University of Arizona Mineral Museum: General Exhibits

Aside from the Special Exhibits showcased upstairs, the University of Arizona Mineral Museum also has a permanent museum showcase in the basement with an impressive collection. I had not been down here for several years, and on my previous trip my impression was that the exhibits were outdated and not so impressive. I was pleasantly surprised to see many of the cases refurbished with some new modern cases and interesting minerals. If you are visiting Tucson, it's definitely a worthwhile visit to go downstairs in the museum to view the permanent mineral collection.



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Calcite Oriented Pyrite  Chenzou Pref., Hunan Prov. China
Huge Calcite With Oriented Pyrite from Chenzou Pref., Hunan Prov. China


Fluorite Rainbow Arch De'an Mine, Wushan, Jiangxi Prov, China
Fluorite Rainbow Arch from the De'an Mine, Wushan, Jiangxi Prov, China


Calcite 884 Mine, Leiping, Hunan Prov., China
Twinned Calcite from the 884 Mine, Leiping, Hunan Prov., China


Minerals of Afghanistan & Pakistan Gene Meieran
Minerals of Afghanistan & Pakistan from the Collection of Gene Meieran


Pink Kunzite Elbaite Kunar Province, Afghanistan
Deep Pink Kunzite and Elbaite from Kunar Province, Afghanistan (from the above case)


Copper Minerals from the Ed David Collection
Copper Minerals from the Ed David Collection.
This Exhibit was Put on Display at the Tucson Show, and is Empty in the Meantime.
Click Here to View the Post Where this Display can be Seen.


Platinum Nugget Nizhnii Tagil, Sverdlovsk, Russia
Platinum Nugget from Nizhnii Tagil, Sverdlovsk, Russia


Gold Specimens from California
Exhibit Case of Gold Specimens from California


Brochantite from the Millpillas Mine, Sonora, Mexico
Amazing Brochantite from the Millpillas Mine, Sonora, Mexico


Cassiterite Var. Wood Tin from Durango, Mexico
Cassiterite Var. Wood Tin from Durango, Mexico


Cerussite Flux Mine, Patagonia, Arizona
Fascinating Cerussite from the Flux Mine, Patagonia, Arizona


Linarite Collins Vein, Mammoth Mine, Tiger, Arizona
Polished Linarite from the Collins Vein, Mammoth Mine, Tiger, Arizona


Sphalerite & Galena Iron Cap Mine, Landsman Camp, Arizona
Sphalerite and Galena from the Iron Cap Mine, Landsman Camp, Arizona


Minerals of the Ojuela Mine, Mapimi, Durango, Mexico
Minerals of the Ojuela Mine, Mapimi, Durango, Mexico


Mottramite Ojuela Mine, Mapimi, Durango, Mexico
Mottramite from the Ojuela Mine, Mapimi, Durango, Mexico, found in 2011


Paradamite Ojuela Mine, Mapimi, Durango, Mexico
Paradamite from the Ojuela Mine, Mapimi, Durango, Mexico, found in 2011


Iridescent Goethite Lavendar Pit, Bisbee, Arizona
Iridescent Goethite from the Lavendar Pit, Bisbee, Arizona


Calcite Malachite Inclusions Bisbee, Arizona
Calcite with Malachite Inclusions Bisbee, Arizona


University of Arizona Mineral Museum: Special Exhibit

Every year, the University of Arizona in Tucson hosts a special exhibit in their mineral museum, located in the Flandrau Science Center. This exhibit is present at the time of the show in Tucson, and I have been visiting the museum every year during my visit to Tucson. This year's special exhibit was titled "Mineral Evolution: Mineralogy in the Fourth Dimension." Represented were rock-forming minerals and minerals showcasing the evolution process of the formation of minerals.

Most of the larger exhibit areas were filled with fossil cases, but there was still a nice representation of interesting and unique minerals, of which some are shared in the post below.



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Forsterite Kolonne, Uva Province, Sri Lanka
Huge Forsterite crystal from Kolonne, Uva Province, Sri Lanka
Mark Le Font Collection


Rutile Cluster from Novo Horizonte, Bahia, Brazil
Large and Hairy Rutile Cluster from Novo Horizonte, Bahia, Brazil
University of Arizona Mineral Museum Collection


Toluca Iron meteorite from Mexico
Polished Toluca Iron Meteorite from Mexico State, Mexico
Mark Le Font Collection


University of Arizona Mineral Museum pegmatites
Various Pegmatite Gem Minerals
Multiple Collections


University of Arizona Mineral Museum
Vertical Section of one of the Display Cases
Multiple Collections


Calcite With Dioptase Inclusions, Tsumeb, Namibia
Amazing Calcite Colored Blue-Green by Dioptase Inclusions from Tsumeb, Namibia
Mark Le Font Collection


Calcite With Dioptase Inclusions, Tsumeb, Namibia
Giant Botryoidal Rhodochrosite from the Oppu Mine, Japan
Mark Le Font Collection


Manganese Nodules from Project Azorian
Manganese Nodules from Project Azorian
Multiple Collections


hewellite Crystal from Zwickau, Saxony, Germany
Rare Whewellite Crystal from Zwickau, Saxony, Germany
Marcus J. Origlieri Collection


Mineral Pseudomorphs After Wood
Various Mineral Pseudomorphs After Wood
Multiple Collections


Opal after Calcite after Ikaite from White Cliffs, NSW, Australia
Opal after Calcite after Ikaite from White Cliffs, NSW, Australia
Museum Gift from the de Monmonier Estate


Danburite Charcas, Mexico
Danburite Showing Regular Crystal and Similar Specimen Replaced by Quartz from Charcas, Mexico
Marcus J. Origlieri Collection


Trilithionite after Elbaite
Elbaite from the Himalaya Mine, San Diego Co., California, Next to a
Pseudomorph of Trilithionite after Elbaite from Minas Gerais, Brazil
Arizona Historical Society (R) and Marcus J. Origlieri (L) Collections


Copper pseudomorph after Cuprite Rubtsovsk, Russia
Cuprite and Copper Pseudomorph after Cuprite from Rubtsovsk, Russia
Marcus J. Origlieri Collection


Pseudomorphs from the Bor Pit, Dal'negorsk, Russia
Quartz pseudomorph After Datolite and Danburite, Bor Pit, Dal'negorsk, Russia
Bill Shelton Collection


Staurolite Fairy Cross Pestsovye Keivy, Kola Peninsula, Russia
Staurolite "Fairy Cross" in Matrix from Pestsovye Keivy, Kola Peninsula, Russia
Mark Le Font Collection


Afghanite Sar-e-Sang, Afghanista
Very Large Afghanite Crystals in Matrix from Sar-e-Sang, Afghanistan
Mark Le Font Collection


Afghanite Sar-e-Sang, Afghanista
Pink Heulandite Geode from Pune, Maharashtra, India
Mark Le Font Collection


Thumbnail Exhibits at the Tucson Show

There were several thumbnail exhibits with fine minerals of excellent quality and smaller size. These thumbnail exhibits are listed below.



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Individual Tourmaline Minerals at the TGMS Show

Tourmaline is considered by many collectors to be the most beautiful mineral. Its multicolor crystals in highly aesthetic formation lend it an enigmatic beauty few minerals can compete against. There are always fine Tourmalines on display at the Tucson show, and this year was no exception. In fact, I noticed quite an abundance of interesting Tourmalines, and was especially enamored by Gerhard Wagner's Tourmaline exhibit of trophy Tourmaline specimens, which was pictured in a previous post here on our news blog. The post below displays some of the individual Tourmaline crystals at the show.



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Bluecap Tourmaline Queen Mine, Pala, California
Bluecap Tourmaline from the Tourmaline Queen Mine, Pala, California
Unknown Collection


Tourmaline Mt. Marie Quarry, Paris, Maine
Green Tourmaline Crystal and Gem from the Mt. Marie Quarry, Paris, Maine
Maine Gem & Mineral Museum


Tourmalines from the Pederneira Mine, Sao Jose de Safira, MG, Brazil
Well-Terminated Tourmalines from the Pederneira Mine, Sao Jose de Safira, MG, Brazil
Gerhard Wagner Collection


Tourmaline from the Himalaya Mine, Mesa Grande, California
Orange-red Tourmaline from the Himalaya Mine, Mesa Grande, California
Gerhard Wagner Collection


Tourmalines from the Pederneira Mine, Sao Jose de Safira, MG, Brazil
Aesthetic Tourmaline "Flower" from the Pederneira Mine, Sao Jose de Safira, MG, Brazi
Gerhard Wagner Collection


Misc Individual Minerals at the TGMS Show

This post provides a glimpse at several individual minerals at the Tucson Gem & Mineral Show® from the worldwide exhibit cases that I found interesting.



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Copper University of Arizona Mineral Museum
Copper Crystals from the Chino Open Pit, New Mexico
The University of Arizona Mineral Museum


Gold The Thunderbolt Mt. Monger, Western Australia
Remarkable Crystallized Gold ("The Thunderbolt") from Mt. Monger, Western Australia, Found in 2014
Rob Lavinsky


Gold The Thunderbolt Mt. Monger, Western Australia
Enormous Tanzanite Crystal - the Largest I Have Ever Seen
Marcus Budil


Calcite Zhaotong Prefecture, Yunnan Prov China
Beautiful Hexagonal Calcite from Zhaotong Prefecture, Yunnan Prov., China
Unknown Collection. Note the incredible double refraction!


Gold & Silver Tucson Show 2015
Crystallized Gold and Wire Silver
The Gold is from Ace of Diamonds Mine, Washington; the Silver from Kongsberg, Norway
Unknown Collection


Rhodochrosite tetrahedrite Graham's Pocket Sweet Home Mine Alma Colorado
Rhodochrosite on Tetrahedrite from Graham's Pocket, Sweet Home Mine, Alma, Colorado
Unknown Collection. The red color is the raw photo and not enhanced!


Calcite Butterfly Twin from Dalnegorsk, Russia
Pink Calcite "Butterfly Twin" from Dal'negorsk, Russia
Unknown Minerals of Russia Exhibit


Rhodochrosite Oppu Mine, Aomori Prefecture, Japan
Botryoidal Rhodochrosite from the Oppu Mine, Aomori Prefecture, Japan
Unknown Collection


Smoky Hawk King
The "Smoky Hawk King", a giant Amazonite with Smoky Quartz, Smoky Hawk Claim, Florissant, CO
Dorris Family Collection


Wulfenite Old Yuma Mine, Pima Co., Arizona
Large and Lustrous Wulfenite from the Old Yuma Mine, Pima Co., Arizona
Arizona Sonora Desert Museum


Hydroxylherderite from the Havey Quarry, Poland, Maine
Large Hydroxylherderite from the Havey Quarry, Poland, Maine
Maine Mineral & Gem Museum


Purple Fluorapatite with Siderite Panasquieira Mines, Portugal
Beautiful Purple Fluorapatite with Siderite from the Panasquieira Mines, Portugal
(This Should be in the Western European Exhibits, but I Accidentally Left it out of there.)
Tom and Gail Spann


Misc Exhibits at the TGMS Show Part 2

This post is the second one giving a pictorial guide to the various showcase exhibits at the Tucson show. This post and the one before it are of all the non-themed cases. The themed cases of "Minerals of Western Europe" have been described in their own separate posts.



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Mineral Exhibits Tucson Show 2015
High Quality, Colorful Minerals
Various Collectors


Pyrite from Around the World
Pyrite from Around the World
Unknown Case


Minerals of Russia Tucson Show 2015
Minerals of Russia
Unknown Case


Misc Mineral Exhibits Tucson Show 2015
Misc Worldwide Minerals
Unknown Case


Breast Cancer Survivors Tucson Show Minerals 2015
Exhibit Dedicated to Breast Cancer Survivors
Various Women Collectors


Misc Mineral Exhibits Tucson Show 2015
Misc Worldwide Minerals
Unknown Case


Minerals of Namibia Trafford Flynn Minerals
Minerals of Namibia
Trafford Flynn Minerals


Minerals from Tsumeb, Namibia
Minerals from Tsumeb, Namibia
Unknown Case


Bisbeeborn Minerals
Misc Worldwide Minerals
Bisbeeborn Minerals


MCopper Queen Branch
Native Copper Specimens
Label Says "Copper Queen Branch", so my Assumption is this is from Bisbee


Minerals of Mexico Tom Hales Collection
Classic Minerals of Mexico
Tom Hales Collection


Scott Rudolph Collection
Misc Worldwide Minerals
Scott Rudolph Collection


Smoky Hawk King Colorado Dorris Family
The "Smoky Hawk King" and other Beatiful Amazonites and Smoky Quartz
From the Smoky Hawk Claim, Florissant, Teller Co., Colorado
Dorris Family Collection


Minerals of New York City & its Environs, Manchester
Minerals of New York City & its Environs, Manchester Collection
Unknown Case


Arizona Sonora Desert Museum
Minerals of "New Spain" (In this Case: Mexico & Arizona)
Minerals of Arizona Sonora Desert Museum


Maine Mineral and Gem Museum
Minerals from Maine
Maine Mineral and Gem Museum


Amethyst & Calcite Uruguay Brazil Gene Meieran
Amethyst and Calcite of Uruguay and Brazil
Roz and Gene Meieran Collection


Minerals from the Southwest
Minerals from the Southwest
Paul Harter, Bill Larson, & Gene Meieran


Tourmaline Gerhard Wagner Collection
The World of Tourmaline
Gerhard Wagner Collection


Misc Exhibits at the TGMS Show Part 1

Aside from the main theme of "Minerals of Western Europe," the Tucson show also hosts a variety of other special exhibits from various museums, collectors, and mineral societies. In fact, there were more non-themed exhibit showcases than themed ones. This post and the following one feature all the non-themed exhibits at the show. The order of the pictures is once again not specific to any organization, but rather the sequence of my photography. Since there were many showcase exhibits, I divided these into 2 separate posts.



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 Colorado Mines Jeff Self & Donna Aware
Favorites from Colorado Mines
Jeff Self & Donna Aware


Minerals Found in Fossils Indiana State Museum
Treasures in Time: Minerals Found in Fossils
Indiana State Museum


Prehnite Henry & Patsy Schmidt Tucson
Prehnite from Around the World
(Disappointed that this Case Lacked any Prehnite from New Jersey, a Premier Prehnite Locality!)
Henry & Patsy Schmidt


Arizona Minerals Jon & Ruth Brugman Tucson Show
Self Collected Arizona Minerals
Jon & Ruth Brugman


Agate & Geodes from Montana Bozeman Gem & Mineral Club
Agate & Geodes from Montana
Bozeman Gem & Mineral Club Member Specimens


Minerals from Montana Bozeman Gem & Mineral Club
Minerals from Montana
Bozeman Gem & Mineral Club Member Specimens


Lead Ore Rice NW Museum of Rocks & Minerals
Lead Ore Minerals
Rice NW Museum of Rocks & Minerals


Ed David Copper Collection University of Arizona Mineral Museum
The Ed David Copper Collection
The University of Arizona Mineral Museum


Geology Museum at the University of New Mexico, Albuqueque
Misc Worldwide Minerals
Geology Museum at the University of New Mexico, Albuqueque


Azurite and Malachite Mineralogical Society of Arizona
Azurite and Malachite from Arizona
Mineralogical Society of Arizona


Sphalerite Tucson 2015 Les Presmyk Collection
Sphalerite from Worldwide Localities
Les Presmyk Collection


Transistion Metals Tucson Show 2015 Exhibit
Transistion Metals
Unknown Collection


Misc Worldwide Minerals Tucson Show 2015 Exhibit
Misc Worldwide Minerals
Unknown Collection


Transistion Metals Tucson Show 2015 Exhibit
Misc Worldwide Minerals
Unknown Collection


Richard Bideaux Memorial Trophy Competition Arizona
Minerals from Arizona
Richard Bideaux Memorial Trophy Competition


Minerals from Russia and Western Europe Fersman Mineralogical Museum
Minerals from Russia and Western Europe
Fersman Mineralogical Museum


Marcus Budil Minerals Tucson Show Exhibit
Highly Aesthetic Trophy Minerals
Marcus Budil


Gerhard Wagner Tourmaline Collection
Tourmaline Collection
Gerhard Wagner Collection


Minerals from Russia and Western Europe Fersman Mineralogical Museum
Misc Worldwide Minerals
Unknown Collection

"Great Quartz Crystal Face Off" at the Tucson Show

This year's Tucson Show featured a smaller sub-theme in addition to the regular theme. The sub-theme was titled "The Great Quartz Crystal Face Off." There were twelve showcase exhibits filled with all different types of interesting and unique Quartz crystals. The pictures below show all the exhibits for this sub-theme, and towards the bottom of this post are several of the individual minerals within this exhibit.



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Lab-Grown Quartz Crystals Hydrothermal Process
Lab-Grown Quartz Crystals, Synthetically Produced Through the Hydrothermal Process
R&D XTALS Inc


Quartz Worldwide
Quartz Worldwide
Unknown Exhibit


Quartz Crystals from a New Find at the McEarl Ridge Mine, Arkansas
Large Quartz Crystals from a New Find at the McEarl Ridge Mine, Arkansas
Avant Mining LLC


Dendritic Agates Tucson Mineral Show 2015
"Magic of Illusions" - Beatiful Dendritic Agates
Paarijat


Amethyst & Milky Quartz Ashaway Village, Hopkinton, Rhode Island
Amethyst and Milky Quartz from Ashaway Village, Hopkinton, Rhode Island
Unknown Exhibit


Angled Quartz Twins
Angled Quartz Twins
Unknown Exhibit


Quartz Exhibit
Miscellaneous Quartz Exhibit
Unknown Exhibit


Colorful Quartz
Colorful Quartz
Unknown Exhibit


Miscellaneous Quartz Exhibit
Miscellaneous Quartz Exhibit
Si & Ann Frazier


Quartz Exhibit Tucson 2015
Miscellaneous Quartz Exhibit
Wendy Melomeny


Quartz King County, Washington
Quartz and Associates from King County, Washington
Unknown Exhibit


Quartz Royal Scepter Claim, Peterson Mountain, Washoe Co., Nevada
Quartz from the Royal Scepter Claim, Peterson Mountain, Washoe Co., Nevada
Misc Exhibitors


Star Rose Quartz Minas Gerais Brazil
Star Rose Quartz from Minas Gerais Brazil
(This specimen was actually in the vicinity of the Quartz cases, so I included it here)
Lyda Hill

Yellow Quartz Macaubas, San Francisco River, Bahia, Brazil
Rare Quartz with Unknown Yellow/Brown Inclusions, Macaubas, San Francisco River Area, Bahia, Brazil
Misc Exhibitors


Chalcedony Pseudomorph after Twinned Aragonite, Sueco, Coyamito Ranch, Chihuahua, Mexico
Chalcedony Pseudomorph after Twinned Aragonite, Sueco, Coyamito Ranch, Chihuahua, Mexico
Si & Ann Frazier


Amethyst Scepter on Matrix, King Co., Washington
Beautiful Amethyst Scepter on Matrix, King Co., Washington
Misc Exhibitors


Quartz Scepter on Pyrite, King Co., Washington
Quartz Scepter on Pyrite, King Co., Washington
Misc Exhibitors


Amethyst Saltman Prospect, Sweden
Amethyst on Matrix from the Saltman Prospect, Sweden
Misc Exhibitors


Individual Minerals in Western Europe Exhibits at the TGMS Show: Part 2

Here are the rest of the photos of the individual minerals from the Western European exhibits at the Tucson Gem & Mineral Show® that I found interesting. Stay tuned for additional posts in the coming days, which will include "The Great Quartz Crystal Face Off" and other miscellaneous exhibits.



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Jordanite Lamellar Twinning from Lengenbach, Binn Valley, Wallis, Switzerland
Large Jordanite Crystal with Lamellar Twinning from Lengenbach, Binn Valley, Wallis, Switzerland
Natural History Museum of London


Large Anatase from Binn Valley, Wallis, Switzerland
Incredibely Large Crystal of Anatase from the Binn Valley, Wallis, Switzerland
Natural History Museum of London


Twinned Fluorite from the Rogerly Mine, England
Twinned Fluorite from the Rogerly Mine, England
UK Mining Ventures


Zircon Seiland Island, Alta Fjord, Finnmark, Norway
Large Zircon crystals Seiland Island, Alta Fjord, Finnmark, Norway
Canadian Museum of Nature


Large Pyrite Cubes In Matrix from Navajun, Spain
Large Pyrite Cubes In Matrix from Navajun, Spain
Unknown Case


Calcite Butterfly Twins Malmberget Mine, Gallivare, Lappaland, Sweden
Calcite Butterfly Twins from the Malmberget Mine, Gallivare, Lappaland, Sweden
Unknown Case


Orange-Pink Fluorite on Albite Chamonix, Haute-Savoie, Rhone-Alpes, France
Orange-Pink Fluorite on Albite from Chamonix, Haute-Savoie, Rhone-Alpes, France
Unknown Case


Calcite St. Andreasberg, Harz Mts, Lower Saxony, Germany
Classic Calcite from St. Andreasberg, Harz Mts, Lower Saxony, Germany
University of Technology Bergakademie Freiberg (Mining Acadamy)


Blue Halite Menzengraben Mine, Rhon Mts, Thuringia, Germany
Blue and White Halite from the Menzengraben Mine, Rhon Mts, Thuringia, Germany
University of Technology Bergakademie Freiberg (Mining Acadamy)


Silver Wire from the Himmelsfurt Mine, Saxony, Germany
Large Silver Wire from the Himmelsfurt Mine, Saxony, Germany
Unknown Case


Epidote V-Twins Knappenwand, Untersulzbachtal, Salburg, Austria
Epidote V-Twins from Knappenwand, Untersulzbachtal, Salburg, Austria
Unknown Case


Axinite LeCatonge, Sembrancher, Les Bagnes Valley, Wallis, Switzerland
Large Axinite Crystal from LeCatonge, Sembrancher, Les Bagnes Valley, Wallis, Switzerland
Unknown Case


Smithsonite Masua Mine, Sardinia, Italy
Yellow Smithsonite Polished Slice and Nodule from the Masua Mine, Sardinia, Italy
Unknown Case


Aragonite Flos Ferri Erzberg, Styria, Austria
Tubular Aragonite var. Flos Ferri from the Erzberg, Styria, Austria
Unknown Case


Silver Wire from the Himmelsfurt Mine, Saxony, Germany
Hematite Kidney Ore with Dolomite from the Florence Mine, Egremont, Cumbria, England
Scott Rudolph