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The 65th Annual Four Corners Gem & Mineral Show

Last Updated: 8th Jul 2018

By Erin Delventhal

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





I'm here live this weekend at the 65th annual Four Corners Gem & Mineral Show hosted by the Four Corners Gem & Mineral Society in Durango, Colorado.



One of my first stops here is Eckhard Stuart's booth - he's always got all kinds of little treasures I've never heard about.

This is a bit large for Eckhard's typical material, but he's already sold this large argentiferous galena from the National Belle Mine, which is a really neat classic Colorado locality.



A bit more typical of what you'll find at Eckhard's booth: here are a few relatively unusual minerals from type localities.



Adam's Minerals has a good selection of unusual things including this Chilean krohnkite.



Adam also has some pretty gemmy things for those so inclined.



There are lots of display cases scattered through the show. Here's one of gold, silver, and copper mines of southwest Colorado put in by Toby Mourning.

Having collected at a couple of these spots, these are really nice!



"The Golden Years" - History of the Mines in the Cripple Creek District put in by Winton (Gene) Mourning.

I especially like the map!



Lafortunate Minerals has some really excellent skeletal sceptered amethyst from recent production at Little Giant Basin above Silverton, Colorado.

(Just as a friendly reminder, it is recommended that you check land status before you go digging!)



Dale Hewin is here. I met him for the first time at this show last year and enjoy my conversations with him immensely.

Here is a tugtupite from Kvanefield, Greenland.



And the same specimen under short-wave!



Here's a pseudo-cubic calcite from an unusual locality!



And that specimen under long-wave! The vertices of the crystals are much brighter.



I'm here again with Calvin and Paige Webb. Calvin is teaching someone about something right now.

I am somewhat tethered to the booth, but the show looks like (and sounds like too) it's getting pretty busy!



Gerry from Granite Minerals is here.

I have found some really lovely (and well-priced minerals here before, so time to take a peek!



I've found some things I particularly enjoy: chalcopyrite coating galena from the Bingham Canyon Mine, Utah.

Gerry has just told me a thing I am tickled pink by: under high powered something-wave (clearly we aren't fluorescent people and need to go ask Dale) the chalcopyrites on these specimens fluoresce "funky yellow."



And a very fun pyritohedron of pyrite from the Bingham Canyon Mine.

I didn't realize until just now, but Gerry works out at the Bingham Canyon Mine!



Doug St. Pierre is also here.

Here's a pretty impressive arsenopyrite on lollingite on irridescent dodecahedral magnetite from Huanggang.



He also has a fossil fern stem that is supposed to be fairly rare - I don't know much about these things but the form is beautiful.



Josh from the Rock Pick is also here - another phenomenal dealer that I've found some excellent pieces from.

A lovely galena from the Black Cloud Mine.

Josh told me that I couldn't quote him, but he just dropped a very quotable line so I will anyway: "He who can separate good advice from bad advice doesn't need advice."



There are a number of things in this flat I'd happily take home.

I get in an awful lot of trouble at these shows.



Another classic Colorado locality!



An interesting Mexican vanadinite.



A beautifully twinned Bunker Hill cerussite.



All sorts of lovely things!



We're back for day two!

I'm here a bit early to get to look around a bit. Eckhard has this lovely Finch Mine vanadinite.



A New Mexico treasure: azurite from the Hanover no. 2. Not often seen anymore and even less often seen with any matrix.



A very glassy colemanite - it's nearly invisible in this photo.

I don't have one of these, but I just might now.



It's been a very busy morning and I'm almost a bit dizzy!

There are about 60 vendors scattered through the show, and I hope they've all had the kind of traffic we have.



Red Sky Minerals has some lepidolite rimmed mica pieces.



Some Alaskan quartz!



Botryoidal fluorite from China!



Sky's gone and cut a chunk of Summitville covellite - really interesting to see the structure here. The pale material is kaolinite that's gained some coloration from leeched copper.



The New Mexico Bureau of Geology Mineral Museum has two cases up here too. This corundum has really nice schiller.



And a rich eudialyte sphere from Wolfgang & Diana Mueller.



And lots of miscellaneous micros from Eckhard!



Looking through some more of the Silverton area amethyst from Lafortunate Minerals.

AJ said he needed a name for this rather odd generational growth - I've supplied him with "quartz in a blanket" and I'm sticking to it.



I think I'll add this to my hard hat.



And we're done for the day.

Some meteoritic things from Hewin's Minerals.



We're back for the final day of the show - Adam Larson has chosen a great shirt today.



Azurite Gallery has some really neat old stock material with excellent prices.



A flat of minerals from the Continental Mine, New Mexico.



Granite Minerals has a nice lazulite.

We've been swamped all day again, so I apologize for the brevity of this live report.





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Comments

Good start, Erin!
I already see a few specimens I would have added to my collection had I been there.....

Paul Brandes
6th Jul 2018 6:54pm
That Pine Point calcite is very nice, hope you snagged that one.

Once again Erin - great work and very much appreciated

Keith Compton
6th Jul 2018 11:43pm
Nice to see some sensible prices. Thanks Erin!

Steve Sorrell
7th Jul 2018 2:51am
Paul,
There's been some great material spotted so far! You never know what's going to turn up!

Keith,
The Pine Point piece is really nice but unfortunately I'm on a pretty tight budget this weekend and I'm not much of a fluorescent collector (yet, anyway).

Steve,
I think anyone who claims the mineral world has gotten too expensive really ought to check the smaller shows a bit more carefully. I would argue I'm one of the cheapest collectors out there and I've managed to do just fine over the past few years.

Erin Delventhal
7th Jul 2018 5:30am

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