sueur)

Large Amazonite cluster from Colorado (Self-a-Ware minerals)

Various pieces of mining ephemera (Self-a-Ware minerals)

Baryte from Hilton Mine, Cumbria (MZ Minerals, now in J.Ralph collection)

Fluorite with pyrite, Blackdene Mine, Cumbria (MZ Minerals)

An old-time fluorite with siderite from "alston moor" (MZ Minerals)

Reverse shows an old Foote of Philadelphia label

Wulfenite from China (AAA Minerals)

Crandallite on amethyst from Wheal Jane, Cornwall (Voelter minerals, ex David Lloyd collection)

A tray of tumbled Cornish luxullianite pieces (Wonderworks)

Fluorite, Kara-Oba, Kazakhstan (AFMC)

Adamite, Brenner Mine, Russia (AFMC)

Pyromorphite, Roughton Gill, Cumbria, UK (Richard Shupe Minerals)

A selection of Boulby, UK boracite specimens (Fossils-UK.com)

The 'mickey-mouse' boracite (Fossils-UK.com)

It's time to start queueing for the main show

Cut fluorites from the Royal Ontario Museum


Massive (3.6kg) gold specimen, "The Thunderbolt" (Arkenstone)

One of many displays of minerals of Western Europe (The Smithsonian)

Peter Megaw giving Roman a ride in the Megawmobile

On thursday night mineral museum curators and friends of Jordi Fabre's FMF forum gather for a party hosted by Gail and Jim Spann and Jordi. The main attraction is the gigantic paella.

Renate Schumacher (University of Bonn Mineral Museum) and James Hurlburt (Denver Museum)

Elise Skalwold (Cornell University) and Larry Havers (Denver Museum)

Gail Spann with Rick Kennedy (left) and Tom Spann

Three drinks between two curators. A normal sight. Renate again plus Peter Davidson (National Museums Scotland)

"must avoid direct eye contact... must avoid direct eye contact"

He didn't

Back to the show...

Steve, Bryan and Richard from Collector's Edge

Fluorescent Mineral Society put on a good display

Carnegie Museum display - 'Oakstone' baryte from Derbyshire, England

Carnegie Museum display - coronadite and plumbogummite from Caldbeck Fells, England

Carnegie Museum display - Dolomite and Chalcopyrite, Laxey, Isle of Man

Finally, a very stylish display combining famous mineral collector Dave Wilber's passion for antique barber bottles with mineral specimens from the Jim and Gail Spann collection. Do click on this one to view in more detail!

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Thank you for all that you do with both mindat and posting photographs. I thoroughly enjoyed another Tucson 2015 photo tour. As an Arizona resident now, I get to participate in the spectacle that we call Tucson for over a month. It comes and goes so quickly, and I don't take enough photographs myself, but I get to relive it through the internet. It is such an immense undertaking that one cannot see it all, and these photo tours help us cover more ground, and see things that we might have missed. Kudos to yourself, Gail Spann, and John Veevaert for giving us additional glimpses into a fascinating world of mineral collecting!

Phil Richardson
27th Feb 2015 4:54pm
Thank you Jolyon - not quite as good as being there, but it helps! It's nice to see a Hiltom mine baryte (OK 'barite' because it's Tucson). It seems a long time since I saw a specimen from the Silverband mine on display or sale - have they all gone into hibernation?; I remember some monsters from the early 1960s...

Fascinating specimens and Romain seems to be getting the taste of it all well!

Best wishes


Timothy Greenland
27th Feb 2015 5:13pm
Very nice job on the photo tour!

James Wilkinson
15th Mar 2015 3:09am

Thank you for taking the time to take all these pictures so expertly and selecting the best to share with us all. I have ti say though that Roman stole the show!

John Attard
15th Mar 2015 7:25pm
Hi Jolyon ,
Thank you very much for presenting these pictures so precisely and selecting the best to share with all of us interested in minerals .

I am from kathmandu Nepal always wishing to visit Tucson show , may be some day

I enjoyed viewing the beautiful photos
Thank you
Best Regards

akrur Dhoj shah
25th May 2015 9:55am

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