The InnSuites Show - Show Scenes & Mineral Lots

The InnSuites Show, officially known as the Arizona Mineral & Fossil Show, is organized every year by Martin Zinn Expositions LLC. The show is located in the Hotel Tucson City Center, and it is my favorite show after the main show in the convention center. The show is located on sprawling hotel grounds with hundreds of rooms, and almost all of the import dealers are present here selling out of their rooms. There are also ballrooms filled with dealers and tents in the outside parking areas. This show has a very laid-back environment, and a pleasant, friendly atmosphere.

This post brings forth show scenes at the InnSuites show, as well as mineral groups and lots.

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Grounds of the InnSuites Hotel

Food Tent and People Lounging In the Open Areas

Large Crystals and Flyer Showing the New TV Series Mineral Explorers
Crystal Springs Mining & Jewelry, Thomas Nagin

Fossils and Books in the Fossil Hall
This area looks like a museum library

New Find of Hematite-stained red Quartz from Morocco, at Izizauen Alnif, near Tinejdad
Cornerstone Minerals, Greg Turner

New Find of Dark Purple Fluorite from the Crystal Victory Mine, Hardin Co., IL
Allectoris Minerals, Rocko Rosenblatt and Kevin Downey

Beautiful, Large Liddicoatite with Good Backlighting from Madagascar
Little Big Stone, Frederic Gautier

The I-10 Corridor Shows

The strip on the western side of the I-10 Freeway - from the Days Inn at Congress Street to the Clarion Inn at Starr Pass Road - is lined with hotels and tents with hundreds of dealers. There are minerals, gemstones, and jewelery being sold out of almost every hotel room and nook and cranny. It is fascinating to observe this scene, and a must for all Tucson show visitors to go and see. The enormous Brazilian crystals are especially fascinating.

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The stretch of motels (Clarion Inn, Howard Johnson, Motel 6) with tents
along the Interstate 10 Freeway Corridor

Large South American Amethyst Geodes in a tent at the Clarion Inn.
La Genuina Amethysts, Artigas, Uruguay

Ted Smith of the Ace of Diamonds Herkimer Mine.
Ted Drives Down every Year from NY to sell some of his amazing Herkimer Diamonds.

Boxes of Large Herkimers in the Sunlight. These are all half price.
Ace of Diamonds Herkimer Mine

Huge Quartz Crystals in front one of the tents of the Brazilian Dealers.

Very large Aquamarine crystals in Quartz from Rio Grande do Norte, Brazil
RM Gemas (Brazil), Robson X. da Costa

On of the Fine Individual Aquamarine Crystals from the Abvoe Lot

Tents of Brazilian dealers between the Clarion and Howard Johnson

Young Saguaro Cacti and Succulents Across the Street from the Shows

The 22nd Street Show

The first show I visited in Tucson was the 22nd Street show. This is a relatively new show, set up in a giant tent on the east side of Interstate 10. While this show has mostly jewelry and bead dealers, there are several interesting mineral dealers present. The show also has the show actors of the Prospector's TV series who bring some of their recent Colorado finds.

At this show, I also met show organizer Lowell Carhart to discuss details on the upcoming NY/NJ Show, as well as his new venture called the 22nd Street View. The View will be a new permanent fixture in Tucson for dealers to be able to have a year-round Tucson presence.

One of the nice perks of the 22nd Street show is the free parking. After visiting this show you can just walk across the freeway underpass to the other shows on the I-10 Corridor.

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Large tent of 22nd Street Show Tucson
Large tent of the 22nd Street Show.
Note the deep blue sky, indicative of the great weather.

22nd Street Show Tucson View Music
Sign outside the tent promoting the 22nd Street View, accompanied with Live Music

22nd Street Show Tucson Dinosaur Fossils
Nice Dinosaur fossil display at the show

Beautiful African Malachite, with some very large pieces!
African Arts and Minerals, Bellflower, CA

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Beautiful Polished Opal with Play of Color from the Spencer Opal Mines in Idaho
Spencer Opal Mines, Claudia and A.J Couture, Spencer ID

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New find of white botryoidal Quartz from Ouray, CO.
Miners Mall, Dennis Schneider & Tammey Holdbrook, Grand Junction, CO.

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New Colorado Turquoise from Cripple Creek, mined in 2014
Miners Mall, Dennis Schneider & Tammey Holdbrook, Grand Junction, CO

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Beautiful gemmy 120 ct. Aquamarine from Mt. White, CO; one of the best pieces collected in 2014
The Lucky Miner, Dwayne Hall (of the Prospectors TV Series)

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Dwayne Hall of the Prospectors TV Series wearing a cap.
Dwayne collected the above Aquamarine

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Peridot gemstone from Freemont County, Colorado.
This stone holds the record for Colorado's largest faceted Peridot at 4.81 cts.
Found by Travis Anderson (Prospectors) and cut by Carl Holzer.

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Incredible Aquamarine from Mt. Antero, Colorado, collected in 2012.
Collected by Ron Griese; displayed at the booth of Travis Anderson of the Prospectors.
The larger stone is 5 3/8 inches!

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Large lot of small, recently collected gemmy Peridot from Freemont County, CO
Travis Anderson, Prospectors

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Large Slab of Oregon Sunstone in Volcanic Matrix
Oregon Sunstone Exchange, Josh the Terrible

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The above Sunstone sliced in two showing the structure and texture.

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Polished Sunstone in water from the Oregon Sunstone Exchange

Video Explaining the Sunstone

Tucson Show Reports 2015

Once again we are proud to share our show reports on all the happenings in Tucson this year. Hershel Friedman visited many of the shows, taking many pictures and meeting with many important personalities. His trip was much shorter this year due to timing constraints, but the coverage is still extensive. He was unable visit the Westward Look Show due to its earlier timing, and the Pueblo show was also missed due to camera issues, which will be described in more detail in a future post.

The show reports will consist of the following sections:
  • 22nd Street Show
  • I-10 Corridor Shows
  • InnSuites Show
  • Convention Center Show
  • The University of Arizona Mineral Museum

Sulfosalt Minerals Added

One of the sub-classes of minerals missing from our database has been the sulfosalts. Up until now we have not had any information on any of the sulfosalt mineral, but we have started working on this and adding the sulfosalt minerals. New minerals added over the past two weeks include the following:

We will continue to add more as we get to them!

"Mineral Explorers" Premiers on TV!


A new TV series on Mineral Exploration
has just debuted this past month! This unscripted reality series, “Mineral Explorers,” leads viewers to some of the richest and most remote mines in the world to discover the natural treasures found within.


Each 30-minute episode of the six-part series follows Veteran mineral dealer Thomas Nagin as he explores locales that are rich in ways beyond their mineral deposits - providing viewers with a unique glimpse of the trade as well as the cultures surrounding the mines.

Season One is now on Public Television stations across the United States. Season one features mines throughout Brazil, Mexico, Colombia, Bolivia and in Nagin's home state of Arkansas - famous for having the world's best Quartz.

The owner of Crystal Springs Mining Company and Gallery, Nagin has been working in the mineral trade for more than 30 years - traveling the world to collect rare gems, crystals and minerals. He created “Mineral Explorers” as a way to showcase the beauty of the mineral world and to answer the many questions people have about his profession.

“People have always had a great interest in what I do and where I go,” Nagin said. “They want to know what the people and places are like, how the minerals are mined, but most of all, they want to know if they can come with me.”

For more information
about “Mineral Explorers,” including behind-the-scenes videos, blogs and more, visit

Click here
for the broadcast schedule.


View the promotional trailer below: 


Mineral Explorers Sizzle Reel from Mineral Explorers LLC on Vimeo.

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