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I-10 Corridor Gem & Mineral Shows, 2018

Along the western side of the I-10 Freeway, directly south of downtown, lies a cluster of shows that stretch over several motels. Dealers sell their mineral and gemstone goods out of their motel rooms and in tents large and small throughout the motel properties. The motels include the Quality Inn, the Howard Johnson, and the Travelodge. Many of the dealers are foreign, with a large proportion of them being Brazilian. The density of dealers and sheer number of sellers at this location is truly staggering.


Cluster of Tents from the I-10 Freeway Corridor Shows from Across the Street
Cluster of Tents from the I-10 Freeway Corridor Shows from Across the Street

Dealer Tents on the Side of the Road
Dealer Tents on the Side of the Road

Dealers set up at the Quality Inn
Dealers set up at the Quality Inn

Tents at the Hotels with Sentinel Peak in the Background
Tents at the Hotels with Sentinel Peak in the Background

Incredibly Perfect Herkimer Diamond, Mined by Dan Sebastian from the Ace of Diamonds Mine, Middleville, Herkimer Co., NY. (Ace of Diamonds has a Tent at this Show every Year.)
Incredibly Perfect Herkimer Diamond, Mined by Dan Sebastian from the Ace of Diamonds Mine,
Middleville, Herkimer Co., NY. (Ace of Diamonds has a Tent at this Show every Year.)

A Fantastic Herkimer Diamond on Matrix mined this Past Year by Dan Sebastian at the Ace of Diamonds Mine in Middleville, Herkimer Co., NY
A Fantastic Herkimer Diamond on Matrix mined this Past Year by Dan Sebastian
at the Ace of Diamonds Mine in Middleville, Herkimer Co., NY

The Tucson 22nd Street Show, 2018

The 22nd Street Show is another important Tucson mineral and gemstone event. It takes place on the eastern side of I-10, directly south of downtown. It is entirely indoors, in a giant tent that seems to increase in size every year. In fact, a new satellite tent was added this year, called the "Showcase." This new Showcase tent caters to higher-end dealers and more exclusive customers.


The main large tent had the usual dealers of all types, including minerals, gemstones, jewelry, fossils, and decorative rocks. The new Showcase tent featured some interesting public exhibits, including large dinosaurs and rocks from the Moon, Mars, and Vesta. The Showcase also had a more upscale look and feel, with carpeted floors, solid white dividers, and good lighting. The signature dealer of the Showcase was the Arkenstone, with several impressive displays of attractive material. We were able to get some general photos of the show, as well as some from the new Showcase tent, with special focus on some of the minerals and cases in the Arkenstone booth.


Outside the Enormous Tent of the 22nd Street Show
Outside the Enormous Tent of the 22nd Street Show

Show Scene Inside the 22nd Street Show
Show Scene Inside the 22nd Street Show

More Show Scenes Inside the Large 22nd Street Show Tent
More Show Scenes Inside the Large 22nd Street Show Tent

Small Quartz Crystals Coating an Ox Skull, Quartz City Mines (Arkansas)
Small Quartz Crystals Coating an Ox Skull from Quartz City Mines (Arkansas)

New Showcase Tent with Exhibits and Higher-End Dealers
New Showcase Tent with Exhibits and Higher-End Dealers

Exceptional Dinosaur Fossil Exhibit and Rocks from the Moon, Mars, and Vesta
Exceptional Dinosaur Fossil Exhibit and Rocks from the Moon, Mars, and Vesta

Very Large Agate Display Case in the Exhibit Area
Very Large Agate Display Case in the Exhibit Area

Inside the Showcase Area, with a High-End Booth of The Arkenstone
Inside the Showcase Area, with a High-End Booth of The Arkenstone

Highly Colorful Display in the Showcase Area of The Arkenstone
Highly Colorful Display in the Showcase Area of The Arkenstone

The Arkenstone Display of Many Fine Gem Minerals in the Showcase Area
The Arkenstone Display of Many Fine Gem Minerals in the Showcase Area

And Yet Another Eye-Catching Showcase Display from The Arkenstone
And Yet Another Eye-Catching Showcase Display from The Arkenstone

Iconic Blue-Cross Aquamarine from Pakistan with Schorl, Featured on the 22nd St Show Posters, from The Arkenstone
Blue-Cross Aquamarine with Schorl from Pakistan, at The Arkenstone Booth
This Iconic Specimen has been Featured on the 22nd Street Show Posters and Ads

Chrysocolla with Malachite, from the Mashamba West Mine, DR Congo, the Arkenstone
Chrysocolla with Malachite, from the Mashamba West Mine, DR Congo, The Arkenstone

Exquisite Almandine Garnet Cluster from Otz Valley, N. Tyrol, Austria, the Arkenstone
Exquisite Almandine Garnet Cluster from Otz Valley, N. Tyrol, Austria, The Arkenstone

The Pueblo Show at Riverpark Inn, Tucson

The Pueblo Gem & Mineral Show takes place at the Riverpark Inn, and is an important part of the Tucson mineral scene. It is a sprawling show, with many dealers selling from their hotel room as well as the dozens of makeshift tents that dot the property during the show.

This show has a wide variety of dealers. There are many mineral dealers, including a growing number of fine mineral dealers, but there is also a very strong presence of gemstone and jewelry dealers. This show is very enjoyable due to its laid-back atmosphere. Always present are gigantic Quartz and Amethyst crystals, which make an incredible site to see.


Very Large Quartz Crystals from Brazil at the Pueblo Show at Riverpark Inn
Very Large Quartz Crystals from Brazil at the Pueblo Show at Riverpark Inn

Dealer Tents at the Pueblo Show, with Sentinel Peak, an Iconic Tucson Mountain, in Background
Dealer Tents at the Pueblo Show, with the Mountains of Sentinel Peak Park Behind

Tent of Large Quartz and Amethyst Crystals from Brazil at the Pueblo Show
Tent of Large Quartz and Amethyst Crystals from Brazil at the Pueblo Show

Very Large Amethyst Geodes In Tent at the Pueblo Show
Very Large Amethyst and Citrine Geodes In Tent at the Pueblo Show

Close up on a Large Amethyst Geode Pair from Uruguay
Close up on a Large Amethyst Geodes Pair from Uruguay

Large Amethyst, and Citrine Geodes and Crystal Plates
Large Amethyst and Citrine Geodes and Crystal Plates

Large Quartz, Agate, And Amethyst
Large Quartz, Agate, and Amethyst Specimens from Brazil and Uruguay

Sign at the Pueblo Show Publicizing the 2018 Munich Gem and Mineral Show
Sign at the Pueblo Show Publicizing the 2018 Munich Gem and Mineral Show

Sign at the Pueblo Show Publicizing the 2018 St. Marie Aux Mines Gem and Mineral Show
Sign at the Pueblo Show Publicizing the 2018 St. Marie Aux Mines Gem and Mineral Show

Dealers in the Riverpark Inn Courtyard, with Ruby in Zoisite being Displayed
Dealers in the Riverpark Inn Courtyard, with Ruby in Zoisite Available for Purchase

2018 Tucson Show Introduction and InnSuites Scenes

We once again provide our detailed coverage of the Tucson mineral shows. The city of Tucson hosts the largest and most significant agglomeration of mineral and gemstone shows and events every year at the end of January and early February. Each year, the list of shows in this sprawling city grows, with hotels and tents throughout the desert landscape springing to life with dealers from around the world selling their material.

It's nearly impossible to attend all the shows, though we do our best to cover the most significant ones. The Westward Look Show is a high-end event in a quiet resort in the northern part of the city, with top dealers offering their finest minerals. This event takes place on the weekend prior to the main show. Most specimens on sale at the Westward Look have three to five digits in their price tag, with several even in the six digit range. We were unable to attend the Westward Look this year due to travel complications. However, many of the specimens here are later exhibited at the InnSuites and then at the Main Show in the convention center, so that is a bit of a consolation to us and anyone else who missed the Westward Look.


We visited the shows along the I-10 corridor near downtown, including the Pueblo Show at Riverpark Inn, and the cluster of tents and motel rooms from the Travelodge, Howard Johnson, and Quality Inn. We then went under the highway overpass to the 22nd Street Show, a giant tent show that seems to grow in size every year. (We'll include coverage of these shows in further postings.)

We attended the show commonly called the InnSuites Show, which is one of the largest shows of interest to mineral collectors. This is an event not to be missed. It is organized by Marty Zinn, and hosted in the Hotel Tucson City Center (HTCC), formerly known as the InnSuites. This hotel is a complex of interconnected buildings with courtyards and dealer tents in its perimeter. A vast number of dealers sell here, and there is a representation of almost all known and reputable dealers at this location. The dealers sell out of their hotel rooms, with professional display cases full of minerals often taking the place of beds.


The InnSuites Show is officially known as the Arizona Mineral and Fossil Show, but has always been called the InnSuites until recently. We heard an increasing number of dealers and buyers referring to it as the HTCC show, so it is possible this new name will stick. Perhaps next year's coverage will be referenced as the HTCC shows if this new name continues to increase in popularity.

The first post of our Tucson coverage will be the InnSuites. We'll present general show scenes, and then post new and interesting finds from the dealers. Please enjoy this first post with the InnSuites scenes. You can click each picture for a larger image pop-up.


Hotel Tucson City Center with New Traffic Pattern
Hotel Tucson City Center with New Traffic Pattern.
The old parking area is now under construction.

Front Entrance of the Hotel Tucson City Center
Front Entrance of the Hotel Tucson City Center

Front Entrance of the Hotel Tucson City Center
Giant Milky Quartz Crystal from the Urucum Mine in Brazil at the Hotel Entrance 

Very Large Amethyst Crystal Plate Near the Hotel Entrance
Very Large Amethyst Crystal Plate Near the Entrance of the Hotel

Small Dinosaurs in the HTCC Courtyard
Small Dinosaurs in the HTCC Courtyard

Relaxed Atmosphere in the HTCC Courtyard
Relaxed Atmosphere in the HTCC Courtyard

People Enjoying Themselves in the HTCC Courtyard
People Enjoying Themselves in the HTCC Courtyard

Rhinoceros Replica and Oranges Trees in the HTCC Courtyard
Rhinoceros Replica and Oranges Trees in the HTCC Courtyard

Gila Monster Replica in the HTCC Courtyard
Gila Monster Replica in the HTCC Courtyard

An Unsuspecting Person About to be Eaten by a Megalodon Shark
An Unsuspecting Person About to be Eaten by a Megalodon Shark Jaw Replica

Mineral Sculptor Leo Atkinson in front of his Amazing Amethyst Geode Body
Mineral Sculptor Leo Atkinson in front of his Amazing Amethyst Geode Body

A Large Malachite Sculpture from Leo Atkinson
A Large Malachite Sculpture from Leo Atkinson

Exceptionally Large Milky Quartz Crystals from Brazil
Exceptionally Large Quartz Crystals from Brazil

2018 InnSuites Show at Tucson: Individual Minerals Part 1

Many of the most prominent dealers are present at the InnSuites show in Tucson, filling their hotel rooms with beautifully arranged display cases of minerals. The caliber, selection, and variety of minerals at this show is incredible. I visited many of the dealers and took photos of some of the new and interesting material they had showed me. This is the first of two posts of new and interesting mineral finds at the InnSuites show.



Recently Mined Gold Crystals from the Little Jonny Mine, Leadville, CO, Self-a-Ware Minerals
Recently Mined Gold Crystals from the Little Jonny Mine, Leadville, CO
Self-a-Ware Minerals

Elbaite Tourmaline Mined in 2016 at the Himalaya Mine, Mesa Grande, San Diego Co., CA, Self-a-Ware Minerals
Elbaite Tourmaline Mined in 2016 at the Himalaya Mine, Mesa Grande, San Diego Co., CA
Self-a-Ware Minerals

3 Elbaite Tourmaline Crystals Mined in 2017 at the Himalaya Mine, Mesa Grande, San Diego Co., CA, Self-a-Ware Minerals
3 More Crystals of Elbaite Tourmaline from Mesa Grande, CA, these Mined in 2017
Self-a-Ware Minerals

Unusual Blue Prehnite, Recently Mined, from Arusha, Tanzania, Self-a-Ware Minerals
Unusual Blue Prehnite, Recently Mined from Arusha, Tanzania
Donald K. Olson and Associates

New Find of Lightly Colored Zoned Fluorites from the Tuco Mine, Huanzala, Peru, Dr. Jaroslav Hyrsl
New Find of Lightly Colored Zoned Fluorite from the Tuco Mine, Huanzala, Peru
Dr. Jaroslav Hyrsl

Individual Piece of New Peruvian Fluorite from the Above Sampling, Dr. Jaroslav Hyrsl
Individual Piece of New Peruvian Fluorite from the Above Sampling
Dr. Jaroslav Hyrsl

New Find of Clinozoisite from San Cristobal Hill, Canete, Peru, Dr. Jaroslav Hyrsl
New Find of Clinozoisite from San Cristobal Hill, Canete, Peru
Dr. Jaroslav Hyrsl

Individual Specimen of Clinozoisite from Peru; the Largest of this Group, Dr. Jaroslav Hyrsl
Individual Specimen of Clinozoisite from Peru; the Largest of this Group
Dr. Jaroslav Hyrsl

Tsavorite Garnet in New Habit of Elongated Crystals with Pyrite from Arusha, Tanzania, Capetown Matrix Minerals
Tsavorite Garnet with Pyrite in New Habit of Elongated Crystals from
Capetown Matrix Minerals

Bright Green Diopside on Graphic from Arusha, Tanzania
Bright Green Diopside on Graphite from Arusha, Tanzania

New Style of Quartz with Hematite Inclusions from N. Cape Province, S. Africa, Matrix Minerals
New Style of Quartz with Hematite Inclusions from N. Cape Province, S. Africa
Naked Matrix Minerals

Exceptionally Priced Flat of Wire Silver from the Hongda Mine, China, Yuefeng Crystal Mineral Museum
Exceptionally Priced Flat of Wire Silver from the Hongda Mine, China
Yuefeng Crystal Mineral Museum

The Best of the Lot of Wire Silver from the Hongda Mine, China, Yuefeng Crystal Mineral Museum
"The Best of the Lot of Wire Silver from the Hongda Mine, China
Yuefeng Crystal Mineral Museum