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The Clifton, NJ Show 2014

The Clifton Show is a great local show that takes place annually in Northern New Jersey. It is organized by the North Jersey Mineralalogical Society, and features many dealers with local material from the New Jersey area, in additional to the general worldwide material and jewelerly. This year's show took place on March 8-9 and was quite enjoyable. Please enjoy the pictures below.

 

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Clifton NJ Mineral Show 2014

 

 

Clifton NJ Mineral Show 2014

 

 

Clifton NJ Mineral Show 2014

 

 

Clifton NJ Mineral Show 2014

 

 

Clifton NJ Mineral Show 2014

 

 

Clifton NJ Mineral Show 2014

 

 

Clifton NJ Mineral Show 2014

 

 

Clifton NJ Mineral Show 2014

The University of Arizona Mineral Museum Special Exhibit

Every year the University of Arizona Mineral Museum puts together a special mineral exhibit with a particular theme. This year, the theme was "The Best of the Best: Prize Minerals from the Vaults of Arizona's Collectors". Arizona has one the country's highest percentages of mineral collectors, including those with outstanding collections. This special exhibit focused on culling some of the top-notch specimens from local Arizona collectors and publicly displaying them. Many of these were already seen in the May-June supplement to the Mineralogical Record titled "Mineral Collections in Arizona".

 

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Wall Showing a Bio of the Contributors to this Exhibit

 


The Special Exhibit Room

 


Exceptionally Large Scheelite Crystal from the Rogers Mine, Cochise Co., Arizona
Flagg Mineral Foundation Collection

 


Beautiful Plate of Vanadinite from the Apache Mine, near Globe, Arizona
This Crystal Plate Rivals the Vanadanites from Mibladen.
Arthur L. Flagg Collection

 


Azurite Balls and Malachite from Bisbee, Arizona
Flagg Mineral Foundation Collection

 


Very Large Plate of Azurite on Malachite from Bisbee, Arizona
Mineralogical Society of Arizona Collection

 


Wulfenite with Mimetite from the Ojuela Mine, Mapimi, Mexico
Jim and Imelda Klein Collection

 


Very Rare, Deep Blue Scorodite from the Ojuela Mine, Mapimi, Mexico
Jim and Imelda Klein Collection

 


Set of 5 Wulfenite crystals from the Old Yuma Mine, Pima Co., Arizona
John and Karen Cesar Collection

 


Large Azurite Crystal on Malachite & Goethite from the Gardner Mine, Bisbee, Arizona
Bisbee Mining & Historical Museum Collection

 

 


Several World-Class Arizona Minerals. (Click to Enlarge and Read Labels)
Evan Jones Collection

 


Pyrite on Fluorite in a Glittering Formation
De'an Mine, Wushan, China
Karen R. Hruby Collection

 


Blocky Orange Wulfenite Crystals from the Ahumada Mine, Sierra de Los Lamentos, Mexico
Stan Esbenshade Collection

 


An Exceptional acicular Legrandite from the Ojuela Mine, Mapimi, Mexico
Paula Presmyk Collection

 


World-Class Thumbnail Minerals, with the iconic Rhodonite in the Center
Alex Schauss Collection

 


Rhodochrosite from the Uchucchacua Mine, Peru
John C. Lucking Collection

The Tucson Shows: Sentinel Peak View

One of the prominent features of Tucson is Sentinel Peak, a small mountain right outside of downtown Tucson that offers sweeping views of the city. There is a road that climbs up the mountain to the viewpoint, where you can see the entire city including most of the show areas. I made the five minute drive up to take some pictures of the scenes down below with my zoom lens.

 

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Sentinel Peak Tucson
View from Sentinel Peak Looking East, with the I-10 Motel Shows
and the Giant 22nd Street Show Tent Across the I-10 Freeway

 

Sentinel Peak Tucson 22nd St Show
Zoomed into the Howard Johnson and 22nd Street Show

 

Tucson Convention Center, Sentinel Peak
The Tucson Convention Center, Where the Main Show is Held

 


Downtown Tucson and the University of Arizona. Facing Northeast.
The GJX Tent and the Pueblo Show at the Riverside Inn are in view.

 


Sagauro Overlooking Tucson. Facing East.

 

InnSuites Show Tucson Sentinel Peak
InnSuites Hotel (Hotel Tucson), Where the InnSuites Show is Held

The Tucson Gem & Mineral Show TM Part 9: Individual Minerals #2

This blog post continues with the individual minerals I photographed from the public exhibits at the Tucson Convention Center.

 

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Moonstone, Mogok, Burma
Beautiful Moonstone (Rough and Faceted) from Kyauk-poke/Sakan-gyi, Mogok, Burma
From the Mogok Showcase of the American Museum of Natural History

 

Kunzite, Pala, California
Huge Kunzite from Pala, California. This is the Largest Kunzite I have seen from CA
Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County

 

Euclase, Mount Brussilof Mine, British Columbia, Canada.
Euclase from the Mount Brussilof Mine, British Columbia, Canada.
This is the only Canadian occurence for this rare mineral.

 

Smoky Quartz Fish, Minas Gerais, Brazil
Smoky Quartz in the Shape of a Fish, with an Eye Added for Effect
From Aracuai, Minas Gerais, Brazil

 


Orpiment Coating a Calcite Crystal, from the Shimen Mine, China

 

Corundum, Hogback Mountain, North Carolina
Giant Crude Corundum (Sapphire) Crystal from Hogback Mountain, North Carolina
Tellus Science Museum Exhibit

 

Smuggled Diamond Rough Crystals, Zimbabwe, Smithsonian
Diamond Rough Crystals from the Marange Diamond Field in Zimbabwe, From the Smithsonian Institution.
These were Smuggled Diamonds that the Museum now Acquired for Research.

 

Diamond Rough Crystals, Argyle Mine, Smithsonian
Diamond Gem-Rough Crystals from the Argyle Mine, Australia, Smithsonian Institution

 

Black Diamond, Smithsonian
Black Cubic Diamond Crystal, from South Africa, Smithsonian Institution

 

Diamond var. Carbonado
Large Carbonado Diamond (739.7 ct) from French Equatorial Africa, Smithsonian Institution

 

Smoky Quartz Gwindel, Switzerland
Enormous Smoky Quartz gwindel from Switzerland.

 

Yellow Gem Scapolite, Tanzania
Transparent Yellow Gem Scapolite from Tanzania, Robert Sielcki Collection

 


Odd-Shaped Diamond Cluster, Robert Sielecki Collection

 


Beautiful and Intriguing Gold with Holes from Wedderburn, Victoria, Australia
Robert Sielecki Collection

The Tucson Gem & Mineral Show TM Part 8: Individual Minerals #1

This blog post lists some of the individual minerals I photographed from the public exhibits. Though there were thousands of minerals within the multiple showcases, and most of them were of interest and picture-worthy, the ones I photographed individually stood out to me for some reason or another, either because of their rarity, uniqueness, or interesting habit not commonly seen. I have 28 pictures and will divide them into two posts. There is no specific order here - they are in order of the sequence of when I photographed them.

 

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Native Platinum Nugger - Nizhnii Tagil, Siberia, Russia
Platinum Nugget from Russia. From the Hubert De Monmonier Collection.

 

Gold, Eagle's Nest Mine, California
Gold from the Eagle's Nest Mine in California. T L Potucek Collection

 

Rubellite Tourmaline, Cryo-Genie Mine, Warner Springs, CA
Very Large Rubellite Tourmaline from the Cryo Genie Mine, California
From the Fallbrook Gem & Mineral Society Case

 

Analcime on Breccia, Keweeenaw Co, Michigan
Analcime on breccia from the Phoenix Mine in Keweenaw Co., Michigan
From the William Severance Collection

 

Silver Copper Halfbreed, Baltic Lode, Houghton Co., Michigan
Incredible Silver/Copper Halfbreed from the Baltic Lode, Houghton Co., Michigan
A.E. Seaman Mineral Museum (Michican Technical University)

 

Chlorargyrite, Broken Hill, Australia
Chlorargyrite, a rare silver-bearing mineral, from Broken Hill, Australia
R. Scott Werschky Collection

 

Silver from Kongsberg, Norway
Silver from Kongsberg, Norway

 

Aquamarine, Quartz, Sierrita Mountains, Arizona
Incredible Elongated Aquamarine in Quartz from the Sierrita Mountains, Arizona
From the Mineral Minions of the Tucson Area Showcase

 

Blue Halite Crystal from Intrepid Mine,New Mexico
Deep Blue, Backlit Halite Crystal from the Intrepid Mine in New Mexico,
From the Red, White & Blue Showcase

 

Orange Orpiment, Twin Creeks Mine, Humboldt, Nevada
Deep Orange Orpiment in matrix, from the Twin Creeks Mine, Nevada

 

Orpiment Crystals from the Twin Creeks Mine, Humboldt, Nevada
Bright Orange Orpiment Crystals from the Twin Creeks Mine, Humboldt, Nevada

 

Gemmy Green Microcline from Kyatpyin, Mogok Burma
Rare gemmy Green Microcline from Kyatpyin, Mogok Burma
From the Mogok Showcase of the American Museum of Natural History

 

Orange Danburite from Sakan-gyi, Mogok Burma
Gemmy Orange Danburite from Sakan-gyi, Mogok Burma
From the Mogok Showcase of the American Museum of Natural History

 

Ruby, Kyauk-poke, Mogok, Burma
Ruby in matrix from Kyauk-poke, Mogok, Burma
From the Mogok Showcase of the American Museum of Natural History