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The 2020 Tucson Mineral City Show Part 2

This second post of the 2020 Tucson Mineral City Show features photos of some of the exceptional minerals that I encountered at the dealer rooms. This includes new mineral finds, strange or unusual minerals, or simply remarkable specimens that I came across or that the dealers showed me.

This post is a continuation of the previous Mineral City show post.


Large Specimen of Pyrite Cubes on Matrix from Navajun, Spain, Pyritas de Navajun
Large Specimen of Pyrite Cubes on Matrix from Navajun, Spain
Pyritas de Navajun

Large Turquoise Cluster from the Mineral Park Mine, near Kingman, AZ, Iteco, Inc., Pyritas de Navajun
Large Turquoise Cluster from the Mineral Park Mine, near Kingman, AZ
Iteco, Inc.

New Find of Blue Apatite Crystals from Mpwapwa, Dodoma, Tanzania, Lithos Minerals
New Find of Blue Apatite Crystals from Mpwapwa, Dodoma, Tanzania
Lithos Minerals

New Find of Grossular Garnet from the Rubeho Mountains, Morogoro, Tanzania, Lithos Minerals
New Find of Grossular Garnet from the Rubeho Mountains, Morogoro, Tanzania
Lithos Minerals

Rare Mineral Coquimbite from a new find in Italy, Monte Arsiccio Mine, Stazzema, Tuscany
Rare Mineral Coquimbite from a new find in Italy, Monte Arsiccio Mine, Stazzema, Tuscany
Lithos Minerals

Robinsonite and Rouxelite from Monte Arsiccio Mine, Stazzema, Tuscany, Lithos Minerals
New Find of Robinsonite and Rouxelite from Monte Arsiccio Mine, Stazzema, Tuscany
Lithos Minerals

Chatoyant Malachite from the Shilu Mine, Yangchun, China, Barnett Fine Minerals
Chatoyant Malachite from the Shilu Mine, Yangchun, China
Barnett Fine Minerals

Aquamarine and Schrol V-Shaped Combination, from Nyet-Bruk Skardu, Pakistan, Barnett Fine Minerals
Aquamarine and Schorl V-Shaped Combination, from Nyet-Bruk Skardu, Pakistan
Barnett Fine Minerals

Pyrite on Hematite from the Rio Marina Mine, Elba Island, Italy, Barnett Fine Minerals
Pyrite on Hematite from the Rio Marina Mine, Elba Island, Italy
Barnett Fine Minerals

Large Lustrous Vanadinite from the San Carlos Mine, Chihuahua, Mexico, Barnett Fine Minerals
Large Lustrous Vanadinite from the San Carlos Mine, Chihuahua, Mexico
Barnett Fine Minerals

Amethyst Crystals on Matrix with Epidote from the Goboboseb Mountains, Erongo, Namibia, Well Arranged Molecules
Amethyst Crystals on Matrix with Epidote from the Goboboseb Mountains, Erongo, Namibia
Well Arranged Molecules

Large Crystallized Prehnite Ball from Mullah Yusef, Swat District, Khyber, Pakistan, Well Arranged Molecules
Large Crystallized Prehnite Ball from Mullah Yusef, Swat District, Khyber, Pakistan
Well Arranged Molecules

New Find of Quartz Black-Stemmed Scepters from the Treasure Mountain Mine, Little Falls, Herkimer Co., NY, Well Arranged Molecules
New Find of Quartz Black-Stemmed Scepters from the Treasure Mountain Mine,
Little Falls, Herkimer Co., NY
Well Arranged Molecules

New Australian Ocean Kyanite on Biotite from the Harts Range, Australia, The Mineral Collective Collection
New Australian "Ocean" Kyanite on Biotite from the Harts Range, Australia
The Mineral Collective Collection

Giant Asturias Fluorite from the La Viesca Mine, Huergo, Asturias, Spain, Green Mountain Minerals
Giant Asturias Fluorite from the La Viesca Mine, Huergo, Asturias, Spain
Green Mountain Minerals

Purple Calcite Crystal from the Fengkiashan Mine, Daye, Hubei Province, China, Green Mountain Minerals
Purple Calcite Crystal from the Fengkiashan Mine, Daye, Hubei Province, China
Green Mountain Minerals

Quartz with Hematite from the Jinlong Iron Mine, Longchuan, Guangdong Province, China, Green Mountain Minerals
Quartz with Hematite from the Jinlong Iron Mine, Longchuan, Guangdong Province, China
Green Mountain Minerals

Wulfenite on Dioptase from Mindouli, Pool Department, D.R. Congo, Alan's Quality Minerals
Wulfenite on Dioptase from Mindouli, Pool Department, D.R. Congo
Alan's Quality Minerals

The 2020 Tucson 22nd Street Show

The 22nd Street Show, run by Lowell Carhart and his crew at Eon Expos, does a fantastic job organizing a gigantic, ever-growing tent just south of downtown Tucson, calling it the 22nd Street Show. The tent is open before and during the main show, and has a multitude of mineral, gemstone, and jewelry dealers present from all parts of the world.


There are many dealers with gemstone rough, beads, lapidary material, and common foreign material. But scattered throughout the show are several significant mineral dealers with interesting findings. Many great deals and hidden treasures can be found if you comb carefully through the giant tent.


Some of the interesting material I witnessed at this show included more of the yellow-tipped Quartz with Halloysite from Cabiche, Colombia. Schwartz Fine Minerals contained several displays of very large and aesthetic material mined this year, labelled, ironically, as "Corona Quartz." (Perhaps this was a precursor of what was yet to come after the show!) Schwartz Fine Minerals also had a new find of lightly-colored Amethyst in "cactus" like formations, from the famous amethyst locality of Piedra Parada, Veracruz.


The Gneiss Guys (they are some nice guys out of Canada) had Apophyllite with an unusual orange color, from Nashik, India. There is an abundance of Moroccan dealers at this show, all pretty much looking the same with the same material (Vanadinite, Aragonite, Barite, Quartz, wrapped in a very typical format.) However, this year surprised me with several of these Moroccan dealers having giant mineral matrixes covered with hundreds of Vanadinite crystals. These are highly impressive for the color and quality, and surpass any previous level of this popular Moroccan mineral.

A new vendor was present at the Showcase tent under the company name of Sonoranite. This company has discovered, polished, and marketed a new gemstones that they have given the trade name "Sonoranite". The material, discovered by Scottsdale natives John and Steve Hornewer, describes a dark metamorphic rock containing Epidote, Pumpellyite, sulfides, and gold ore. The specific locality was not provided, but presumably it is somewhere in the Sonoran Desert in Arizona.



Tent at the Tucson 22nd Street Show
Massive Tent at the Tucson 22nd Street Show

Other Side of the Tent at the Tucson 22nd Street Show
Other Side of the Tent at the Tucson 22nd Street Show

A fine Corona Quartz with Halloysite Inclusions from Cabiche, Colombia - Schwartz Fine Minerals
Was this Yellow-Tipped Quartz Forboding Something Sinister with its Labelled Name?
A fine Quartz with Halloysite Inclusions from Cabiche, Colombia
Schwartz Fine Minerals

A fantastic new find of light Amethyst from the Prolific Locality of Piedra Parada, Veracruz, Mexico - Schwartz Fine Minerals
A fantastic new find of white Quartz with Amethyst tips
from the prolific locality of Piedra Parada, Veracruz, Mexico
Schwartz Fine Minerals

More white Quartz with Amethyst tips from Piedra Parada, Veracruz, Mexico - Schwartz Fine Minerals
More white Quartz with Amethyst tips
from Piedra Parada, Veracruz, Mexico
Schwartz Fine Minerals

Unusual Orange-Pink Apophyllite from Nashik, India - The Gneiss Guy
Unusual Orange-Pink Apophyllite from Nashik, India
The Gneiss Guy

Very Large Vanadinite Matrix Specimens from Mibladen, Morocco - Mibladen Minerux
Very Large Vanadinite Matrix Specimens from Mibladen, Morocco Crystals
Mibladen Minerux

Red-Tipped Hematite-Included Quartz Scepters from Rockhound Gulch, Denny Mountain, King Co., Washington - Bruce Wood Minerals
Red-Tipped Hematite-Included Quartz Scepters from
Rockhound Gulch, Denny Mountain, King Co., Washington
Bruce Wood Minerals

New find of Scolecite Included in Apophyllite from Jalgaon, India - Bruce Wood Minerals
New find of Scolecite Included in Apophyllite from Jalgaon, India
Bruce Wood Minerals

Giant Petrified Wood Masses from Arizona
Giant Petrified Wood Masses from Arizona

Large Sonoranite Rough Specimen
Large "Sonoranite" Rough Specimen
Sonoranite

Cut Sonoranite Gemstones
Cut "Sonoranite" Gemstones
Sonoranite

Salmon Calcite with Pyroxene
Salmon Calcite with Pyroxene from the Sonaranite Mines
Sonoranite

50 Years of What's New in Minerals

I recently received a big box that was delivered to my home. It was heavy, with three large books inside. My set of Fifty Years of What’s New in Minerals had arrived. This set, comprised of 2 large volumes and and an index, is a compendium of "What’s New in Minerals" and Related Columns in the Mineralogical Record from 1970-2019. (I had no idea that "What’s New in Minerals" went that far back!)


This compilation is an amazing feat by Tom Moore
. Aside from the historical context and reference of having all these articles in one central publication, the index is a masterpiece. At 184 pages, the index was too large to include within the original books, and needed to be its own separate book. The index lists all minerals organized by localities from all the “What’s New in Minerals.”

Browsing through some of the older articles in the first volume is a trip through mineralogical history. It is fascinating to see “new” discoveries that have now become mainstream, as well as some historical specimens. On Page 177 in the first volume, there is a black and white photo of the famous Rhodochrosite “worm” on Pyrite from Santa Eulalia, Chihuahua, Mexico, belonging to Ken and Betty Roberts and displayed at the 1979 Detroit show. This specimen was one of the highlight specimens at the Jim and Gail Spann collection display this year at the Tucson 2020 show.


It is also interesting viewing photos of renowned mineral personalities in their younger years. On the same page as the above-referenced Rhodochrosite is a young and perky Dave Wilber smiling in front of his case of minerals at the 1974 Lincoln, Nebraska federation show.

Seeing the history and developments of earlier shows in a different era is an experience you get going through the volumes. Many smaller shows and events are represented, before all the current mega shows have fully developed into the powerhouses they are today dominating the mineral showplace.


I had the privilege of contributing both photos and articles in this compilation, and am honored to be part of this exciting and historical piece of work. I only wish that in earlier years, I would have written more and taken more photos of shows that I attended and had more information to provide. 


The 3-volume set is available and in-stock from the Mineralogical Record website. Wendell Wilson, editor-in-chief of the Mineralogical Record, told me that there are only 500 sets that were printed, and there isn't any additional printing planned. All those with an interest in mineral discoveries in the past 50 years and their history should take the opportunity to purchase this set before it is too late.    

The 2020 Tucson Gem and Mineral Show® Index

This page serves as an index to our posts on the 2020 Tucson Gem and Mineral Show®. Our reports include show displays, individual display minerals, and dealer minerals.


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


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

One of my highlights in Tucson is seeing the new minerals from new discoveries each year. Many dealers wait for Tucson to bring out their new finds, keeping it a secret and preparing the specimens in advance, and having them ready on display for sale at the Tucson shows. 


I try to highlight these finds in my show report, taking pictures of the new finds, or impressive or classic material that I encounter while walking through the dealer booths and seeing their minerals on display. Many dealers are by now accustomed to excitedly show me their new material when I stop by and say hello.

It turns out that this year, some of the new finds were already seen at the end of 2019 at the Denver and Munich shows. However, I am still including those finds here in this report because they were a first for me to see and photograph.


Some of the more remarkable new minerals I encountered were large Quartz crystals with hoppered growth and smoky zones from the Uluguru Mountaisn, Morogoro Region, Tanzania. These were offered by Corrado Vietti Minerals, and reminded me of the Herkimer Diamond style Quartz. Fine Art Minerals once again had amazing surprises for me from the high mountains in Northern Pakistan. These included an amazing array of very large Rutile crystals, some twinned, from Tormiq, Shigar Valley, Pakistan, as well as Aegirine from the same find, some associated together with the Rutile.


The Arkenstone had lots of interesting material, most notably the large and aesthetic grayish-pink Fluorite octahedral crystals from Inner Mongolia, China. This was my first time seeing these minerals, and they were beautifully displayed in a case at the Arkestone. Several other dealers also had this material available. The Arkenstone also had beautiful clusters of rounded sparkling Chalcopyrite Balls from Daye, Huangshi, Hubei Province, China.


This is the first of our three posts of the dealer minerals. Stay part for part 2 and part 3 for additional reporting on some of the new and exciting minerals of late 2019 and 2020.


New Find of Skeletal Hoppered Smoky Quartz Crystals from the Uluguru Mountains, Morogoro Region, Tanzania - Corrado Vietti Minerals
New Find of Skeletal Hoppered Smoky Quartz Crystals
from the Uluguru Mountains, Morogoro Region, Tanzania
Corrado Vietti Minerals

New Amazonite with Cleavelandite and Fluorite from the Old Man Rock, Smoky Hawk Claim, Florissant, Teller Co., CO - Pinnacle 5 Minerals
New Amazonite with Cleavelandite and Fluorite from the Old Man Rock,
Smoky Hawk Claim, Florissant, Teller Co., CO
Pinnacle 5 Minerals

New Crocoite from the Adelaide Mine, Dundas, Tasmania, Australia - The Adelaide Mining Company
New Crocoite from the Adelaide Mine, Dundas, Tasmania, Australia
The Adelaide Mining Company

New Find of Rutile with Twins from Tormiq, Shigar Valley, Pakistan - Fine Art Minerals
New Find of Rutile with Twins from Tormiq, Shigar Valley, Pakistan
Fine Art Minerals

New Find of Rutile with Aegirine from Tormiq, Shigar Valley, Pakistan - Fine Art Minerals
New Find of Rutile with Aegirine from Tormiq, Shigar Valley, Pakistan
Fine Art Minerals

Very Large Red Elbaite Tourmaline from the Cruzeiro Mine, Minas Gerais, Brazil - Stonetrust
Very Large Red Elbaite Tourmaline from the Cruzeiro Mine, Minas Gerais, Brazil
Stonetrust

Gigantic Purple Fluorite with Barite from Berbes, Asturias, Spain - The Arkenstone
Gigantic Purple Fluorite with Barite from Berbes, Asturias, Spain
The Arkenstone

Large Blue Tourmaline, Most Likely from Pederneira Mine in Brazil - The Arkenstone
Large Blue Tourmaline Most Likely from Pederneira Mine in Brazil
The Arkenstone

Sparkling Pyrite on Calcite from the Hongwei Mine, Daye, China - The Arkenstone
Sparkling Pyrite on Calcite from the Hongwei Mine, Daye, China
The Arkenstone

Blue Hemimorphite from Mynamar - The Arkenstone
Blue Hemimorphite from Mynamar
The Arkenstone

Calcite with Triangular Pyrite Inclusions from Chenzhou, Hunan Province, China - The Arkenstone
Calcite with Triangular Pyrite Inclusions from Chenzhou, Hunan Province, China
The Arkenstone

Calcite with Fingerlike Stalactitic Protrusions from Wenshan, Yunnan, China - The Arkenstone
Calcite with Fingerlike Stalactitic Protrusions from Wenshan, Yunnan, China
The Arkenstone

Sparkling Chalcopyrite Ball Formation from Daye, Huangshi, Hubei Province, China - The Arkenstone
Sparkling Chalcopyrite Ball Formation from Daye, Huangshi, Hubei Province, China
The Arkenstone

Grayish-Red Fluorite from the Huanggang Mines, Inner Mongolia, China - The Arkenstone
Grayish-Red Fluorite from the Huanggang Mines, Inner Mongolia, China
The Arkenstone

Green Apophyllite Crystal Cluster on Matrix from Maharashtra, India - Superb Minerals India
Green Apophyllite Crystal Cluster on Matrix from Maharashtra, India
Superb Minerals India