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2018 InnSuites Show at Tucson: Individual Minerals Part 2

This is the second post of minerals I photographed at the InnSuites show in Tucson of new mineral finds and recently mined specimens. In general, dealers set up in the same hotel rooms as in previous years. After coming year after year, one gets to know the lay of the land, and where to find each dealer.


It's always nice to find new dealers at this show. This year featured the introduction of Michael Walter of Geologic Desires, from Upstate New York, and James Hall, of the Reel Mine in North Carolina, with his new Amethyst Mine.


Display of Scolecite from Rankhamb Village, Sakur, India. April 2017 Find, Matrix India
Display of Scolecite from Rankhamb Village, Sakur, India. April 2017 Find.
Matrix India

Scolecite Sprays with Stilbite, from Rankhamb Village, Sakur, India Featured in MinRec.
Scolecite Sprays with Stilbite, from Rankhamb Village, Sakur, India. Featured in MinRec.
Matrix India

Incredible rounded Fluorite Crystal Mass from Mahodari, Nashik, India, Matrix India
Incredible rounded Fluorite Crystal Mass from Mahodari, Nashik, India
Matrix India

Newly Mined Large Pyrite Crystals (2017) from Huanzala, Peru, Crystal Springs Mining & Jewelry Co.
Newly Mined, Very Large Pyrite Crystal Group from Huanzala, Peru
Crystal Springs Mining & Jewelry Co.

Black Tourmaline from a New Find in the Dafoe Property<br>(Across from the Power's Farm Locality), Pierrepont, NY, Geologic Desires
Black Tourmaline from a New Find in the Dafoe Property
(Across from the Power's Farm Locality), Pierrepont, NY
Geologic Desires

New Find of Orange Calcite Crystals from Luban, Poland, Spirifer Minerals
New Find of Orange Calcite Crystals from Luban, Poland
Spirifer Minerals

Individual Spiky Calcite Crystals from the Above Find
Individual Spiky Calcite Crystals from the Above Find
Spirifer Minerals

Skeletal, hoppered Halite crystals from Lubin, Poland
Skeletal, Halite Hoppered Halite crystals from Lubin, Poland
Spirifer Minerals

Inky Blue Fluorite and White Quartz from Chi Feng, Inner Mongolia, China
Inky Blue Fluorite and White Quartz from Chi Feng, Inner Mongolia, China
Great Wall Museum

Amethyst from a New Mine Called the Reel Mine, Iron Station, NC
Amethyst on Quartz from a New Mine Called the Reel Mine, Iron Station, NC, James Hall
Reel Mine

Large Amethyst Cluster from the Reel Mine, Iron Station, NC, James Hall
Large Amethyst Cluster from the Reel Mine, Iron Station, NC
Reel Mine

Backlit Multi-Toned Amethyst Cluster from the Reel Mine, Iron Station, NC, James Hall
Backlit Multi-Toned Amethyst Cluster from the Reel Mine, Iron Station, NC
Reel Mine

Mine Owner James Hall of the Reel Mine with his Amethyst
Mine Owner James Hall of the Reel Mine with his Amethyst
Reel Mine

New Crocoite from this Year's Mining Activity from the Adelaide Mine, Dundas, Tasmania, Australia, The Adelaide Mining Company
New Crocoite from this Year's Mining Activity at the Adelaide Mine, Tasmania, Australia
The Adelaide Mining Company

New York and New Jersey Localities: An Addendum to Moore's Compendium

Moore’s Compendium of Mineral Discoveries is an exhaustive guide to documented mineral discoveries of minerals with crystals over one centimeter found since 1960. Completed in 2015 by Tom Moore, an editor for the Mineralogical Record and a prolific writer on mineral subjects, this is arguably the most detailed mineral book compiled in recent times.


Having an extensive background in the minerals of my native region of New York and New Jersey, I took the opportunity to fill in some missing gaps from my regional area. While the compendium was certainly very thorough in this region, there were still many important localities for mineral discoveries that were left out. There were also mineral discoveries in this region that were poorly documented, and require insider information from a local collector for a more thorough picture.


Click this link or the image below to download the document.


American Museum of Natural History Visit: Part 1 - Introduction

Earlier this year, I visited the American Museum of Natural History in New York to do a museum report on their mineral and gemstone exhibit. This museum is one of the top natural history museums in the world, and contains a very significant mineral and gemstone collection. I grew up fairly close to the museum, and, together with my father, had visited it many times in my youth. Most of the exhibits, including the dinosaur fossils and replicas which this museum is so famous for, have entirely changed since my childhood days, but the mineral and gemstone hall has remained essentially the same.

The museum collection contains many specimens that are the known to be the best of their type. It also contains many iconic minerals and gemstones, such as the Star of India Sapphire, the Newmont Azurite, the Giant Legrandite, the Bisbee Azurite/Malachite boulder, the Patricia Emerald, and the Subway Garnet.

The vast size of the room of the collection is incredible, and there are many different case types and sub-sections, from chemical groups, crystal types, local mineral localities, and the gemstones. All the specimens are mounted well with informative labels and proper detail.

Despite this, the mineral and gemstone halls looks like they are still stuck in the 1970's, with outdated designs, dim lighting, and brownish-gray carpeting everywhere reminiscent of that era. It is surprising that this museum, containing one of the most notable mineral collections in the world, is so dated.

However, the museum has announced plans to completely revamp the mineral and gemstone hall with a brand new and modern look and feel. The current mineral and gemstone hall has just been closed this past week, on October 26. It will be reopened as an entirely new exhibit in 2019 as the Allison and Roberto Mignone Halls of Gems and Minerals. This opening event will be in conjunction with the museum celebrating its 150th anniversary.

I hope to write a new report when the new hall opens up in 2020. In the meantime, enjoy these glimpses from my report from the old exhibit, with highlights of some of its finest minerals and collection cases. The museum report will be divided into the following separate posts:


Deep Blue Kyanite Crystal on Matrix
Main Entrance to the Museum from Central Park West

Deep Blue Kyanite Crystal on Matrix
Dinosaur Fossils on Display in the Museum Rotunda

Deep Blue Kyanite Crystal on Matrix
Museum Rotunda Featuring a Large Dinosaur

Deep Blue Kyanite Crystal on Matrix
Systematic Mineralogy Cases

Deep Blue Kyanite Crystal on Matrix
Case of Aesthetic Mineral Specimens

Deep Blue Kyanite Crystal on Matrix
Looking down one of the Museum Hallways

Deep Blue Kyanite Crystal on Matrix
Azurite/Malachite Centerpiece Surrounded by Display Cases

Deep Blue Kyanite Crystal on Matrix
Bisbee Azurite and Malachite Centerpiece Boulder

Deep Blue Kyanite Crystal on Matrix
Hall of Meteorites Adjacent to the Mineral Hall

American Museum of Natural History Visit: Part 2 - Display Cases

This post features some of the display cases within the Museum of Natural History mineral exhibit hall. The museum has a large selection of different displays, which have various themes. This post features our selection of some of these display cases.


Case of Exceptional Display Minerals
Case of Exceptional Display Minerals

Another Case of Exceptional Display Minerals
Another Case of Exceptional Display Minerals, with some Large Specimens

Display Case of Topaz
Display Case of Topaz

Display Case of Feldspar Minerals
Display Case of Feldspar Minerals

Display Case of Malachite
Display Case of Malachite

Display Case of Barite
Display Case of Barite

Display Case of Pyrite
Display Case of Pyrite

Display Case of Pyrite
Display Case of Stibnite

Display Case of Pegmatite Minerals
Display Case of Pegmatite Minerals

Display Case of Fluorite
Display Case of Fluorite

Display
Display Case of Hematite

Display Case of Cuprite
Display Case of Cuprite

Display Case of Gypsum
Display Case of Gypsum

Display Case of Large Beryl Crystals
Display Case of Large Beryl Crystals

Display Case of Garnets
Display Case of Garnets

American Museum of Natural History Visit: Part 3 - Individual Minerals 1

The American Museum of Natural History is known for many of its iconic minerals in its collection. I captured in photographs some important specimens of the collection in these next two posts, which feature individual minerals on display. I chose some of the museum's famous mineral specimens, as well as those that are highly photogenic or historically significant. 


Unfortunately, I was not able to get a good photograph of the Newmont Azurite. This specimen, a giant Azurite from Bisbee, Arizona, is among the most famous minerals of the collection (and the world). While exceptionally aesthetic, it is very hard to capture on camera from within its display case. Another famous mineral I did not see is the Subway Garnet, a very large, well-formed Almandine Garnet found in 1885 in Midtown Manhattan during a sewer excavation. This mineral is not on display but in the museum's repository, and I was therefore unable to see it. However, I was happy to hear that it will be showcased on display when the museum completes its current renovation, scheduled for 2020.


Despite missing some key mineral specimens, I was able to capture many other important specimens, and feature them in this and the following post.


Elbaite Tourmaline with Quartz from Pala, California
Elbaite Tourmaline with Quartz from Pala, California

Stibiconite Pseudomorph after Stibnite from San Luis Potosi,
 Mexico
Stibiconite Pseudomorph after Stibnite from San Luis Potosi, Mexico

Large Epidote Crystals from Untersulzbach, Tyrol, Austria
Large Epidote Crystals from Untersulzbach, Tyrol, Austria

Calcite Crystals with Red Hematite Staining from Egremont, England
Calcite Crystals with Red Hematite Staining from Egremont, England

Giant Topaz Crystal from Minas Gerais, Brazil
Giant Topaz Crystal from Minas Gerais, Brazil

Sulfur Crystals from Cianciana, Sicily, Italy
Sulfur Crystals from Cianciana, Sicily, Italy

Hematite Kidney Ore from Cumbria, England
Hematite "Kidney Ore" from Cumbria, England

Red Mushroom Elbaite Tourmaline from Mogok, Burma
Red Mushroom Elbaite Tourmaline from Mogok, Burma

Giant Calcite Crystals from Joplin, Missouri
Giant Calcite Crystals from Joplin, Missouri

Sulfur Crystals from Cianciana, Sicily, Italy
Sulfur Crystals from Cianciana, Sicily, Italy

Pink Apophyllite from St. Andreasberg, Germany
Pink Apophyllite from St. Andreasberg, Germany

Phosphophyllite from Bolivia
Phosphophyllite from Bolivia

Stolzite from Broken Hill, NSW, Australia
Stolzite from Broken Hill, NSW, Australia

Calcite Crystals from Joplin, Missouri
Calcite Crystals from Joplin, Missouri

Hemimorphite from Joplin, Missouri
Hemimorphite from Joplin, Missouri