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Tucson Show 2017 - Live Report

Last Updated: 12th Feb 2017

By Jolyon Ralph

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



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And it's that time of the year again! A new year and a brand new show at Tucson.

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Quick plug for the new minfind mobile app being launched today. Go to AppStore or Google Play and search for minfind on your smartphone.

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The new show is held in a disused cinema complex. Lots of mineral dealers catering to collectors rather than the normal mix of gems, minerals and new age stuff.

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MineralZone

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Vanadinite from B&L minerals. New Moroccan find.

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The HTCC show - where I was most of the afternoon but the internet was so awful that it was impossible to live report. Thank you HTCC and AT&T.

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Earlier I visited the new Tucson outlet for Californian mineral wholesaler JTI (Jewel Tunnel Imports). Mindat.org regulars will remember JTI's founder Rock Currier, who passed away in 2015. JTI have taken over the old La Fuente restaurant on Oracle.

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The building is currently being renovated and is not yet occupied, however a large tent is set up in the car park for visitors. Note this venue is a trade-only venue.

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Great sign.

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JTI had a big find of gypsum crystals from Greece.

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Back to HTCC... and we are selling a new mindat.org T-Shirt. Thank you Rick for modelling for us. This is a limited edition of 100 shirts, it won't be available online. Probably will be sold out before the main show. If you want one then come to Self-Aware minerals in room 124 at HTCC.

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Back at the TNMS show today. Let's hope the internet is better now.

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Again dreadful internet today. I've just got a new sim so hopefully tomorrow will be better. In the meantime here's a photo from today - Rocks & Minerals and Mineralogical Almanac magazines.

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Xtal-Dennis Beals Minerals have this super chrysocolla after cumengeite pseudomorph from Boleo, Mexico.

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Now, quick visit over to Fine Minerals International, next to the HTCC hotel.

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Wulfenite from Tsumeb Mine, Namibia, Fine Minerals International

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Sign on the bed in Dennis Beals' room

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A cluster of old mining stuff - Self-A-Ware minerals.

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Palm trees at HTCC



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Rarestone had this little agate - from Antarctica!



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Tucson is a time to meet up with good friends. Last year's show would have been a disaster without the wonderful help from Naomi Hinds and Ray Hill (along with many others - but Naomi and Ray were especially helpful!)



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The kitchen table in our rented house has become a temporary mindat.org field headquarters! Just because a show is on doesn't stop us working!



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We'll be holding our annual meet-up at the JTI ballroom (as usual) at the HTCC show, 7pm on Monday night. Everyone welcome!



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Today we are at the 22nd street show, and if you can read this then my internet is good!



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Elwood mine fluorite with very iridescent sphalerite - Colorado Rocks specimen.



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And they also have this behemoth of fluorite from the Blanchard Mine, New Mexico.



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Beautiful cut Kunzite. again at Colorado Rocks.



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Justin Zzyzx with his free Rockhounding guide to Barstow which costs $7.99



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Back at the HTCC, this time with Internet.



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Great Bad Ems pyromorphite. Barnett Fine Minerals



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Parasite-(La) from Mula mine, Bahia, Brazil. Luiz Menezes Minerals



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Aragonite from China - John Cornish minerals



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Aquamarine from Dache, Pakistan - Fine Art Minerals



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I've sneaked into the Westward Look show on setup day to give you a preview.



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Russian corundum - Graeber & Hines



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Big English hematite - Graeber & Himes



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Chinese Quartz, Collector's Edge



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Great collection of British minerals! Weinrich Minerals.



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Caradon mine fluorite - Weinrich minerals



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Cerussite fron Silver Hill mine, North Carolina



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Opal from Peru, Mineral Classics



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Marshite from Rubtsovskoe, Russia - Dave Bunk minerals



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Mogok aquamarine - Kristalli specimen.



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Mogok spinel, Anton Watzl specimen



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New calcite find from Palmarejo mine, Chihuahua, Mexico - Miners Lunchbox



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And another.



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Chinese orpiment- Miners Lunchbox



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Three lovely malachite pseudos. A.Martaud Minéraux



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And it's time to call it a day and head home! More updates tomorrow.



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Celestine on sulphur. Agrigento, Italy - Webminerals specimen.



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Something happened here but I'm not quite sure what.



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Not all interesting minerals are super expensive. For those suffering from sticker shock after yesterday's postings here is a Mexican sanidine specimen for $12. Dennis Beals minerals.



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Latest issue of mineralogical Almanac magazine



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pyrite on Quartz from Peru. Ramos Minerals



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Octahedral pyrite



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Dino eggs



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Tourmaline drinking glasses. Artisan Made Gemstones



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Jolly good.



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Crystal Classics wholesale.



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Pectolite. It's not pretty but it's classic English stuff.



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Nice big Hilton fluorite - Crystal Classics specimen



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Gypsum coated twigs. South Australia. Ausrox.



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From Quiruvilca, Peru - Jaroslav Hyrsl specimen



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Mining hammers - up to 500 years old. Jaroslav Hyrsl



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Small Iowa Barite - Saga minerals



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Sulphur and celestine from Michigan - Saga Minerals



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Barite and Coffinire (probably the most appropriately named mineral ever) from Texas. Saga Minerals



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Dundasite from Adelaide Mine, Tasmania. Found 2016



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Crocoite, also found last year.



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Wakabayashilite from Nevada. Apex Fine Minerals



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Getchellite from the type locality. Apex Fine Minerals



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Getchellite from the type locality. Apex Fine Minerals



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And another from Twin Creeks mine. Apex Fine Minerals



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Gold from Jundee/Wilkins, Western Australia - Crystal Fraction



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At the U of A Flandreau science centre for a new exhibition



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Paraiba!!!



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Regional gem displays.



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At the U of A mineral museum



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Cuprite. Irish Mag mine, Bisbee, Arizona



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Cerussite from Campbell Shaft, Bisbee



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Scheelite - Rogers mine, Cochise co. Arizona



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Wulfenite and cerussite from mammoth st Anthony mine, Arizona



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Russian platinum!



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Mexican chalcopyrite



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Mexican scorodite



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Cole mine, Bisbee spangolite



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Gold from Crystalline-Alabama claim, California



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Laurelite - Grand Reef mine, Arizona



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Copper! Tombstone, Arizona



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Gold from Icabaru, Venezuela



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Gold from Mount Kate, Papua New Guinea



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Copper from Phoenix mine, Michigan



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Wulfenite from Hilltop mine, Arizona



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Chalcoalumite from copper queen mine, Arizona



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Adamite from Ojuela mine, Mexico. New acquisition 2016 donated by Ed David



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Wulfenite



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We have been collecting specimens for the mindat auction at the TGMS show next Saturday - here are a few of the great things that have been donated so far. First some great siderite casts from the Aggenyo mine South Africa donated by Paul Botha.



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A Canyon Diablo meteorite donated by Southwest Meteorite Lab. if you would like to donate something for our auctions please find us at the show or email jolyon@mindat.org to arrange a collection! Thank you to all our donors unfortunately I can't post everything to this report.



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Spanish smoky Quartz Luis Burillo minerals. Some of these items will be in the live auction here at Tucson and some will be auctioned online by John Veeveart so whether you are at Tucson this year or not you have a chance to bid on something to support mindat.org!



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We are very happy to have fossils, gemstones or anything vaguely related too! Everything goes to help support mindat. Thank you Lowcounty Geologic.



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One of several minerals donated by Fine Art Minerals. Thank you!



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Do you want a mindat.org fridge magnet? Stop me tomorrow (I'll be in a variety of shows) and ask for one! Free! (Unless you want to donate for one!)



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Back today at Tucsons New Mineral Show and Shannon & Sons minerals have a whole wing to themselves.



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Johannite from Utah



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Shannon & Sons have the W. Jim Thomas collection - dozens of flats of rare and classic mineral micros, thumbnails and up.



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One of the many flats



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Some odd cristobalite balls.



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Thallium minerals. Yummy!



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Native copper from the New Cornelia mine



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About William James Thomas



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I actually bought some minerals for myself from there too.



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MineralZone



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Hydroboracite from the Inder Borate deposit,Kazakhstan.



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Paracelsian from Wales



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Outside



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Mark Candee has this super little columbite.



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Phil Persson showing some malachite specimens.



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Kelly smithsonite - Persson Rare minerals.



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One of several Mexican Volborthite pieces at The Uncarved Block



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Murdochite from Bisbee, part of a Bisbee collection being sold by Beliis Minerals. There was another really nice Chalcoalumite here too, but I just bought it!



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Copper stained calcite. Belkis minerals.



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Back at the Westward Look



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Display of minerals from the Rice Museum



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Legrandite!



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Emerald!!



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Sperrylite!!!



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Sperrylite!!!



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The Alma Rose!!!!!!



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Malachite brain - Tonglushan mine, China. The Arkenstone



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In the room with Pinnacle 5 minerals. They have just within the last 20 minutes had a good smoky Quartz/amazonite specimen SIMILAR to this one stolen. If you are offered a similar piece under suspicious circumstances please contact Tim.



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Uvarovite - Bergman minerals



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Fluorite on pyrrhotite. Inner Mongolia - Fine Minerals International



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Bournonite from the Herodsfoot Mine, Cornwall - Western Minerals



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Stephanite from Mexico. Western Minerals



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Bed of fine minerals - Western Minerals



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Fluorite 'mushroom' from Elmwood. Nicholas Stolowitz



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Aragonite? In situ on the Westward Look fountain.



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Stibnite from the Tafone mine, Italy - Stonetrust



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Chalcocite from Carn Brea, Cornwall - Kristalle



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Tourmaline, Batalha mine, Brazil - Saphira minerals



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Atacamite, New Cornwall Mine, South Australia - Saphira minerals



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Djurleite from Morocco. Cristophe Gobin



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Ferberite and siderite. Kami mine, Bolivia - Cristophe Gobin specimen



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Malachite from Kasompi, DR Congo - Cristophe Gobin minerals



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Quartz cast after Barite. Silver Point mine, Colorado - Wilensky minerals



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"Grape agate" from Indonesia. Wilensky minerals



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English hematite - Wilensky minerals



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And the end of another day. More tomorrow!



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Sunset :)



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At the party for 300th anniversary of Fersman Museum



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Getting ready for the presentation.



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Bryan Swoboda from Blue Cap Productions and Aisha from Rocksaholics.



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Michael Leybov starting his presentation



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Medal commemorating 300th anniversary showing an image of s Kongsberg silver given to Peter the Great.



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Fersman



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Fersman in 1916



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First guide for the Fersman museum 1741



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Alexandrite!



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Guide from 1957



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Guide book 1984



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Perovskite and the Copper Mouse



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Staff and visitors to the museum. Katya and I are in there somewhere!



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Second presentation



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Peter Simon Pallas



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Exploration of Kola peninsular. Hmmm that sounds like a good idea. I wonder if...,.



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27% of new minerals since 2010 were discovered by researchers at the Fersman museum



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Statistics



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The medal! Solid silver.



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Having a day off - exploring Arizona.



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At the Boyce Thompson Arboretum



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Roman and Katya are finally in town! Introducing Roman to the dinosaurs



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Escaping from the box



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At the Tsumeb.com annual Tsumeb party! Ian Bruce introducing the speakers.



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Tsumeb wulfenite. Well Arranged Molecules



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Selling our tshirts!



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Tsumeb cerussite - Ausrox



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Boxes and boxes of Tsumeb classics from Crystal Classics



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Jeff Scovil opting for the retro presentation equipment.



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Jeff Scovil is showing some slides from Dr Erica Pohl's collection



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Captain adamite to 2.4cm



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Anglesite 7cm across



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Listening tonJeff's presentation



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Chalcotrichite in calcite 2.8cm largest crystal



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Mineral wines



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Tsumeb cuprite - Well Arranged Minerals



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Dioptase from Tsumeb - Well Arranged Molecules



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Biehlite



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Don't forget it's the annual mindat meeting at HTCC tonight in just over an hour. Here's a photo of Mike Rumsey for no reason.



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Starting the mindat meeting



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Tom and Ida.



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I have no idea who these people are or why they are at the mindat event.



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And now for some of the auction items donated for the mindat auction. Firstly this faceted Durango apatite from Gems By Mark



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Great Chinese scheelite donated by MineralZone



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Zircons from St Peter's Dome, Colorado - one of three specimens donated by Persson Rare Minerals



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Placer gold donated by Northern Nevada Gold



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Silver and Safflorite etc from Bou Azzer, Morocco donated by Hu Hühne.



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Ramsdellite from Mistake Mine, Arizona donated by Michael Shannon



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Turquoise from Kazakhstan. This is a very interesting new deposit from very close to the famous Altyn Tyube dioptase (type) locality.



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Dioptase cabochons! This and the turquoise are from Rare Stone. Room 252 HTCC



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Now visiting the JG&M SHOW



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If your biometric data is lacking...



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Big rocks



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Colombian Quartz from
Colombian Minerals



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Lab grown sceptre Quartz. R&D Xtals



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Gemscenter Brazil have a very professional marketing effort for their tourmaline, Quartz, etc.



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Clinoatacamite from The Lily mine, Chile. Nuevo Mundo Imports



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Faceted Oregon sunstone. Ravenstein.



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More donation items - this Hubnerite from Peru. Ramos Minerals



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R&D Xtals INC donated this super lab grown Quartz crystal.



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Marcasite on Barite donated by Saga minerals.



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Coming soon - our next Adventure!

email adventures@mindat.org if you're interested!



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Back at the inn suites this morning.



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San Carlos peridot from Crystal World



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Huge Austrian aragonite donated by Crystal Classics for the auction.



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Set up time for the main show



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The tri state district - case by Carnegie Museum



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Just over an hour before the TGMS show opens and the queue is already building



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Robin Hansen from Natural History Museum London with her display of minerals from the mid/west of UK



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Our booth is starting to come together



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David Barthelmy from webmineral.com



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Desperate ways to get the printer working when we forgot the power cable. Fortunately we didn't die or burn the Convention Centre down and it's now unplugged!



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Artisan made gemstones by Jeremy Sinkud



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I took this photo and it took so long for the internet to upload it that I have no idea what it is. I'm sure it's interesting though.



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Very busy in the micro mineral room



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The Carbon Mineral Challenge.



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One of the new carbon minerals. Now all we need to do is figure out how to train the Kestrels...



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Next year's show.



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I have a small number of single and double terminated himgannite crystals from Zagi Mountains Pakistan. I am told these contain both Y and Nd dominant zones, Nd dominant Hingannite would be a new species. If you want to buy one come up to the mindat booth tomorrow.



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The mindat booth



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And back at TGMS. Here is a display of amethyst from Green Ridge, Washington.



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Don't forget tonight is the Mindat silent auction here at the TGMS starting 5:30pm. Entry is free (you don't have to buy a ticket for the dinner) so please come along and grab a bargain and support us!



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Rice Museum display



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Fersman Museum display



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Awards dinner at TGMS



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This year's Carnegie medal has been awarded to mindat.irg manager (and curator emeritus of LA County Kuseum) Tony Kampf



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The mindat auction underway. Right now it's quiet because the awards speeches are ongoing.



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Geoliterary society auction also running.



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Huge box of micro mount minerals donated by Pat Haynes



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Bidding!



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Hemimorphite from Mexico. Donated by Peter Megaw.



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Jeff Scovil giving the results of the mineral photography competition



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Sunday morning at the show and most people are taking it easy.



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Sunday morning at the show and most people are taking it easy.





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Discuss this Article

31st Jan 2017 21:20 GMTJose Miguel Sola Fdez.

Yes sir, a new show of the best pieces from around the world.

2nd Feb 2017 22:00 GMTJohn Montgomery Expert

Thx from snowy cold Ottawa

3rd Feb 2017 03:02 GMTRudy Bolona Expert

I love the parisite_(La)!

3rd Feb 2017 09:13 GMTSteve Sorrell Expert

Parasite-(La) get's a tick from me :)

3rd Feb 2017 17:26 GMTRoger Lang Manager

Parasites are extremely underrated these days ;-)

3rd Feb 2017 17:51 GMTSteve Hardinger Expert

When I have parasites I call the exterminator, or see a doctor.

3rd Feb 2017 18:40 GMTMatteo Chinellato Expert

strange seen this prices, and after when you ask the same price for a similar specimen, or best, they say your price is to much high....

3rd Feb 2017 20:53 GMTScott Rider

Wow, tourmaline drinking glass set... Wonder how much that costs....?

3rd Feb 2017 21:11 GMTRob Woodside Manager

At least $50K for a set of 6!!! You have to realize how difficult it is to get 6 matching Paprok Tourmalines and then the extreme difficulty in carving such a hard gemstone!!!

3rd Feb 2017 22:19 GMTScott Rider

No kidding, that is an amazing accomplishment and what a true master of the craft!!! I'd love to see what those crystals looked like before they carved them...

3rd Feb 2017 22:22 GMTScott Rider

I was so enthralled by them I didn't notice the little sign saying $240 each.... So are these really elbaite glasses? Or colored to mimic the color.

4th Feb 2017 00:52 GMTJohn Oostenryk

Hey all, The tourmaline glasses- are 'Art Glass'. Hand blown/created. The talented young guy making these had other products too. I was very impressed with his simulated glass liddicoatite/elbaite crystals. The color zoning changes were really cool!
I thought the xtls were real (which drew me over) then I saw the prices, and took a closer look... LoL! I wish I had brought more money - I would have picked up a couple of the xtls for fun and teaching.

4th Feb 2017 18:50 GMTAlex Earl Expert

Thanks for sharing the Johannite from Utah!

4th Feb 2017 23:02 GMTJason Evans

Hope the amazonite gets recovered.

5th Feb 2017 18:38 GMTPaul Brandes Manager

Excellent report as always, Jolyon! Keep the photos coming....

6th Feb 2017 22:51 GMTSteve Hardinger Expert

"Aragonite? In situ on the Westward Look fountain." I don't see that locality listed in the Mindat database...

7th Feb 2017 08:10 GMTMatteo Chinellato Expert

I have seen the crazy prices ask for sicily sulphur, but really they find persons buy for similar prices this material?

7th Feb 2017 16:58 GMTNorman King Expert

Yes, Matteo. That's the problem--they keep finding people who pay that much.

7th Feb 2017 21:40 GMTHolger Hartmaier

Thanks for the great ongoing reporting Jolyon!
I had to cancel my trip to Tucson at the last minute this year, so I'm enjoying it through your eyes. It's -28 C in Calgary, so I'm envying the desert sunsets, palm trees and people in shorts and sandals.

7th Feb 2017 23:14 GMTTony Albini

Great job Jolyon reporting on the shows. It was great meeting you at the HTCC show yesterday.

7th Feb 2017 23:35 GMTJolyon Ralph Founder

If a mineral sells for the price listed it's not a crazy price. If it doesn't sell then the dealer is going to have to reduce the price until it does.

8th Feb 2017 06:21 GMTBrenton Mah

Love this report. Looking forward to more updates and the occasional typos... ;)
Such as "Captain adamite" - to the rescue!

8th Feb 2017 12:11 GMTRoy Starkey Expert

Hi Jolyon

For those of us not familiar with the folks at the Mindat meeting, would it be possible to add names L to R in the caption for the image https://www.mindat.org/photo-801503.html I only recognise Tomasz Praszkier from Spirifer.

Cheers

Roy

9th Feb 2017 15:00 GMTMatt King

Great report - keep up the good work!
But any chance you could start a new thread as this one is now extremely long and its becoming a pain having to scroll all the way to the bottom. Also, not everyone is on fast BB speeds.
Thanks
Matt

9th Feb 2017 18:04 GMTJolyon Ralph Founder

Matt. I don't want to break things up as that makes it harder to find stuff in the future. However if you keep this open in a tab and check back every now and then it's not too bad.

9th Feb 2017 21:47 GMTSteve Hardinger Expert

Instead of separate threads, how about anchoring the top of each day's report, and provide links to these anchors at the top of the page, ie Day 1, Day 2, etc.

10th Feb 2017 01:55 GMTMatt Neuzil Expert

I think the clinoatacamite is from peru?

And that hutchisonite, wow!!!!

11th Feb 2017 13:51 GMTDavid K. Joyce Expert

Thanks Jolyon, I was there for a couple of weeks and saw lots but, as I tell everyone, it is impossible to see it all! I appreciate the gaps in my experience that you filled for me. David K Joyce
 
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