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Tucson 2008 TGMS Show report - Part 3 - Dealer Update

Last Updated: 22nd Feb 2008

By Jolyon & Katya Ralph

An update on dealers and specimens for sale at the TGMS show 2008


Ausrox had the 'shoe' on display that I reported on from the Westward Look show a week ago, but this time I was able to take video of this strange artifact!

Also sharing some space on the Ausrox stand was Terry Szenics (for whom Szenicsite is named after):

The one person in the world who can get away with wearing a Szenicsite cap

A close-up of the Szenicsite specimen - quite a magnificent one!

Collector's Edge

Collector's Edge had a large booth with several cabinets of fine minerals. Around the outside were some free-standing displays containing spectacular minerals - including this amazing Beryl.

Beryl from Medina, Minas Gerais, Brazil

Dan Weinrich

Dan and Diane were selling part of the Minnete Collection, along with Dave Bunk. There were many pre-show rumours about what was happening with this sale, and why Heliodor were no longer listed as partners in this sale - but despite the drama and the problems, the collection was offered for sale on the Thursday morning at the show, with people queueing up to get in to view the specimens - even the other dealers had to queue - no-one was given priority!

Here are some of the specimens that were offered:

Clinoclase 'ball' from Cornwall, England

Proustite from Oberschlema, Germany

Dave Bunk

The other half of the Minnete Collection was offered by Dave Bunk - including these nice pieces:

Wulfenite from Los Lamentos, Mexico

Benitoite and Neptunite from California

Of course, Dave had fine specimens of his own too, including this lovely Platinum crystal from the Konder massif, which was featured in F.John Barlow's book.

Platinum from Russia


As we mentioned in the preview, there were some fabulous new Pyrolusite from New Mexico - here's a photo of one of the best pieces:

Pyrolusite from New Mexico

Dixie Euhedrals

Dixie Euhedrals had a great selection of really nice Quartz (var Amethyst) from Jacksons Crossroads, Georgia. Here is one of the better pieces - which would not look out of place in the main displays at the show.

Amethyst from Jacksons Crossroads, Georgia

Gobin - Webmineral

The Gobin brothers were back again at the show with several cabinets of fine minerals.

The Gobin Brothers

First thing to attract my attention (actually, they had this at Westward Look, but for some reason I didn't notice it there) was this stunningly deep coloured Beryl from Madagascar.

Beryl from Madagascar

And, from China, some lovely minature twinned Calcites:

Calcite Twin
Another Calcite Twin
And Another!
Calcite Twin
Another Calcite Twin
And Another!
Calcite Twin
Another Calcite Twin
And Another!

Graeber and Himes

Graeber and Himes (along with Jesse Fisher from UK Mining Ventures, who was cohabiting their area) had a large selection containing many classics. The following caught my eye:

Chabazite (stained red), ex Ed David collection - From Paterson, New Jersey

And this one, a pseudomorph of Topaz after Orthoclase from Germany.

Topaz (after Orthoclase), Saubach, Germany

Kristalle/Crystal Classics

Having slowly morphed over recent years into somewhat of a single entity - Kristalle and Crystal Classics - the two companies had two booths - but both were shared Kristalle/Crystal Classics. The main booth was run by Dona, Wayne and Ian (with plenty of expert help!)

Ian Bruce in front of the main Kristalle/Crystal Classics area.

And Robin (with her team) was running the second booth, with many items from new collections recently purchased by the companies.

Robin in front of the second Kristalle/Crystal Classics booth.

One of my very favourite specimens from the show was this Scheelite on matrix from Kristalle/Crystal Classics - the matrix consists of mica and clear Beryl crystals.

Scheelite on matrix from Pingwu, China

Another nice specimen was this Baryte included with Realgar, from Baia Sprie, Romania.

Baryte included with Realgar - Romania

Finally, a beautiful Les Farges Pyromorphite.

Pyromorphite, Les Farges, France

Pala, International

Bill Larson and the rest of the Pala team were on hand to show off the cream of their stock of minerals and gems.

Here is Bill Larson in front of one of his display cabinets

First to catch my eye was this very rich Cornetite:

Cornetite from L'Etoile Mine, D.R. Congo

And of course, this Wheal Gorland Liroconite had to go into the report!

Liroconite from Wheal Gorland, Cornwall, UK

Completing the theme of blue things, this faceted Hauyne gem from Niedermendig, Eifel, Germany weighing 1.73 carats was impressive if you're impressed by rare faceted gems!

Hauyne faceted gem

More updates coming soon!

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...that's a killer Liroconite!!
Jolyon, what's its size?Approximately, of course...


Chris Mavris
22nd Feb 2008 10:10pm
Thanks Jolyon, you give new meaning to "dancing shoe". If you mention the sizes then I can't dismiss the pieces as mere micromounts and I'll get terribly envious.

Rob Woodside
23rd Feb 2008 3:53am
The Liroconite was about 4cm wide? It's a very nice one - of course I've seen quite a few better!


Jolyon & Katya Ralph
26th Feb 2008 7:17pm

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