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Winners of the Mineral Triva Contest!

We are proud to announce the 3 winners of our 2012 minerals.net Trivia Auction!

John Colangeli - Awesome Prehnite Snakehead from Lower New St, Paterson, NJ
Roger Robinson - Giant Apatite in Matrix from the Yates Mine, Otter Lake, Quebec
Tracy Liu - Thick Copper Dendrite from the Keweenaw Peninsula, Michigan

Congratulations and we hope you enjoy your new specimens!

Tucson Show Minerals Added to Website

The past month has been very busy with adding all the new photos from our camera to the website blog and contacting potential advertisors from Tucson. We have added many new photos to the website from a range of interesting specimens we encountered at the Tucson show. Please see the following pages for new mineral photos:

 

Stay tuned for our short film we are putting together with summary of these minerals!

The Tucson Gem and Mineral Show (The Main Show)

On Thursday, February 8, I went to the main show. This show is the original show that made Tucson a famous mineral destination. It's the biggest show in town and has almost all of the well-known dealers exhibiting here. I was at the show a few minutes after opening at 10:00, and the line behind me was out the door. Due to time constraints, I only got to spend one day at the big show, but I tried packing in as much as I could during that one day. Here are a few sample photos of the event:

 

Line Getting into Tucson Convention Center

Long line for registration to get into the show at the opening.

 

Looking into the show from the top pavillion

Looking into the show from the top pavillion.

 

Looking into the show from the top pavillion

Another view looking down.

 

Gold from the Olinghouse Mine

Natural Gold from the Olinghouse Mine, Washoe Co., Nevada.
Miner's Lunchbox Display Specimen.

 

Wulfenite, Red Cloud Mine

Deep hot orange Wulfenite from the Red Cloud Mine, La Paz Co., Arizona.
Les Presmyck Donation Display Specimen.

 

Amazonite from Konso, Ethiopia

Amazonite from Konso, Ethiopia.
This material is very similar and almost as outstanding as Colorado Amazonite.

 

Rare Anorthoclase Feldspar from Antarctica

Rare Anorthoclase Feldspar from
Mt. Eberus, Ross Island, Antarctica.

 

Tabular Wulfenite Crystal

Tabular Wulfenite crystals with a bright orange color.
From the Old Yuma Mine, near Tucson, Arizona.
Dick Morris Display Specimen

 

Botryoidal Malachite Mass

Botryoidal Malachite mass, from the Czar Mine, Bisbee, Arizona.

 

Dark Lustrous Azurite Group

Dark Lustrous Azurite Crystal Group.
Daniel Trincillo Display Specimen.

 

Bisbee Display Case

Bisbee Display Case

 

Bisbee Display Case

Bisbee Display Case

 

Bisbee Display Case

More Display Cases

 

Amethyst Fat Jack Mine Arizona

Amethyst scepters from the Fat Jack Mine, Bradshaw Mountains, Arizona.

 

Wulfenite from the Glove Mine, near Amado, Arizona

Wulfenite from the Glove Mine, near Amado, Arizona.

 

More Wulfenite from the Red Cloud Mine

More Wulfenite from the Red Cloud Mine, Arizona.
Lyda Hill Display Specimen.

 

Huge Sulfur Crystals from Sicily, Italy

Huge Sulfur Crystals from Sicily, Italy.

 

Wulfenite Crystal Plates from the Defiance Mine

Wulfenite Crystal Plates from the Defiance Mine, near Gleeson, Arizona.

 

Square Tabular Wulfenite from the Rowley Mine

Square Tabular Wulfenite from the Rowley Mine, near Theba, Arizona.

 

Huge Rhodochrosite rhomb from the Sweet Home Mine, Alma, Colorado

Huge Rhodochrosite rhomb from the Sweet Home Mine, Alma, Colorado.

 

Display Case that contained the above Rhodochrosite

Display case that contained the above Rhodochrosite.

 

The InnSuites Show, Part 2

On Wednesday, February 7, I returned again to the InnSuites. I had a better chance to visit more dealers and take some more good photos.

 

Larimar Pectolite Dominican Republic

Slice of polished Larimar (blue Pectolite) from the Domican Republic.
Mountain-Mark Trading Co., Ltd

 

Siderite - Satu Mare, Romania

Amazing Siderite pseudomorph after Calcite, from Satu Mare, Romania
North Star Minerals

 

Red Quartz with Hematite inclusions

Red Quartz with Hematite inclusions from the Orange River, South Africa
Donald K. Olson

Lumbumbashi, Katanga, Congo

Natural Yellow Citrine find in Mansa Luapula, Zambia.
Natural Citrine is very rare.
Crystal Habit, Peter Beckwith

 

Pyrite - Navajun, Spain

Perfect Pyrite cubes in matrix from Navajun, Spain.
This is a very dense and amazing specimen.
Pyritas De Navajun, S.L.

 

Red Beryl, Wah Wah, Utah

Faceted Red Beryl from the Wah Wah Mountains of Utah.
1.36 carats.
Red Beryl Mine, collected by Gary Harris

 

Calcite - Conco Illinois

Large Calcite scalenohedron with sparkling Pyrite and Marcasite
from the Conco Mine, North Aurora, Illinois.
Saga Minerals

 

Azurite - Malbunka, Australia

Azurite Sun in Kaolinite, from the Malbunka Copper Mine, Australia

 

Occupy Tucson

Occupy Tucson.
I saw this on my way back to the hotel at the corner of Speedway and Stone.