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The Tucson Gem and Mineral Show® 2018 Recap

This post is a recap of our detailed coverage of this year's Tucson mineral events. The city of Tucson, Arizona, hosts the largest and most significant agglomeration of mineral and gemstone shows every year at the end of January and early February. This year, our reports have been more detailed than ever before.

Please see the listing below for links to each section of our news posts:

InnSuites:

Other Shows:

The Tucson Gem and Mineral Show® Scenes and Displays:

The Tucson Gem and Mineral Show® Dealer Minerals:

2018 Tucson Gem and Mineral Show® Collector's Edge Minerals

This post, our final in the series of the 2018 Tucson Gem and Mineral Show®, is a tour at the booth of Collectors Edge, a prominent mineral dealer from Colorado. Collector's Edge traditionally has the largest and most audacious booth on the show floor, with several outstanding specimens in the hundreds of thousands of dollars category. Some of these photogenic centerpieces are pictured in this report.

Collector's Edge also conducts specimen mining, and has gone into old localities and invested in mining them once again for specimens. The most notable new find at their sprawling booth this year was golden brown Barite on orange Calcite from the Elk Creek Mine, Meade Co., South Dakota. The quality Barite from this locality are classics among collectors, and it was quite refreshing to see new material.

Another exciting entry from Collector's Edge was a suite of exceptional Pyromorphite from the Bunker Hill Mine, Kellogg, Coeure d'Alene District, Shoshone Co., Idaho. Pyromporphite from this mine is considered among the world's best, but mine production has ceased and specimens have not come from this mine in quite some time. Collector's Edge had recently acquired the personal collection of Bob Hopper, Sr., the mine owner and operator, with many exceptional Pyromporphite specimens from the mine.

One more noteworthy comment from Collector's Edge. Their staff had mentioned that they have started a new mining operation for Rhodochrosite, directly up the hill from the famous Sweet Home Mine in Colorado. The hope is that they will find new specimens exploiting the same vein as the Sweet Home Mine. This operation would be solely for specimens, and would be a new mine tunnel not connected to the Sweet Home Mine, although it would be adjacent to it. The new mine has been named the Detroit City Mine. We hope this operation will be productive and look forward to seeing, once again, a fresh supply of one of the most incredible minerals in the mineral kingdom.


Fluorite and Dolomite from the Dongpo Ore Field, Chengzhou, Hunan Prov., China, Mined in 2016
Fluorite and Dolomite from the Dongpo Ore Field, Chengzhou, Hunan Prov., China
Mined in 2016

Purple Fluorite from the De'an Fluorite Mine, Wushan, Jiangxi Prov., China
Purple Fluorite from the De'an Fluorite Mine, Wushan, Jiangxi Prov., China

Calcite Crystal on Amethyst from Artigas, Uruguay
Calcite Crystal on Amethyst from Artigas, Uruguay

Rhodochrosite Crystal on Quartz from the Blue Moon Pocket, Sweet Home Mine, Alma, CO
Rhodochrosite Crystal on Quartz from the Blue Moon Pocket, Sweet Home Mine, Alma, CO

Elbaite Tourmaline var. Indicolite from the Mawi Pegmatite, Nuristan, Afghanistan
Elbaite Tourmaline var. Indicolite from the Mawi Pegmatite, Nuristan, Afghanistan

Hot Pink Manganoan Calcite from Bou Azzer, Morocco
Hot Pink Manganoan Calcite from Bou Azzer, Morocco

Pyromorphite Recently Released from the Collection of Bob Hopper Sr., Miner Owner and Operator of the Bunker Hill Mine, Kellog, Idaho
Pyromorphite Recently Released from the Collection of Bob Hopper Sr.,
Miner Owner and Operator of the Bunker Hill Mine, Kellog, Idaho

Elbaite Tourmaline V Crystals from Paprok, Nuristan Prov, Afghanistan
Elbaite Tourmaline V Crystals from Paprok, Nuristan Prov, Afghanistan

Large Barite Crystal on Calcite from Elk Creek, South Dakota. This is one of the largest crystals of this find recently mined by Collector's Edge.
Large Barite Crystal on Calcite from Elk Creek, South Dakota.
This is one of the largest crystals of this find recently mined by Collector's Edge

Nice Display of the Barites and Calcite from New Mining Operations at Elk Creek
Nice Display of the Barites on Calcite from New Mining Operations at Elk Creek

A Particularly Aesthetic Barite on Calcite from New Mining Operations at Elk Creek
A Particularly Aesthetic Barite on Calcite from New Mining Operations at Elk Creek

Large Beryl var. Morganite from Corrego do Urucum, Minas Gerais, Brazil
Large Beryl var. Morganite from Corrego do Urucum, Minas Gerais, Brazil

Left to Right: Beryl var Heliodor from Volodarsk-Volynskii, Ukraine, Rhodochroite with Tetrahedrite from the Millenium Pocket, Sweet Home Mine, Alma, CO, Beryl var Aquamarine from the Angicos Mine, Medina City, Minas Gerais, Brazil
Left to Right: Large Beryl var. Heliodor from Volodarsk-Volynskii, Ukraine
Rhodochrosite with Tetrahedrite from the Millenium Pocket, Sweet Home Mine, Alma, CO
Beryl var. Aquamarine from the Angicos Mine, Medina City, Minas Gerais, Brazil

2018 Tucson Gem and Mineral Show® Dealer Minerals Part 2

This post is a continuation of the dealer minerals at the 2018 Tucson Gem and Mineral Show®. I couldn't fit all the pictures and content into a single post, so this is the second of my posts of some of the new finds or remarkable minerals presented by the dealers at the show.

Moving along the show floor, I encountered the booth of Luis Burillos Minerals, where I was shown a new find of large crystal plates of brownish-green Clinozoisite from Cerro San Cristobal, Yauli Province, Peru. These crystals were pretty nice for a usually unremarkable mineral. They were from the same deposit as those from Jaroslov Hyrsl that I saw at the InnSuites show.

Unique Minerals had several fascinating finds from the ever productive Ojuela Mine in Mapimi, Durange, Mexico. This classic locality, considered to be among the most famous and significant mineral specimen deposits in the world, just doesn't stop giving. Unique Minerals sported an entire shelf of newly mined (2017) brightly colored, Ojuela minerals, with the most eye-catching being bright yellow Legrandite in radiating fans, similar to the classic, highly desirable material from past decades. Other interesting Ojuela minerals included Paradamite (a rare Adamite dimorph) in highly desirable lustrous yellow crystal clusters, dark bluish-green globular Rosasite, and banded reniform Malachite.


Well-Arranged Molecules had their usual suite of minerals from the extinct Jeffrey Quarry locality in Asbestos, including some outstanding Vesuvianite, an unusual colorless Grossular, and many fine Grossular var. Hessonite crystal clusters. Well-Arranged Molecules also showed me something quite outstanding: Remarkably large, colorless Quartz crystals with an alpine-type look and feel, from a new find in the Manihar Valley, Kullu District, Himachal Pradesh, India.


Well-Arranged Molecules also had several well-formed, lustrous, dark brown Zircon crystals on matrix from Store Jufjord, Seiland Island, Alta, Finnmark, Norway. These fine Zircons are associated with dark Mica (presumably Biotite.) This find in the far northern area of Norway has been well documented by Spirifer Minerals (see their article on this here). Spirifer Minerals, located directly across the aisle from Well-Arranged Molecules, indeed had many more of these Zircons from their recent expeditions. Also at Spirifer Minerals were the new finds of skeletal and hoppered gray Halite with Tolbachtite from Lubin, as well as orange Calcite from a basalt quarry Luban, Poland. (Both these finds were mentioned earlier in my report on the InnSuites, where Spirifer Minerals first showed me these new finds.)

Heading down to the Kosnar brothers, who share an adjacent booth, I noticed Brett Kosnar of Kosnar Gem Co. had some interesting cut gem finds, the most fascinated being a champagne-colored Zircon from a new deposit in Tanzania. This material is highly lustrous, has great fire, and exhibits excellent color and transparency. Kosnar Gem Co. also had a bright green, gemmy Titanite that sparkled with a remarkable brilliance and dispersion.

Bruce Wood Minerals had a delicate but highly desirable combination of mint-green Fluorite with Huebnerite on Quartz from Mundo Nuevo, Peru. The association, crystal formation, and lack of damage on this piece was remarkable. Near the entrance to the booth, Bruce Wood also had a giant red Elbaite ("Rubellite") Tourmaline crystal cluster from the Cruzero Mine, Minas Gerais, Brazil. This was quite a conversation piece, and no doubt brought some show spectators into Bruce Wood's booth.


Paradamite from a new find in the Ojuela Mine, Mapimi, Durango Mexico, Unique Minerals
Paradamite from a new find in the Ojuela Mine, Mapimi, Durango, Mexico
Unique Minerals

Legrandite from a new find in the Ojuela Mine, Mapimi, Durango Mexico, Unique Minerals
Legrandite from a new find in the Ojuela Mine, Mapimi, Durango Mexico
Unique Minerals

Giant, Lustrous Grossular Garnet Plate from the Jefferey Mine, 
Asbestos, Quebec, Canada, Well-Arranged Molecules
Botryoidal Blue Rosasite from a new find in the Ojuela Mine, Mapimi, Durango, Mexico
Unique Minerals

Giant, Lustrous Grossular Garnet Plate from the Jefferey Mine, 
Asbestos, Quebec, Canada, Well-Arranged Molecules
Large Grossular Garnet Plate from the Jefferey Mine, Asbestos, Quebec, Canada
Well-Arranged Molecules

New Find of Giant, Alpine-Type Quartz Crystals from the Manihar Valley, Kullu, Himichal Pradesh, India
New Find of Giant, Alpine-Type Quartz from the Manihar Valley, Himichal Pradesh, India
Well-Arranged Molecules

Highly Lustrous Champagne-Colored Zircon Gem from a new find in Tanzania, Kosnar Gem Co.
Highly Lustrous Champagne-Colored Zircon Gem from a new find in Tanzania
Kosnar Gem Co.

Large Rare Green Titanite Gem from ***???***, Kosnar Gem Co.
Large Rare Green Titanite Gem
Kosnar Gem Co.

Newly Mined Zircon Crystals with Mica from Seiland, Alta, Finnmark, Norway, Spirifer Minerals
Newly Mined Zircon Crystals with Mica from Seiland, Alta, Finnmark, Norway
Spirifer Minerals

Large and Lustrous Spessartine Garnet Crystal on Matrix from ***???***, Mineral Classics
Large, Lustrous Spessartine Garnet on Matrix from Shengus, Gilgit-Baltistan, Pakistan
Mineral Classics

A Delicate but Undamaged Combination of Mint-Green Fluorite with Huebnerite on Quartz from Mundo Nuevo, Peru, Bruce Wood Minerals
Pristine Mint-Green Fluorite with Huebnerite on Quartz from Mundo Nuevo, Peru
Bruce Wood Minerals

Large Red Elbaite Tourmaline Show Stopper from the Cruzero Mine, Minas Gerais, Brazil, Bruce Wood Minerals
Large Red Elbaite Tourmaline Show Stopper from the Cruzero Mine, Minas Gerais, Brazil
Bruce Wood Minerals

Very Large Fluorite with Muscovite from Chumar Bakhoor, Nagar, Gilgit, Pakistan, Rocksaholics
Very Large Fluorite with Muscovite from Chumar Bakhoor, Nagar, Gilgit, Pakistan
Rocksaholics

Rusty James from Throwin' Stones Revealing his Minerals.net T-Shirt at the Show
Rusty James from Throwin' Stones Revealing his Minerals.net T-Shirt at the Show

2018 Tucson Gem and Mineral Show® Dealer Minerals Part 1

The Tucson Gem and Mineral Show® is the most important event of all the mineral and gem shows that take place in Tucson each February. Aside from the outstanding display exhibits, the dealers that fill up the show floor with their mineral and gemstone wares are the real driving force of the show. Almost all the prestigious mineral dealers have a booth, and for many this the place where they introduce new finds.


As in previous years, I scouted the show floor looking for new and interesting material to photograph for this show report. There was plenty to be found, and these are shared in this and the next two posts, accompanied by pictures.


I started my dealer circuit with Cornerstone Minerals, in the far left corner of the show floor. They had some brand new finds of clear Quartz crystals included with bright yellow amphibole, from Boyaca, Colombia, which at the time of the show had not been fully analyzed with an exact mineral identity other than being an amphibole species. These specimens were highly aesthetic and unlike any other types of Quartz with inclusions seen previously. On the topic of Quartz inclusions, Rusty James of Throwin' Stones had some really interesting Stibnite inclusions frozen in clear Quartz from Ganesh Himal in the Himalayan Mountains in Nepal. They looked very much like Tourmalinated Quartz, but with metallic-lustered Stibnite instead of Tourmaline.


Joe Dorris of Pinnacle 5 Minerals had a huge cluster of Microcline var. Amazonite in Smoky Quartz, from the Smoky Hawk Claim in Florissant, Colorado, which took up an entire shelf in his display case. The plaque next to this gargantuan cluster stated that this is the first showing of the second largest specimen from the Icon Pocket. This hunk of crystals was discovered in 2012 and filmed in the Prospector's TV series, and the repair project of joining all the broken crystals from the pocket was completed in 2018.


The relatively new find of yellow Brucite from Khuzadar District in Baluchistan, Pakistan, has been flooding the market, and many dealers at the show featured this flashy material. However, Fine Art Minerals stood out with some of the largest and brightest Brucite specimens from this new find. Fine Art Minerals also featured a giant white Hambergite crystal, the biggest by far that I have ever seen. It was elongated with parallel fibers, resembling the large Gypsum Var. Selenite wands from Morocco. There was one additional surprise from Fine Art Minerals: Interconnected Elbaite Tourmaline crystals with a very faint pink color from the Skardu District in Pakistan. These Tourmalines are very soft-toned and delicate looking, but at the same time highly aesthetic.


Over to Crystal Classics, from their native United Kingdom were some new Fluorites from Weardale, from both the Rogerley Mine and the Diana Maria Mine. Both these mines are part of the older Rogerly Quarry, a defunct 19th-century limestone mine. The Rogerley Mine has been commercially mined for Fluorite specimens since the 1990's, producing exceptional green Fluorite cubes that turn blue in sunlight from natural fluorescence. Ian Bruce, owner at Crystal Classics, took over specimen mining in 2017, and had lots of nice Fluorites from that locality at his Crystal Classics booth. Many of the Rogerley Mine specimens were labelled as being from the Wolfie Pocket. Nearby, in the western extension of the defunct Rogerley Quarry, another vein of Fluorite was further exploited for specimens by Crystal Classics, producing Fluorite similar to the Rogerly Mine material, but with a slightly darker color as well as some purple examples. Ian named this find in honor of his wife, calling it the Diana Maria Mine. Crystal Classics featured some of the newly mined finds from the Diana Maria Mine at this show.


At the corner of Stonetrust's booth stood a huge, attention-grabbing Stibnite crystal cluster several feet tall. This iconic specimen was from the Xikuangshan Antimony Deposit in Shaoyang Co., Hunan Province, China, and was one of the most memorable minerals of the show.


A new and interesting mineral combination at the Arkenstone booth was botryoidal bronze Goethite with Malachite. The unique bronze color of the Goethite, combined with the contrasting green of the Malachite, made for a remarkably aesthetic mineral. These specimens were from an unspecified location in Northern Laos.


Quartz Crystals with Included Yellow Amphibole, from Boyaca, Colombia, Cornerstone Minerals
Quartz Crystals with Included Yellow Amphibole, from Boyaca, Colombia
Cornerstone Minerals

Quartz Crystals with Stibnite Inclusions, from Ganesh Himal, Dhading, Himalaya Mountains, Nepal, Throwin Stones (Rusty James)
Quartz with Stibnite Inclusions, from Ganesh Himal, Dhading, Himalaya Mountains, Nepal
Throwin Stones (Rusty James)

Second Largest Piece of Amazonite with Smoky Quartz, from the Smoky Hawk Pocket, Florissant, CO. Filmed During Prospectors, Pinnacle 5 Minerals (Joe Dorris)
Second Largest Piece of Amazonite with Smoky Quartz, from the Icon Pocket, Smoky Hawk Claim, Florissant, CO. Filmed During Prospectors
Pinnacle 5 Minerals (Joe Dorris)

Yellow Brucite from the Khuzdar District, Baluchistan, Afghanistan, Fine Art Minerals (Mustafa Ghulam)
Yellow Brucite from the Khuzdar District, Baluchistan, Afghanistan
Fine Art Minerals (Mustafa Ghulam)

Giant Hambergite Crystal from the Shigar Valley, Skardu, Gilgit-Baltistan, Pakistan, Fine Art Minerals (Mustafa Ghulam)
Giant Hambergite Crystal from the Shigar Valley, Skardu, Gilgit-Baltistan, Pakistan
Fine Art Minerals (Mustafa Ghulam)

Light Pink Elbaite Tourmaline from the Haramosh Mnts, Skardu, Gilgit-Baltistan, Pakistan, Fine Art Minerals (Mustafa Ghulam)
Light Pink Elbaite from the Haramosh Mnts, Skardu, Gilgit-Baltistan, Pakistan
Fine Art Minerals (Mustafa Ghulam)

Copper after Cuprite, With Copper, from the New Cornelia Mine, Ajo, Arizona, Dave Bunk Minerals
Copper after Cuprite, With Copper, from the New Cornelia Mine, Ajo, Arizona
Dave Bunk Minerals

Pyrite on Calcite from the Pogo Mine, Southeast Fairbanks Borough, Alaska, Dave Bunk Minerals
Pyrite on Calcite, from the Pogo Mine, Southeast Fairbanks Borough, Alaska
Dave Bunk Minerals

Marshallsussmanite from the Wessels Mine, Hotazel, South Africa, Weinrich Minerals Inc. (Dan Weinrich)
Marshallsussmanite from the Wessels Mine, Hotazel, South Africa
Weinrich Minerals Inc. (Dan Weinrich)

New Fluorite Finds at the Rogerly Mine & Diana Maria Mine, Frosterly, Weardale, England, Crystal Classics (Ian Bruce
New Fluorite Finds at the Rogerly Mine & Diana Maria Mine, Frosterly, Weardale, England
Crystal Classics (Ian Bruce)

Bright Orange Calcite on Pale Amethyst from Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil, Crystal Classics (Ian Bruce
Bright Orange Calcite on Pale Amethyst from Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil, Crystal Classics
Crystal Classics (Ian Bruce)

Huge Stibnite Crystal Cluster from the Xikuangshan Sb Deposit, Shaoyang, Hunan Prov, China, Stonetrust (Robert and Stephanie Snyder)
Huge Stibnite Crystal Cluster from the Xikuangshan Sb Deposit, Shaoyang, Hunan Prov, China
Stonetrust (Robert and Stephanie Snyder)

Goethite and Malachite from Northern Laos, The Arkenstone (Rob Lavinsky)

Large Purple Fluorite from De'an, Jiangxi Province, China, The Arkenstone (Rob Lavinsky)
Large Purple Fluorite from De'an, Jiangxi Province, China
The Arkenstone (Rob Lavinsky)

2018 Tucson Gem and Mineral Show® Individual Minerals Part 2

This post is a continuation of the previous post, showing some of the individual minerals from the exhibit displays of the 2018 Tucson Gem and Mineral Show®. These are individual minerals from private collections.


Rhodochrosite from the Xanda Mine, Virgen da Lapa, M.G., Brazil, Jim and Gail Spann
Rhodochrosite from the Xanda Mine, Virgen da Lapa, M.G., Brazil
Jim and Gail Spann

Chrysoberyl Sixling from Itaguacu, Espirito Santo, Brazil, Jim and Gail Spann
Chrysoberyl Sixling from Itaguacu, Espirito Santo, Brazil
Jim and Gail Spann

Tourmaline Scepter Rocket from the Pedeneira Mine, M.G., Brazil, Jim and Gail Spann
Tourmaline Scepter "Rocket" from the Pedeneira Mine, M.G., Brazil
Jim and Gail Spann

Sulfur from Kilaueu Volcano, Hawaii Island, Hawaii, Jon Bly Collection (Keiki Mineral Club)
Sulfur from Kilaueu Volcano, Hawaii Island, Hawaii
Jon Bly Collection (Keiki Mineral Club)

Quartz & Fluorite Crystals from the Yaogangxian Mine, Hunan Prov., China, Mineralogical Association of Dallas Case
Quartz and Fluorite Crystals from the Yaogangxian Mine, Hunan Prov., China
Mineralogical Association of Dallas Case

Calcite Crystals from the Fozichong Mine, Guangxi Province, China, Mineralogical Association of Dallas Case
Calcite Crystals from the Fozichong Mine, Guangxi Province, China
Mineralogical Association of Dallas Case

Beryl var. Heliodor Crystal from Marambaia, Carai, M.G., Brazil, Mineralogical Association of Dallas Case
Beryl var. Heliodor from Marambaia, Carai, M.G., Brazil
Mineralogical Association of Dallas Case

Azurite with Malachite from the Holbrook Mine, Bisbee, Arizona, META (Mineral Enthusiasts of the Tucson Area)
Azurite with Malachite from the Holbrook Mine, Bisbee, Arizona
META (Mineral Enthusiasts of the Tucson Area)

Purple Fluorite from the Blanchard Mine, Bingham, New Mexico, Blanchard Mine Case
Purple Fluorite from the Blanchard Mine, Bingham, New Mexico
Blanchard Mine Case

Giant Tourmaline Crystal Cluster from the Cruzeiro Mine, M.G., Brazil, St. Troy Consolidated Mines, LTD
Giant Tourmaline Crystal Cluster from the Cruzeiro Mine, M.G., Brazil
St. Troy Consolidated Mines, LTD

X-Shaped Calcite Crystal Twins from the 884 Mine, Leiping, Guiyang Co., Hunan Prov., China, Robert Lavinsky Collection
X-Shaped Calcite Crystal Twins from the 884 Mine, Leiping, Guiyang Co., Hunan Prov., China
Robert Lavinsky Collection

Giant Pyrite Cubes with Spessartine from the Wushan Mine, Tongbei, Fujian Prov., China, Robert Lavinsky Collection
Giant Pyrite Cubes with Spessartine from the Wushan Mine, Tongbei, Fujian Prov., China
Robert Lavinsky Collection

Calcite Cup Shaped Crystal on Calcite Matrix (2 Habits) from Wenshan, Yunnan Prov., China, Robert Lavinsky Collection
Calcite Cup Shaped Crystals on Calcite Matrix (2 Habits) from Wenshan, Yunnan Prov., China
Jim and Gail Spann

>Ilvaite Crystal Spray from the Huanggang Mines, Inner Mongolia, China, Robert Lavinsky Collection
Ilvaite Crystal Spray from the Huanggang Mines, Inner Mongolia, China
Robert Lavinsky Collection

>Kunzite Crystal from the Big Kahuna Pocket, Oceanview Mine, Pala, California, Fallbrook Gem & Mineral Society
Kunzite Crystal from the Big Kahuna Pocket, Oceanview Mine, Pala, California
Fallbrook Gem & Mineral Society

>Bright Red Tourmaline on Quartz from the Pala Chief Mine, Pala, California, Fallbrook Gem & Mineral Society
Bright Red Tourmaline on Quartz from the Pala Chief Mine, Pala, California
Fallbrook Gem & Mineral Society