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The 2022 Tucson Gem and Mineral Show® Dick Grame Dedication

This year's Tucson Gem and Mineral Show┬« featured an outstanding public display of minerals of Bisbee, Arizona, dedicated to the memory of Richard W. "Dick" Graeme III, who passed away in June. Bisbee is known as one of the most famous and prolific mineral localities, with a rich history in copper mining and a producer of some of the finest azurite, malachite, and a myriad of other mineral specimens. Dick was a foremost authority on Bisbee mineralogy and history, and the show featured many cases filled with outstanding Bisbee minerals dedicated to the memory of Dick.


These displays filled an entire section of the show floor, and were professionally organized, had good lighting, and nice informational backgrounds. And they were filled with some of the very best Bisbee minerals ever to be seen. This was a show highlight, perhaps equal in prominence to the main show themes of the Apatite group and fluorescent minerals.


Dick Graeme Bisbee Mineral Exhibit at the Tucson Arizona Mineral show 2022

Dick Graeme Bisbee Mineral Exhibit at the Tucson Arizona Mineral show 2022

Dick Graeme Bisbee Mineral Exhibit at the Tucson Arizona Mineral show 2022

Dick Graeme Bisbee Mineral Exhibit at the Tucson Arizona Mineral show 2022

Dick Graeme Bisbee Mineral Exhibit at the Tucson Arizona Mineral show 2022

Dick Graeme Bisbee Mineral Exhibit at the Tucson Arizona Mineral show 2022

Dick Graeme Bisbee Mineral Exhibit at the Tucson Arizona Mineral show 2022

Dick Graeme Bisbee Mineral Exhibit at the Tucson Arizona Mineral show 2022

Dick Graeme Bisbee Mineral Exhibit at the Tucson Arizona Mineral show 2022

Dick Graeme Bisbee Mineral Exhibit at the Tucson Arizona Mineral show 2022

Dick Graeme Bisbee Mineral Exhibit at the Tucson Arizona Mineral show 2022

Dick Graeme Bisbee Mineral Exhibit at the Tucson Arizona Mineral show 2022

The 2022 Tucson Gem and Mineral Show® Displays Minerals

This post features some of the remarkable individual minerals in the display exhibits at the 2022 Tucson Gem and Mineral Show®. The show theme was the Apatite group of minerals, which includes Fluorapatite, Pyromorphite, Mimetite, and Vanadinite.

There were several outstanding minerals within this category on display, but there were many other non-themed minerals on display that were exceptional. This post features many of the themed minerals as well as others that I found noteworthy, including the remarkable Bisbee minerals of the Graeme tribute displays.


Spessartine Garnet on Quartz from the Shigar Valley, Pakistan, Collection of Kyle Kevorkian and Will & Rika Larson
Spessartine Garnet on Quartz from the Shigar Valley, Pakistan
From the Collection of Kyle Kevorkian and Will & Rika Larson

Silver Wire Formation from Kongsberg, Norway, Collection of Gene Meieran, coming soon at the Rice Museum of Rocks and Minerals
Silver Wire Formation from Kongsberg, Norway
Collection of Gene Meieran, coming soon at the Rice Museum of Rocks and Minerals

Silver Wires in
Silver Wires in "8" Shape on Matrix from Kongsberg, Norway
Collection of Gene Meieran, coming soon at the Rice Museum of Rocks and Minerals

Purple Fluorapatite from Greenwood, Oxford Co., Maine, Maine Gem and Mineral Museum
Purple Fluorapatite from Greenwood, Oxford Co., Maine
Maine Gem and Mineral Museum

Zoned Purple Fluorapatite from Georgetown, Sagadahoc Co., Maine, Maine Gem and Mineral Museum
Zoned Purple Fluorapatite from Georgetown, Sagadahoc Co., Maine
Maine Gem and Mineral Museum

Arsenian Pyromorphite from the Bunker Hill Mine, Kellogg, Idaho, Carnegie Museum of Natural History
Arsenian Pyromorphite from the Bunker Hill Mine, Kellogg, Idaho
Carnegie Museum of Natural History

Bright Green Pyromorphite from Roughton Gill, England, Carnegie Museum of Natural History
Bright Green Pyromorphite from Roughton Gill, England
Carnegie Museum of Natural History

Blocky Fluorapatite Crystal from Teofilo Otoni, Brazil, Carnegie Museum of Natural History
Blocky Fluorapatite Crystal from Teofilo Otoni, Brazil
Carnegie Museum of Natural History

Fluorpatite Crystal Cluster from Renfrew, Ontario, American Museum of Natural History
Blocky Fluorapatite Crystal Cluster from Renfrew, Ontario
American Museum of Natural History

Lustrous Green Pyromorphite Crystals from Cumbria, England, American Museum of Natural History
Lustrous Green Pyromorphite Crystals from Cumbria, England
American Museum of Natural History

Purple Fluorapatite on Matrix from the Pulsifier Quarry, Auburn, Androscoggin Co., Maine, Harvard Museum of Natural History
Purple Fluorapatite on Matrix, Pulsifier Quarry, Auburn, Androscoggin Co., Maine
Harvard Museum of Natural History

Copper Chisel Fan from the Central Mine, Keweenaw Co., Michigan, Cincinnati Museum Center
Copper Chisel Fan from the Central Mine, Keweenaw Co., Michigan
Cincinnati Museum Center

Dolomite Pseudo After Barite with Mimetite, Tsumeb, Namibia, Cincinnati Museum Center
Dolomite Pseudo After Barite with Mimetite from Tsumeb, Namibia
Cincinnati Museum Center

Botryoidal Mimetite from San Pedro Corralitos, Chihuahua, Mexico, The Beauty of the Apatite Supergroup, New Mexico Bureau of Geology Mineral Museum
Botryoidal Mimetite from San Pedro Corralitos, Chihuahua, Mexico
New Mexico Bureau of Geology Mineral Museum

Fluorapatite on Quartz, Barroca Grande Mine, Panasqueira, Portugal
Fluorapatite on Quartz, Barroca Grande Mine, Panasqueira, Portugal
New Mexico Bureau of Geology Mineral Museum

Green Fluorite from Afton Canyon, Cady Mountains, San Bernardino Co., California, Robert E. Reynolds Memorial Case
Green Fluorite Afton Canyon, Cady Mountains, San Bernardino Co., California
Robert E. Reynolds Memorial Case

Legrandite and Smithsonite, Ojuela Mine, Mapimi, Durango, Mexico
Legrandite and Smithsonite, Ojuela Mine, Mapimi, Durango, Mexico
Robert E. Reynolds Memorial Case

Azurite & Malachite from the Junction Mine, Bisbee, Arizona, Rice Northwest Museum Richard W. Graeme Tribute Exhibit
Azurite & Malachite from the Junction Mine, Bisbee, Arizona
Rice Northwest Museum Richard W. Graeme Tribute Exhibit

Aragonite with Rosasite from the Southwest Mine, Bisbee, Arizona, Maslansky Collection, Richard W. Graeme Tribute Exhibit
Aragonite with Rosasite from the Southwest Mine, Bisbee, Arizona
Maslansky Collection, Richard W. Graeme Tribute Exhibit

Azurite & Malachite from the Copper Queen Mine, Bisbee, Arizona, Phil Scalisi, Richard W. Graeme Tribute Exhibit
Azurite & Malachite from the Copper Queen Mine, Bisbee, Arizona
Phil Scalisi, Richard W. Graeme Tribute Exhibit

Chalcoalumite, Holbrook Mine, Bisbee, Arizona, U of Arizona Mining & Mineral Museum, Richard W. Graeme Tribute Exhibit
Chalcoalumite, Holbrook Mine, Bisbee, Arizona
U of Arizona Mining & Mineral Museum, Richard W. Graeme Tribute Exhibit

Azurite & Malachite, Bisbee, Arizona, U of Arizona Mining & Mineral Museum, Richard W. Graeme Tribute Exhibit
Azurite & Malachite, Bisbee, Arizona
U of Arizona Mining & Mineral Museum, Richard W. Graeme Tribute Exhibit

Azurite Rose from Bisbee, Arizona, Tony Gleckler collection, Richard W. Graeme Tribute Exhibit
Azurite "Rose" from Bisbee, Arizona
Tony Gleckler collection, Richard W. Graeme Tribute Exhibit

Siderite from the Junction Mine, Bisbee, Arizona, Will Moats collection, Richard W. Graeme Tribute Exhibit
Siderite from the Junction Mine, Bisbee, Arizona
Will Moats collection, Richard W. Graeme Tribute Exhibit

Polished Campbellite from the Campbell Mine, Bisbee, Arizona, John & Karen Cesar collection, Richard W. Graeme Tribute Exhibit
Polished Campbellite from the Campbell Mine, Bisbee, Arizona
John & Karen Cesar collection, Richard W. Graeme Tribute Exhibit

Stalactic Apatite Crystals from the Sapo Mine, Brazil, Gail & Jim Spann Collection, Richard W. Graeme Tribute Exhibit
Stalactic Apatite Crystals from the Sapo Mine, Brazil, Gail & Jim Spann Collection
Gail & Jim Spann

Gemmy Blue Apatite Crystals from Oak-saung Hill, Mandalay Division, Mynamar, John Rakovan Collection
Gemmy Blue Apatite Crystals from Oak-saung Hill, Mandalay Division, Mynamar, John Rakovan Collection
Gail & Jim Spann