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The 2020 Tucson Gem and Mineral Show® Introduction

Our annual show reports of the happenings at Tucson will start with the 2020 Tucson Gem and Mineral Show®. This show is the main show that started all the other mineral and gemstone venues in Tucson and made it the mecca it is today for mineral and gemstone collectors.

This first post introduces the Tucson Gem and Mineral Show®, showing some of the general show themes, as well as some of the major cases, including the largest Gold specimen found in modern times, an iconic wire Gold that serves as the logo for the Harvard Mineralogical Museum, and the famous "Snail" Rhodochrosite specimen from South Africa, that was one of the most expensive minerals ever sold. This was also the 50th anniversary of the Mineralogical Record, with several cases highlighting this milestone.

We will also create additional posts for several of the other Tucson shows. For the Tucson Gem and Mineral Show®, we'll add posts on the exhibit cases, individual minerals, and dealer minerals. 

This page will contain links to all the posts that we create as we organize and publish them. Stay tuned and check back frequently for additional updates on Tucson, including posts on the exhibit cases, individual minerals, dealer minerals, and other shows in Tucson.


The Tucson Gem and Mineral Show® View from Above on Opening Day
The Tucson Gem and Mineral Show® View from Above on Opening Day

Another View of the Main Hall from Above
Another View of the Main Hall from Above

Peter Megaw, Exhibits Chair for the Show, Showcasing the Large Gold Specimen to the Media
Peter Megaw, Exhibits Chair for the Show, Showcasing the Large Gold Specimen to the Media

Tribute Case to the Mineralogical Record by Green Mountain Minerals
Tribute Case to the Mineralogical Record by Green Mountain Minerals

Dragons Lair Gold - A 113 Pound Gold Specimen discovered in September 2018 in in the Beta Hunt Mine, near Kambalda, Western Australia - Prepared by Collector's Edge Minerals and Pending Sale to the Pinnacle Collection
"Dragons Lair Gold" - A 113 Pound Gold Specimen discovered in September 2018
in the Beta Hunt Mine, near Kambalda, Western Australia
Prepared by Collector's Edge Minerals and Pending Sale to the Pinnacle Collection

Large Wire Gold - The Gold Horn - from the Ground Hog Mine, Gilman District, Eagle Co., CO - Icon Mineral of the Mineralogical & Geological Museum at Harvard University
Large Wire Gold "The Gold Horn" from the Ground Hog Mine, Gilman District, Eagle Co., CO
Icon Mineral of the Mineralogical & Geological Museum at Harvard University

The Snail: An Iconic Rhodochrosite on Manganite from the N'Chwaining 1 Mine, Kuruman, South Africa - Bill Larson Collection
The Snail: An Iconic Rhodochrosite on Manganite
from the N'Chwaining 1 Mine, Kuruman, South Africa
Bill Larson Collection

Tribute Case to the Young Mineral Collectors Showcasing Youth Involvement in the Hobby
Tribute Case to the Young Mineral Collectors
Showcasing Youth Involvement in the Hobby

East Coast Gem, Mineral & Fossil Show: Springfield 2019 Exhibit Cases

The East Coast Gem, Mineral & Fossil Show, takes place every year in August in the Eastern States Exposition Center in Springfield, Massachusetts. This show, more commonly known as the Springfield Show, is the most significant mineral show in the Eastern USA.


Many important dealers are present at Springfield, bringing some of their best specimens to their booths. Much of the material from Tucson earlier in the year can be seen here, as well as some new material released since the summer and by local dealers who weren't able to travel to Tucson.


The show also puts together an exceptional public display exhibit. This year, the New Mexico Bureau of Geology & Mineral Resources Mineral Museum exhibited, with many cases featuring the best of New Mexico's minerals, as well as their worldwide collection featured. 

This first post of the 2019 Springfield Show highlights some of the outstanding and memorable cases of New Mexico minerals. Although all the cases were exceptional, this article highlights our selection of the photos that came out best.


Additional posts of the show will include the following:


An Incredibly Large Smithsonite and Memorabilia from the Kelly Mine
An Incredibly Large Smithsonite and Memorabilia from the Kelly Mine

Gemstones of New Mexico
Gemstones of New Mexico

Nice Assortment of New Mexico Minerals
Nice Assortment of Unusual New Mexico Minerals

Assortment of Large Fluorite Specimens and Quartz/Barite from the Clarence Barett Workings, Hansonburg District
Large Fluorite and Quartz/Barite from Clarence Barett Workings, Hansonburg District

Fine Fluorite Assortment from New Mexico
Fine Fluorite Assortment from New Mexico

Another Nice New Mexico Mineral Assortment
Another Nice New Mexico Mineral Assortment

Case of Smithsonite from New Mexico Localities
Case of Smithsonite from New Mexico Localities

Outstanding Fluorite from the Cookes Peak District, Luna Co.
Outstanding Fluorite from the Cookes Peak District, Luna Co.

Polished Ricolite Serpentine from Ash Creek, Grant County
Polished "Ricolite" Serpentine from from Ash Creek, Grant County

New Mexico Turquoise
New Mexico Turquoise

Pecos Diamonds: Doubly Terminated Quartz Crystals from the Pecos River Valley
"Pecos Diamonds": Doubly Terminated Quartz Crystals from the Pecos River Valley

Fine Copper Crystals from the Chino Mine, Santa Rita District, Grant Co.
Fine Copper Crystals from the Chino Mine, Santa Rita District, Grant Co.

Meteorites from New Mexico
Meteorites from New Mexico

Springfield Show 2019: Individual New Mexico Minerals

Continuing with our coverage of the 2019 East Coast Gem, Mineral & Fossil Show at Springfield, our next post features some of the outstanding minerals from the New Mexico Bureau of Geology & Mineral Resources Mineral Museum that were exhibited at the show.


For this post, we chose minerals specific to New Mexico. New Mexico has an amazing array of minerals and a surprising number of quality specimens from many locations. The museum collection highlights many of these minerals, some of which we were able to capture in this post.


Bright Blue Azurite from the Santa Rita District, Grant Co, New Mexico
Bright Blue Azurite from the Santa Rita District, Grant Co, New Mexico

Chalcocite on Pyrite from the Chino Mine, Santa Rita, Grant Co., New Mexico
Chalcocite on Pyrite from the Chino Mine, Santa Rita District, Grant Co., New Mexico

Hemimorphite & Rosasite from the Kelly Mine, Magdalena, New Mexico
Hemimorphite & Rosasite from the Kelly Mine, Magdalena, New Mexico

Smoky Quartz Japan-Law Twin from the Ortiz Mountains, Santa Fe Co., New Mexico
Smoky Quartz Japan Law Twin from the Ortiz Mountains, Santa Fe Co., New Mexico

Linarite Pseudomorph after Galena from the Blanchard Mine, Hansonburg, Socorro Co., New Mexico
Linarite Ps. after Galena from the Blanchard Mine, Hansonburg, Socorro Co., New Mexico

Banded Fluorite from the Abiquiu District, Rio Arriba Co., New Mexico
Banded Fluorite from the Abiquiu District, Rio Arriba Co., New Mexico

Gypsum Fishtail Twin from White Sands Missile Range, Socorro Co., New Mexico
Gypsum Fishtail Twin from White Sands Missile Range, Socorro Co., New Mexico

Hematite Kidney Ore from the Iron Hill District, Dona Ana Co., New Mexico
Hematite Kidney Ore from the Iron Hill District, Dona Ana Co., New Mexico

Barite and Fluorite from the Clarence Barrett Workings, Hansonburg District, Socorro Co., New Mexico
Barite & Fluorite from Clarence Barrett Workings, Hansonburg, Socorro Co., New Mexico

Complex Fluorite Crystal from the Mex-Tex Mine, Hansonburg District, Socorro Co., New Mexico
Complex Fluorite Crystal from the Mex-Tex Mine, Hansonburg District, Socorro Co., New Mexico

Fluorite Octahedrons & Quartz from the Cooke's Peak District, Luna Co., New Mexico
Fluorite Octahedrons & Quartz from the Cooke's Peak District, Luna Co., New Mexico

Halite & Sylvite from the Kerr McGee Mine, Carlsbad District, Eddy Co., New Mexico
Complex Halite & Sylvite from the Kerr McGee Mine, Carlsbad District, Eddy Co., New Mexico

Pyrite Crystal Clusters from Bosque Draw, Chaves Co., New Mexico
Complex Pyrite Crystal Clusters from Bosque Draw, Chaves Co., New Mexico

Smithsonite & Aurichalcite from the Kelly Mine, Magdalena District, Socorro Co., New Mexico
Smithsonite & Aurichalcite from the Kelly Mine, Magdalena District, Socorro Co., New Mexico

Tilt Agate Geode, Rockhound State Park, Luna Co., New Mexico
Tilt Agate Geode, Rockhound State Park, Luna Co., New Mexico

Multicolored Fluorite from Surprise #1, Cookes Peak District, Luna Co., New Mexico
Multicolored Fluorite from Surprise #1, Cookes Peak District, Luna Co., New Mexico

Chalcedony on Pyrolusite from the Cliff Roy Mine, Cap Rock Mnt, Grant Co., New Mexico
Chalcedony on Pyrolusite from the Cliff Roy Mine, Cap Rock Mnt, Grant Co., New Mexico

Turquoise from the Chino Mine, Santa Rita District, Grant Co., New Mexico
Turquoise from the Chino Mine, Santa Rita District, Grant Co., New Mexico

Smoky Quartz from the Sacramento Mountains, Lincoln Co., New Mexico
Smoky Quartz from the Sacramento Mountains, Lincoln Co., New Mexico

Pallasite Iron Meteorite with Widmanstaetten Lines and Olive from the Glorieta Meteorite, Santa Fe Co., New Mexico
Pallasite Iron Meteorite from the Glorieta Meteorite, Santa Fe Co., New Mexico

Springfield Show 2019: Individual Worldwide Minerals

Our next post covering the 2019 East Coast Gem, Mineral & Fossil Show at Springfield features worldwide minerals in the collection of the New Mexico Bureau of Geology & Mineral Resources Mineral Museum that were on display at the show. Our selection includes some of the more interesting and unusual minerals among the hundreds of fantastic worldwide minerals on display.



Azurite Crystal Discs from the Malbunka Mine, Northern Territory, Australia
Azurite Crystal Discs from the Malbunka Mine, Northern Territory, Australia

Cavansite from the Wagholi Quarry, Pune, India
Bright Blue Cavansite from the Wagholi Quarry, Pune, India

Calcite Pseudomorph after Ikaite from the Kola Peninsula, Russia
Calcite Pseudomorph after Ikaite from the Kola Peninsula, Russia

Blue Hemimorphite from M'Fouati, Bouenza, Rep. of Congo
Blue Hemimorphite from M'Fouati, Bouenza, Rep. of Congo

Sliced Rhodochrosite Stalagmite from the Capillitas Mine, Catamarca, Argentina
Sliced Rhodochrosite stalagmite from the Capillitas Mine, Catamarca, Argentina

Botryoidal Mimetite from San Pedro Corralitos, Chihuahua, Mexico
Botryoidal Mimetite from San Pedro Corralitos, Chihuahua, Mexico

Pyrite in Schist from Montpelier, Washington Co., Vermont
Pyrite in Schist from Montpelier, Washington Co., Vermont

Fluorite and Calcite from Walworth, Wayne Co., New York
Fluorite and Calcite from Walworth, Wayne Co., New York

Chalcopyrite and Pyrite from the French Creek Mines, St. Peters, Chester Co., Pennsylvania
Chalcopyrite and Pyrite from the French Creek Mines, St. Peters, Chester Co., Pennsylvania

Sulfur Crystal on Matrix from the Cuprite District, Esmeralda Co., Nevada
Sulfur Crystal on Matrix from the Cuprite District, Esmeralda Co., Nevada

Microcline var. Amazonite from the Wigwam Creek, Jefferson Co., Colorado
Microcline var. Amazonite from the Wigwam Creek, Jefferson Co., Colorado

Cyanotrichite from the Grandview Mine, Horseshoe Mesa, Coconino Co., Arizona
Cyanotrichite from the Grandview Mine, Horseshoe Mesa, Coconino Co., Arizona

Springfield Show 2019: Dealer Minerals

Our final post covering the 2019 East Coast Gem, Mineral & Fossil Show at Springfield features some exceptional minerals that we encountered at the dealer booths. There was an impressive variety from many of the fine dealers, with a good selection of new and interesting material since the Tucson show earlier this year. We hope you enjoy our selection of minerals that made it for this report.



New Find of Chalcopryite with Platy Calcite from Santa Barbara, Chihuahua, Mexico: Earth's Hidden Treasures
New Find of Chalcopyrite with Platy Calcite from Santa Barbara, Chihuahua, Mexico
Earth's Hidden Treasures

Rosette Hematite with Quartz from Jinlong Hill, Longchuan, Guangdong Province, China
Rosette Hematite with Quartz from Jinlong Hill, Longchuan, Guangdong Province, China
Hummingbird Minerals

Featured Paintings from Mineral Artist Fred Wilda
Featured Paintings from Mineral Artist Fred Wilda
Natures Finest Creations

Outstanding Calcite and Celestine from Chittenango Falls, Madison Co., New York
Outstanding Calcite and Celestine from Chittenango Falls, Madison Co., New York
Nicholas Stolowitz Fine Minerals

Amethyst on Quartz from Hpa-an District, Kayin State, Burma
Amethyst on Quartz from Hpa-an District, Kayin State, Burma
Nicholas Stolowitz Fine Minerals

New Exceptional Habit of Vanadinite Crystals from Mibladen, Morocco, Unique Minerals
New Exceptional Vanadinite from Mibladen, Morocco
Unique Minerals

Large Legrandite Crystal on Matrix from the New Find in the Ojuela Mine, Mapimi, Durango, Mexico, Unique Minerals
Legrandite Crystal on Matrix from the New Find in the Ojuela Mine, Mapimi, Durango, Mexico
Unique Minerals

Pink Cobaltian Calcite from Agoudal, Bou Azzer, Morocco, Unique Minerals
Pink Cobaltian Calcite from Agoudal, Bou Azzer, Morocco
Unique Minerals

New Find of Wulfenite with Mimetite from the La Morita Mine, Chihuahua, Mexico: Rock Minerals
New Find of Wulfenite with Mimetite from the La Morita Mine, Chihuahua, Mexico
Rocko Minerals

Quartz, Calcite, and Hematite from the new find at the Dafoe Property, Pierrepont, St. Lawrence Co., New York: Geologic Desires
Quartz, Calcite, and Hematite from the new find at the Dafoe Property,
Pierrepont, St. Lawrence Co., New York
Geologic Desires

Yellow-Tipped Quartz with Halloysite Inclusions from Cabiche, Boyaca Dept, Colombia. On the Left is a Large Crystal Cluster, and on the Right is Rocks & Minerals Magazine featuring this Find: Ziga Mineral
Yellow-Tipped Quartz with Halloysite Inclusions from Cabiche, Boyaca Dept, Colombia.
Left: A Large Crystal Cluster. Right: Rocks & Minerals Magazine featuring this Find.
Ziga Mineral

Golden Pyrite Coating on Quartz from El Hammam, Mekens Region, Atlas Mountains, Morocco: Ziga Mineral
Golden Pyrite Coating on Quartz from El Hammam, Mekens Region, Atlas Mountains, Morocco
Ziga Mineral

Calcite on Matrix from the La Florida Mine, Cantabria, Spain: Ziga Mineral
Calcite on Matrix from the La Florida Mine, Cantabria, Spain
Ziga Mineral

Meta-Autunite from the Margnac II Mine, Compreignac, Haute-Vienne, France: Weinrich Minerals
Meta-Autunite from the Margnac II Mine, Compreignac, Haute-Vienne, France
Weinrich Minerals

Elongated Galena Crystals from 382 Upper, R.C. West Fork, Fletcher Mine, Reynolds Co., Missouri: Weinrich Minerals
Elongated Galena Crystals from the Fletcher Mine, Reynolds Co., Missouri
Weinrich Minerals

Flat of Elongated Galena Crystals from 382 Upper, R.C. West Fork, Fletcher Mine, Reynolds Co., Missouri: Weinrich Minerals
Flat of Elongated Galena Crystals from the Fletcher Mine, Reynolds Co., Missouri
Weinrich Minerals

Dioptase with Mimetite from near Mindouli, Pool Dept, Republic of Congo: Weinrich Minerals
Dioptase with Mimetite from near Mindouli, Pool Dept, Republic of Congos
Weinrich Minerals

Adamite from the Ojuela Mine, Mapimi, Durango, Mexico: Green  Mountain Minerals
Adamite from the Ojuela Mine, Mapimi, Durango, Mexico
Green Mountain Minerals

Halite with Selenite from Bleicherode, Harz Mountains Thuringia, Germany: Green  Mountain Minerals
Halite with Selenite from Bleicherode, Harz Mountains Thuringia, Germany
Green Mountain Minerals

Very Large Barite with Pyrite from the Lubin Mine, Lower Silesian Voivodeship, Poland: Green  Mountain Minerals
Halite with Selenite from Bleicherode, Harz Mountains Thuringia, Germany
Green Mountain Minerals

Calcite Concretion Gogotte from Fontainbleu, Seine-et-Mame, Ile-de-France, France: Green  Mountain Minerals
Calcite Concretion "Gogotte" from Fontainbleu, Seine-et-Mame, Ile-de-France, France
Green Mountain Minerals

Fantastic Case of Chalcedony var. Grape Agate from Mamuju, Sulawesi Barat Province, Indonesia: Earth's Hidden Treasures
Outstanding Display of Chalcedony var. Grape Agate from Mamuju, Sulawesi Barat, Indonesia
Architectural Minerals & Stone

Excellent Example of Chalcedony var. Grape Agate from Mamuju, Sulawesi Barat Province, Indonesia: Earth's Hidden Treasures
Outstanding Display of Chalcedony var. Grape Agate from Mamuju, Sulawesi Barat, Indonesia
Architectural Minerals & Stone

Orange Stilbite Mined Summer 2019 at Moore's Station Quarry, Lambertville, Mercer Co., New Jersey: Jay's Minerals
Orange Stilbite Mined Summer 2019 at Moore's Station Quarry, Lambertville, Mercer Co., NJ
Jay's Minerals

Pyrite Sprinkles on Calcite Mined Summer 2019 at Moore's Station Quarry, Lambertville, Mercer Co., New Jersey: Jay's Minerals
Pyrite Sprinkles on Calcite from Moore's Station Quarry, Lambertville, Mercer Co., NJ
Jay's Minerals