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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

The 2020 Tucson Mineral City Show Part 2

This second post of the 2020 Tucson Mineral City Show features photos of some of the exceptional minerals that I encountered at the dealer rooms. This includes new mineral finds, strange or unusual minerals, or simply remarkable specimens that I came across or that the dealers showed me.

This post is a continuation of the previous Mineral City show post.


Large Specimen of Pyrite Cubes on Matrix from Navajun, Spain, Pyritas de Navajun
Large Specimen of Pyrite Cubes on Matrix from Navajun, Spain
Pyritas de Navajun

Large Turquoise Cluster from the Mineral Park Mine, near Kingman, AZ, Iteco, Inc., Pyritas de Navajun
Large Turquoise Cluster from the Mineral Park Mine, near Kingman, AZ
Iteco, Inc.

New Find of Blue Apatite Crystals from Mpwapwa, Dodoma, Tanzania, Lithos Minerals
New Find of Blue Apatite Crystals from Mpwapwa, Dodoma, Tanzania
Lithos Minerals

New Find of Grossular Garnet from the Rubeho Mountains, Morogoro, Tanzania, Lithos Minerals
New Find of Grossular Garnet from the Rubeho Mountains, Morogoro, Tanzania
Lithos Minerals

Rare Mineral Coquimbite from a new find in Italy, Monte Arsiccio Mine, Stazzema, Tuscany
Rare Mineral Coquimbite from a new find in Italy, Monte Arsiccio Mine, Stazzema, Tuscany
Lithos Minerals

Robinsonite and Rouxelite from Monte Arsiccio Mine, Stazzema, Tuscany, Lithos Minerals
New Find of Robinsonite and Rouxelite from Monte Arsiccio Mine, Stazzema, Tuscany
Lithos Minerals

Chatoyant Malachite from the Shilu Mine, Yangchun, China, Barnett Fine Minerals
Chatoyant Malachite from the Shilu Mine, Yangchun, China
Barnett Fine Minerals

Aquamarine and Schrol V-Shaped Combination, from Nyet-Bruk Skardu, Pakistan, Barnett Fine Minerals
Aquamarine and Schorl V-Shaped Combination, from Nyet-Bruk Skardu, Pakistan
Barnett Fine Minerals

Pyrite on Hematite from the Rio Marina Mine, Elba Island, Italy, Barnett Fine Minerals
Pyrite on Hematite from the Rio Marina Mine, Elba Island, Italy
Barnett Fine Minerals

Large Lustrous Vanadinite from the San Carlos Mine, Chihuahua, Mexico, Barnett Fine Minerals
Large Lustrous Vanadinite from the San Carlos Mine, Chihuahua, Mexico
Barnett Fine Minerals

Amethyst Crystals on Matrix with Epidote from the Goboboseb Mountains, Erongo, Namibia, Well Arranged Molecules
Amethyst Crystals on Matrix with Epidote from the Goboboseb Mountains, Erongo, Namibia
Well Arranged Molecules

Large Crystallized Prehnite Ball from Mullah Yusef, Swat District, Khyber, Pakistan, Well Arranged Molecules
Large Crystallized Prehnite Ball from Mullah Yusef, Swat District, Khyber, Pakistan
Well Arranged Molecules

New Find of Quartz Black-Stemmed Scepters from the Treasure Mountain Mine, Little Falls, Herkimer Co., NY, Well Arranged Molecules
New Find of Quartz Black-Stemmed Scepters from the Treasure Mountain Mine,
Little Falls, Herkimer Co., NY
Well Arranged Molecules

New Australian Ocean Kyanite on Biotite from the Harts Range, Australia, The Mineral Collective Collection
New Australian "Ocean" Kyanite on Biotite from the Harts Range, Australia
The Mineral Collective Collection

Giant Asturias Fluorite from the La Viesca Mine, Huergo, Asturias, Spain, Green Mountain Minerals
Giant Asturias Fluorite from the La Viesca Mine, Huergo, Asturias, Spain
Green Mountain Minerals

Purple Calcite Crystal from the Fengkiashan Mine, Daye, Hubei Province, China, Green Mountain Minerals
Purple Calcite Crystal from the Fengkiashan Mine, Daye, Hubei Province, China
Green Mountain Minerals

Quartz with Hematite from the Jinlong Iron Mine, Longchuan, Guangdong Province, China, Green Mountain Minerals
Quartz with Hematite from the Jinlong Iron Mine, Longchuan, Guangdong Province, China
Green Mountain Minerals

Wulfenite on Dioptase from Mindouli, Pool Department, D.R. Congo, Alan's Quality Minerals
Wulfenite on Dioptase from Mindouli, Pool Department, D.R. Congo
Alan's Quality Minerals

The 2020 Tucson 22nd Street Show

The 22nd Street Show, run by Lowell Carhart and his crew at Eon Expos, does a fantastic job organizing a gigantic, ever-growing tent just south of downtown Tucson, calling it the 22nd Street Show. The tent is open before and during the main show, and has a multitude of mineral, gemstone, and jewelry dealers present from all parts of the world.


There are many dealers with gemstone rough, beads, lapidary material, and common foreign material. But scattered throughout the show are several significant mineral dealers with interesting findings. Many great deals and hidden treasures can be found if you comb carefully through the giant tent.


Some of the interesting material I witnessed at this show included more of the yellow-tipped Quartz with Halloysite from Cabiche, Colombia. Schwartz Fine Minerals contained several displays of very large and aesthetic material mined this year, labelled, ironically, as "Corona Quartz." (Perhaps this was a precursor of what was yet to come after the show!) Schwartz Fine Minerals also had a new find of lightly-colored Amethyst in "cactus" like formations, from the famous amethyst locality of Piedra Parada, Veracruz.


The Gneiss Guys (they are some nice guys out of Canada) had Apophyllite with an unusual orange color, from Nashik, India. There is an abundance of Moroccan dealers at this show, all pretty much looking the same with the same material (Vanadinite, Aragonite, Barite, Quartz, wrapped in a very typical format.) However, this year surprised me with several of these Moroccan dealers having giant mineral matrixes covered with hundreds of Vanadinite crystals. These are highly impressive for the color and quality, and surpass any previous level of this popular Moroccan mineral.

A new vendor was present at the Showcase tent under the company name of Sonoranite. This company has discovered, polished, and marketed a new gemstones that they have given the trade name "Sonoranite". The material, discovered by Scottsdale natives John and Steve Hornewer, describes a dark metamorphic rock containing Epidote, Pumpellyite, sulfides, and gold ore. The specific locality was not provided, but presumably it is somewhere in the Sonoran Desert in Arizona.



Tent at the Tucson 22nd Street Show
Massive Tent at the Tucson 22nd Street Show

Other Side of the Tent at the Tucson 22nd Street Show
Other Side of the Tent at the Tucson 22nd Street Show

A fine Corona Quartz with Halloysite Inclusions from Cabiche, Colombia - Schwartz Fine Minerals
Was this Yellow-Tipped Quartz Forboding Something Sinister with its Labelled Name?
A fine Quartz with Halloysite Inclusions from Cabiche, Colombia
Schwartz Fine Minerals

A fantastic new find of light Amethyst from the Prolific Locality of Piedra Parada, Veracruz, Mexico - Schwartz Fine Minerals
A fantastic new find of white Quartz with Amethyst tips
from the prolific locality of Piedra Parada, Veracruz, Mexico
Schwartz Fine Minerals

More white Quartz with Amethyst tips from Piedra Parada, Veracruz, Mexico - Schwartz Fine Minerals
More white Quartz with Amethyst tips
from Piedra Parada, Veracruz, Mexico
Schwartz Fine Minerals

Unusual Orange-Pink Apophyllite from Nashik, India - The Gneiss Guy
Unusual Orange-Pink Apophyllite from Nashik, India
The Gneiss Guy

Very Large Vanadinite Matrix Specimens from Mibladen, Morocco - Mibladen Minerux
Very Large Vanadinite Matrix Specimens from Mibladen, Morocco Crystals
Mibladen Minerux

Red-Tipped Hematite-Included Quartz Scepters from Rockhound Gulch, Denny Mountain, King Co., Washington - Bruce Wood Minerals
Red-Tipped Hematite-Included Quartz Scepters from
Rockhound Gulch, Denny Mountain, King Co., Washington
Bruce Wood Minerals

New find of Scolecite Included in Apophyllite from Jalgaon, India - Bruce Wood Minerals
New find of Scolecite Included in Apophyllite from Jalgaon, India
Bruce Wood Minerals

Giant Petrified Wood Masses from Arizona
Giant Petrified Wood Masses from Arizona

Large Sonoranite Rough Specimen
Large "Sonoranite" Rough Specimen
Sonoranite

Cut Sonoranite Gemstones
Cut "Sonoranite" Gemstones
Sonoranite

Salmon Calcite with Pyroxene
Salmon Calcite with Pyroxene from the Sonaranite Mines
Sonoranite