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Top Notch Parking Lot Minerals with Frederico Barlocher at the Tucson Mineral City Show

When I was at the Mineral City show in Tucson, I met Italian fine mineral dealer Frederico Barlocher at the room of Lithos Minerals. Lithos had some very interesting new mineral finds, and I was chatting with Frederico about them. He then invited me outside to the parking lot to show me some amazing specimens for our blog, that he had in his car. I was blown away by the quality of these specimens, and included these minerals as an individual news post.


Large Pink Pezzotaite Crystals from *** - Frederico Barlocher
Large Pink Matrix Specimen of Pezzottaite Crystals from Madagascar
Frederico Barlocher

Very Large Chrysoberyl var. Alexandrite on Matrix  from *** - Frederico Barlocher
Very Large Chrysoberyl var. Alexandrite on Matrix from Malyshevo, Russia
Frederico Barlocher

Large Gemmy Emerald Crystals from Russia *** - Frederico Barlocher
Large Gemmy Emerald on Matrix from Malyshevo, Russia
Frederico Barlocher

Giant V-Shaped Diaspore Crystal Twin from *Muglah Province, Turkey - Frederico Barlocher
Giant V-Shaped Diaspore Crystal Twin from Muglah Province, Turkey
Frederico Barlocher

Fluorite and Other Finds from Upstate NY at the Tucson Mineral City Show

Alex Amiel of Crystallize had some fascinating, newly-released Fluorite, Selenite, Celestine, Sphalerite, and other minerals from the Dolomite quarries of Western New York. Exceptional Fluorite has been sporadically mined from the Penfield and Walworth Quarries near Rochester, with blue and purple being the best known. Alex recently acquired an old collection from Bob Hiler, a native of the Rochester area who spent many years collecting fine minerals at these quarries.


Bob recently dispersed his collection, and Alex acquired a dazzling array of minerals, including many from the Penfield Quarry. I was blown away at the quality and quantity of what Alex had shown me at the Tucson Mineral City Show, and the highlights are presented below.


Large Selenite Crystal from the Penfield Quarry, Monroe Co., NY - Crystallize
Large Selenite Crystal from the Penfield Quarry, Monroe Co.
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Selenite with Embedded Celestine from the Penfield Quarry, Monroe Co., NY - Crystallize
Selenite with Embedded Celestine from the Penfield Quarry, Monroe Co., NY
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Purple Fluorite with Anhydrite Casts from the Penfield Quarry, Monroe Co., NY - Crystallize
Purple Fluorite with Anhydrite Casts from the Penfield Quarry, Monroe Co., NY
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Blue Fluorite on Dolomite from the Penfield Quarry, Monroe Co., NY - Crystallize
Blue Fluorite on Dolomite from the Penfield Quarry, Monroe Co., NY
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Purple Fluorite Cube on Matrix with Sphalerite from the Penfield Quarry, Monroe Co., NY - Crystallize
Purple Fluorite Cube on Matrix with Sphalerite from the Penfield Quarry, Monroe Co., NY
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Celestine Crystal Embedded in Selenite from the Penfield Quarry, Monroe Co., NY - Crystallize
Celestine Crystal Embedded in Selenite from the Penfield Quarry, Monroe Co., NY
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Frosted Blue Fluorite with Dolomite from the Penfield Quarry, Monroe Co., NY - Crystallize
Frosted Blue Fluorite with Dolomite from the Penfield Quarry, Monroe Co., NY
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Transparent Sphalerite from the Penfield Quarry, Monroe Co., NY - Crystallize
Transparent Sphalerite from the Penfield Quarry, Monroe Co., NY
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Fluorite, Calcite, and Celestine on Dolomite from the Penfield Quarry, Monroe Co., NY - Crystallize
Fluorite, Calcite, and Celestine on Dolomite from the Penfield Quarry, Monroe Co., NY
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Blue Fluorite Cubes on Dolomite from the Penfield Quarry, Monroe Co., NY - Crystallize
Blue Fluorite Cubes on Dolomite from the Penfield Quarry, Monroe Co., NY
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Large Golden Rutile from Miner's Lunchbox at the Tucson Mineral City Show

An amazing new find at Tucson 2020 was large, acicular Rutile with a golden yellow color from Ibiajara, Bahia, Brazil. These golden yellow Rutile have been coming out from Brazil for many years, often associated with Hematite or included with Quartz, but never have the Rutile crystals been this large and impressive.


The crystals formed hairy, fragile acicular crystals often in six-pointed stars associated with Hematite, and were found at the Miner's Lunchbox room at the Tucson Mineral City Show. Miner's lunchbox featured more of these fascinating specimens at the Main Show as well. It is truly impressive how they were able to transport these minerals from the source around the globe to Tucson.


Acicular Rutile Crystals from Ibiajara, Bahia, Brazil - Miner's Lunchbox
Acicular Rutile Crystals from Ibiajara, Bahia, Brazil
Miner's Lunchbox

Acicular Rutile Crystals from Ibiajara, Bahia, Brazil - Miner's Lunchbox
Acicular Rutile Crystals from Ibiajara, Bahia, Brazil
Miner's Lunchbox

Acicular Rutile Crystals from Ibiajara, Bahia, Brazil - Miner's Lunchbox
Acicular Rutile Crystals from Ibiajara, Bahia, Brazil
Miner's Lunchbox

Acicular Rutile Crystals from Ibiajara, Bahia, Brazil - Miner's Lunchbox
Acicular Rutile Crystals from Ibiajara, Bahia, Brazil
Miner's Lunchbox

Acicular Rutile Crystals from Ibiajara, Bahia, Brazil - Miner's Lunchbox
Acicular Rutile Crystals from Ibiajara, Bahia, Brazil
Miner's Lunchbox

Congo Finds from Spirifer Minerals at the Tucson Mineral City Show

One of the new mineral highlights in Tucson 2020 was a suite of fantastic minerals from the M'fouati region in the Republic of Congo. Spirifer Minerals had an impressive display of some new finds of Dioptase, Wulfenite, Cerussite, and Smithsonite from this productive area. Specimens from this region have been seen sporadically over the years, but Spirifer's display of recent production was impressive and memorable. I first encountered a case full of these new minerals in the Spirifer room at the Mineral City Show, and subsequently at their booth at the 2020 Tucson Gem and Mineral Show®.

This post features some of the displays at the Congo Finds from the Spirifer Minerals at the Tucson Mineral City Show.

Case of new Brazaville/M'fouati Area in Congo with a Hanging Sign next to the Case - Spirifer Minerals
Case of new Brazaville/M'fouati Area in Congo with a Hanging Sign next to the Case
Spirifer Minerals

Wulfenite Crystals on Large Cerussite Crystal - Spirifer Minerals
Wulfenite Crystals on Large Cerussite Crystal
Spirifer Minerals

Showcase of the New Congo Minerals - Spirifer Minerals
Showcase of the New Congo Minerals at Spirifer
Spirifer Minerals

Blue Smithsonite from the M'Fouati Area in Congo - Spirifer Minerals
Blue Smithsonite from the M'Fouati Area in Congo
Spirifer Minerals

Multicolored Smithsonite from the M'Fouati Area in Congo - Spirifer Minerals
Multicolored Smithsonite from the M'Fouati Area in Congo
Spirifer Minerals

Twinned Cerussite Crystals in Matrix from the M'Fouati Area in Congo - Spirifer Minerals
Twinned Cerussite Crystals in Matrix from the M'Fouati Area in Congo
Spirifer Minerals

Twinned Cerussite Crystals from the M'Fouati Area in Congo - Spirifer Minerals
Twinned Cerussite Crystals from the M'Fouati Area in Congo
Spirifer Minerals

Cerussite Twinned Crystals with Mimetite from the M'Fouati Area in Congo - Spirifer Minerals
Cerussite Twinned Crystals with Mimetite from the M'Fouati Area in Congo
Spirifer Minerals

The 2020 Tucson Mineral City Show Part 1

Much of the action of the Tucson mineral shows has shifted further north, to the neighborhood surrounding the Mineral City show. This area of Tucson on East Lester Street, near North Oracle Road, has become a hub for fine mineral dealers, providing them with year-round mineral storage and a nice display area.


Many dealers are finding this setup to be advantageous, and this show has doubled in size since last year. Makeshift tents and additional dealers have also sprouted up in the vicinity. This has taken a toll on the InnSuites, with many dealers finding the Mineral City setup more efficient than renting hotel rooms. There were several prominent dealers no longer present at the InnSuites and instead only at Mineral City.


We will divide the Mineral City show into several posts:

  • Mineral City Part 1 (this post)
  • Mineral City Part 2
  • Large Rutile from Brazil from Miner's Lunchbox
  • Congo finds from Spirifer Minerals
  • New York Fluorite
  • Frederico Barlocher Parking Lot Minerals


Large White Elbaite from Ometto's Pocket, Rosina Vein, Elba Island, Italy, Dusted 77 Fine Minerals
Large White Elbaite from Ometto's Pocket, Rosina Vein, Elba Island, Italy
Dusted 77 Fine Minerals

Fluorite Cube on Matrix from the Nikolaevskiy Mine, Dalnegorsk, Russia, Dusted 77 Fine Minerals
Fluorite Cube on Matrix from the Nikolaevskiy Mine, Dalnegorsk, Russia
Dusted 77 Fine Minerals

Fluorite on Dolomite Matrix from the Penfield Quarry, Monroe Co., NY, Natural Creations LLC
Fluorite on Dolomite Matrix from the Penfield Quarry, Monroe Co., NY
Natural Creations LLC

Malachite Stalactites from the Shilu Mine, Yangchung, Guangdong Province, China, Natural Creations LLC
Malachite stalactites from the Shilu Mine, Yangchung, Guangdong Province, China
Natural Creations LLC

Amethyst on Quartz from the Jackson's Crossroads Mine, Wilkes Co., Georgia, Natural Creations LLC
Amethyst on Quartz from the Jackson's Crossroads Mine, Wilkes Co., Georgia
Natural Creations LLC

Purple Apatite Crystal with Black Crystal Inclusions (Tourmaline?) from the Warsak Area, Mohmand Agency Mine, Pakistan, Natural Creations LLC
Purple Apatite Crystal with Black Crystal Inclusions (Tourmaline?) from the Warsak Area, Mohmand Agency Mine, Pakistan
Natural Creations LLC

Barite with Sphalerite from the Elmwood Mine, Carthage, Smith Co., TN, Saga Minerals
Barite with Sphalerite from the Elmwood Mine, Carthage, Smith Co., TN
Saga Minerals

Large Calcite with Sphalerite from the Cumberland Mine, Carthage, Smith Co., TN, Saga Minerals
Large Calcite with Sphalerite from the Cumberland Mine, Carthage, Smith Co., TN
Saga Minerals

Calcite on Chalcopyrite over Calcite from Trepca, Kosovo, Saga Minerals
Calcite on Chalcopyrite over Calcite from Trepca, Kosovo
Ziga Mineral

Natrolite on Prehnite from Prospect Park, Passaic Co., NJ
Natrolite on Prehnite from Prospect Park, Passaic Co., NJ
Ziga Mineral

Kiwi Calcite from Garfield Co., Utah
"Kiwi" Calcite from Garfield Co., Utah
Ziga Mineral

Quartz with Hematite Inclusions from Jinlong Hill, Lungchuan Co., Guangdong Prov, China, Nicholas Stolowitz Fine Minerals
Quartz with Hematite Inclusions from Jinlong Hill, Lungchuan Co., Guangdong Prov, China
Nicholas Stolowitz Fine Minerals

Giant Stilbite from Jalgaon, Maharashtra, India, Nicholas Stolowitz Fine Minerals
Giant Stilbite from Jalgaon, Maharashtra, India
Nicholas Stolowitz Fine Minerals

The Poodle Malachite from China, Nicholas Stolowitz Fine Minerals

Massive Cluster of Grape Chalcedony from Mamuju, West Sulawesi Province, Indonesia, Nicholas Stolowitz Fine Minerals
Massive Cluster of "Grape" Chalcedony Mamuju, West Sulawesi Province, Indonesia
Nicholas Stolowitz Fine Minerals

Platy Calcite with Chalcopyrite from China, Nicholas Stolowitz Fine Minerals

Amethyst with Phantom Crystal from Goboboseb Mts, Brandenberg, Erongo, Namibia, Nicholas Stolowitz Fine Minerals
Amethyst with Phantom Crystal from Goboboseb Mts, Brandenberg, Erongo, Namibia
Nicholas Stolowitz Fine Minerals