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Tucson Show 2017 - Live Report

Last Updated: 12th Feb 2017

By Jolyon & Katya Ralph

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



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

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

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.

MineralZone

Vanadinite from B&L minerals. New Moroccan find.

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.

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.

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.

Great sign.

JTI had a big find of gypsum crystals from Greece.

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.

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

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.

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

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

Wulfenite from Tsumeb Mine, Namibia, Fine Minerals International

Sign on the bed in Dennis Beals' room

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

Palm trees at HTCC



Rarestone had this little agate - from Antarctica!



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!)



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!



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



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



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



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



Beautiful cut Kunzite. again at Colorado Rocks.



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



Back at the HTCC, this time with Internet.



Great Bad Ems pyromorphite. Barnett Fine Minerals



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



Aragonite from China - John Cornish minerals



Aquamarine from Dache, Pakistan - Fine Art Minerals



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



Russian corundum - Graeber & Hines



Big English hematite - Graeber & Himes



Chinese Quartz, Collector's Edge



Great collection of British minerals! Weinrich Minerals.



Caradon mine fluorite - Weinrich minerals



Cerussite fron Silver Hill mine, North Carolina



Opal from Peru, Mineral Classics



Marshite from Rubtsovskoe, Russia - Dave Bunk minerals



Mogok aquamarine - Kristalli specimen.



Mogok spinel, Anton Watzl specimen



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



And another.



Chinese orpiment- Miners Lunchbox



Three lovely malachite pseudos. A.Martaud Minéraux



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



Celestine on sulphur. Agrigento, Italy - Webminerals specimen.



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



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.



Latest issue of mineralogical Almanac magazine



pyrite on Quartz from Peru. Ramos Minerals



Octahedral pyrite



Dino eggs



Tourmaline drinking glasses. Artisan Made Gemstones



Jolly good.



Crystal Classics wholesale.



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



Nice big Hilton fluorite - Crystal Classics specimen



Gypsum coated twigs. South Australia. Ausrox.



From Quiruvilca, Peru - Jaroslav Hyrsl specimen



Mining hammers - up to 500 years old. Jaroslav Hyrsl



Small Iowa Barite - Saga minerals



Sulphur and celestine from Michigan - Saga Minerals



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



Dundasite from Adelaide Mine, Tasmania. Found 2016



Crocoite, also found last year.



Wakabayashilite from Nevada. Apex Fine Minerals



Getchellite from the type locality. Apex Fine Minerals



Getchellite from the type locality. Apex Fine Minerals



And another from Twin Creeks mine. Apex Fine Minerals



Gold from Jundee/Wilkins, Western Australia - Crystal Fraction



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



Paraiba!!!



Regional gem displays.



At the U of A mineral museum



Cuprite. Irish Mag mine, Bisbee, Arizona



Cerussite from Campbell Shaft, Bisbee



Scheelite - Rogers mine, Cochise co. Arizona



Wulfenite and cerussite from mammoth st Anthony mine, Arizona



Russian platinum!



Mexican chalcopyrite



Mexican scorodite



Cole mine, Bisbee spangolite



Gold from Crystalline-Alabama claim, California



Laurelite - Grand Reef mine, Arizona



Copper! Tombstone, Arizona



Gold from Icabaru, Venezuela



Gold from Mount Kate, Papua New Guinea



Copper from Phoenix mine, Michigan



Wulfenite from Hilltop mine, Arizona



Chalcoalumite from copper queen mine, Arizona



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



Wulfenite



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.



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.



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!



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



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



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!)



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



Johannite from Utah



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



One of the many flats



Some odd cristobalite balls.



Thallium minerals. Yummy!



Native copper from the New Cornelia mine



About William James Thomas



I actually bought some minerals for myself from there too.



MineralZone



Hydroboracite from the Inder Borate deposit,Kazakhstan.



Paracelsian from Wales



Outside



Mark Candee has this super little columbite.



Phil Persson showing some malachite specimens.



Kelly smithsonite - Persson Rare minerals.



One of several Mexican Volborthite pieces at The Uncarved Block



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!



Copper stained calcite. Belkis minerals.



Back at the Westward Look



Display of minerals from the Rice Museum



Legrandite!



Emerald!!



Sperrylite!!!



Sperrylite!!!



The Alma Rose!!!!!!



Malachite brain - Tonglushan mine, China. The Arkenstone



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.



Uvarovite - Bergman minerals



Fluorite on pyrrhotite. Inner Mongolia - Fine Minerals International



Bournonite from the Herodsfoot Mine, Cornwall - Western Minerals



Stephanite from Mexico. Western Minerals



Bed of fine minerals - Western Minerals



Fluorite 'mushroom' from Elmwood. Nicholas Stolowitz



Aragonite? In situ on the Westward Look fountain.



Stibnite from the Tafone mine, Italy - Stonetrust



Chalcocite from Carn Brea, Cornwall - Kristalle



Tourmaline, Batalha mine, Brazil - Saphira minerals



Atacamite, New Cornwall Mine, South Australia - Saphira minerals



Djurleite from Morocco. Cristophe Gobin



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



Malachite from Kasompi, DR Congo - Cristophe Gobin minerals



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



"Grape agate" from Indonesia. Wilensky minerals



English hematite - Wilensky minerals



And the end of another day. More tomorrow!



Sunset :)



At the party for 300th anniversary of Fersman Museum



Getting ready for the presentation.



Bryan Swoboda from Blue Cap Productions and Aisha from Rocksaholics.



Michael Leybov starting his presentation



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



Fersman



Fersman in 1916



First guide for the Fersman museum 1741



Alexandrite!



Guide from 1957



Guide book 1984



Perovskite and the Copper Mouse



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



Bryan Swoboda owning the crowd



Second presentation



Peter Simon Pallas



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



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



Statistics



The medal! Solid silver.



Having a day off - exploring Arizona.



At the Boyce Thompson Arboretum



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



Escaping from the box



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



Tsumeb wulfenite. Well Arranged Molecules



Selling our tshirts!



Tsumeb cerussite - Ausrox



Boxes and boxes of Tsumeb classics from Crystal Classics



Jeff Scovil opting for the retro presentation equipment.



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



Captain adamite to 2.4cm



Anglesite 7cm across



Listening tonJeff's presentation



Chalcotrichite in calcite 2.8cm largest crystal



Mineral wines



Tsumeb cuprite - Well Arranged Minerals



Dioptase from Tsumeb - Well Arranged Molecules



Biehlite



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.



Starting the mindat meeting



Tom and Ida.



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



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



Great Chinese scheelite donated by MineralZone



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



Placer gold donated by Northern Nevada Gold



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



Ramsdellite from Mistake Mine, Arizona donated by Michael Shannon



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



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



Now visiting the JG&M SHOW



If your biometric data is lacking...



Big rocks



Colombian Quartz from
Colombian Minerals



Lab grown sceptre Quartz. R&D Xtals



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



Clinoatacamite from The Lily mine, Chile. Nuevo Mundo Imports



Faceted Oregon sunstone. Ravenstein.



More donation items - this Hubnerite from Peru. Ramos Minerals



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



Marcasite on Barite donated by Saga minerals.



Coming soon - our next Adventure!

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



Back at the inn suites this morning.



San Carlos peridot from Crystal World



Huge Austrian aragonite donated by Crystal Classics for the auction.



Set up time for the main show



The tri state district - case by Carnegie Museum



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



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



Our booth is starting to come together



David Barthelmy from webmineral.com



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!



Artisan made gemstones by Jeremy Sinkud



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.



Very busy in the micro mineral room



The Carbon Mineral Challenge.



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



Next year's show.



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.



The mindat booth



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



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!



Rice Museum display



Fersman Museum display



Awards dinner at TGMS



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



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



Geoliterary society auction also running.



Huge box of micro mount minerals donated by Pat Haynes



Bidding!



Hemimorphite from Mexico. Donated by Peter Megaw.



Jeff Scovil giving the results of the mineral photography competition



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



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





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Comments

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

Jose Miguel Sola Fdez.
31st Jan 2017 9:20pm
Thx from snowy cold Ottawa

John Montgomery
2nd Feb 2017 10:00pm
I love the parisite_(La)!

Rudy Bolona
3rd Feb 2017 3:02am
Parasite-(La) get's a tick from me :)

Steve Sorrell
3rd Feb 2017 9:13am
Parasites are extremely underrated these days ;-)

Roger Lang
3rd Feb 2017 5:26pm
When I have parasites I call the exterminator, or see a doctor.

Steve Hardinger
3rd Feb 2017 5:51pm
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....

Matteo Chinellato
3rd Feb 2017 6:40pm
Wow, tourmaline drinking glass set... Wonder how much that costs....?

Scott Rider
3rd Feb 2017 8:53pm
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!!!

Rob Woodside
3rd Feb 2017 9:11pm
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...

Scott Rider
3rd Feb 2017 10:19pm
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.

Scott Rider
3rd Feb 2017 10:22pm
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.

John Oostenryk
4th Feb 2017 12:52am
Thanks for sharing the Johannite from Utah!

Alex Earl
4th Feb 2017 6:50pm
Hope the amazonite gets recovered.


Jason Evans
4th Feb 2017 11:02pm
Excellent report as always, Jolyon! Keep the photos coming....

Paul Brandes
5th Feb 2017 6:38pm
"Aragonite? In situ on the Westward Look fountain." I don't see that locality listed in the Mindat database...

Steve Hardinger
6th Feb 2017 10:51pm
I have seen the crazy prices ask for sicily sulphur, but really they find persons buy for similar prices this material?

Matteo Chinellato
7th Feb 2017 8:10am
Yes, Matteo. That's the problem--they keep finding people who pay that much.

Norman King
7th Feb 2017 4:58pm
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.


Holger Hartmaier
7th Feb 2017 9:40pm
Great job Jolyon reporting on the shows. It was great meeting you at the HTCC show yesterday.

Tony Albini
7th Feb 2017 11:14pm
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.

Jolyon & Katya Ralph
7th Feb 2017 11:35pm
Love this report. Looking forward to more updates and the occasional typos... ;)
Such as "Captain adamite" - to the rescue!

Brenton Mah
8th Feb 2017 6:21am
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

Roy Starkey
8th Feb 2017 12:11pm
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

Matt King
9th Feb 2017 3:00pm
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.

Jolyon & Katya Ralph
9th Feb 2017 6:04pm
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.

Jolyon & Katya Ralph
9th Feb 2017 7:16pm
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.

Steve Hardinger
9th Feb 2017 9:47pm
I think the clinoatacamite is from peru?

And that hutchisonite, wow!!!!

Matt Neuzil
10th Feb 2017 1:55am
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.

Jolyon & Katya Ralph
10th Feb 2017 11:24pm
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

David K. Joyce
11th Feb 2017 1:51pm

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