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Tucson Fine Mineral Gallery 2022 - Highlights

One of the most significant changes at the Tucson mineral scene in 2022 was the addition of the Tucson Fine Mineral Gallery. This new venue is a building adjacent to the Hotel Tucson, where the large InnSuites show was held up until recently. It housed some fine exhibit minerals from the Gail and Jim Spann collection, as well as some of the finest wire Silver and Silver crystals from the Spann Meieran collections. On display as well was a set of giant Amethyst geodes in the main entrance hallway.


The concept of this new venue is to provide a year-round location for several prominent dealers to maintain and display their inventory, and have a solid home for the yearly show. The dealers present at this facility include Crystal Classics, Collector's Edge, Graeber & Himes, Nicholas Stolowitz Fine Minerals, and The Focal Crystal. Also present are Dreher Carvings from Idar-Oberstein in Germany, MCP (Mineralogical Collection Professionals), and BlueCap Productions. The building also features an outdoor courtyard with a relaxed setting.


Below are some highlight pictures of the event. Stay tuned for additional pictures from individual dealer minerals at the Tucson Fine Mineral Gallery!


Outside of the Fine Mineral Gallery in the Late Afternoon
Outside of the Fine Mineral Gallery in the Late Afternoon

Main Display Hallway in the Tucson Fine Mineral Gallery
Main Display Hallway in the Tucson Fine Mineral Gallery

Minerals from the Spann Collection on Display at the Tucson Fine Mineral Gallery
Minerals from the Spann Collection on Display at the Tucson Fine Mineral Gallery

Giant Aquamarine from Nagar, Hunza Valley, Gilgit, Pakistan, on Display
Giant Aquamarine from Nagar, Hunza Valley, Gilgit, Pakistan, on Display
Collectors Edge

Single Large Aquamarine Crystal with Quartz from Shigar, Skardu, Pakistan, on Display
Single Large Aquamarine Crystal with Quartz from Shigar, Skardu, Pakistan, on Display
Fine Art Minerals

Silver Wires & Crystals from the Meieran and Spann Collection, on Display
Silver Wires & Crystals from the Meieran and Spann Collection, on Display

Silver with Calcite Crystal from Kongsberg, Norway
Silver Wires with Calcite Crystal from Kongsberg, Norway

Silver Wires from Kongsberg, Norway
Silver Wires from Kongsberg, Norway

Silver Cubic Crystals from Kongsberg, Norway
Silver Cubic Crystals from Kongsberg, Norway

Crystal Classics Large Specimen Display
Crystal Classics Large Specimen Display

Tucson Fine Mineral Gallery 2022 - Dealer Minerals

Our next post on the 2022 mineral events in Tucson features minerals and scenes at the Tucson Fine Mineral Gallery. This post features some of the prominent dealers who have space at this new venue. This post includes my visits to the rooms of the following dealers: Crystal Classics, Nick Stolowitz, Graber & Himes, and Focal Crystal. (Collector's Edge has a dedicated post that will be posted shortly.) I particularly enjoyed the smiley-faced agates seen at The Focal Crystal, and below are my favorites:

Smiley Faced Agate #1, Focal Crystal
Smiley Faced Agate #1
The Focal Crystal

Smiley Faced Agate #2, Focal Crystal
Smiley Faced Agate #2
The Focal Crystal

Smiley Faced Agate #3, Focal Crystal
Smiley Faced Agate #3
The Focal Crystal

Smiley Faced Agate #4, Focal Crystal
Smiley Faced Agate #4
The Focal Crystal

Fluorite Octahedron in Milky Quartz from the Huanggang Mine, Inner Mongolia, China, the Focal Crystal
Fluorite Octahedron in Milky Quartz from the Huanggang Mine, Inner Mongolia, China
The Focal Crystal

Yellow Botryoidal Calcite from Ait El Abbas, Midelt Province, Morocco, the Focal Crystal
Yellow Botryoidal Calcite from Ait El Abbas, Midelt Province, Morocco
The Focal Crystal

Auricalcite on Calcite from the Ojuela Mine, Mapimi, Durango, Mexico, the Focal Crystal
Aurichalcite on Calcite from the Ojuela Mine, Mapimi, Durango, Mexico
The Focal Crystal

Blue Fluorite from Puy St. Guilmiere, Puy-De-Dome, France, the Focal Crystal
Blue Fluorite from Puy St. Guilmiere, Puy-De-Dome, France
The Focal Crystal

Fantastic Azurite Crystals from the Tsumeb, Namibia, the Focal Crystal
Fantastic Azurite Crystals from the Tsumeb, Namibia
The Focal Crystal

Beautiful Display of Large Minerals from Nicholas Stolowitz Fine Minerals
Beautiful Display of Large Minerals from Nicholas Stolowitz Fine Minerals

Large Spessartine Garnet Crystal from Loliondo, Arusha, Tanzania, Nicholas Stolowitz Fine Minerals
Large Spessartine Garnet Crystal from Loliondo, Arusha, Tanzania
Nicholas Stolowitz Fine Minerals

Star Destroyer Aquamarine with Schorl and Feldspar, Nicholas Stolowitz Fine Minerals
"Star Destroyer" Aquamarine with Schorl and Feldspar
Nicholas Stolowitz Fine Minerals

Chrysoberyl var. Alexandrite Sixlings from Novello Claims, Masvingo, Zimbabwe, Graeber & Himes Fine Minerals
Chrysoberyl var. Alexandrite Sixling from Novello Claims, Masvingo, Zimbabwe
Graeber & Himes Fine Minerals

Silver Wires on Calcite from Cobalt Lake Mine, Cobalt, Ontario, Canada, Graeber & Himes Fine Minerals
Silver Wires on Calcite from Cobalt Lake Mine, Cobalt, Ontario, Canada
Graeber & Himes Fine Minerals

Crystal Classics Room with Bar and Lounge
Crystal Classics Room with Bar and Lounge

Crystal Classics Fine Mineral Display
Crystal Classics Fine Mineral Display

Display Cases and Myriads of Mineral-Filled Drawers at the Crystal Classics Room
Display Cases and Myriads of Mineral-Filled Drawers at the Crystal Classics Room

Crystal Classics Exceptional Gemstone Display
Crystal Classics Exceptional Gemstone Display

Tucson Fine Mineral Gallery 2022 - Collector's Edge

One of the featured dealers at the Tucson Fine Mineral Gallery is Collector's Edge. Collector's Edge is a prominent mineral dealer that featured the most eye-catching booth at past events of the Tucson Gem and Mineral Show®. Their move away from that venue to the exclusive Tucson Fine Mineral Gallery was a big change in the 2022 Tucson atmosphere. They had a large room with some very memorable displays, as was expected of them.


Of particular interest was several fine examples of rare Paraiba Tourmaline - blue Tourmaline colored by copper inclusions - from an old stash that had resurfaced. They also had Imperial-type Topaz from a new location at the Solwezi District, North-western Province, Zambia. (Historically this habit of Topaz was only found in Brazil.) Another new interesting mineral they featured was deep blue Aragonite from Helmand Province, Afghanistan, as well some newly mined Rhodochrosite from their mining operation at the Detroit City Portal, Sweet Home Mine, Alma, Colorado.

Paraiba Tourmaline Collection
Paraiba Tourmaline Collection
Collector's Edge Minerals

Paraiba Tourmaline Stacked Crystals on Matrix
Paraiba Tourmaline Stacked Crystals on Matrix
Collector's Edge Minerals

Multiple Paraiba Tourmaline Crystals on Matrix
Multiple Paraiba Tourmaline Crystals on Matrix
Collector's Edge Minerals

Gold on Quartz from the Eagle's Nest Mine, Sage Hill, Placer Co., California
Gold on Quartz from the Eagle's Nest Mine, Sage Hill, Placer Co., California
Collector's Edge Minerals

Collection of Imperial Topaz Crystals from Solwezi District, Northwestern Province, Zambia
Collection of Imperial Topaz Crystals from Solwezi District, Northwestern Province, Zambia
Collector's Edge Minerals

Sharp Imperial Topaz Crystal from Solwezi District, Northwestern Province, Zambia
Sharp Imperial Topaz Crystal from Solwezi District, Northwestern Province, Zambia
Collector's Edge Minerals

Cavernous Imperial Topaz Crystal from Solwezi District, Northwestern Province, Zambia
Cavernous Imperial Topaz Crystal from Solwezi District, Northwestern Province, Zambia
Collector's Edge Minerals

New Find of Blue Aragonite from Helmand Province, Afghanistan
New Find of Blue Aragonite from Helmand Province, Afghanistan
Collector's Edge Minerals

Blue Aragonite with Deep Blue Azurite Core from Helmand Province, Afghanistan
Blue Aragonite with Deep Blue Azurite Core from Helmand Province, Afghanistan
Collector's Edge Minerals

Deep Brown Barite Crystal from Elk Creek, Meade Co., South Dakota
Deep Brown Barite Crystal from Elk Creek, Meade Co., South Dakota
Collector's Edge Minerals

A Wow Rhodochrosite from Deano's Pocket, Detroit City Portal, Sweet Home Mine, Alma, CO
A "Wow" Rhodochrosite from Deano's Pocket, Detroit City Portal, Sweet Home Mine, Alma, CO
Collector's Edge Minerals

Rhodochrosite Crystal with Tetrahedrite and Chalcopyrite from Deano's Pocket, Detroit City Portal, Sweet Home Mine, Alma, CO
Rhodochrosite Crystal with Tetrahedrite and Chalcopyrite
from Deano's Pocket, Detroit City Portal, Sweet Home Mine, Alma, CO
Collector's Edge Minerals

Aquamarine Crystal Trifecta from the Medina Pegmatite, Pedra Azul, Minas Gerais, Brazil
Aquamarine Crystal Trifecta from the Medina Pegmatite, Pedra Azul, Minas Gerais, Brazil
Collector's Edge Minerals

Tourmaline Bi-Color Star from the Pederneira Mine, Minas Gerais, Brazil
Tourmaline "Bi-Color Star" from the Pederneira Mine, Minas Gerais, Brazil
Collector's Edge Minerals

The 2022 Tucson Mineral City Show

With the demise of the InnSuites show at the Hotel Tucson, the majority of mineral dealers in Tucson moved farther north to the Mineral City show. This is the newest and fastest growing area of mineral activity in Tucson. This relatively new show presents a more practical solution for dealers to rent their room for long term, and to use them for storage. This also allows a better system for shipping as well as for not having to deal with beds and furniture in the way, as the dealers did at the hotel shows.

There was much growth at the Mineral City show this year, with several new buildings and more satellite tents. The show had a relaxed and enjoyable atmosphere where I was able to chat one on one with many of the dealers.

Here are some highlight minerals I noted at this year's Mineral City show.


Banded Chrysocolla from Milpillas, Sonora, Mexico, Valenzuelas Minerals
Banded Chrysocolla from Milpillas, Sonora, Mexico
Valenzuela's Minerals

Rare Blue Barite from Milpillas, Sonora, Mexico, Valenzuelas Minerals
Rare Blue Barite from Milpillas, Sonora, Mexico
Valenzuela's Minerals

New Find of Large Yellow Apatite Crystals from the Crystal Lode Pegmatite, Fulford, Eagle Co., Colorado, Persson Rare Minerals
New Find of Large Yellow Apatite Crystals from the Crystal Lode Pegmatite,
Fulford, Eagle Co., Colorado
Persson Rare Minerals

Closer Look at some of the above Yellow Apatite Crystal Lode Pegmatite, Fulford, Eagle Co., Colorado, Persson Rare Minerals
Closer Look at some of the above Yellow Apatite Crystals
Persson Rare Minerals

Fluorite Crystal on Dolomite from the Penfield Quarry, Penfield NY, Crystallize
Fluorite Crystal on Dolomite from the Penfield Quarry, Penfield NY
Crystallize (Alex Amiel)

Quartz Japan-Law Twin from the Arun Valley, Mount Malaku, Nepal, Crystallize
Quartz Japan Law Twin from the Arun Valley, Mount Malaku, Nepal
Crystallize (Alex Amiel)

Vivianite from Cabeca do Cachorro, Amazonas, Brazil, Unique Minerals
Vivianite from Cabeca do Cachorro, Amazonas, Brazil
Unique Minerals

Malachite Chandelier from the Star of Congo Mine, Lubumbashi, Katanga, D.R. Congo, Unique Minerals
Malachite Chandelier from the Star of Congo Mine, Lubumbashi, Katanga, D.R. Congo
Unique Minerals

Amethyst on Matrix from the Reel Mine, Iron Station, North Carolina, Reel Mine Amethyst
Banded Amethyst on Matrix from the Reel Mine, Iron Station, North Carolina
Reel Mine Amethyst

Crocoite Prismatic Crystals from the Adelaide Mine, Dundas, Tasmania, Australia, The Adelaide Mining Company
Banded Crocoite Prismatic Crystals from the Adelaide Mine, Dundas, Tasmania, Australia
The Adelaide Mining Company

Rare Cerussite from the Adelaide Mine, Dundas, Tasmania, Australia, The Adelaide Mining Company
Rare Cerussite Prismatic Crystals from the Adelaide Mine, Dundas, Tasmania, Australia
The Adelaide Mining Company

Bi-Colored Kunzite from Dara-I-Pech, Kunar, Aghanistan, Crystal Cantina fine Minerals & Crystals
Bi-Colored Kunzite from Dara-I-Pech, Kunar, Aghanistan
Crystal Cantina fine Minerals & Crystals

Giant Vivianite Crystals from Huanani, Oruro, Bolivia, Crystal Springs Mining and Jewelry Co
Giant Vivianite Crystals from Huanani, Oruro, Bolivia
Crystal Springs Mining and Jewelry Co

Trapiche Emeralds from Colombia, Crystal Springs Mining and Jewelry Co

New Find of Yellow Botryoidal Calcite from Ait El Abbas, Midelt, Morocco
New Find of Yellow Botryoidal Calcite from Ait El Abbas, Midelt, Morocco

Aragonite and Azurite from Helmand Province, Afghanistan, CE Wholesale
Aragonite and Azurite from Helmand Province, Afghanistan
CE Wholesale

Giant Quartz Crystals from Manihar, Himachil Pradesh, India, Matrix India Minerals
Giant Quartz Crystals from Manihar, Himachil Pradesh, India
Matrix India Minerals

Quartz Crystals with Chlorite inclusions from Manihar, Himachil Pradesh, India, Matrix India Minerals
Quartz Crystals with Chlorite inclusions from Manihar, Himachil Pradesh, India
Matrix India Minerals

Black Stalagmitic Chalcedony from Sakur, Maharashtra, India, Matrix India Minerals
Black Stalagmitic Chalcedony from Sakur, Maharashtra, India
Matrix India Minerals

New Find of Purple Fluorite with Calcite from Qinglong, Guizhou, China, Wendy's Minerals and Gems
New Find of Purple Fluorite and Calcite from Qinglong, Guizhou, China
Wendy's Minerals and Gems

Giant Yellow Barite Crystals from the Xiefang Mine, Jiangxi, China, Wendy's Minerals and Gems
Giant Yellow Barite Crystals from the Xiefang Mine, Jiangxi, China
Wendy's Minerals and Gems

Bright Blue Gibbsite from Wenshan, Yunnan Province, China, Wendy's Minerals and Gems
Bright Blue Gibbsite from Wenshan, Yunnan Province, China
Wendy's Minerals and Gems

The 2022 Tucson Gem and Mineral Show® Dealer Minerals

With all the changes at the Tucson shows in 2022, the mineral scene was a vastly different landscape than it's been in previous years. Change was already in the air in 2020, and with the majority of the shows cancelled or scaled down in 2021, 2022 was a game changer.


The most noticeable change was the demise of the InnSuites show. This show, hosted in the hotel Tucson, was one of the most exciting mineral events in Tucson, with many recognized dealers setting up their wares in the rooms of this sprawling hotel that had a very chilled atmosphere. Most of the dealers and activity from this show shifted several blocks north to the Mineral City show and the surrounding area.


The Mineral City show was greatly expanded this year, with many more dealers setting up in this new complex of buildings built specifically for dealers to exhibit during their show and store their wares for longer term storage. Several other dealers had tents in the immediate vicinity of Mineral City, making this area a bustling destination area for mineral collectors and other dealers.


Even with the Hotel Tucson devoid of internal mineral activity, the neighborhood still retained the Fine Minerals International home with high-end minerals, and a new venue opened up in the same vicinity with several important dealers and a display gallery. This building also features more permanent-type of features for the dealers to have a year-round home. 


Clearly there has been a shift from dealers selling out of hotel rooms to instead have their own leased location where they can store minerals year round. This new format has been successful and has caused a noticeable decrease in dealers at the main show. Some of the mainstays of the main show from previous years were noticeably missing, and there was much more empty space than usual. Despite this, the show was still great, with great exhibits and a healthy showing of good dealers with interesting new material. I went around the show floor looking for interesting material to show for our show report, and these are the minerals, featured below.


Large Pink Gem Kunzite Crystals from Kunar, Afghanistan, Excel Gem & Minerals
Large Pink Gem Kunzite Crystals from Kunar, Afghanistan
Excel Gem & Minerals

Deep Blue Aquamarine Crossed Crystals, Haiderabad Pegmatites, Shigar Valley, Pakistan, Excel Gem & Minerals
Deep Blue Aquamarine Crossed Crystals, Haiderabad Pegmatites, Shigar Valley, Pakistan
Excel Gem & Minerals

Large Blocky Barite Crystals from the Xiefang Mine, Jiangxi Province, China, Alan's Quality Minerals
Large Blocky Barite Crystals from the Xiefang Mine, Jiangxi Province, China
Alan's Quality Minerals

Aquamarine on Feldspar, nearly 2 feet tall(!) from Nyet Bruk, Shigar District, Pakistan, Fine Art Minerals
Aquamarine on Feldspar, nearly 2 feet tall (!) from Nyet Bruk, Shigar District, Pakistan
Fine Art Minerals

New Find of Pink Tourmaline, from Pachigram, Nuristan, Afghanistan, Fine Art Minerals
New Find of Pink Tourmaline from Pachigram, Nuristan, Afghanistan, Fine Art Minerals
Fine Art Minerals

Red-Capped Tourmaline from Agua Brance, Coronel Murta, Minas Gerais, Brazil, Crystal Classics
Red-Capped Tourmaline from Agua Brance, Coronel Murta, Minas Gerais, Brazil
Crystal Classics

Stalagmitic Clear Calcite Crystals from Santo Domingo Mine, Santa Eulalia, Chihuahua, Mexico, Crystal Classics
Stalagmitic Clear Calcite Crystals from Santo Domingo Mine, Santa Eulalia, Chihuahua, Mexico
Crystal Classics

Chrysocolla pseudomorph after Malachite after Azurite with Quartz From the Tenke-Fungurume area, Kolwezi, DR Congo, Crystal Classics
Stalagmitic Clear Chrysocolla pseudomorph after Malachite after Azurite with Quartz
From the Tenke-Fungurume area, Kolwezi, DR Congo
Crystal Classics

Chrysocolla pseudomorph after Malachite after Azurite with Quartz From the Tenke-Fungurume area, Kolwezi, DR Congo, Crystal Classics
Stalagmitic Clear Chrysocolla pseudomorph after Malachite after Azurite with Quartz
From the Tenke-Fungurume area, Kolwezi, DR Congo
Crystal Classics

Fabulous Silver Wires from the Himmelsfurst Mine, Freiberg, Saxony, Germany
Fabulous Silver Wires from the Himmelsfurst Mine, Freiberg, Saxony, Germany
 

Fluorite on White Quartz from Huanggang, Inner Mongolia, China
Fluorite on White Quartz from Huanggang, Inner Mongolia, China
 

Fabulous Case of High-End Minerals
Fabulous Case of High-End Minerals
 

Golden Barite from the Pohla Mine, Schwartzenberg, Saxony, Germany, Spirifer Minerals
Golden Barite from the Pohla Mine, Schwartzenberg, Saxony, Germany
Spirifer Minerals

New Find of Fluorite from Larkin's Quarry, Connemara, Galway Co., Ireland, Spirifer Minerals
New Find of Fluorite from Larkin's Quarry, Connemara, Galway Co., Ireland
Spirifer Minerals

Large Multicolored Fluorite from Larkin's Quarry, Connemara, Galway Co., Ireland, Spirifer Minerals
Large Multicolored Fluorite from Fluorite from Larkin's Quarry, Connemara, Galway Co., Ireland
Spirifer Minerals

Bicolored Tourmaline in Matrix from Beni Bouzra, Chefchaouen, Tanger, Morocco, Collected 2021, Spirifer Minerals
Bicolored Tourmaline in Matrix from Beni Bouzra, Chefchaouen, Tanger, Morocco
Collected 2021
Spirifer Minerals

Giant Pink Kunzite Crystal from Nuristan, Afghanistan, Big Rock Minerals
Giant Pink Kunzite Crystal from Nuristan, Afghanistan
Collected 2021
Spirifer Minerals

Large Citrine Crystal from the Cruziero Mine, Sao Jose de Safira, Minas Gerais, Brazil, Bergmann Minerals
Large Citrine Crystal from the Cruziero Mine, Sao Jose de Safira, Minas Gerais, Brazil
Bergmann Minerals

Tall Pencil-Like Tourmaline from the Cruziero Mine, Sao Jose de Safira, Minas Gerais, Brazil, Bergmann Minerals
Tall Pencil-Like Tourmaline from the Cruziero Mine, Sao Jose de Safira, Minas Gerais, Brazil
Bergmann Minerals

Rhodochrosite from the Hedgehog Pocket, Sweet Home Mine, Alma, Colorado, Bergmann Minerals
Rhodochrosite from the Hedgehog Pocket, Sweet Home Mine, Alma, Colorado, Bergmann Minerals
Bergmann Minerals