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2018 Tucson Gem and Mineral Show® Individual Minerals Part 1

This post contains some of the individual minerals from the display cases at the 2018 Tucson Gem and Mineral Show®. The public displays put together by individual collectors and mineral clubs were all filled with exceptional minerals, and it was difficult for us to choose which to photograph, and then which to post to our show reports. There are thousands of great minerals; these below are just a sampling of those that were particularly memorable or exceptionally photogenic.


Since many of these were from the Lidstrom Entries or other cases that did not have the name of the organizer of the case, we were unable to provide ownership information on many of the specimens show here.


Amethyst Crystal Perched on Elongated Quartz Crystal, Fischergletscher, Switzerland
Amethyst Crystal Perched on Elongated Quartz Crystal, Fischergletscher, Switzerland

Gold and Quartz, from the Oriental Mine, Alleghany, CA
Gold and Quartz, from the Oriental Mine, Alleghany, CA

Pargasite from Luc Yen, Yen Vai Province, Vietnam
Pargasite from Luc Yen, Yen Vai Province, Vietnam

Galena with Quartz from the Kruschev Dol Mine, Madan, Bulgaria
Galena with Quartz from the Kruschev Dol Mine, Madan, Bulgaria

Elongated Goethite from Laurion, Greece
Elongated Goethite from Laurion, Greece

Dendritic Copper Crystals, from the Champion Mine, Houghton Co., Michigan
Dendritic Copper Crystals, from the Champion Mine, Houghton Co., Michigan

Mellite from the Csordakuti Mine, Bickske Csordakut, Hungary
Mellite from the Csordakuti Mine, Bickske Csordakut, Hungary

Meta-Autunite from Lavra Sao Paulo Mine, near Malachita, Minas Gerais, Brazil
Meta-Autunite from Lavra Sao Paulo Mine, near Malachita, Minas Gerais, Brazil

Muzo-Habit Quartz from the Zigras Mine, near Hot Springs, AK, James Zigras
Muzo-Habit Quartz from the Zigras Mine, near Hot Springs, AK
James Zigras

Calcite Cave Formation from the Holbrook Shaft, Bisbee, Arizona
Calcite Cave Formation from the Holbrook Shaft, Bisbee, Arizona

Dioptase Cross, from the Sanda Mine, Mindouli, Central African Republic, Ralph D. Clark
Dioptase Cross, from the Sanda Mine, Mindouli, Central African Republic
Ralph D. Clark

Rhodonite on Calcite, from the Broken Hill Mine, NSW, Australia, Ralph D. Clark
Rhodonite on Calcite, from the Broken Hill Mine, NSW, Australia
Ralph D. Clark

Calcite Rounded Crystals from Boldut Mine, Romania, Luis Burillos
Calcite Rounded Crystals from Boldut Mine, Romania
Luis Burillos

Green Smithsonite from the 79 Mine, Dripping Spring Mnts, AZ
Green Smithsonite from the 79 Mine, Dripping Spring Mnts, AZ

Large Orpiment Crystal Cluster from Quiruvilca, Peru
Large Orpiment Crystal Cluster from Quiruvilca, Peru

>Copper-Rich Paraiba Tourmaline from the Batalha Mine, Paraiba, Brazil, Jim and Gail Spann
Copper-Rich "Paraiba" Tourmaline from the Batalha Mine, Paraiba, Brazil
Jim and Gail Spann

The Tucson Gem and Mineral Show® 2018 Additional Displays

This is the final "catch-all" post of the remaining display cases that we will show from the 2018 Tucson Gem and Mineral public displays. While there are plenty more good displays that were exhibited at the show, we kept a focus on on the most significant or attractive cases.

This post includes the Lidstrom Entries, which are competitive cases, as well the displays of the Great Quartz Face-off, which is a sub-theme of fine Quartz displays. The Lidstrom Entries don't have labels of collection or organizers, so we apologize for not providing that information. Stay tuned for our next post of the individual minerals


Lidstrom Entry of Various Small Crystals
Lidstrom Entry of Various Small Crystals

Various Self-Collected Minerals
Various Self-Collected Minerals

Pyrite Faces for Dummies
Pyrite Faces for Dummies

Beautiful Lidstrom Entry Case, with Many Fine Gem Minerals, Don Lum Collection
Beautiful Lidstrom Entry Case, with Many Fine Gem Minerals
Don Lum Collection

Another Fantastic Lidstrom Entry Case
Another Fantastic Lidstrom Entry Case

And Yet Another Outstanding Lidstrom Entry Case
And Yet Another Outstanding Lidstrom Entry Case

Nonmetals and Elements
Nonmetals and Elements

A Nicely Organized Lidstrom Entry Case
A Nicely Organized Lidstrom Entry Case

The Great Quartz Crystal Face-Off - Quartz: A Seemingly Endless Array
The Great Quartz Crystal Face-Off - Quartz: A Seemingly Endless Array...

Muzo Habit Quartz from the Zigras Mine, Arkansas, Avant Mining
Muzo Habit Quartz from the Zigras Mine, Arkansas
Avant Mining

Excellent Quartz Crystals, from the Lidstrom Entry Cases, Avant Mining
Excellent Quartz Crystals, from the Lidstrom Entry Cases
Avant Mining

Quartz of the Boulder Batholith (A Great Quartz Crystal Face Off Case)
Quartz of the Boulder Batholith (A Great Quartz Crystal Face Off Case)

The DT Pocket, Smoky Quartz Mined in October 2016 from the California Blue Mine, CA,The Great Quartz Crystal Case
The DT Pocket; Smoky Quartz Mined in October 2016 from the California Blue Mine, CA
(A Great Quartz Crystal Face Off Case)

The DT Pocket, Smoky Quartz Mined in October 2016 from the California Blue Mine, CA,The Great Quartz Crystal Case
Arizona's World of Quartz
Les & Paula Presmyk Collection

The Tucson Gem and Mineral Show® 2018 General Displays Part 2

This post is a continuation of the previous post on the general exhibit displays seen at the 2018 Tucson Gem and Mineral Show®. This post includes the rest of the mineral displays from private individuals or clubs. Our next posts on the displays will feature some additional public exhibits including the Great Quartz Face-off and Lidstrom entries.


Various Colorful Crystals, M&M Jaworski Collection
Various Colorful Crystals
M&M Jaworski Collection

Rounded Crystal Forms Luis Burillo Minerals
Rounded Crystal Forms
Luis Burillo Minerals

Cubic System Forms, From the Collection of Sue and Stan Celestian
"Ripple Fire" Rare Native Ripple Sheet Copper cin Black Shale
Robert A and Merry L Price

Crystal Systems of the Linwood Mine, Buffalo, Scott Co., IA, Steve Bussan with Carmen H
Crystal Systems of the Linwood Mine, Buffalo, Scott Co., IA
Steve Bussan with Carmen H.

Minerals of Different Crystal Systems
Minerals of Different Crystal Systems

Crystal Variations from Namibian Localities, Brad and Linda Ross Family Collection
Crystal Variations from Namibian Localities
Brad and Linda Ross Family Collection

Azurite and what Used to be Azurite from the Millpillas Mine, Mexico, Peter Megaw Collection
Azurite... and what Used to be Azurite from the Millpillas Mine, Mexico
Peter Megaw Collection

The 79 Mine, Arizona: 1879-Present, Mark Hay Collection
Star Sapphire Collection
Mark Hay Collection

Star Sapphire Collection, Arzawa Mineralogical Inc.
Star Sapphire Collection
Arzawa Mineralogical Inc.

Tribute to Bryant Witham Harris, Fallbrook Gem and Mineral Society
Tribute to Bryant Witham Harris
Fallbrook Gem and Mineral Society

Crystals and Crystal Forms, Mineralogical Society of Arizona
Crystals and Crystal Forms
Mineralogical Society of Arizona

Recent Acquisitions, Flagg Mineral Foundation
Recent Acquisitions
Flagg Mineral Foundation

Pyrite Crystal Cubes from Navajun, Spain, Frederick C. Wilda and Helen A. Rodak
Pyrite Crystal Cubes from Navajun, Spain
Frederick C. Wilda and Helen A. Rodak

Barite World Tour, Romania, Italy, and Greece, Bill & Diana Dameron
Barite World Tour, Romania, Italy, and Greece
Bill & Diana Dameron

Minerals Found Within 100 Miles of Tucson<, META (Mineral Enthusiasts of the Tucson Area)
Minerals Found Within 100 Miles of Tucson
META (Mineral Enthusiasts of the Tucson Area)

Feldspar Group Minerals Habits and Twinning
Feldspar Group Minerals Habits and Twinning

Hansonburg District, Bingham, Socorro Co., NM
Hansonburg District, Bingham, Socorro Co., NM

The Tucson Gem and Mineral Show® 2018 General Displays Part 1

The next two posts feature some of the general displays at the 2018 Tucson Gem and Mineral ® Show. This will feature some of the exceptional display cases that were put together by private individuals or clubs not included in the previous posts, or in the Quartz face off or Lidstrom Entries.


While many displays stuck to the show theme such as various crystal habits for specific mineral types, or twinning on certain minerals, many did not keep to the theme as it was not as definable as in previous years. Nevertheless, the displays were fantastic as usual.


The Origin of Mineral Names, Mindat.org
The Origin of Mineral Names
Mindat.org

Calcite in Amethyst from Artigas, Uruguay
Calcite in Amethyst from Artigas, Uruguay

Large Gem Crystals (Tourmaline, Kunzite, Aquamarine, and Hambergite), Collections of Bill Larson and Gene Meieran
Large Gem Crystals (Tourmaline, Kunzite, Aquamarine, and Hambergite)
Collections of Bill Larson and Gene Meieran

Colorado Backbreakers, Collected by Jeff Self
"Colorado Backbreakers"
Collected by Jeff Self

Artisan Made Gemstones, Jeremy Sinkus
Artisan Made Gemstones - Gemstone-Like Glass Products
Jeremy Sinkus

Calcite in Amethyst from Artigas, Uruguay, Dennis Tanjeloff Collection, Astro Gallery of Gems
Calcite in Amethyst from Artigas, Uruguay
Dennis Tanjeloff Collection, Astro Gallery of Gems

Calcite in Amethyst from Artigas, Uruguay, Dennis Tanjeloff Collection, Astro Gallery of Gems
Calcite in Amethyst from Artigas, Uruguay
Dennis Tanjeloff Collection, Astro Gallery of Gems

The Mineral Wines Collection, Brett Keller
The Mineral Wines Collection
Brett Keller

Benitoite and Neptunite from San Benito Co., California
Benitoite and Neptunite from San Benito Co., CaliforniaBrett Keller

The Varied Forms of Native Copper from Bisbee, Arizona
The Varied Forms of Native Copper from Bisbee, Arizona
Graeme Collection

Joe Ruiz (1924-2017) - An Inquisitive and Sharing Collector with a Passion to Learn and Discover
Joe Ruiz (1924-2017) - An Inquisitive and Sharing Collector with a Passion to Learn and Discover
Prepared by Ron Gibbs, Bob Jenkins, and Chris Whitney-Smith

Twinning in Calcite, Specimens from the Collection of Terry E. Huizing
Twinning in Calcite
Specimens from the Collection of Terry E. Huizing

>Beryl and its Varieties - Specimens Exhibiting Common & Unusual Forms
Beryl and its Varieties - Specimens Exhibiting Common & Unusual Forms
Collection of William B. Wray

Giant Red Fenster Quartz Discovered August 2016, Itamarandiba, Brazil, Presented by St. Troy Consolidated Mines,
 Ltd.
Giant Red Fenster Quartz Discovered August 2016, Itamarandiba, Brazil
Presented by St. Troy Consolidated Mines, Ltd.

Cubic System Forms, From the Collection of Sue and Stan Celestian
Cubic System Forms
From the Collection of Sue and Stan Celestian

Calcite Crystals, 3 Habits: Scalenohedral, Rhombohedral, and Prismatic
Calcite Crystals, 3 Habits: Scalenohedral, Rhombohedral, and Prismatic

The Tucson Gem and Mineral Show® 2018 Large Displays

The most impressive displays at the The Tucson Gem and Mineral Show® are the large glass exhibit cases, mostly clustered around the center display area of the Tucson Convention Center show floor. These displays contain some of the finest minerals from mineral collectors, museums, and club members, and are put together very well aesthetically with sharp lighting. This year's large displays were outstanding, and I made a separate news post featuring some of them.


Rock Currier's Worldwide Search for Minerals
Rock Currier's Worldwide Search for Minerals

Brazilian Crystal Treasures in the Jim and Gail Spann Collection
Brazilian Crystal Treasures in the Jim and Gail Spann Collection

Hawaii Volcanics from the Keiki Mineral Club of Honolulu
Hawaii Volcanics from the Keiki Mineral Club of Honolulu

Mineral Localities in Hawaii from the Keiki Mineral Club of Honolulu
Mineral Localities in Hawaii from the Keiki Mineral Club of Honolulu

Highlighting Minerals from 3 of the 6 Crystal Systems from the Arizona Mineral Minions
Highlighting Minerals from 3 of the 6 Crystal Systems from the Arizona Mineral Minions

Fabulous Forms from the Mineralogical Association of Dallas
"Fabulous Forms" from the Mineralogical Association of Dallas

Zoning in on Liddicoatite from the GIA
Zoning in on Liddicoatite from the GIA

Cruzero Mine Tourmaline Giants, from St. Troy Consolidated Mines, Ltd.
Cruzero Mine Tourmaline Giants, from St. Troy Consolidated Mines, Ltd.

Crystalline Treasures - Minerals from China
"Crystalline Treasures" - The Mineral Heritage of China

Fallbrook Gem & Mineral Society - Celebrating 60 Years
Fallbrook Gem & Mineral Society - Celebrating 60 Years