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Tucson 2019

Last Updated: 18th Feb 2019

By Jolyon & Katya Ralph

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



It's time once again for the annual Tucson Shows report, this year sponsored by Tucson's New Mineral Show.



The show has expanded this year with dealers in buildings and tents. Let's go check out some minerals!



New find of hematite from Iron Hill district, New Mexico. Enchanted Minerals.



One of the hematites.



Super Smoky Quartz from Lincoln Co. New Mexico - Enchanted minerals



Some classic Bisbee copper minerals from MineralZone. The azurite is ex Ben Williams collection, he was instrumental in the founding of Arizona state.



Cuprite from bisbee with bideaux label. MineralZone



Polished Cornish turquoise - Ed Loye



Ronna Veeveart selling some of her late husband's stock including these benitoites



Devon metaautunite - ex John Veeveart collection.



Chalcedony from Staritsa quarry, Tverskay, Russia. Geonica Inc.



Interesting and very inexpensive!



To all those who say minerals are too expensive today I say could you get a one inch octahedral cuprite crystal for twenty dollars twenty years ago?



Peridot beach sand from Hawaii. Guaranteed curse free. Shannon & Sons



Calcite from Tynebottom mine, England - Richard Shupe minerals



Now hunting for unusual things at Minerals Unlimited. Here's a Sal ammoniac from Paricutin volcano, Michoacan, Mexico.



Zircon crystals from Sigulani, Blantyre district, Malawi. Collected 1963. Minerals Unlimited (and this one now in my collection)



Big amethyst in a truck.



Nice South Korean amethyst. Ricki Minerals



Penfield quarry fluorite Rocko minerals.



Vial of gem corundum from Yogo Gulch Montana, MineralZone specimens



Chamosite after garnet. Mount Shasta Michigan. MineralZone specimen



The sale of part of the Rock Currier collection at JTI.



Showing one of Rock's classic lifesaver labels



First stop today at the new Mineral City show



Keystone (50% discount) specimens at Crystal Classics including this great French pyromorphite



Spirifer minerals have a new find of fluorite from Mongolia.



Some examples.



Also some purple fluorite.



Super large English hematite - Wendel Minerals



Collectors Edge still seem to have a secret stash of Sweet Home Rhodochrosite for sale, now with 30% discount.



Paul Botha has some very interesting books as well as a fine selection of southern African minerals.



I bought a copy of this one



Next door is the Mineral District show mostly wholesale but also some keystone outlets.



Actually it's the sun gemstone show.



Here at the University of Arizona with the Mineral Evolution team who I have been working with for many years now. It's good to be involved in real scientific research.



And now I'm at the HTCC show



Thulite crystals from Snillfjord, Norway. Collected January 2019 by Gunnar Farber.



The collecting in Norway in the winter!



Specimen with crystals.



Back at the Mineral City show. Matrix India



Big thing from them is amethyst and zeolites from India.



Superb mordenite stalactites from Anay Village, Pune, India.



Natural Creations have some super displays.



Calcite and amethyst



Quartz on and partially included by byssolite from Italy



Apatite on calcite from Muzo, Colombia



Back at HTCC show today. With Dennis Beals who has these new boleite on matrix from Mexico. There is some debate about whether they are entirely natural but so far nothing has been proved either way.



Kobyashevite



Incredible Graphite and diopside from Rossie, New York. Collected in summer 2018 by Michael Walter. Geologic Desires specimens.



One of a new pocket of crocoite from the Adelaide mine Tasmania. Adelaide Mining Company



Artisan Made Gemstones have created these fabulous glass 'Wulfenites'



Iridescent fluorite from Dalnegorsk, Russia. Dr Petr Sztacho



Morimotoite possibly largest crystals in world, from Russia. Dr Petr Sztacho



At the westward look show



I found this pin on the ground here



Legrandite specimens from Mapimi Mexico, Unique Minerals



Red Beryl showing the half with the mould of the crystal before trimming.



Calcite with included conichalcite from Tsumeb. Both this and previous piece from Pala Inc.



Super Colorado amaxonite and smoky quartz - Pinnacle 5 minerals



Neat stephanite minature from Fresnillo Mexico - MineralMovies specimen



Aquamarine on orthoclase from Brazil. Cristalli specimen



Quite the impressive Rhodochrosite - Bergmann minerals



Blue beryl from Afghanistan - Stonetrust



Blue beryl with tourmaline from Afghanistan - Stonetrust



Super new cuprite from DR Congo - Stonetrust



Suite of hematite from Brazil. The Mineral Gallery



Pew pew pseudomorph of calcite and quartz after mordenite - Blake Barnett minerals, as was the last one too (oops)



Emerald pocket reconstruction from Hiddenite, NC about 60 years old. Green Mountain Minerals



Kongsberg silver - Crystal Classics



Azurite overgrown on a malachite pseudomorph after azurite. Tsumeb mine. Crystal Classics



Azurite on tetrahedrite from France. Dan Weinrich specimens



Dadsonite with siderite from Saint-Pons, France - A.Martaud mineraux



New lustrous azurite from Morocco - A.Martaud



Fundraising dinner and auction for the University of Arizona Mineral Museum



Back today at TNMS and here at Phil's Minerals are four flats of apatite on magnetite from Cedar City, Utah



Close up of one piece.



Californian Dioptase from Phil's Minerals



Orthoclase ps after leucite from Kamam-Kalehovuk Turkey. Tin Can Hill minerals.



Minerals too expensive? Good selection of interesting specimens for $6 each. Tin Can Minerals



Tincalonite from Searles Lake $6



Another $6 rock from Tin Can Hill minerals



Interesting new fluorite from the Surprise mine, Cookes Peak, New Mexico - Enchanted minerals



New and inexpensive Blanchard Fluorite - Enchanted minerals



Another nice pseudo from Enchanted Minerals



Whilst on the subject of pseudomorphs Erin Delventhal has this really unusual pseudo of chalcedony after something from Indonesia! Guesses as to what the precursor was have included cerussite, aragonite and odd volcanic vapour phases. A mystery.



Braunite from Langban, Sweden - Shannon & Sons specimen



Back at Comet Meteorite Shop in HTCC show and they have this 845g piece from the brand new meteorite fall in Cuba on Feb 1st this year! H6 class.



Huuuge Rhodochrosite with pyrite from Oppu mine, Japan. Nicholas Stolowitz fine minerals.



Back at HTCC this morning and Jaroslav Hyrsl has a fantastic Zektzerite crystal from Washington Pass.



Now I'm at the Pueblo Gem & Mineral Show



Superb ferberite from Kami mine, Bolivia. SZ Mineraux.



Cédric Sonney from SZ Mineraux with a fabulous Freiberg fluorite.



Hematite from Le Saut des Roches, France. SZ Mineraux



At the Chinese New year party of the View Stone Association of China.



At the mindat party here at Ray Hill's place.



And it's almost time for the TGMS show aka the Main Show.



Big queue for the grand opening, 10am this morning.



Haven't had much time to report today, but here's a Sal ammoniac with Lecontite from Chile. IC minerals



A memorial display to the late and great John Veeveart



Wulfenite from the UK display case from the Natural History Museum (and National Musuems Scotland). Long story short, the UK doesn't produce spectacular wulfenite specimens. But it can be found if you persevere.



Mine treasures from around the world.



The Society of Mineral Museum Professionals have a case of Wulfenite. Mindat.org and SMMP have collaborated to create a Virtual Gallery of 'What Wulfenite Loves'.

https://www.mindat.org/smmp/2019




Chinese minerals from the Jim and Gail Spann collection



Arizona treasures from the University of Arizona.



Arizona meteorites.



What a caledonite!



Fallbrook Gem and Mineral Society display on Garth Bricker and his mining work at the red Cloud mine.



Blue Rose of the Urals. Corundum from Russia.



Jeremy Sinkus' display of glass replicas and glassware.



Sulfides. Venture West Crystals and Minerals



Memoirs of a micromounter



Sherman Dugan Museum of Geology



Natural History Museum of LA County



Close-up of their golds.



Wulfenites of Mexico



Need a crystal wall? UK Mining ventures can build you a crystal wall from $500 per square foot from English fluorite direct from their mines.



Nephrite jade cane



The King Henry gold, 94kg 1,402oz Au from Beta Hunt mine, Western Australia



Wulfenite from Mexico. Megaw family collection.



Kevin DeLeon case.



Harvard Museum



Royal Ontario Museum



Wulfenite in systematic mineralogy case by American Museum of Natural History



Spar minerals. Fersman Museum display



Coyamito agates of Mexico



Cooke's Peak New Mexico



One of the new Mineral adventure trips coming this year.



And the other! Email katya@mindat.org if you'd like more information.



TGMS banquet. Is under way.



Last nights mindat.org auction raised over $5,500. Thank you all! But special thanks to Robyn, Nathan and Holger for their tremendous help last night.



And finally the show is over. Here, have some more wulfenite. Next year's theme will be World Class Minerals, but we will also be celebrating 50 years of the Mineralogical Record and 20 years of mindat.org!

See you then!





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Comments

Nice find Phil!

John Montgomery
6th Feb 2019 8:51pm
or Erin?


John Montgomery
6th Feb 2019 8:54pm
Perhaps the malachite, azurite and cuprite are from Bisbee? Spell check can be difficult sometimes.

Richard Gunter
6th Feb 2019 10:49pm
Nice to see the chamosite ps. almandine! The correct locality is the Michigamme mine located adjacent to the famous Mt. Shasta restaurant.

Dana Slaughter
7th Feb 2019 12:10am
Those hematites are quite fetching! After visiting the Denver shows last fall, it's nice seeing minerals online. My neck has finally stopped aching from all the ogling. Still, can't wait to attend another major show!


Keith A. Peregrine
7th Feb 2019 12:31pm
Haha, Northern Norway... Those thulites are found not far from Trondhjem, in Trøndelag, in the southern part of midle of Norway several hundred kilometres south of the polar circel. The thulite was rockforming in a zone of a tunnel, and tons of thulite was accessible, the dumps was literally pink. I haven't been there to collect myself, but a lot of pictures, including crystals to a couple of cm.

Peter Andresen
8th Feb 2019 5:56pm
Do I see aquamarines?!?!?

Kevin Conroy
8th Feb 2019 8:40pm
Definitely enjoy seeing all the variety of minerals being shown, especially ones that are a good deal. Do you remember which dealer had that calcite sphere on the amethyst? That is pretty unique...

Jamison K. Brizendine
9th Feb 2019 12:13am
The Wulfenite at the back in the Wulfenites of Mexico case photo looks as if it has had too much of a good time at the show ! Lucky it didn't fall face first.

Keith Compton
15th Feb 2019 10:05pm

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