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Tucson 2018 - February 6th and 7th

Last Updated: 7th Feb 2018

By Jolyon 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 Miner's Co-op and visiting the Granada Avenue Mineral Show along with the Fine Mineral International building and returning to any of the places that needed another visit. The Wednesday will be a set-up day so we're combining both days into a single report.

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Back at the HTCC and we are at La Memoire de la Terre (307) where they have a new find of pallasite from the Sericho fall (Kenya) - this meteorite contains the ultra rare mineral Farringtonite - they have very kindly donated a rich piece of this for the auction.

Some of the larger pieces.

Now we are at the Pueblo Show, visiting The Uncarved Block who always have a way of raising the tone of any event.

Merelani Tsavorite - The Uncarved block

Apparently I only like green things. So here’s another.

At Rocksaholics - a super crystal from Pakistan - of course you already know what it is?

Italian Gold - Rocksaholics

Beautiful selection of Argentinian Rhodochrosite slices - Throwin.Stones

Carletonite - Jonathan Levinger Rare Canadian Minerals

Trepca Mine Minerals - E Minerals

Himalayan Mine tourmaline - High Desert Minerals

Back in HTCC this morning, at Rare Stone.

They have large black spinel from Yakutia, Russia.

Roman is admiring the Kazakhstan turquoise

Stone carving by Ivan Golubev from Yekaterinburg

Roman is having the most fun playing in the sand.

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6th Feb 2018 21:40 UTCMatteo Chinellato Expert

exaggerated prices, especially on gold

6th Feb 2018 22:03 UTCScott Rider

Yeah, and especially on those Rhodo's... But they sure are beautiful!!

7th Feb 2018 04:06 UTCBill Morgenstern Expert

Yep those Rhodo prices are in the clouds.

7th Feb 2018 17:54 UTCJolyon Ralph Founder

I guess people don’t understand the mineral market if they complain about the prices.

7th Feb 2018 18:22 UTCScott Rider

Well, if they sell those Rhodo's for those prices, good for them. But I seriously doubt they'll sell for those prices... Perhaps more of wishful thinking or a starting point.. However, I'd love to see how many they sell during the show and for how much to see more of a market price for those... Prove me right or prove me wrong, either way I feel those prices are astronomical. I'm not an economist nor do I pretend to, I'm a commercial insurance guy and pricing is highly regulated and greatly influences what we can charge. Minerals are a totally different type of product.

But, I recall in the Tucson show I attended back in 2012, I saw some rhodo slices but cannot for the life of me remember how much they were. But I don't recall thinking, gee, those are outrageous prices like I do now. In fact, I remember wanting to buy one but my budget was already exceeded by then. Makes me believe they were much cheaper, but not worse in quality...

8th Feb 2018 14:13 UTCJamison K. Brizendine 🌟 Expert

I want to thank everyone for the continuing coverage of the show. This year was a vast improvement to last year’s coverage as we have seen a wide variety of minerals from different venues, not just from the “High-end dealers”. This year’s coverage was not: “Here is a gold”, “here is an aquamarine”, “here is a kunzite”, “here is a tourmaline”, etc.

Flashy specimens are nice, but the majority of Mindat folks, I believe would prefer seeing rare minerals, affordable minerals, or minerals from unusual localities. This year’s photographic coverage of the Tucson show proved that deals can still be found and from a variety of venues. Looking at the pictures of the show, there definitely was some material that I would have purchased had I attended the various shows.

This was probably one of the better, if not the best coverage of the shows you have done to date.

I guess people don’t understand the mineral market if they complain about the prices.

I disagree, there are plenty of threads both on Mindat and on the Mineral Forum about the economics of mineral specimens and how as a whole how they have begun to rise. I am certainly allowed to complain about a price of a mineral specimen if I think the asking price is outrageous and if I’m informed on what is an appropriate value for the specimen based on similar quality of what I have seen from that locality.

For the Argentina rhodochrosite example I haven’t seen much of this material, so I wouldn’t know what would be an appropriate price or not (and therefore wouldn’t complain). On the other hand, I noticed in one of the pictures shown there was a calcite twin from Anderson, Indiana that was priced 250 dollars. I have seen similar specimens at my local shows that were priced under thirty or forty dollars for the same quality specimen and size. I would certainly have the “authority” to complain that the price for that particular specimen is a bit outrageous, because I have seen quite a few specimens from that locality.

Obviously, the more you are informed, the likelihood of finding an excellent quality specimen within your budget is better than someone who is not.

Again, thanks for the continuing coverage and look forward to seeing pictures from the rest of the show.

9th Feb 2018 15:13 UTCMatteo Chinellato Expert

I guess people don’t understand the mineral market if they complain about the prices.

Jolyon & Katya Ralph
7th Feb 2018 5:54pm

I guess you never have seen prices of Brusson gold here in Italy ;-)
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