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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.


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'.


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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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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