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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

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