Our annual show reports of the happenings at Tucson will start with the 2020 Tucson Gem and Mineral Show®. This show is the main show that started all the other mineral and gemstone venues in Tucson and made it the mecca it is today for mineral and gemstone collectors.
This first post introduces the Tucson Gem and Mineral Show®, showing some of the general show themes, as well as some of the major cases, including the largest Gold
specimen found in modern times, an iconic wire Gold that serves as the logo for the Harvard Mineralogical Museum, and the famous "Snail" Rhodochrosite
specimen from South Africa, that was one of the most expensive minerals ever sold. This was also the 50th anniversary of the Mineralogical Record, with several cases highlighting this milestone.
We will also create additional posts for several of the other Tucson shows. For the Tucson Gem and Mineral Show®, we'll add posts on the exhibit cases, individual minerals, and dealer minerals.
This page will contain links to all the posts that we create as we organize and publish them. Stay tuned and check back frequently for additional updates on Tucson, including posts on the exhibit cases, individual minerals, dealer minerals, and other shows in Tucson.
The Tucson Gem and Mineral Show® View from Above on Opening Day
Another View of the Main Hall from Above
Peter Megaw, Exhibits Chair for the Show, Showcasing the Large Gold Specimen to the Media
"Dragons Lair Gold" - A 113 Pound Gold Specimen discovered in September 2018
in the Beta Hunt Mine, near Kambalda, Western Australia
Prepared by Collector's Edge Minerals and Pending Sale to the Pinnacle Collection
The Snail: An Iconic Rhodochrosite on Manganite
from the N'Chwaining 1 Mine, Kuruman, South Africa
Bill Larson Collection
Tribute Case to the Young Mineral Collectors
Showcasing Youth Involvement in the Hobby
This post about the 2020 Tucson Gem and Mineral Show® focuses on some of the amazing displays at the show. Private collectors, dealers, museums, and mineral clubs set up public display exhibits that showcase some of the most exceptional minerals that are out there.
This show, the most prominent mineral event in the world, features over one hundred displays with a wide variety of specimens that rival the displays of the best museums in the world. It would be difficult to cover these displays our post, so we chose some of the most prominent and photogenic samples and divided the display exhibits into two posts, this being the first one.
This year's theme was "World Class Minerals." This is a loosely defined terminology and this is a more encompassing theme than in previous years. The website of the Tucson Gem & Mineral Society devoted a page to explain the theme - visit their website to read more about the theme at http://www.tgms.org/news-archive/2019/10/20/world-class-minerals.
The Mineral Wines Collection
A Love Affair with Prehnite
Herkimer Diamonds: World Class Treasures from the Mountains of New York State
Made in America - USA Gemstones
Display Case Devoted to Sulfur
Colorado World Class Minerals
Mines Museum of Earth Science
Significant Color Varieties of Calcite
Cincinnati Museum Center
Sample of World Class Minerals
New Mexico Tech Bureau of Geology Mineral Museum
Large Impressive Chinese Minerals
Perot Museum of Nature and Science
Arizona's World Class Minerals
Les & Paula Presmyk Collection
An Amazing Case of Exceptional Minerals
AZ Mining, Mineral and Natural Resources Education Museum
Some Classic Mineral Examples
Yale University Peabody Museum of Natural History
Treasures from the AMNH'S Bement Collection
American Museum of Natural History
Large Interesting Gem Minerals Mineral
The Meieran Collection
What Makes a World Class Mineral?
Rice Museum of Rocks and Minerals
This is our second post on the display exhibits of the The 2020 Tucson Gem and Mineral Show®. We divided the photos of the displays into two posts to keep it from being too long. We didn't put these photos in any particular order -- the order is the sequence of our photographs.
In past years, we separated our posts on the display cases into separate posts for theme-related and non-theme related. However, with this year's more ambiguous theme of "World Class Minerals," every case seemed to have been filled with "World Class Minerals" so it was hard to separate the theme from the non-themed. We therefore included them all together and did not designate separate posts for this.
Please stay tuned for our next post which will include some of the exceptional minerals within these display cases.
Footballs and Snowballs: The Mines of Carthage, Smith Co., Tennessee
Tellus Science Museum
Golden Calcite from Malmberget, Sweden
In Memoriam of Tom Hales: February 19, 1943 - April 4, 2019
Gregg and Glenn Hales
Beautiful Mineral Examples from the Harvard Collection
Harvard Mineralogical Museum
The Science Behind World Class Diamonds
GIA - Gemological Institute of America
Mineralogical Record Covers of Minerals in the Museum Collection
Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County
From the Mineral Museum Collection: World-Wide Minerals
The University of Arizona Mineral Collection
Marquis Pieces from the Spann Collection
Jim & Gail Spann, Rockwall, TX
Classic Collection Pieces from the Frederick A. Canfield & Washington A. Roebling Collecton
Smithsonian Institution National Museum on Natural History
Colorful Gemstone Minerals
JTV Internal Collection
Favorites from the Collection of Gary and Rosemary White
Gary and Rosemary White
Exceptional Mineral Display
Bruce Carter: Board Member of Rice NW Museum of Rocks and Minerals
MAD Treasure Honoring the Mineralogical Record
MAD - Mineralogical Association of Dallas
The Mineralogical Record: Celebrating 50 years of Excellence
Arizona Mineral Minions