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The Pueblo Show 2016

The Pueblo Gem & Mineral Show centers around the Riverpark Inn, and is a sprawling show that seems to keep on growing every year. Aside from dealers setting up their material which they sell out of their hotel rooms, there are a large number of tents of all sizes throughout the property, including courtyards, parking areas, and adjacent to hotel rooms.


This show features a large variety of dealer types. While there are many mineral dealers, there are many more gemstone and jewelry dealers present. This creates a very eclectic environment, with all different types of people in a dense set up with a lot of people. The giant Quartz crystals and Amethyst geodes are also worthwhile to see.


Below are some pictures from the. Pueblo Show 2016. You may click any picture to enlarge it for more detailed information.


Pueblo Gem & Mineral Show Tucson 1
Table with Large Brazilian Specimens at the Pueblo Show

Pueblo Gem & Mineral Show Tucson 2 Amethyst and Citrine
Very Large Geodes of Amethyst and Citrine

Pueblo Gem & Mineral Show Tucson 3 Amethyst and Citrine
Me in Front of the Large Geodes of Amethyst and Citrine

Pueblo Gem & Mineral Show Tucson 3 Amethyst and Citrine
New Dealer Tents in the Parking Area

Pueblo Gem & Mineral Show Tucson 4 Quartz
Very Large Quartz Crystal Plates

Pueblo Gem & Mineral Show Tucson 5 Quartz
Several Other Very Large Quartz Crystal Plates

Pueblo Gem & Mineral Show Tucson 6 Quartz
Show Scene in the Pueblo Show Hotel Courtyard

Pueblo Gem & Mineral Show Tucson 7 Quartz
More Show Scenes in the Pueblo Show Hotel Courtyard

Pueblo Gem & Mineral Show Tucson 8 Quartz
More Tents in the Hotel Courtyard

Pueblo Gem & Mineral Show Tucson 9 Quartz
Chrome Tourmaline from the Merelani Hills, Lelatema Mountains, Tanzania

Pueblo Gem & Mineral Show Tucson 10 Quartz
Rare Plancheite with Dioptase from the Congo
The Uncarved Block

Pueblo Gem & Mineral Show Tucson 11 Quartz
Sunstone from the Rainbow Lattice Harts Range, Northern Territories, Australia
The Uncarved Block

The Tucson InnSuites Show 2016

The InnSuites show in Tucson is very popular, and is really a destination unto itself. It takes place in the Hotel Tucson City Center, formerly known as the InnSuites. The show is still generally known as the InnSuites, despite the fact that the hotel name has changed and that the show's official name is the Arizona Mineral & Fossil Show.

This show, which is run by Marty Zinn, is located just north of downtown Tucson. The hotel it is in is a large and sprawling complex with hundreds of rooms connected by various buildings surrounded by grassy courtyards, palm trees, and orange trees. There is a lot of activity here, with mineral enthusiasts in all corners of this large complex checking out the hundreds of dealers who have set up their mineral displays in their hotel rooms. 

Hotel Tucson InnSuites Mineral Show Marty Zinn
Show Scene at the InnSuites

Hotel Tucson InnSuites Mineral Show Marty Zinn
Courtyard at the InnSuites with Downtown Skyscrapers in the Background

Hotel Tucson InnSuites Mineral Show Dinosaurs Orange
Dinosaurs Roaming the InnSuites, Feeding on Fresh Oranges


Almost all the big and important dealers have a presence at this show. There is great variety of mineral quality and price tags, with a wide range of high-end minerals in the thousands of dollars, down to very affordable collector specimens. This show is mostly minerals, with a lot fewer jewelry and bead dealers than at the other shows. There are also lots of people to socialize with, and you'll certainly meet many important mineral personalities while traversing the hotel complex. You'll also encounter the various dinosaurs that are placed in the hotel courtyard year after year. 

Aside from the many dealers in the hotel complex, there are more dealers in tents outside the complex, and of course Daniel Trinchillo's "Fine Mineral House" right outside the hotel property. This makes the area one big mineral destination. Parking and admission to this show are free, which presents an additional nice perk. 


Below are some of the interesting mineral specimens or new finds that I encountered at the show. Click any picture to enlarge it.


Pyrite Cubes in a Quartz% Crystal Mass Mundo Nuevo Mine, Peru
Large, Lustrous Pyrite Cubes in a Giant Quartz Crystal Mass from the Mundo Nuevo Mine, Peru
Crystal Springs Mining & Jewelry Co.

Transparent Vivianite Crystal with Strategic Backlighting from Bolivia
Transparent Vivianite Crystal with Strategic Backlighting from Bolivia
Crystal Springs Mining & Jewelry Co.

Fluorite Penetration Twin from the Smoky Hawk Claim, Florissant, Colorado
Fluorite Penetration Twin from the Smoky Hawk Claim, Florissant, Colorado. Found this past year.
Pinnacle 5 Minerals

Fluorite Purple Penetration Twin from Lake George, Smoky Hawk Claim, Florissant, Colorado
Fluorite Intergrown Purple Cubes, Lake George, Florissant, Colorado. Found this past year.
Pinnacle 5 Minerals

Unusual Combination of Fluorite with Amazonite with Hematite, from the Smoky Hawk Claim
Unusual Combination of Fluorite with Amazonite with Hematite, from the Smoky Hawk Claim.
Also found this year.
Pinnacle 5 Minerals

Heulandite and Mordenite found this past year at the Rat's Nest Claim, Idaho
Heulandite and Mordenite found this past year at the Rat's Nest Claim, Idaho
John Cornish Minerals

Pink Heulandite in Geode-like Formation, found this past year at the Rat's Nest Claim, Idaho
Pink Heulandite in Geode-like Formation, found this past year at the Rat's Nest Claim, Idaho
John Cornish Minerals

Red Tourmaline from the Himalaya Mine, San Diego Co., California
Freshly Mined (Jan 2016) Red Tourmaline from the Himalaya Mine, San Diego Co., California
John Cornish Minerals

Tourmaline from the Himalaya Mine, San Diego Co., California
Freshly Mined (Jan 2016), Multicolored, Intergrown Tourmaline Crystals from the Himalaya Mine
John Cornish Minerals

New Find of Multicolored Fluorite Cubes on Matrix from Zhejiang Prov., China
New Find of Multicolored, Phantom Fluorite Cubes on Matrix from Zhejiang Prov., China
Great Wall Mineral Museum

Natural
Naturally-Shaped Prehnite Ball Set from Djouga Diggings, Bendoukou, Kayes, Mali
Le Sueur Minerals & Gems

Large Pink Halite Crystal Plate from Searles Lake, California
Large Pink Halite Crystal Plate from Searles Lake, San Bernardino Co., California.
This dealer had an abundance of these recently mined in large and affordable crystal plates.
UK Mining Ventures

New Find of Burkeite Pseudomorph After Halite from Searles Lake California
New Find of Burkeite Pseudomorph After Halite from Searles Lake, California
UK Mining Ventures

Large Pink Halite Crystal Plate from Searles Lake, California
Newly Mined Rogerly Mine (UK) Fluorite Showing Blue Daylight Fluorescence.
These guys who mine this stuff had excellent prices and I ended up buying this piece.
UK Mining Ventures

Crocoite from the Adelaide Mine in Dundas, Tasmania, Australia
Crocoite from the Adelaide Mine in Dundas, Tasmania, Australia, with Hollow Crystal Terminations
These Crystals were Mined this past Year. Another Good Year for this Prolific Deposit!
The Adelaide Mining Company

Stalactitic Apophyllite with Mordenite from Maharashtra, India
New Find of Stalactitic Apophyllite with Mordenite from Maharashtra, India
Matrix India

New Find of Fluorescent Celestine from Arneva, Orihuela, Spain
New Find of Fluorescent Celestine from Arneva, Orihuela, Spain
Alfredo Petrov Minerals

New Find of Electric Green, Transparent Chrome-Tremolite from Merelani, Tanzania
New Find of Electric Green, Transparent Chrome-Tremolite from Merelani, Tanzania
Cape Town Matrix Crystals

Exceptional Metatorbernite from Nchanga, Chingola Mine, Copperbelt Province, Zambia
Exceptional Metatorbernite from Nchanga, Chingola Mine, Copperbelt Province, Zambia
Le Sueur Minerals & Gems

Exceptional Metatorbernite from Nchanga, Chingola Mine, Copperbelt Province, Zambia
New Find of Quartz Crystals on Petrified Wood, with Brown Coal Inclusions.
From the Zwenkau Open Pit Coal Mine, Leipzig, Saxony, Germany
Färber Minerals

Main Ave Mineral Shows 2016

Along Main Ave in Tucson, directly north of downtown, is the Main Ave Mineral show. This is not really a "show" but rather a cluster of many shows scattered around a particular area. There are several large tents near a large apartment building with various dealers. Most of these dealers are foreign, especially Moroccan and Chinese. Some very good deals can be found here, as there is less overheard for these dealers when compared to the larger, more mainstream ones.


Across the street, there are several clusters of tents with mostly Moroccan dealers selling all the nice stuff that comes out of Morocco, especially Vanadinite, Aragonite, and Barite, along with plenty of Moroccan fossils. There is one particular zone in the area where feels like they are in Morocco, with the bright sun, dusty earth, and French/Arabic being spoken all around. All the dealers in this area are competing to win your business offering you a "very good price."

Right behind this area is is the Executive Inn, an economy motel that used to be home to one of the more significant Tucson shows. This show has died down over the years years, and is no longer the show it used to be. Most of the dealers that were here have moved on south to the InnSuites. This motel has renamed itself the Fortuna Inn, and Shannon and Sons Minerals is trying to resurrect this old mineral destination. Below are some general photos of show scenes of the Main Ave area.


Executive Inn Mineral Show Tucson
Executive Inn Entrance, Now Called the Fortuna Inn

Executive Inn Mineral Show Tucson
Cemented Rock Wall in Front of the Executive Inn, with Copper Mineralization (Mostly Chrysocolla)

Arizona Mineral and Fossil Show on Main Ave
Arizona Mineral and Fossil Show on Main Ave

Arizona Mineral and Fossil Show on Main Ave
Rows of Tents at the Arizona Mineral & Fossil Show on Main Ave

Arizona Mineral and Fossil Show on Main Ave
Rows of Moroccan Dealers in Tents

Rows of Moroccan Dealers in Tents Tucson Minerals
Rows of Moroccan Dealers in Tents

Rows of Moroccan Dealers in Tents Tucson Minerals
This Area Feels Like the Bazaar in Morocco

The Tucson 22nd Street Show 2016

My next visit in Tucson was the 22nd Street show, which is set up in a giant enclosed tent on the east side of Interstate 10 (its hard to miss!) Aside from being right off the highway near downtown in a giant structure, there were highway billboards advertising this event everywhere in Tucson.


Unlike some of the other shows that are more scattered, this one is a single event under one roof. It has a large range of all types of dealers, including jewelry, fossil, mineral, and bead dealers. One can find some good deals here with the proper amount of time and attention, and I personally was able to pick up a few finds for my collection.


I have noticed this show growing significantly every year since its inception only a few years ago. I was quite impressed by the volume of foot traffic and people present when I was visiting the show. According to Lowell Carhart, the attendance this year was over 40,000 people! That's quite impressive, ranking this as one of busiest shows in the world!


Below are some photos I took while visiting the 22nd Street Show.


azurite milpillas mine mexico
Lot of New Finds at the Milpillas Mine in Mexico.
This dealer had great specimens at outstanding prices for this material!
Mex Min

Himalayan Healing Quartz
Green Quartz with Chorite inclusions from Nepal (Sold as "Himalayan Quartz")
Himalayan Healing Quartz

Quartz Crystal Plate from Arkansas
Very Large Quartz Crystal Plate from Arkansas
Arkansas Law Twin Mine

Show Scene in the 22nd Street Show Tent
Show Scene in the 22nd Street Show Tent

Fossil Dinosaur in the 22nd Street Show Tent
Fossil Dinosaur in the 22nd Street Show Tent

New Find of Chabazite from Imichil, Morocco
New Find of Chabazite from Imichil, Morocco

New Find of Pyromorphite from Morocco
New Find of Pyromorphite from Morocco

Banded Fluorite with Parallel Growth Layers from Zhegiang Province, China
New Find of Banded Fluorite with Parallel Growth Layers from Zhegiang Province, China
Great Wall Minerals

New Find of Pyromorphite from Morocco
New Find of Banded Fluorite with Parallel Growth Layers from Zhegiang Province, China
(I ended up purchasing one of these)
Great Wall Minerals

The Westward Look Show 2016: Part 2

Part Two of the Westward Look show report features some of the interesting minerals that I observed at the 2016 Westward Look show in Tucson. My selection of minerals included in this post are any display specimens that strike my fancy as interesting, unique, or historic. Also, I do take a lots of mineral pictures, but not all come out aesthetically pleasing when photographed. Below are my finds of interesting and aesthetic minerals at the Westward Look show this year.


Please note that prices have been intentionally cut or blurred out as per dealer requests. Click the pictures to see an enlarged pop-up.


Crystalled
Well-Crystalled Copper from the Chino Mine, near Bayard, New Mexico
Dave Bunk Minerals

Gem Emerald on Matrix from the Panjsher Valley, Unaba, Afghanistan
Unusual Gem Emerald on Matrix from the Panjsher Valley, Unaba, Afghanistan
Dave Bunk Minerals

Rhodochrosite plate from The Sweet Home Mine, Alma, Colorado
Enormous Crystallized Rhodochrosite plate from The Sweet Home Mine, Alma, Colorado
Bergmann Minerals

Barite Elmwood Mine Tennessee
Giant Barite Crystal Ball from the Elmwood Mine in Tennessee
Bergmann Minerals

Tanzanite Crystal from Tanzania
Huge Tanzanite Crystal from Tanzania - one of the largest gem Tanzanites in the World!
This Specimen was also Photographed here from the Main Show Exhibit Displays
Marcus Budil

Barite Elmwood Mine Tennessee
Backlit Tanzanite with Incredible Transparency on Matrix
This is a very famous piece.
Marcus Budil

Acanthite Crystals Imiter Morocco
Large Acanthite Crystal Cluster with Well-Formed Crystals from Imiter, Morocco
Marcus Budil

Muscovite Laghman Province, Afghanistan
Highly Unusual Muscovite with Large, Lustrous Crystals, from Laghman Province, Afghanistan
Height is 16 cm. tall.
Mineral Classics

Cerussite V-Twin Touissit Morocco
Cerussite V-Twin from Touissit, Morocco
Victor Yount

Bournonite Herodsfoot Mineralogical Record
Now this is just Astounding! A World-Class Herodsfoot Bournonite
featured on the cover photo of Mineralogical Record!
Wilensky Fine Minerals

Amethyst Scepter from Ashaway Village, Hopkintown, Rhode Island
Huge Amethyst Scepter from Ashaway Village, Hopkintown, Rhode Island
Alpine Mineral Co.

Goethite Rosette on Smoky Quartz from the Dreamtime Mine, Teller Co., Colorado
Goethite Rosette on Smoky Quartz from the Dreamtime Mine, Teller Co., Colorado
Alpine Mineral Co.

Giant Chrysoberyl Crystal Colatina, Espirito Santo, Brazil
Giant Chrysoberyl Crystal (the Largest I have Ever Seen) from Colatina, Espirito Santo, Brazil.
25 cm. tall!
Weinrich Minerals

Quartz Crystal from the Holland Mine, Washington Camp, Santa Cruz Co., Arizona
Impressive Quartz Crystal from the Holland Mine, Washington Camp, Santa Cruz Co., Arizona
Unique Minerals