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50 Years of What's New in Minerals

I recently received a big box that was delivered to my home. It was heavy, with three large books inside. My set of Fifty Years of What’s New in Minerals had arrived. This set, comprised of 2 large volumes and and an index, is a compendium of "What’s New in Minerals" and Related Columns in the Mineralogical Record from 1970-2019. (I had no idea that "What’s New in Minerals" went that far back!)


This compilation is an amazing feat by Tom Moore
. Aside from the historical context and reference of having all these articles in one central publication, the index is a masterpiece. At 184 pages, the index was too large to include within the original books, and needed to be its own separate book. The index lists all minerals organized by localities from all the “What’s New in Minerals.”

Browsing through some of the older articles in the first volume is a trip through mineralogical history. It is fascinating to see “new” discoveries that have now become mainstream, as well as some historical specimens. On Page 177 in the first volume, there is a black and white photo of the famous Rhodochrosite “worm” on Pyrite from Santa Eulalia, Chihuahua, Mexico, belonging to Ken and Betty Roberts and displayed at the 1979 Detroit show. This specimen was one of the highlight specimens at the Jim and Gail Spann collection display this year at the Tucson 2020 show.


It is also interesting viewing photos of renowned mineral personalities in their younger years. On the same page as the above-referenced Rhodochrosite is a young and perky Dave Wilber smiling in front of his case of minerals at the 1974 Lincoln, Nebraska federation show.

Seeing the history and developments of earlier shows in a different era is an experience you get going through the volumes. Many smaller shows and events are represented, before all the current mega shows have fully developed into the powerhouses they are today dominating the mineral showplace.


I had the privilege of contributing both photos and articles in this compilation, and am honored to be part of this exciting and historical piece of work. I only wish that in earlier years, I would have written more and taken more photos of shows that I attended and had more information to provide. 


The 3-volume set is available and in-stock from the Mineralogical Record website. Wendell Wilson, editor-in-chief of the Mineralogical Record, told me that there are only 500 sets that were printed, and there isn't any additional printing planned. All those with an interest in mineral discoveries in the past 50 years and their history should take the opportunity to purchase this set before it is too late.    

The 2020 Tucson Gem and Mineral Show® Index

This page serves as an index to our posts on the 2020 Tucson Gem and Mineral Show®. Our reports include show displays, individual display minerals, and dealer minerals.


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


The 2020 Tucson Gem and Mineral Show® Dealer Minerals Part 1

One of my highlights in Tucson is seeing the new minerals from new discoveries each year. Many dealers wait for Tucson to bring out their new finds, keeping it a secret and preparing the specimens in advance, and having them ready on display for sale at the Tucson shows. 


I try to highlight these finds in my show report, taking pictures of the new finds, or impressive or classic material that I encounter while walking through the dealer booths and seeing their minerals on display. Many dealers are by now accustomed to excitedly show me their new material when I stop by and say hello.

It turns out that this year, some of the new finds were already seen at the end of 2019 at the Denver and Munich shows. However, I am still including those finds here in this report because they were a first for me to see and photograph.


Some of the more remarkable new minerals I encountered were large Quartz crystals with hoppered growth and smoky zones from the Uluguru Mountaisn, Morogoro Region, Tanzania. These were offered by Corrado Vietti Minerals, and reminded me of the Herkimer Diamond style Quartz. Fine Art Minerals once again had amazing surprises for me from the high mountains in Northern Pakistan. These included an amazing array of very large Rutile crystals, some twinned, from Tormiq, Shigar Valley, Pakistan, as well as Aegirine from the same find, some associated together with the Rutile.


The Arkenstone had lots of interesting material, most notably the large and aesthetic grayish-pink Fluorite octahedral crystals from Inner Mongolia, China. This was my first time seeing these minerals, and they were beautifully displayed in a case at the Arkestone. Several other dealers also had this material available. The Arkenstone also had beautiful clusters of rounded sparkling Chalcopyrite Balls from Daye, Huangshi, Hubei Province, China.


This is the first of our three posts of the dealer minerals. Stay part for part 2 and part 3 for additional reporting on some of the new and exciting minerals of late 2019 and 2020.


New Find of Skeletal Hoppered Smoky Quartz Crystals from the Uluguru Mountains, Morogoro Region, Tanzania - Corrado Vietti Minerals
New Find of Skeletal Hoppered Smoky Quartz Crystals
from the Uluguru Mountains, Morogoro Region, Tanzania
Corrado Vietti Minerals

New Amazonite with Cleavelandite and Fluorite from the Old Man Rock, Smoky Hawk Claim, Florissant, Teller Co., CO - Pinnacle 5 Minerals
New Amazonite with Cleavelandite and Fluorite from the Old Man Rock,
Smoky Hawk Claim, Florissant, Teller Co., CO
Pinnacle 5 Minerals

New Crocoite from the Adelaide Mine, Dundas, Tasmania, Australia - The Adelaide Mining Company
New Crocoite from the Adelaide Mine, Dundas, Tasmania, Australia
The Adelaide Mining Company

New Find of Rutile with Twins from Tormiq, Shigar Valley, Pakistan - Fine Art Minerals
New Find of Rutile with Twins from Tormiq, Shigar Valley, Pakistan
Fine Art Minerals

New Find of Rutile with Aegirine from Tormiq, Shigar Valley, Pakistan - Fine Art Minerals
New Find of Rutile with Aegirine from Tormiq, Shigar Valley, Pakistan
Fine Art Minerals

Very Large Red Elbaite Tourmaline from the Cruzeiro Mine, Minas Gerais, Brazil - Stonetrust
Very Large Red Elbaite Tourmaline from the Cruzeiro Mine, Minas Gerais, Brazil
Stonetrust

Gigantic Purple Fluorite with Barite from Berbes, Asturias, Spain - The Arkenstone
Gigantic Purple Fluorite with Barite from Berbes, Asturias, Spain
The Arkenstone

Large Blue Tourmaline, Most Likely from Pederneira Mine in Brazil - The Arkenstone
Large Blue Tourmaline Most Likely from Pederneira Mine in Brazil
The Arkenstone

Sparkling Pyrite on Calcite from the Hongwei Mine, Daye, China - The Arkenstone
Sparkling Pyrite on Calcite from the Hongwei Mine, Daye, China
The Arkenstone

Blue Hemimorphite from Mynamar - The Arkenstone
Blue Hemimorphite from Mynamar
The Arkenstone

Calcite with Triangular Pyrite Inclusions from Chenzhou, Hunan Province, China - The Arkenstone
Calcite with Triangular Pyrite Inclusions from Chenzhou, Hunan Province, China
The Arkenstone

Calcite with Fingerlike Stalactitic Protrusions from Wenshan, Yunnan, China - The Arkenstone
Calcite with Fingerlike Stalactitic Protrusions from Wenshan, Yunnan, China
The Arkenstone

Sparkling Chalcopyrite Ball Formation from Daye, Huangshi, Hubei Province, China - The Arkenstone
Sparkling Chalcopyrite Ball Formation from Daye, Huangshi, Hubei Province, China
The Arkenstone

Grayish-Red Fluorite from the Huanggang Mines, Inner Mongolia, China - The Arkenstone
Grayish-Red Fluorite from the Huanggang Mines, Inner Mongolia, China
The Arkenstone

Green Apophyllite Crystal Cluster on Matrix from Maharashtra, India - Superb Minerals India
Green Apophyllite Crystal Cluster on Matrix from Maharashtra, India
Superb Minerals India

The 2020 Tucson Gem and Mineral Show® Dealer Minerals Part 2

Our reporting of the 2020 Tucson Gem and Mineral Show® continues with more of the new and interesting dealer minerals seen at the show this year. From our experience at Tucson, year after year, the show is too big to take notice of all the new material -- but what is noticed just has too much to photograph! And of those lucky specimens that do get photographed, there are just too many to post!


So here goes our second post on the dealer minerals -- the ones we noticed at the show, and that we  were able to photograph, and that were deemed worthy of posting!

Azurite seems to be having an unending yield at the Milpillas Mine, in Sonora Mexico. The specimens just get bigger and better, and many dealers have top notch material. However, Unique Mineralshad the largest crystal from Milpillas I have ever seen (apparently from a recent find.)

Spirifer Minerals had a full display case of new minerals from the Mindouli region in the Pool Department, Republic of Congo, including Wulfenite, Cerussite, and some of the best Dioptase examples. Spirifer Minerals also had exceptional green Fluorite cubes on Barite from a place called Jebel Tighemi, Tauourirt, Morocco.

Rhodochrosite is now being mined once again from the Alma area. Considered to be among the most valuable of minerals, Rhodochrosite from this location is highly revered and cherished by collectors. High-end dealer Collector's Edge recently started specimen mining operations at a new portal called the Detroit City portal. (More later about this in our designated Collector's Edge post.) Big Rock Minerals, a relatively new player in the game, had a new find of Rhodochrosite from a different location in the same area, at the Sara Rose Mine in Alma. Many of these were associated with bluish-purple Fluorite.

First appearing on the market several years ago, the new find in Colombia of what has been called by many "Mango Quartz" - i.e. Quartz with bright yellow Halloysite inclusions - has been yielding increasingly exceptional specimens. This year's mining crop has produced some of the biggest crystals with the deepest color. Several dealers had this material from Cabiche, in Boyaca Dept. available, but the biggest and the best seemed to have been observed at Ziga Mineral.

Enchanted Minerals always has surprises from the west. This year, owner Phil Simmons treated show-goers to a new find from Garfield Co., Utah of green Dogtooth Calcite colored by vanadium inclusions.


Perhaps the most memorable new mineral seen this year was the fragile golden Rutile needles, larger than any of these previously seen, from Ibiajara, Bahia, Brazil at the booth of Miner's Lunchbox. This location has been producing the jackstraw Rutile needs for many years now, but this year's find was on a whole new level, with giant crystal sizes and very well-defined thin needles.


Quartz Stalactites on Amethyst from India - Superb Minerals India
Quartz Stalactites on Amethyst from India
Superb Minerals India

Malachite: Sliced Banded Stalactite from Star of Congo Mine, Lubumbashi, Katanga, D.R. Congo - Unique Minerals
Malachite: Sliced Banded Stalactite from Star of Congo Mine, Lubumbashi, Katanga, D.R. Congo
Unique Minerals

Enormous Azurite Crystal from the Milpillas Mine, Cuitica, Sonora, Mexico  - Unique Minerals
Enormous Azurite Crystal from the Milpillas Mine, Cuitica, Sonora, Mexico
Unique Minerals

New Find of Minerals, including Dioptase, Cerussite, and Wulfenite from the Mindouli area, Pool Department, Republic of Congo  - Spirifer Minerals
New Find of Minerals, including Dioptase, Cerussite, and Wulfenite
from the Mindouli area, Pool Department, Republic of Congo
Spirifer Minerals

New Find of Drusy Dioptase from the Congo  - Spirifer Minerals
New Find of Drusy Dioptase, from the Congo - Spirifer Minerals
Spirifer Minerals

Green Fluorite Cube on Barite from Jebel Tighemi, Taourirt, Morocco  - Spirifer Minerals
Green Fluorite Cube on Barite from Jebel Tighemi, Taourirt, Morocco
Spirifer Minerals

Newly Mined Rhodochrosite from the Sara Rose Mine, Mt. Bross, Alma, Colorado - Big Rock Minerals
Newly Mined Rhodochrosite from the Sara Rose Mine, Mt. Bross, Alma, Colorado
Big Rock Minerals

Stalactitic Malachite from Katanga, D.R. Congo - Big Rock Minerals
Stalactitic Malachite from Katanga, D.R. Congo
Big Rock Minerals

Dumortierite included in Quartz from from the Vaca Morta Quarry, Boquira, Bahia, Brazil - Ziga Mineral
Dumortierite included in Quartz from from the Vaca Morta Quarry, Boquira, Bahia, Brazil
Ziga Mineral

Quartz with Inclusions, Muong Dan Mine, Que Phone, Nge An Prov., Vietnam - Ziga Mineral
Quartz with Inclusions, Muong Dan Mine, Que Phone, Nge An Prov., Vietnam
Ziga Mineral

Mango Quartz - Quartz with Halloysite Inclusions from Cabiche, Boyaca Dept., Colombia - Ziga Mineral
"Mango Quartz" Quartz with Halloysite Inclusions from Cabiche, Boyaca Dept., Colombia
Ziga Mineral

Large, Thick Rubellite Tourmaline from the Cruzeiro Mine, Minas Gerais, Brazil - Bruce Wood Minerals
Large, Thick Rubellite Tourmaline from the Cruzeiro Mine, Minas Gerais, Brazil
Bruce Wood Minerals

Green, Vanadium-Included Calcite from Garfield Co., Utah - Enchanted Minerals
Green, Vanadium-Included Calcite from Garfield Co., Utah
Enchanted Minerals

Another Green Calcite (Dogtooth) from Garfield Co., Utah - Enchanted Minerals
Another Green Calcite (Dogtooth) from Garfield Co., Utah
Enchanted Minerals

Purple Fluorite Crystals from the Surprise Mine, Cookes Peak, Luna Co., NM - Enchanted Minerals
Purple Fluorite Crystals from the Surprise Mine, Cookes Peak, Luna Co., NM
Enchanted Minerals

Delicate Rutile Crystals in Exceptional Size from Ibiajara, Bahia, Brazil - Miner's Lunchbox
Delicate Rutile Crystals Crystals in Exceptional Size from Ibiajara, Bahia, Brazil
(Picture from the Mineral City Show, as I Forgot to Take Picture at TGMS.)
Miner's Lunchbox

The 2020 Tucson Gem and Mineral Show® Dealer Minerals Part 3: Collector's Edge

This is our third show report post of the dealer minerals at the 2020 Tucson Gem and Mineral Show® . This post features the minerals of one very prominent dealer: Collector's Edge Minerals. Collector's Edge is known at the show for having a booth right near the show entrance, featuring large, flamboyant minerals that are over the top in quality and size. They did not disappoint this year, and we have some of their fantastic booth displays featured in this post.

One of the most memorable items at Collector's Edge was one of the largest specimens of pink Fluorite, in the the form of multiple octahedral crystals on green-included Quartz, from the new find this past year at the Huanggang Mines in Inner Mongolia, China.

Collector's Edge also had plenty of great examples of Wulfenite, from the new find at the La Morita Mine, Chihuahua, Mexico. As stated on a plaque in a display case of these new Wulfenites, this is the most significant discovery of Wulfenite in the past 20 years.

The main attraction this year at Collector's Edge were three giant Silver boulders mined in 2018 in the Richmond Basin, Gila Co., Arziona. The largest specimen on the the find, and on display, weighs 411 pounds!


Fluorite Cubes from Dal'Negorsk, Primorskiy Kray, Russia - Collector's Edge Minerals
Fluorite Cubes from Dal'Negorsk, Primorskiy Kray, Russia
Collector's Edge Minerals

Giant Elbaite Tourmaline in Cleavelandite from Malkhan, Siberia, Russia - Collector's Edge Minerals
Giant Elbaite Tourmaline in Cleavelandite from Malkhan, Siberia, Russia
Collector's Edge Minerals

Exceptional Pink Fluorites on included Quartz from the new find in the Huanggang Mines in Inner Mongolia, China - Collector's Edge Minerals
Exceptional Pink Fluorites on included Quartz from the new find
in the Huanggang Mines in Inner Mongolia, China
Collector's Edge Minerals

New Find of Wulfenite from the La Morita Mine, Chihuahua, Mexico. This is the Finest Wulfenite Discovery in 20 Years! - Collector's Edge Minerals
New Find of Wulfenite from the La Morita Mine, Chihuahua, Mexico.
This is the Finest Wulfenite Discovery in 20 Years!
Collector's Edge Minerals

Another Fine Example of Wulfenite from the La Morita Mine, Chihuahua, Mexico - Collector's Edge Minerals
Another Fine Example of Wulfenite from the La Morita Mine, Chihuahua, Mexico
Collector's Edge Minerals

Information Plauque Explaining the 2018 Discovery of the Largest Silver Boulders in the World as seen in the Next Picture - Collector's Edge Minerals
Information Plauque Explaining the 2018 Discovery of the Largest Silver Boulders
in the World as seen in the Next Picture
Collector's Edge Minerals

The Largest Silver Boulders in the World on Display, from the Richmond Basin, Gila Co., Arizona - Collector's Edge Minerals
The Largest Silver Boulders in the World on Display, from the Richmond Basin, Gila Co., Arizona
Collector's Edge Minerals