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The Tucson Gem & Mineral Show TM Part 7: Public Display Exhibits #4

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Diamond "Fakes" from the Society of Mineral Museum Professionals (SMMP)


"Herkimer Diamonds" from New York State


Replicas of World Famous Diamonds, from the Lizzadro Museum of Lapidary Art


"Rewards of Digging in Australia"
Display Presented by Penny Williamson & Paul Carr School of Earth & Environmental Sciences


Diamond Exhibit from the Smithsonian Institution National Museum of Natural History


Diamond Mines of Arkansas
Exhibit of Diamonds from the Crater of Diamond State Park, Arkansas


Keith and Mauna Proctor Family Trust Collection.
That Giant Rhodochrosite shows up in the display every year.


Gold, Silver, Diamonds, and Gemstones from the Robert Sielecki Collection


Mineral Specimens from Cripple Creek, Colorado, from the Colorado School of Mines


Silver and Silver Minerals from Arizona, from the Mineral Minions


Minerals of Arizona, from the Mark & Nicole Pecha Collection


Copper Minerals from Bisbee and the Milpillas Mine
From the University of Arizona Mineral Museum


"Rough & Ready" - Treasures from the Collection fo the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum

Thumbnail Collection from the Flagg Mineral Foundation
David M. Shannon Memorial Case


Minerals (Mostly Outstanding Pyrite) from Diego Minerals

The Tucson Gem & Mineral Show TM Part 6: Public Display Exhibits #3

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Exhibit from the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County.
That has got to be one of the largest Kunzites from California!


Superb Crystals of North America, by Tom Hales (Toms Treasure's Co)


Various Sphalerites from Worldwide Locations


Gold Crystals from California, Nevada, and Colorado


Galena Crystals, from the Phil Richardson Collection


Malachite and Rhodochrosite Polished Sliced Slabs


Silver Specimens from the Collection of Al and Sue Liebetrau


Showcase Put Together by The Collector's Edge for their 30 Anniversary


This Ancient Fossil is Called "Chewie"


Beautiful Display Case of Worldwide Minerals, Without an Exhibit Name


Another Unamed Exihibit Showcase of Worldwide Thumbnails


Unlabelled Display of Wolrdwide Minerals


Arizona Minerals from the Richard Bideux Memorial Trophy Competition


Another Beautiful Unlabelled Display


Gemstones of the Eastern United States from the Tellus Science Museum Collection.

The Tucson Gem & Mineral Show TM Part 5: Public Display Exhibits #2

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Silver and Acanthite Group Minerals.


Common Silver Sulfosalts


Silver from Kongsberg, Norway, from Various Collectors


Silver from Various Miscellaneous Localities


Showcase of the Mineral Enthusiasts of the Tucson Area


Display Exhibit of the Arizona Mineral Minions


Minerals of Red, White, and Blue
Featuring Electric Blue Halite and bright red Rhodochrosite


Display of the Mineral Association of Dallas ("MAD")


Minerals from the Swiss Alps, from the Silber+Silber Mining Company


Topaz from the Tribute Pocket, Agnus Dei Claim, El Paso Co., Colorado
Discovered October 2012 by Rich Frettered and Jean Cowman


Minerals Found on the Dorris Claims During Filming of the Weather Channel's Prospector Series
These are Outstanding Amazonites and Smoky Quartzes


Display Case from the Carnegie Museum of Natural History
These are Mostly Classic Pennsylvania Minerals


Gold, Silver, and Gems from the Collection of Francois Gigot D'Orcy


Minerals from Mogok, Burma (Myanmar)
American Museum of Natural History


Minerals from the Gem Pegmatite Districts of North Pakistan and Afghanistan

The Tucson Gem & Mineral Show TM Part 4: Public Display Exhibits #1

The Tucson show is famous for its world-class public exhibits. Some of the top collectors and museum pieces are placed on exhibit here for the yearly show, and they really dazzle. I took photos of almost every single public display case at the show, and present them for all to see in large format pictures. The only displays not here are the ones where I was unable to get a good photograph. Despite this, I think I covered about ninety percent of the exhibits that came out in a decent picture.


The show theme this year was "60 Years of Diamonds, Gems, Silver and Gold." Unlike last year when almost all the cases were dedicated to the Fluorite theme, this year featured many non-themed related cases. My assumption on this is that rough diamonds are very difficult to come by, and there is also a limit to the amount of natural gold and silver that collectors are willing to display for public exhibition.


There is no chronological order to the pictures below. I am listing the order of the displays in the same order that I photographed them in. I am keeping each post to a maximum of 15 pictures, in order to let each page load properly.

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The Hubert C. de Monmonier Collection of Precious Metals,
University of Arizona Mineral Museum


Minerals from Panasqueira, Portugal, Produced in 2013.
Case organized by Luis Miguel Fernandez Burrilos


"All American Rocks" - Rocks in the Shape of the United States.
Organized by Liz & Lou Porter


"All American Rocks" Exhibit Zoomed Out.
This Showcase Contains at Least One Specimen from each of the 50 States


Gold, Silver, and "Herkimer Diamond" Exhibit from Various Exhibitors.


"Hallelujah" Quartz - A uniquely sceptered Quartz from the Royal Scepter Mine,
Washoe Co., Nevada


"Quartz as Diamond" Exhibit, from Si and Ann Frazier.
These Varieties of Quartz are Nicknamed as Diamonds due to their Luster or Habits.


Interesting Pseudomorphs, from the Cincinnati Museum Center.
Specimens on Loan from the Terrry E. Huizing Collection.


Gem Minerals from California
Fallbrook Gem & Mineral Society


"Elvis and Friends" - Minerals from the Michigan Copper Country
William Severance Collection


Various Minerals from the Geology Museum,
University of New Mexico, Alberquerque


"Plata Mexicana" - Mexican Silver and Silver-Bearing Minerals
Peter Megaw Collection


Native Silver from Michigan's Keweenaw Peninsular Native Copper District
From the A.E. Seaman Mineral Museum (Michigan Tech University)


Native Silver and Silver-Bearing Minerals
R. Scott Werschky Collection


Native Silver from Colorado, Organized from Various Collections.

The Tucson Gem & Mineral Show TM Part 3: Dealer Exhibits

Here I show some of the dealer cases and exhibits of interesting minerals at the show. These can either be new finds, classic material, or minerals that I found very interesting and caught my attention.


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Malachite pseudomorph after Azurite from Bruce Wood.
There were so many new Milpillas copper minerals at the show, and these Malachites were something new.


Jade Slabs from Merk's Jade
These are from Granite Mountain, Wyoming
(Roger and Hana Merk)


Beautiful Midwest Calcites and Fluorites.
Note the really odd elongated Fluorite crystal on the top row, 4th from the left.
Saga Minerals (Jared Freiberg)


We Have all Seen the Bright Blue Cavansite from the Wagholi Quarry in India,
but this was an Incredible Assortment of Top-notch Cavansite not to be Matched!
Superb Minerals India


Electric Blue Azurite from the Milpillas Mine in Mexico.
We all thought production at Milpillas was over, but this year in Tucson brought
an amazing array of more Milpillas minerals, including the outstanding Azurites,
and also Malachite and Cuprites.
La Casa De Cobre Minerals
(Miguel and Irene Portillo)


Case of Exceptionally Large Crystals: Pink Kunzite, Papagoite in Quartz,
Pyrite on Quartz and Elbaite Tourmaline in Quartz.
The Collectors Edge


New Production of Crocoite from the Red Lead Mine in Tasmania.
Collectors Edge Minerals has recently begin professionally mining the property for specimens.


Incredible Fluorites mostly from the Midwest from the original
Ross C. Lillie Collection, Purchased by Rob Lavinsky, The Arkenstone


New Cuprite from the Milpillas Mine in Mexico.
Unique Minerals (Evan Jones)


New Wulfenites with Mimetite mined at the Rowley Mine in Arizona.
Unique Minerals (Evan Jones)


Dazzling Pink Cobaltocalcite from Bou Azzer, Morocco
Spirifer Minerals (Tomasz Praszkier)


Some Rare Faceted Gems, Including Multicolored Fluorite
Kosnar Gem Co. (Brett and Bryan Kosnar)


New Find of Shattuckite from the Congo.
Mineral Classics (Brett and Bryan Kosnar)


Super High-end Case from Rob Lavinsky (The Arkenstone)
These specimens have a 5 to 6 figure price tag!


Dazzling Showcase from Fine Minerals International (Daniel Trinchillo)


Colorful, High-end Case from Fine Minerals International (Daniel Trinchillo)