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The Pueblo Show at Riverpark Inn, Tucson

The Pueblo Gem & Mineral Show takes place at the Riverpark Inn, and is an important part of the Tucson mineral scene. It is a sprawling show, with many dealers selling from their hotel room as well as the dozens of makeshift tents that dot the property during the show.

This show has a wide variety of dealers. There are many mineral dealers, including a growing number of fine mineral dealers, but there is also a very strong presence of gemstone and jewelry dealers. It is very enjoyable due to its laid-back atmosphere. Always present at this show are massive quartz and amethyst crystals, which make an incredible site to see.


Very Large Quartz Crystals from Brazil at the Pueblo Show at Riverpark Inn
Very Large Quartz Crystals from Brazil at the Pueblo Show at Riverpark Inn

Dealer Tents at the Pueblo Show, with Sentinel Peak, an Iconic Tucson Mountain, in Background
Dealer Tents at the Pueblo Show, with Sentinel Peak Park Mountains Behind

Tent of Large Quartz and Amethyst Crystals from Brazil at the Pueblo Show
Tent of Large Quartz and Amethyst Crystals from Brazil at the Pueblo Show

Very Large Amethyst Geodes In Tent at the Pueblo Show
Very Large Amethyst and Citrine Geodes In Tent at the Pueblo Show

Close up on a Large Amethyst Geode Pair from Uruguay
Close up on a Large Amethyst Geodes Pair from Uruguay

Large Amethyst, and Citrine Geodes and Crystal Plates
Large Amethyst and Citrine Geodes and Crystal Plates

Large Quartz, Agate, And Amethyst
Large Quartz, Agate, and Amethyst Specimens from Brazil and Uruguay

Sign at the Pueblo Show Publicizing the 2018 Munich Gem and Mineral Show
Sign at the Pueblo Show Publicizing the 2018 Munich Gem and Mineral Show

Sign at the Pueblo Show Publicizing the 2018 St. Marie Aux Mines Gem and Mineral Show
Sign at the Pueblo Show Publicizing the 2018 St. Marie Aux Mines Gem and Mineral Show

Dealers in the Riverpark Inn Courtyard, with Ruby in Zoisite being Displayed
Dealers in the Riverpark Inn Courtyard, with Ruby in Zoisite being Displayed

2018 Tucson Show Introduction and InnSuites Scenes

We once again provide our detailed coverage of the Tucson mineral shows. The city of Tucson hosts the largest and most significant agglomeration of mineral and gemstone shows and events every year at the end of January and early February. Each year, the list of shows in this sprawling city grows, with hotels and tents throughout the desert landscape springing to life with dealers from around the world selling their material.

It's nearly impossible to attend all the shows, though we do our best to cover the most significant ones. The Westward Look Show is a high-end event in a quiet resort in the northern part of the city, with top dealers offering their finest minerals. This event takes place on the weekend prior to the main show. Most specimens on sale at the Westward Look have three to five digits in their price tag, with several even in the six digit range. We were unable to attend the Westward Look this year due to travel complications. However, many of the specimens here are later exhibited at the InnSuites and then at the Main Show in the convention center, so that is a bit of a consolation to us and anyone else who missed the Westward Look.


We visited the shows along the I-10 corridor near downtown, including the Pueblo Show at Riverpark Inn, and the cluster of tents and motel rooms from the Travelodge, Howard Johnson, and Quality Inn. We then went under the highway overpass to the 22nd Street Show, a giant tent show that seems to grow in size every year. (We'll include coverage of these shows in further postings.)

We attended the show commonly called the InnSuites Show, which is one of the largest shows of interest to mineral collectors. This is an event not to be missed. It is organized by Marty Zinn, and hosted in the Hotel Tucson City Center (HTCC), formerly known as the InnSuites. This hotel is a complex of interconnected buildings with courtyards and dealer tents in its perimeter. A vast number of dealers sell here, and there is a representation of almost all known and reputable dealers at this location. The dealers sell out of their hotel rooms, with professional display cases full of minerals often taking the place of beds.


The InnSuites Show is officially known as the Arizona Mineral and Fossil Show, but has always been called the InnSuites until recently. We heard an increasing number of dealers and buyers referring to it as the HTCC show, so it is possible this new name will stick. Perhaps next year's coverage will be referenced as the HTCC shows if this new name continues to increase in popularity.

The first post of our Tucson coverage will be the InnSuites. We'll present general show scenes, and then post new and interesting finds from the dealers. Please enjoy this first post with the InnSuites scenes. You can click each picture for a larger image pop-up.


Hotel Tucson City Center with New Traffic Pattern
Hotel Tucson City Center with New Traffic Pattern.
The old parking area is now under construction.

Front Entrance of the Hotel Tucson City Center
Front Entrance of the Hotel Tucson City Center

Front Entrance of the Hotel Tucson City Center
Giant Milky Quartz Crystal from the Urucum Mine in Brazil at the Hotel Entrance 

Very Large Amethyst Crystal Plate Near the Hotel Entrance
Very Large Amethyst Crystal Plate Near the Entrance of the Hotel

Small Dinosaurs in the HTCC Courtyard
Small Dinosaurs in the HTCC Courtyard

Relaxed Atmosphere in the HTCC Courtyard
Relaxed Atmosphere in the HTCC Courtyard

People Enjoying Themselves in the HTCC Courtyard
People Enjoying Themselves in the HTCC Courtyard

Rhinoceros Replica and Oranges Trees in the HTCC Courtyard
Rhinoceros Replica and Oranges Trees in the HTCC Courtyard

Gila Monster Replica in the HTCC Courtyard
Gila Monster Replica in the HTCC Courtyard

An Unsuspecting Person About to be Eaten by a Megalodon Shark
An Unsuspecting Person About to be Eaten by a Megalodon Shark Jaw Replica

Mineral Sculptor Leo Atkinson in front of his Amazing Amethyst Geode Body
Mineral Sculptor Leo Atkinson in front of his Amazing Amethyst Geode Body

A Large Malachite Sculpture from Leo Atkinson
A Large Malachite Sculpture from Leo Atkinson

Exceptionally Large Milky Quartz Crystals from Brazil
Exceptionally Large Quartz Crystals from Brazil

2018 InnSuites Show at Tucson: Individual Minerals Part 1

Many of the most prominent dealers are present at the InnSuites show in Tucson, filling their hotel rooms with beautifully arranged display cases of minerals. The caliber, selection, and variety of minerals at this show is incredible. I visited many of the dealers and took photos of some of the new and interesting material they had showed me. This is the first of two posts of new and interesting mineral finds at the InnSuites show.



Recently Mined Gold Crystals from the Little Jonny Mine, Leadville, CO, Self-a-Ware Minerals
Recently Mined Gold Crystals from the Little Jonny Mine, Leadville, CO
Self-a-Ware Minerals

Elbaite Tourmaline Mined in 2016 at the Himalaya Mine, Mesa Grande, San Diego Co., CA, Self-a-Ware Minerals
Elbaite Tourmaline Mined in 2016 at the Himalaya Mine, Mesa Grande, San Diego Co., CA
Self-a-Ware Minerals

3 Elbaite Tourmaline Crystals Mined in 2017 at the Himalaya Mine, Mesa Grande, San Diego Co., CA, Self-a-Ware Minerals
3 More Crystals of Elbaite Tourmaline from Mesa Grande, CA, these Mined in 2017
Self-a-Ware Minerals

Unusual Blue Prehnite, Recently Mined, from Arusha, Tanzania, Self-a-Ware Minerals
Unusual Blue Prehnite, Recently Mined from Arusha, Tanzania
Donald K. Olson and Associates

New Find of Lightly Colored Zoned Fluorites from the Tuco Mine, Huanzala, Peru, Dr. Jaroslav Hyrsl
New Find of Lightly Colored Zoned Fluorite from the Tuco Mine, Huanzala, Peru
Dr. Jaroslav Hyrsl

Individual Piece of New Peruvian Fluorite from the Above Sampling, Dr. Jaroslav Hyrsl
Individual Piece of New Peruvian Fluorite from the Above Sampling
Dr. Jaroslav Hyrsl

New Find of Clinozoisite from San Cristobal Hill, Canete, Peru, Dr. Jaroslav Hyrsl
New Find of Clinozoisite from San Cristobal Hill, Canete, Peru
Dr. Jaroslav Hyrsl

Individual Specimen of Clinozoisite from Peru; the Largest of this Group, Dr. Jaroslav Hyrsl
Individual Specimen of Clinozoisite from Peru; the Largest of this Group
Dr. Jaroslav Hyrsl

Tsavorite Garnet in New Habit of Elongated Crystals with Pyrite from Arusha, Tanzania, Capetown Matrix Minerals
Tsavorite Garnet with Pyrite in New Habit of Elongated Crystals from
Capetown Matrix Minerals

Bright Green Diopside on Graphic from Arusha, Tanzania
Bright Green Diopside on Graphite from Arusha, Tanzania

New Style of Quartz with Hematite Inclusions from N. Cape Province, S. Africa, Matrix Minerals
New Style of Quartz with Hematite Inclusions from N. Cape Province, S. Africa
Naked Matrix Minerals

Exceptionally Priced Flat of Wire Silver from the Hongda Mine, China, Yuefeng Crystal Mineral Museum
Exceptionally Priced Flat of Wire Silver from the Hongda Mine, China
Yuefeng Crystal Mineral Museum

The Best of the Lot of Wire Silver from the Hongda Mine, China, Yuefeng Crystal Mineral Museum
"The Best of the Lot of Wire Silver from the Hongda Mine, China
Yuefeng Crystal Mineral Museum

2018 InnSuites Show at Tucson: Individual Minerals Part 2

This is the second post of minerals I photographed at the InnSuites show in Tucson of new mineral finds and recently mined specimens. In general, dealers set up in the same hotel rooms as in previous years. After coming year after year, one gets to know the lay of the land, and where to find each dealer.


It's always nice to find new dealers at this show. This year featured the introduction of Michael Walter of Geologic Desires, from Upstate New York, and James Hall, of the Reel Mine in North Carolina, with his new Amethyst Mine.


Display of Scolecite from Rankhamb Village, Sakur, India. April 2017 Find, Matrix India
Display of Scolecite from Rankhamb Village, Sakur, India. April 2017 Find.
Matrix India

Scolecite Sprays with Stilbite, from Rankhamb Village, Sakur, India Featured in MinRec.
Scolecite Sprays with Stilbite, from Rankhamb Village, Sakur, India. Featured in MinRec.
Matrix India

Incredible rounded Fluorite Crystal Mass from Mahodari, Nashik, India, Matrix India
Incredible rounded Fluorite Crystal Mass from Mahodari, Nashik, India
Matrix India

Newly Mined Large Pyrite Crystals (2017) from Huanzala, Peru, Crystal Springs Mining & Jewelry Co.
Newly Mined, Very Large Pyrite Crystal Group from Huanzala, Peru
Crystal Springs Mining & Jewelry Co.

Black Tourmaline from a New Find in the Dafoe Property<br>(Across from the Power's Farm Locality), Pierrepont, NY, Geologic Desires
Black Tourmaline from a New Find in the Dafoe Property
(Across from the Power's Farm Locality), Pierrepont, NY
Geologic Desires

New Find of Orange Calcite Crystals from Luban, Poland, Spirifer Minerals
New Find of Orange Calcite Crystals from Luban, Poland
Spirifer Minerals

Individual Spiky Calcite Crystals from the Above Find
Individual Spiky Calcite Crystals from the Above Find
Spirifer Minerals

Skeletal, hoppered Halite crystals from Lubin, Poland
Skeletal, Halite Hoppered Halite crystals from Lubin, Poland
Spirifer Minerals

Inky Blue Fluorite and White Quartz from Chi Feng, Inner Mongolia, China
Inky Blue Fluorite and White Quartz from Chi Feng, Inner Mongolia, China
Great Wall Museum

Amethyst from a New Mine Called the Reel Mine, Iron Station, NC
Amethyst on Quartz from a New Mine Called the Reel Mine, Iron Station, NC, James Hall
Reel Mine

Large Amethyst Cluster from the Reel Mine, Iron Station, NC, James Hall
Large Amethyst Cluster from the Reel Mine, Iron Station, NC
Reel Mine

Backlit Multi-Toned Amethyst Cluster from the Reel Mine, Iron Station, NC, James Hall
Backlit Multi-Toned Amethyst Cluster from the Reel Mine, Iron Station, NC
Reel Mine

Mine Owner James Hall of the Reel Mine with his Amethyst
Mine Owner James Hall of the Reel Mine with his Amethyst
Reel Mine

New Crocoite from this Year's Mining Activity from the Adelaide Mine, Dundas, Tasmania, Australia, The Adelaide Mining Company
New Crocoite from this Year's Mining Activity at the Adelaide Mine, Tasmania, Australia
The Adelaide Mining Company

New York and New Jersey Localities: An Addendum to Moore's Compendium

Moore’s Compendium of Mineral Discoveries is an exhaustive guide to documented mineral discoveries of minerals with crystals over one centimeter found since 1960. Completed in 2015 by Tom Moore, an editor for the Mineralogical Record and a prolific writer on mineral subjects, this is arguably the most detailed mineral book compiled in recent times.


Having an extensive background in the minerals of my native region of New York and New Jersey, I took the opportunity to fill in some missing gaps from my regional area. While the compendium was certainly very thorough in this region, there were still many important localities for mineral discoveries that were left out. There were also mineral discoveries in this region that were poorly documented, and require insider information from a local collector for a more thorough picture.


Click this link or the image below to download the document.