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The Tucson Gem and Mineral Show® 2018 Museum Minerals

This post shows our selection of some of the interesting or aesthetic minerals in the exhibits of the museum display cases at the 2018 Tucson Gem and Mineral Show®. The theme of the show was "Crystals and Crystal Habits," and many of these minerals have interesting or unique crystal habits in line with this year's show theme.



Stacked Rhodonite Crystals from Franklin, NJ Mineralogical & Geological Museum at Harvard University
Stacked Rhodonite Crystals from Franklin, NJ
Mineralogical & Geological Museum at Harvard University

Crystals from the Bazhenovskoe Mine, Middle Urals, Russia Fersman Mineralogical Museum
Blue Brucite Crystals from the Bazhenovskoe Mine, Middle Urals, Russia
Fersman Mineralogical Museum

Selections from Charles Palache's Crystal Collection at Harvard University Mineralogical & Geological Museum at Harvard University
Octagonal Vesuvianite Crystals from Yunnan Province, China
Royal Ontario Museum

Complex Purple Fluorite Crystal from the Mex-Tex Mine, Hansonburg, NM New Mexico Bureau of Mineral Resources
Complex Purple Fluorite Crystal from the Mex-Tex Mine, Hansonburg, NM
New Mexico Bureau of Mineral Resources

Kafehydrocyanite Ps. After Sulfur from Cozzodisi Mine, Girgenti, Sicily, Italy Society of Mineral Museum Professionals
Kafehydrocyanite Ps. After Sulfur from Cozzodisi Mine, Girgenti, Sicily, Italy
Society of Mineral Museum Professionals

Tourmaline from Mt. Marie, Paris (L) and the Dunton Quarry, Newry (R), Maine, Maine Mineral & Gem Museum
Tourmaline from Mt. Marie, Paris (L) and the Dunton Quarry, Newry (R), Maine
Maine Mineral & Gem Museum

Purple Apatite from Mt. Marie (L), Greenwood (C), and the Pulsifier Quarry (R), Maine, Maine Mineral & Gem Museum
Purple Apatite from Mt. Marie (L), Greenwood (C), and the Pulsifier Quarry (R), Maine
Maine Mineral & Gem Museum

Odd-Shaped Calcite Crystal from the 2nd Soviet Mine, Dal'negorsk, Russia, Cincinnati Museum Center
Odd-Shaped Calcite Crystal from the 2nd Soviet Mine, Dal'negorsk, Russia
Cincinnati Museum Center

Riebeckite Asbestos from Cochabamba, Bolivia Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County
Riebeckite Asbestos from Cochabamba, Bolivia
Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County

Reniform Hematite from Michigamme, Marquette Co., MI, Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County
Reniform Hematite from Michigamme, Marquette Co., MI
Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County

Large Green Titanite Twins American Museum of Natural History
Large Green Titanite Contact Twins
American Museum of Natural History

Chrysoberyl Sixling Cyclic Twins from Espirito Santo, Minas Gerais, Brazil, American Museum of Natural History
Chrysoberyl Sixling Cyclic Twins from Espirito Santo, Minas Gerais, Brazil
American Museum of Natural History

Bournonite Cyclic Twins from the Machacamarca Mine, Potosi, Bolivia, American Museum of Natural History
Bournonite Cyclic Twins from the Machacamarca Mine, Potosi, Bolivia
American Museum of Natural History

Cerussite Contact V-Twins from Touissit, Morocco, American Museum of Natural History
Cerussite Contact V-Twins from Touissit, Morocco
American Museum of Natural History

Large Almandine Garnet Dodecahedral Crystal from the Sedalia Mine, near Salida, CO, Colorado School of Mines
Large Almandine Garnet Dodecahedral Crystal from the Sedalia Mine, near Salida, CO
Colorado School of Mines

Bright Green Diopside Crystals from the Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania, University of Arizona Mineral Museum
Bright Green Diopside Crystals from the Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania
University of Arizona Mineral Museum

Autunite from the Daybreak Mine, Spokane Co., WA, University of Arizona Mineral Museum
Autunite from the Daybreak Mine, Spokane Co., WA
University of Arizona Mineral Museum

Large Axinite-Fe Crystal from Bahia, Brazil, Smithsonian Institution National Museum of Natural History
Large Axinite-Fe Crystal from Bahia, Brazil
Smithsonian Institution National Museum of Natural History

Pink Spinel Crystals from Mehenge, Morogoro Region, Tanzania, Smithsonian Institution National Museum of Natural History
Pink Spinel Crystals from Mehenge, Morogoro Region, Tanzania
Smithsonian Institution National Museum of Natural History

Triangular Diamond Macle Twin from the Ekati MIne, Lac De Gras, NW Territories, Canada, Smithsonian Institution National Museum of Natural History
Triangular Diamond Macle Twin from the Ekati MIne, Lac De Gras, NW Territories, Canada
Smithsonian Institution National Museum of Natural History

Dark Gray Cubic Diamond from South Africa, Museum Gift of Washington Roebling, Smithsonian Institution National Museum of Natural History
Dark Gray Cubic Diamond from South Africa, Museum Gift of Washington Roebling
Smithsonian Institution National Museum of Natural History

Large Green Gem Beryl from Teofilo Otoni, Minas Gerais, Brazil, Smithsonian Institution National Museum of Natural History
Large Green Gem Beryl from Teofilo Otoni, Minas Gerais, Brazil
Smithsonian Institution National Museum of Natural History

The Tucson Gem and Mineral Show® 2018 Museum Exhibits Part 2

This post is a continuation of the previous post, showing additional museum display exhibits from the 2018 Tucson Gem and Mineral Show.


A Study in Calcium Carbonate Rice Museum of Rocks & Minerals
A Study in Calcium Carbonate
Rice Museum of Rocks & Minerals

Form & Function Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County
Form & Function
Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County

Classic Keweenaw Copper and Calcite Crystals A.E. Seaman Mineral Museum of Michigan Tech
Classic Keweenaw Copper and Calcite Crystals
A.E. Seaman Mineral Museum of Michigan Tech

Merelaniite - 2016 Mineral of the Year A.E. Seaman Mineral Museum of Michigan Tech
Merelaniite - 2016 Mineral of the Year
A.E. Seaman Mineral Museum of Michigan Tech

Quartz Quirks Carnegie Museum of Natural History
"Quartz Quirks"
Carnegie Museum of Natural History

Twins and Twinning
Twins and Twinning American Museum of Natural History
American Museum of Natural History

Colorado School of Mines
Colorado Minerals
Colorado Minerals Colorado School of Mines

The Atomic Structure of Select Minerals The Sherman Dugan Museum of Geology at San Juan College, Farmington, New Mexico
The Atomic Structure of Select Minerals
The Sherman Dugan Museum of Geology at San Juan College, Farmington, New Mexico

Southwest Indigenous Lapidary & Jewelry Amerind Museum
Southwest Indigenous Lapidary & Jewelry Amerind Museum
Amerind Museum

Minerals have no Bad Habits But they do have Personalities Arizona Sonora Desert Museum
Minerals have no Bad Habits But they do have Personalities
Arizona Sonora Desert Museum

From the Ann and Ed David Collection University of Arizona Mineral Museum
From the Ann and Ed David Collection (Donations to the Museum in Memory of Ed David)
University of Arizona Mineral Museum

Crystals - Object of Wonder Smithsonian Institution National Museum of Natural History
Crystals - Object of Wonder
Smithsonian Institution National Museum of Natural History

The Tucson Gem and Mineral Show® 2018 Museum Exhibits Part 1

Many important museums exhibit at the The Tucson Gem and Mineral Show®. They often select minerals from their collection relating to the show theme, and put together exceptional cases of these mineral in a traveling exhibit. Museums such as the Smithsonian Institution, American Museum of Natural History, and the Royal Ontario Museum are among the list of prestigious museums exhibiting at this show. This is the first of two posts on the museum display cases at the 2018 Tucson Gem and Mineral Show®. We will also create a separate post of some of the individual minerals in the exhibits in a later posting.


Selections from Charles Palache's Crystal Collection at Harvard University Mineralogical & Geological Museum at Harvard University
Selections from Charles Palache's Crystal Collection at Harvard University
Mineralogical & Geological Museum at Harvard University

The Annotated Mineral Specimens of Professor Matthew Heddle National Museums Scotland
The Annotated Mineral Specimens of Professor Matthew Heddle
National Museums Scotland

32 Crystal Classes of Symmetry Fersman Mineralogical Museum
32 Crystal Classes of Symmetry
Fersman Mineralogical Museum

Forms of Nature Royal Ontario Museum
Forms of Nature
Royal Ontario Museum

Crystals of Enchantment
Crystals of Enchantment New Mexico Bureau of Geology & Mineral Resources
New Mexico Bureau of Geology & Mineral Resources

Unfamiliar Faces: Crystals with Atypical Forms Society of Mineral Museum Professionals
Unfamiliar Faces: Crystals with Atypical Forms
Society of Mineral Museum Professionals

Bubble, Balls, and Blobs Mineral Habits Tellus Science Museum
Bubble, Balls, and Blobs Mineral Habits
Tellus Science Museum

Minerals from the State of Maine Maine Mineral & Gem Museum
Minerals from the State of Maine
Maine Mineral & Gem Museum

Pseudomorphs of Arizona Arizona Mining, Mineral, and Natural Resources Education Museum
Pseudomorphs of Arizona
Arizona Mining, Mineral, and Natural Resources Education Museum

Calcite & Friends Indiana State Museum and Historic Sites
Calcite & Friends
Indiana State Museum and Historic Sites

Calcite Prism & Pinacoid Cincinnati Museum Center
Calcite Prism & Pinacoid
Cincinnati Museum Center

Historical Literature on Crystallography in the GIA Library
Historical Literature on Crystallography in the GIA Library Gemological Institute of America
Gemological Institute of America

The Tucson Gem and Mineral Show® 2018 Featured Exhibits

The Tucson Gem and Mineral Show® has some of the most impressive public displays. Aside from the displays of  the museums and private collectors, there are also several featured exhibits of exceptional individual pieces. This year's show featured some magnificent  items, including a giant red Elbaite Tourmaline from the Jonas Mine in Brazil, which is the largest and most significant specimen from this mine. Also featured was an iconic Aquamarine crystal with internal "helix" growths, from the Marambaia Gem District in Brazil.


Giant Red Elbaite Tourmaline (Tarugo) from the Jonas Mine in Brazil, in Display Case
Giant Red Elbaite Tourmaline ("Tarugo") from the Jonas Mine in Brazil, in Display Case

A Closer Up Profile of this Large Jonas Tourmaline
A Closer Up Profile of this Large Jonas Tourmaline

Information Plaque Explaining the Above Jonas Mine Tourmaline
Information Plaque Explaining the Above Jonas Mine Tourmaline

The Helix Aquamarine, from the Marambaia Gem Pegmatite Region, BrazilRobert C. and Fallon B. Vaughn Collection; on Display in the Perot Museum
Aquamarine ("The Helix") from the Marambaia Gem Pegmatite Region, Brazil
Robert C. and Fallon B. Vaughn Collection; on Display in the Perot Museum

Post Emerald Necklace with Colombian Emeralds Smithsonian Institution
Post Emerald Necklace with Colombian Emeralds
Smithsonian Institution

Carved Quartz Crystal Eye of the Tiger by Designer Alfred Zimmerman
Carved Quartz Crystal "Eye of the Tiger" by Designer Alfred Zimmerman

Pseudomorph of Agate after Aragonite from Rancho Coyamito Norte, Mexico Andrei Carrilllo
Pseudomorph of Agate after Aragonite from Rancho Coyamito Norte, Mexico
Andrei Carrilllo
Collected August 2017

Large Floater Calcite Crystal from Dalnegorsk, Russia
Large Floater Calcite Crystal from Dalnegorsk, Russia
Found in 1990's

Giant Turquoise Nugget (The Largest Ever Found) from the Mona Lisa Mine, Polk Co, AR
Giant Turquoise Nugget (The Largest Ever Found) from the Mona Lisa Mine, Polk Co, AR
Mined in 1892 by Jack Wrigley and cut in 2018 by Michael Beck

Giant Laguna Agate The Monarch Queen of Mexico from the Alianza Claim, Ojo Laguna, Mexico, Albert O. Ray
Giant Laguna Agate "The Monarch Queen of Mexico from the Alianza Claim, Ojo Laguna, Mexico
Albert O. Ray

Show Poster of an Amethyst Scepter with the Specimen from the Goboboseb Mountains, Namibia, Scott Rudolph Mineral Museum
Show Poster of an Amethyst Scepter with the Specimen from the Goboboseb Mountains, Namibia
Scott Rudolph Mineral Museum

Zoomed in to the Above Scepter Amethyst
Zoomed in to the Above Scepter Amethyst

The Tucson Gem and Mineral Show® 2018 Opening Scenes

The Tucson Gem and Mineral Show® is the world's most significant mineral event. It is the culmination of several weeks of gem and mineral activities taking place in Tucson, Arizona, every February, transforming this desert city into a bustling oasis of crystals and gems. This show, put together by the Tucson Gem and Mineral Society, is known for its participation of all important mineral people, with a dazzling array of dealers, buyers, and exhibitors.


This year's show started on Thursday, February 8, through Sunday February 11. The theme was "Crystals and Crystal Forms," with a special emphasis on crystal habits and formation. As usual, the displays were outstanding, with the finest minerals in professional and eye-catching display arrangements.


Aside from having the most significant public exhibits of any show, many dealers save their most important items for this show and wait to introduce new finds at this show. The importance of this can be stressed by the presence of almost all VIP's in the hobby, as well as local politicians and native Tucsonians. Even the governor of Arizona, Doug Ducey, was present for the opening ceremonies and given a special tour. He was accompanied by Tucson mayor Jonathan Rothschild.


This post, the first of the The Tucson Gem and Mineral Show®, covers the opening ceremony of the show, including the governor and mayor's visit.


The Line of People Waiting to get into the Tucson Gem and Mineral Show® at Prior to Opening
The Line of People Waiting to get into the Tucson Gem and Mineral Show® at Prior to Opening

VIP's Looking at the Impressive Aquamarine Crystal Display
VIP's Looking at the Impressive Aquamarine Crystal Display

Peter Megaw, Show Special Events Chair, Showing the Governor and Mayor a Display
Peter Megaw, Show Special Events Chair, Showing the Governor and Mayor a Display

Gloria Quigg, Show Publicity Chair, with the Governor and Mayor
Gloria Quigg, Show Publicity Chair, with the Governor and Mayor

Outside the Enormous Tent of the 22nd Street Show
Mayor Jonathan Rothschild (L), Governor Doug Ducey (C), Show Event Chair Peter Megaw (R)

>Mayor Rothschild Opening Speech
Mayor Rothschild Opening Speech

The Governor and the Mayor Cutting the Ribbon
The Governor and the Mayor Cutting the Ribbon

The Governor with a Delegation from China
The Governor and Mayor with a Delegation from China

The Giant Gem Tourmaline Crystal from Brazil as the Main Showpiece of the Exhibits
The Giant Gem Tourmaline Crystal from Brazil as the Main Showpiece of the Exhibits