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Tucson 2018 - Friday, February 2nd

Last Updated: 3rd 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.

We'll be visiting the Pueblo Gem & Mineral Show at the Riverpark Inn Hotel today.

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Good morning from HTCC for day three of our live reports!

Baryte from San Diego Mine, Mexico - Xtal - Dennis Beals Minerals

And while I’m here at Dennis’s here is a great old topaz specimen. Xtal Dennis Beals

The Granada gallery

Collateral Damage - by Hendrik Hackl

Victor Tuzlukov’s cut gems

At the University of Arizona Flandrau Science Center event

This is the Old Pima Courthouse where the new U of A mineral museum will be, along with offices for other organisations including mindat.org!

Mononclinic minerals are my favoururite

Museum plan

We have some of this space!

Gene Meieran is explaining the role that museums play.

Somewhere in the Rainbow and AGTA display at the museum this year.

Gems of Africa

Display of gemologist equipment

Buddha blue sapphire?

Party time!


Views in the museum.

Super interesting wulfenite



Gold Basin meteorites.

Kazakhstan dioptase


I took this photo a few minutes ago and have no idea what it is which makes it difficult to describe but I’m sure it’s interesting.

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Looks like there was one of those unmentionable blue minerals hiding behind the Mexican topaz :-))


Keith Compton
3rd Feb 2018 12:32am
I forget what that blue mineral is. Something like "Aquaman" maybe?

Kevin Conroy
3rd Feb 2018 12:39am
None of this day of live reporting has been my responsibility!

Erin Delventhal
3rd Feb 2018 1:33am
So mindat is going to have an actual physical presence here in the U.S.? Cool! (OK, I'm a bit biased, I'm a Yankee)

Doug Daniels
3rd Feb 2018 1:45am
"Mononclinic" minerals - some more questions on these three mineral pictures :
• Rhombohedral system for gypsum ?
• Any rectangle in this gypsum crystal ?
• Any face with 6 edges in this gypsum crystal ?
• « Monoclinic » system for turquoise ?
• Turquoise picture … or quartz ?
• Any parallelogram in this crystal ?
• Triclinic system for beryl ?
… is this what is called « alternative mineralogy » ?
Thanks for your reports !

Georges Favreau
5th Feb 2018 3:33pm

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