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The 2019 Tucson Mineral City Show

The Mineral City Show is a new show in Tucson at 516 W Lester Street, a bit further uptown than the major shows. Mineral City is organized by Graham Sutton, and took place in a newly construction cinderblock L-shaped building.

The concept of this show is to provide dealers with permanent storage of their minerals in Tucson, and allow them to showcase as well during the show season. The concept is novel and it seemed to have really kicked off this year. There were 16 well-known dealers at Mineral City, offering excellent specimens of all price ranges available.

From their website, it looks like Mineral City will be expanding with additional dealers for 2020. Many of the dealers here had maintained rooms in the Hotel Tucson (AKA InnSuites) in prior years; some of them still maintained rooms in both shows, while others exited the other show and only exhibited here.


Mineral City Mineral Show Outside the New Building
Mineral City Mineral Show Outside the New Building

New Find of Large Smoky Quartz Crystals from Mulanje, Malawi, Paul Botha Minerals
New Find of Large Smoky Quartz Crystals from Mulanje, Malawi
Paul Botha Minerals

Case of Exquisite, High-End Minerals, William Johnson, Natural Creations Minerals
Case of Exquisite, High-End Minerals
William Johnson, Natural Creations Minerals

Unusual Calcite Pseudomorph from the Palmarejo Mine, Chihuahua, Mexico, William Johnson, Natural Creations Minerals
Unusual Calcite Pseudomorph from the Palmarejo Mine, Chihuahua, Mexico
William Johnson, Natural Creations Minerals

Amazing Aquamarine Crystals from Pakistan, William Johnson, Natural Creations Minerals

Large, Natural Citrine Crystal on Feldspar, Unlabeled Locality, William Johnson, Natural Creations Minerals
Large, Natural Citrine Crystal on Feldspar, Unlabeled Locality
William Johnson, Natural Creations Minerals

Pink Apatite on Calcite from Muzo, Colombia, William Johnson, Natural Creations Minerals
Pink Apatite on Calcite from Muzo, Colombia
William Johnson, Natural Creations Minerals

HUGE Crystal Cluster of Pink Manganoan Calcite from the Manaoshan Mine, Dongpo Ore Field, Chenzhou Prefecture, Hunan Prov, China, Collectors Edge
HUGE Crystal Cluster of Pink Manganoan Calcite from the Manaoshan Mine,
Dongpo Ore Field, Chenzhou Prefecture, Hunan Prov, China
Collectors Edge

Old Stash of Very Affordable Rhorochrosite Crystals from the Sweet Home Mine, Alma, Colorado, Collectors Edge
Old Stash of Very Affordable Rhodochrosite Crystals from the Sweet Home Mine, Alma, Colorado
Collectors Edge

Yellow Quartz with Inclusions of Halloysite from Boyaca, Colombia, Ziga Mineral
Yellow Quartz with Inclusions of Halloysite from Boyaca, Colombia
Ziga Mineral

Very Large Fluorite Crystal Cluster from the Bahama Trend, Denton Mine, Illinois, Saga Minerals
Very Large Fluorite Crystal Cluster from the Bahama Trend, Denton Mine, Illinois
Saga Minerals

Morganite, Indicolite, and Albite from Golconda, Minas Gerais, Brazil, Nimeral Minlab
Morganite, Indicolite, and Albite from Golconda, Minas Gerais, Brazil
Nimeral Minlab

Yellow Celestine from the Machow Mine, Tarnobrzeg, Poland, Nimeral Minlab
Yellow Celestine from the Machow Mine, Tarnobrzeg, Poland
Nimeral Minlab

Large Blue Fluorite from Asturias, Spain, Nimeral Minlab
Large Blue Fluorite from Asturias, Spain
Nimeral Minlab

New Find of Amethyst from near Khadakwani, Madhya Pradesh, India, Matrix India Minerals
New Find of Amethyst from near Khadakwani, Madhya Pradesh, India
Matrix India Minerals

Several Additional Specimens of the New Find of Amethyst from near Khadakwani, Madhya Pradesh, India, Matrix India Minerals
Several Additional Specimens of Amethyst from near Khadakwani, Madhya Pradesh, India
Matrix India Minerals

Green Fluorite and Calcite from the Choir Area, Gobi Desert, Mongolia, Spirifer Minerals
Green Fluorite and Calcite from the Choir Area, Gobi Desert, Mongolia
Spirifer Minerals

The Tucson InnSuites Mineral Show (Hotel Tucson City Center)

The Arizona Mineral & Fossil Show at the Hotel Tucson City Center (or more commonly known as the InnSuites) is a sprawling hotel complex with many rooms filled with dealers. There is a large variety of dealers at this show, with many setting up here in late January and then transferring to the main show at the Convention Center during the second full week in February.

This show has a very enjoyable and relaxed atmosphere, and is one of my favorite events in Tucson. There are always interesting minerals and new finds to be discovered in almost all the rooms, as well as interesting people to chat with throughout the grounds. This post contains photos of some of remarkable minerals and new finds that I encountered at the Hotel Tucson City Center.


Barite from Cerro Warihyu, Peru, Crystals Springs Mining & Jewelry
Barite from Cerro Warihyu, Peru
Crystals Springs Mining & Jewelry

Chalcedony Pseudomorphs after Anhydrite? from Moquegua, near Puno, Peru, Crystals Springs Mining & Jewelry
Chalcedony Pseudomorphs after Anhydrite? from Moquegua, near Puno, Peru
Crystals Springs Mining & Jewelry

Glass Wulfenite Replica on Matrix, Made Special for this Year's Show Theme, Artisan Made Gemstones
Glass Wulfenite Replica on Matrix, Made Special for this Year's Show Theme
Artisan Made Gemstones

Multiple Large Rubellite Tourmaline on Albite Matrix from Malkhan, Russia, Karp Minerals
Multiple Large Rubellite Tourmaline on Albite Matrix from Malkhan, Russia
Karp Minerals

Giant Spinel-Law Twinned Spinel Crystals from the Red River, Yen Bai Provence, Vietnam, John E. Garsow, Minerals
Giant Spinel-Law Twinned Spinel Crystals from the Red River, Yen Bai Provence, Vietnam
John E. Garsow, Minerals

Rare Transparent Clinohumite from Kukh-i-Lal, Pamir Mountains, Badakshan, Afghanistan, John E. Garsow, Minerals
Rare Transparent Clinohumite from Kukh-i-Lal, Pamir Mountains, Badakshan, Afghanistan
John E. Garsow, Minerals

Iridescent Covellite Crystals from Summitville, Rio Grande Co., Colorado, Self-A-Ware Minerals
Iridescent Covellite Crystals from Summitville, Rio Grande Co., Colorado
Self-A-Ware Minerals

Very Large Fluorite Crystal Grouping from Crystal Peak, Teller Co., Colorado, Self-A-Ware Minerals
Very Large Fluorite Crystal Grouping from Crystal Peak, Teller Co., Colorado
Self-A-Ware Minerals

Penetrating Blue Fluorite Crystals from Monte San Calogero, Termini Imerese, Italy, Webminerals
Penetrating Blue Fluorite Crystals from Monte San Calogero, Termini Imerese, Italy
Webminerals

Giant Quartz Crystals Outside at the InnSuites (Hotel Tucson City Center)
Giant Quartz Crystals Outside at the InnSuites (Hotel Tucson City Center)

Scolcite Balls on Stilbite from Ahmednagar, Maharashtra, India, Sunvesta Exporters
Scolecite Balls on Stilbite from Ahmednagar, Maharashtra, India
Sunvesta Exporters

Green Apophyllite Bowtie on Stilbite from Ahmednagar, Maharashtra, India, Sunvesta Exporters
Green Apophyllite Bowtie on Stilbite from Ahmednagar, Maharashtra, India
Sunvesta Exporters

Lazurite/Hauyne with Plagioclase from Ladjuar Medam, Sar-e-Sang, Badakshan, Afghanistan, Mountain Minerals International
Lazurite/Hauyne with Plagioclase from Ladjuar Medam, Sar-e-Sang, Badakshan, Afghanistan
Mountain Minerals International

Purple Gemmy Scapolite on Matrix from Fargon Meeru, Kokcha Valley, Badakshan, Afghanistan, Mountain Minerals International
Purple Gemmy Scapolite on Matrix from Fargon Meeru, Kokcha Valley, Badakshan, Afghanistan
Mountain Minerals International

Large Amethyst Crystal with Smaller Quartz Crystal from the Reel Mine, Iron Station, North Carolina, Reel Mine
Large Amethyst Crystal with Smaller Quartz Crystal from the Reel Mine, Iron Station, NC
Reel Mine

Unusual Smoky Quartz from the Reel Mine, Iron Station, North Carolina, Reel Mine
Unusual Smoky Quartz from the Reel Mine, Iron Station, NC
Reel Mine

Manganite from the Caland Pit, Atikokan, Ontario, Canada, Barnett Fine Minerals
Manganite from the Caland Pit, Atikokan, Ontario, Canada
Barnett Fine Minerals

Sphalerite and Quartz from the ZCA Mine, Balmat, New York, Geologic Desires
Sphalerite and Quartz from the ZCA Mine, Balmat, New York, Geologic Desires
Geologic Desires

Orange Stellerite on Chalcedony from Ahmednagar, Maharashtra, India, Kings Minerals
Orange Stellerite on Chalcedony from Ahmednagar, Maharashtra, India
Kings Minerals

The Interstate 10 Corridor Mineral Shows

There are literally dozens of mineral and gem shows throughout Tucson during late January and early February. The main cluster of shows takes place at the motels and parking lots along the Interstate 10 Freeway service road west and southwest of downtown. Thousands of dealers set up shop here in the motel rooms and tents throughout this area, creating a true spectacle to behold.


I started my walk at Interstate 10 Freeway and 22nd Street, walking north and visiting the Quality Inn, Howard Johnson, and Travelodge. These motels have their rooms filled with dealers and tents in every surface area. I then continued north along the service road, walking along a quieter area until getting to the Riverpark Inn, where the Pueblo show takes place. This is a very busy show, with many gem, jewelry, and rock dealers, as well as quality mineral dealers with fine minerals for sale. I was considering continuing north to the Rapa River show directly north of the Riverpark Inn but ran out of time.


Dealer Tents at the Quality Inn
Posing in Front of the Rows of Dealer Tents at the Quality Inn

Dealers at the Howard Johnson Motel
Dealers at the Howard Johnson Motel, Inside and Outside the Motels

Giant Amethyst Geodes at the Pueblo Show at the Riverpark Inn
With Giant Amethyst Geodes at the Pueblo Show at the Riverpark Inn

Gem Kunzite Crystal with Helix Growth, from Pech, Nuristan, Afghanistan, Investments from Earth
Gem Kunzite Crystal with Helix Growth, from Pech, Nuristan, Afghanistan
Investments from Earth

Very Unusual Aquamarine Pseudomorph after Spodumene from Minas Gerais, Brazil, Investments from Earth
Very Unusual Aquamarine Pseudomorph after Spodumene from Minas Gerais, Brazil
Investments from Earth

Orange Morganite Beryl Crystal from Namacotche, Mutala, Mozambique, Investments from Earth
Orange Morganite Beryl Crystal from Namacotche, Mutala, Mozambique
Investments from Earth

Exceptional Aquamarine Beryl with Muscovite from Nagar, Hunza Valley, Pakistan
Exceptional Beryl with Muscovite from Nagar, Hunza Valley, Pakistan
Investments from Earth

New Find of White Grossular Garnet, Eldorado Co., California, The Uncarved Block
New Find of White Grossular Garnet, Eldorado Co., California
The Uncarved Block

Unique Bent Gem Crystals (Kunzite, Aquamarine, Elbaite), Rocksaholics LLC
Unique Bent Gem Crystals (Kunzite, Aquamarine, Elbaite)
Rocksaholics

Scolecite on Stilbite from Water Well in Rankhamb, Sakur, Maharashtra, India
Scolecite on Stilbite from Water Well in Rankhamb, Sakur, Maharashtra, India
Rocksaholics

Cool Water Rock Sculptures of with Rock Onyx, Rock Steady Designs
Cool Water Rock Sculptures with Rock Onyx
Rock Steady Designs

Water Rock Sculptures of with Rock Onyx, Rock Steady Designs
Uniquely Carved Water Rock Sculptures with Rock Onyx
Rock Steady Designs

Large Quartz Points and Spheres, Quartziam
Large Quartz Points and Spheres
Quartziam

Posing in front of a Giant Quartz Crystal at the Entrance of the Riverpark Inn
Posing in front of a Giant Quartz Crystal at the Entrance of the Riverpark Inn

Largest Quartz Sphere in the World, Verified by Gunniess Book or World Records
Largest Quartz Sphere in the World, Verified by Gunniess Book or World Records