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The 2020 Tucson Gem and Mineral Show® Display Minerals Part 1

This post shares some of the individual minerals on display in the exhibits at the The 2020 Tucson Gem and Mineral Show┬«. As always, the minerals were outstanding, with an abundance of old classics, new finds, amazing aesthetics, and great rarities.


Of the hundreds of great minerals we photographed in the exhibits, this selection is a condensed version narrowing down our top picks. This decision of which minerals to include in the post is always a difficult one, and proved even harder this year than in previous years because we didn't separate the posts by theme vs. non-theme minerals. This year's theme of "World Class Minerals" really left all the exhibit minerals liable to fit under the theme definition, so we didn't differentiate between the themed minerals and non-themed minerals as was done in our show reports from previous years.


This is the first of two posts on the individual show minerals. Stay tuned for our next posts on the individual minerals which we will be posting shortly.


New Find of Orange-Red tourmaline dravite from New Mexico, Discovered April 2019
New Find of Orange-Red Tourmaline (Dravite) from New Mexico, Discovered April 2019
Collected by Orlando and Nicole Haworth

Large Herkimer Diamond Quartz Crystals from the Benchmark Quarry, St. Johnsville, NY
Large "Herkimer Diamond" (Quartz) Crystals from the Benchmark Quarry, St. Johnsville, NY
Rocko Minerals

Pink Rhodochrosite Rhombs from Mina Remedios, Taxco, Guerrero, Mexico - META (Mineral Enthusiasts of the Tucson Area)
Pink Rhodochrosite Rhombs from Mina Remedios, Taxco, Guerrero, Mexico
META (Mineral Enthusiasts of the Tucson Area)

Rhodochrosite Embedded in Selenite from the Sunnyside Mine, San Juan Co., CO - META (Mineral Enthusiasts of the Tucson Area)
Rhodochrosite embedded in Selenite from the Sunnyside Mine, San Juan Co., CO
META (Mineral Enthusiasts of the Tucson Area)

Large Gold Nugget from the Huachuca Mountains, Cochise Co., Arizona - Bisbee Mining & Historical Museum
Large Gold Nugget from the Huachuca Mountains, Cochise Co., Arizona
Bisbee Mining & Historical Museum

Protruding Aquamarine Crystals and Quartz from Mt. Antero, Chaffee Co., CO - Colorado School of Mines Museum
Protruding Aquamarine Crystals and Quartz from Mt. Antero, Chaffee Co., CO
Colorado School of Mines Museum

Amazonite Baveno Twin from Pikes Peak, Teller Co., CO - Colorado School of Mines Museum
Large Single Amazonite Baveno Twin from Pikes Peak, Teller Co., CO
Colorado School of Mines Museum

Diamond Crystal from the Kelsey Lake Diamond Pipe, Larimer Co., CO - Colorado School of Mines Museum
Diamond Crystal from the Kelsey Lake Diamond Pipe, Larimer Co., CO
Colorado School of Mines Museum

Penetrating Green Calcite Rhombs, Colored by Vanadium, from the Coscuez Mine, Muzo, Boyaca, Colombia - Cincinnati Museum Center
Penetrating Green Calcite Rhombs, Colored by Vanadium,
from the Coscuez Mine, Muzo, Boyaca, Colombia
Cincinnati Museum Center

Green Dogtooth Calcite, Colored by Vanadium, on Petrified Wood, from Garfield Co., Utah - Cincinnati Museum Center
Green Dogtooth Calcite Rhombs, Colored by Vanadium,
on Petrified Wood, from Garfield Co., Utah
Cincinnati Museum Center

Calcite Colored by Iron with Galena from the Second Soviet Mine, Dal'negorsk, Russia - Cincinnati Museum Center
Calcite Colored by Iron with Galena from the Second Soviet Mine, Dal'negorsk, Russia
Cincinnati Museum Center

Calcite Faceted Gem, 1,030.5 carats with Intense Dispersion, from Mato Grosso, Brazil - Cincinnati Museum Center
Calcite Faceted Gem, 1,030.5 carats with Intense Dispersion, from Mato Grosso, Brazil
Cincinnati Museum Center

Large Rhodochrosite Crystals the Wutong Princess from the Wutong Mine, Wuzhou Prefecture, China - Perot Museum of Nature & Science: Collection of Gail & Jim Spann
Large Rhodochrosite Crystals - "the Wutong Princess"
from the Wutong Mine, Wuzhou Prefecture, China
Perot Museum of Nature & Science: Collection of Gail & Jim Spann

Large Fluorite Ball on Matrix from Chaohu Prefecture, Anhui Province, China - Perot Museum of Nature & Science: Collection of Lyda Hill
Large Fluorite Ball on Matrix from Chaohu Prefecture, Anhui Province, China
Perot Museum of Nature & Science: Collection of Lyda Hill

Happy Feet Azurite & Malachite from the Liufengshan Mine, Anhui Province, China - Perot Museum of Nature & Science:  Collection of Dr. Robert Lavinsky
"Happy Feet" Azurite and Malachite from the Liufengshan Mine, Anhui Province, China
Perot Museum of Nature & Science: Collection of Dr. Robert Lavinsky

Large Plate of Barite Crystals on Matrix from the Magma Mine, Superior, Arizona - Les and Paula Presmyk Collection
Large Plate of Barite Crystals on Matrix from the Magma Mine, Superior, Arizona
Les and Paula Presmyk Collection

Calcite Colored Green from Malachite from the Southwest Mine, Bisbee, Arizona - Les and Paula Presmyk Collection
Calcite Colored Green from Malachite from the Southwest Mine, Bisbee, Arizona
Les and Paula Presmyk Collection