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Tucson 2018 - Wednesday, January 31st

Last Updated: 1st Feb 2018

By Jolyon & Katya Ralph

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

Good morning and welcome to Tucson!

We're going to start our days reporting from the TNMS show in about an hour and a half. We'll continue with our reporting with new reports most days - if you're interested in sponsoring one of our Tucson reports we still have time to set this up for you - contact jolyon@mindat.org for more details.

And finally after some errands we are at Tucson’s New Mineral Show. This year in a new venue.

First stop, Richard Shupe.

Rio Marina Hematire - Richard Shupe

Fabulous Bunker Hill pyromorphite - Richard Shupe

Calcite in ulexite from Boron. California

Ed Loye, a felllow Brit!

Pyromorphite and Campylite - Ed Loye specimens.

Cornish Turquoise. Ed Loye

Big 3.5kg cassiterite ‘football’ - Ed Loye specimen.

Katanga Cross - used as currency historically!

Richard Shupe donated this fabulous large Rosiclare fluorite and sphalerite for our auction - thank you!

And Ed Loye donated this northern England calcite - thank you!

No photos please! Too late...

Mr and Mrs Pastie!

Lots of radioactive rocks - Mineralzone

Franklin Minerals including an AsO4 bearing fluorapatite - Mineralzone

Mexican amethyst - Canyon Colors specimen.

Dioptase from Kazakhstan- Canyon Colors

I forgot to mention this super group of historical collection sets that Ed Loye has

Bunch of emeralds. Le Sueur Minerals

Great powellite crystal from Maharashtra India - Le Sueur Minerals

Oh dear. Erin has found a table full of Dalnegorsk minerals. This may take some time.

Epidote and Magnetite from Dashkesan, Azerbaijan- Rusmineral.ru specimen

B&L Minerals

Some unusual things dotted around here!

Teallite from Bolivia - B&L Minerals

Chinese sapphire from Tin Can Hill Minerals.

Native iron in basalt from Bühl, Germany - Tin Can Hill Minerals

Copper with chrysocolla from Chimney Rock Quarry, New Jersey. Rocking Minerals.

Rhodochrosites from Japan. Rocko Minerals.

Enargite from the Leonard Mine. Rocko Minerals.

A very fun halite on selenite from Bleicherode, Germany. Rocko Minerals.

A lovely choice of New York fluorites. Rocko Minerals.

Lots of bisbee minerals at Belkis Minerals

Langbeinite after Sylvite from Mosaic Mine, New Mexico - Belkis Minerals

Big Chinese calcite - Geodyssey

Chalcanthite - planet mine. Arizona- Shannon & Sons

Pretty death rocks.

Some relatively inexpensive Red Cloud wulfenite

Embolite - Shannon & Sons specimen

How the Indonesian grape agates look straight out of ground. - World Circle

New confirmed Iranite from the Vekol Mine, Arizona - Shannon & Sons Minerals

Always pay attention to the signs.

Ron Roberts Illinois Fluorite

Nothern Nevada Gold

Realgar - Northern Nevada Gold

New find of fluorescent and phosphorescent gypsum from Irvine California - Mel Rocks @ Earth Finds

Nice stibiconite from China - Earth Finds

Quick stop at JTI La Fuente

Alfredo Petrov is ill so here are his rocks but without fabulous stories today.

Tetrahedrite after bournonite

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I can't wait to see what this show's got this year!! I can't make it so this is the best way to view without being there! I do recommend to view Friends of Minerals 2018 Tucson report - not sure if that was started yet but its another great way to see it without being there!!

Scott Rider
31st Jan 2018 5:12pm
Thanks again Joylon and Katya!!! I was planning to attend this year but things got hectic for me in the last few months and won't be able to see the show in person!

Scott Rider
31st Jan 2018 6:19pm
Thanks Jolyon and Katya. Your planned itinerary covers the main venues I usually hit when I have the opportunity to get to Tucson. Based on this report, I will add the New Show on my next visit. Looking forward to your reports, as others have noted, it's the next best thing to being there!

Holger Hartmaier
31st Jan 2018 11:23pm
Thanks for the great report on this new show. Looks like I need to go to Tucson early next year. Since we didn't make it (got as far as Van Horn, TX before a medical emergency pulled us back to Midland) these reports really help focus my interests and where to go when I do make it there.

Stephen C. Blyskal
19th Feb 2018 5:47pm

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