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The 2020 Tucson Gem and Mineral Show® Introduction

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
The Tucson Gem and Mineral Show® View from Above on Opening Day

Another View of the Main Hall from Above
Another View of the Main Hall from Above

Peter Megaw, Exhibits Chair for the Show, Showcasing the Large Gold Specimen to the Media
Peter Megaw, Exhibits Chair for the Show, Showcasing the Large Gold Specimen to the Media

Tribute Case to the Mineralogical Record by Green Mountain Minerals
Tribute Case to the Mineralogical Record by Green Mountain Minerals

Dragons Lair Gold - A 113 Pound Gold Specimen discovered in September 2018 in in the Beta Hunt Mine, near Kambalda, Western Australia - Prepared by Collector's Edge Minerals and Pending Sale to the Pinnacle Collection
"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

Large Wire Gold - The Gold Horn - from the Ground Hog Mine, Gilman District, Eagle Co., CO - Icon Mineral of the Mineralogical & Geological Museum at Harvard University
Large Wire Gold "The Gold Horn" from the Ground Hog Mine, Gilman District, Eagle Co., CO
Icon Mineral of the Mineralogical & Geological Museum at Harvard University

The Snail: An Iconic Rhodochrosite on Manganite from the N'Chwaining 1 Mine, Kuruman, South Africa - Bill Larson 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
Tribute Case to the Young Mineral Collectors
Showcasing Youth Involvement in the Hobby

The 2020 Tucson Gem and Mineral Show® Displays Part 1

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 - Brett Keller
The Mineral Wines Collection
Brett Keller

A Love Affair with Prehnite - Steve Blyskal
A Love Affair with Prehnite
Steve Blyskal

Herkimer Diamonds: World Class Treasures from the Mountains of New York State - Rocko Rosenblatt
Herkimer Diamonds: World Class Treasures from the Mountains of New York State
Rocko Rosenblatt

Made in America - USA Gemstones
Made in America - USA Gemstones


Display Case Devoted to Sulfur
Display Case Devoted to Sulfur


Colorado World Class Minerals Mines Museum of Earth Science
Colorado World Class Minerals
Mines Museum of Earth Science

Significant Color Varieties of Calcite Cincinnati Museum Center
Significant Color Varieties of Calcite
Cincinnati Museum Center

Sample of World Class Minerals - New Mexico Tech Bureau of Geology Mineral Museum
Sample of World Class Minerals
New Mexico Tech Bureau of Geology Mineral Museum

Large Impressive Chinese Minerals - Perot Museum of Nature and Science
Large Impressive Chinese Minerals
Perot Museum of Nature and Science

Arizona's World Class Minerals  - Les & Paula Presmyk Collection
Arizona's World Class Minerals
Les & Paula Presmyk Collection

An Amazing Case of Exceptional Minerals - Walt Donovan
An Amazing Case of Exceptional Minerals
Walt Donovan

Arizona's Best - AZ Mining, Mineral and Natural Resources Education Museum
Arizona's Best
AZ Mining, Mineral and Natural Resources Education Museum

Some Classic Mineral Examples - Yale University Peabody Museum of Natural History
Some Classic Mineral Examples
Yale University Peabody Museum of Natural History

Treasures from the AMNH'S Bement Collection - American Museum of Natural History
Treasures from the AMNH'S Bement Collection
American Museum of Natural History

Large Interesting Gem Minerals Mineral - The Meieran Collection
Large Interesting Gem Minerals Mineral
The Meieran Collection

What Makes a World Class Mineral? - Rice Museum of Rocks and Minerals
What Makes a World Class Mineral?
Rice Museum of Rocks and Minerals

The 2020 Tucson Gem and Mineral Show® Displays Part 2

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
Footballs and Snowballs: The Mines of Carthage, Smith Co., Tennessee
Tellus Science Museum

Golden Calcite from Malmberget, Sweden - Peter Lykberg
Golden Calcite from Malmberget, Sweden
Peter Lykberg

In Memoriam of Tom Hales: February 19, 1943 - April 4, 2019 - Gregg and Glenn Hales
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
Beautiful Mineral Examples from the Harvard Collection
Harvard Mineralogical Museum

The Science Behind World Class Diamonds - GIA - Gemological Institute of America
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
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
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
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
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
Colorful Gemstone Minerals
JTV Internal Collection

Favorites from the Collection of Gary and Rosemary White - Gary and Rosemary White
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
Exceptional Mineral Display
Bruce Carter: Board Member of Rice NW Museum of Rocks and Minerals

Russian Treasures - Robert Lavinsky
Russian Treasures
Robert Lavinsky

MAD Treasure Honoring the Mineralogical Record - MAD - Mineralogical Association of Dallas
MAD Treasure Honoring the Mineralogical Record
MAD - Mineralogical Association of Dallas

The Mineralogical Record: Celebrating 50 years of Excellence - Arizona Mineral Minions
The Mineralogical Record: Celebrating 50 years of Excellence
Arizona Mineral Minions

Sliced and polished Malachite and Azurite Pieces - Will Larson Collection
Sliced and polished Malachite and Azurite Pieces
Will Larson Collection