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The Tucson InnSuites Mineral Show (Hotel Tucson City Center)

The Arizona Mineral & Fossil Show at the Hotel Tucson City Center (or more commonly known as the InnSuites) is a sprawling hotel complex with many rooms filled with dealers. There is a large variety of dealers at this show, with many setting up here in late January and then transferring to the main show at the Convention Center during the second full week in February.

This show has a very enjoyable and relaxed atmosphere, and is one of my favorite events in Tucson. There are always interesting minerals and new finds to be discovered in almost all the rooms, as well as interesting people to chat with throughout the grounds. This post contains photos of some of remarkable minerals and new finds that I encountered at the Hotel Tucson City Center.


Barite from Cerro Warihyu, Peru, Crystals Springs Mining & Jewelry
Barite from Cerro Warihyu, Peru
Crystals Springs Mining & Jewelry

Chalcedony Pseudomorphs after Anhydrite? from Moquegua, near Puno, Peru, Crystals Springs Mining & Jewelry
Chalcedony Pseudomorphs after Anhydrite? from Moquegua, near Puno, Peru
Crystals Springs Mining & Jewelry

Glass Wulfenite Replica on Matrix, Made Special for this Year's Show Theme, Artisan Made Gemstones
Glass Wulfenite Replica on Matrix, Made Special for this Year's Show Theme
Artisan Made Gemstones

Multiple Large Rubellite Tourmaline on Albite Matrix from Malkhan, Russia, Karp Minerals
Multiple Large Rubellite Tourmaline on Albite Matrix from Malkhan, Russia
Karp Minerals

Giant Spinel-Law Twinned Spinel Crystals from the Red River, Yen Bai Provence, Vietnam, John E. Garsow, Minerals
Giant Spinel-Law Twinned Spinel Crystals from the Red River, Yen Bai Provence, Vietnam
John E. Garsow, Minerals

Rare Transparent Clinohumite from Kukh-i-Lal, Pamir Mountains, Badakshan, Afghanistan, John E. Garsow, Minerals
Rare Transparent Clinohumite from Kukh-i-Lal, Pamir Mountains, Badakshan, Afghanistan
John E. Garsow, Minerals

Iridescent Covellite Crystals from Summitville, Rio Grande Co., Colorado, Self-A-Ware Minerals
Iridescent Covellite Crystals from Summitville, Rio Grande Co., Colorado
Self-A-Ware Minerals

Very Large Fluorite Crystal Grouping from Crystal Peak, Teller Co., Colorado, Self-A-Ware Minerals
Very Large Fluorite Crystal Grouping from Crystal Peak, Teller Co., Colorado
Self-A-Ware Minerals

Penetrating Blue Fluorite Crystals from Monte San Calogero, Termini Imerese, Italy, Webminerals
Penetrating Blue Fluorite Crystals from Monte San Calogero, Termini Imerese, Italy
Webminerals

Giant Quartz Crystals Outside at the InnSuites (Hotel Tucson City Center)
Giant Quartz Crystals Outside at the InnSuites (Hotel Tucson City Center)

Scolcite Balls on Stilbite from Ahmednagar, Maharashtra, India, Sunvesta Exporters
Scolecite Balls on Stilbite from Ahmednagar, Maharashtra, India
Sunvesta Exporters

Green Apophyllite Bowtie on Stilbite from Ahmednagar, Maharashtra, India, Sunvesta Exporters
Green Apophyllite Bowtie on Stilbite from Ahmednagar, Maharashtra, India
Sunvesta Exporters

Lazurite/Hauyne with Plagioclase from Ladjuar Medam, Sar-e-Sang, Badakshan, Afghanistan, Mountain Minerals International
Lazurite/Hauyne with Plagioclase from Ladjuar Medam, Sar-e-Sang, Badakshan, Afghanistan
Mountain Minerals International

Purple Gemmy Scapolite on Matrix from Fargon Meeru, Kokcha Valley, Badakshan, Afghanistan, Mountain Minerals International
Purple Gemmy Scapolite on Matrix from Fargon Meeru, Kokcha Valley, Badakshan, Afghanistan
Mountain Minerals International

Large Amethyst Crystal with Smaller Quartz Crystal from the Reel Mine, Iron Station, North Carolina, Reel Mine
Large Amethyst Crystal with Smaller Quartz Crystal from the Reel Mine, Iron Station, NC
Reel Mine

Unusual Smoky Quartz from the Reel Mine, Iron Station, North Carolina, Reel Mine
Unusual Smoky Quartz from the Reel Mine, Iron Station, NC
Reel Mine

Manganite from the Caland Pit, Atikokan, Ontario, Canada, Barnett Fine Minerals
Manganite from the Caland Pit, Atikokan, Ontario, Canada
Barnett Fine Minerals

Sphalerite and Quartz from the ZCA Mine, Balmat, New York, Geologic Desires
Sphalerite and Quartz from the ZCA Mine, Balmat, New York, Geologic Desires
Geologic Desires

Orange Stellerite on Chalcedony from Ahmednagar, Maharashtra, India, Kings Minerals
Orange Stellerite on Chalcedony from Ahmednagar, Maharashtra, India
Kings Minerals

The Interstate 10 Corridor Mineral Shows

There are literally dozens of mineral and gem shows throughout Tucson during late January and early February. The main cluster of shows takes place at the motels and parking lots along the Interstate 10 Freeway service road west and southwest of downtown. Thousands of dealers set up shop here in the motel rooms and tents throughout this area, creating a true spectacle to behold.


I started my walk at Interstate 10 Freeway and 22nd Street, walking north and visiting the Quality Inn, Howard Johnson, and Travelodge. These motels have their rooms filled with dealers and tents in every surface area. I then continued north along the service road, walking along a quieter area until getting to the Riverpark Inn, where the Pueblo show takes place. This is a very busy show, with many gem, jewelry, and rock dealers, as well as quality mineral dealers with fine minerals for sale. I was considering continuing north to the Rapa River show directly north of the Riverpark Inn but ran out of time.


Dealer Tents at the Quality Inn
Posing in Front of the Rows of Dealer Tents at the Quality Inn

Dealers at the Howard Johnson Motel
Dealers at the Howard Johnson Motel, Inside and Outside the Motels

Giant Amethyst Geodes at the Pueblo Show at the Riverpark Inn
With Giant Amethyst Geodes at the Pueblo Show at the Riverpark Inn

Gem Kunzite Crystal with Helix Growth, from Pech, Nuristan, Afghanistan, Investments from Earth
Gem Kunzite Crystal with Helix Growth, from Pech, Nuristan, Afghanistan
Investments from Earth

Very Unusual Aquamarine Pseudomorph after Spodumene from Minas Gerais, Brazil, Investments from Earth
Very Unusual Aquamarine Pseudomorph after Spodumene from Minas Gerais, Brazil
Investments from Earth

Orange Morganite Beryl Crystal from Namacotche, Mutala, Mozambique, Investments from Earth
Orange Morganite Beryl Crystal from Namacotche, Mutala, Mozambique
Investments from Earth

Exceptional Aquamarine Beryl with Muscovite from Nagar, Hunza Valley, Pakistan
Exceptional Beryl with Muscovite from Nagar, Hunza Valley, Pakistan
Investments from Earth

New Find of White Grossular Garnet, Eldorado Co., California, The Uncarved Block
New Find of White Grossular Garnet, Near the Stifle Claim, Georgetown, Eldorado Co., California
The Uncarved Block

Unique Bent Gem Crystals (Kunzite, Aquamarine, Elbaite), Rocksaholics LLC
Unique Bent Gem Crystals (Kunzite, Aquamarine, Elbaite)
Rocksaholics

Scolecite on Stilbite from Water Well in Rankhamb, Sakur, Maharashtra, India
Scolecite on Stilbite from Water Well in Rankhamb, Sakur, Maharashtra, India
Rocksaholics

Cool Water Rock Sculptures of with Rock Onyx, Rock Steady Designs
Cool Water Rock Sculptures with Rock Onyx
Rock Steady Designs

Water Rock Sculptures of with Rock Onyx, Rock Steady Designs
Uniquely Carved Water Rock Sculptures with Rock Onyx
Rock Steady Designs

Large Quartz Points and Spheres, Quartziam
Large Quartz Points and Spheres
Quartziam

Posing in front of a Giant Quartz Crystal at the Entrance of the Riverpark Inn
Posing in front of a Giant Quartz Crystal at the Entrance of the Riverpark Inn

Largest Quartz Sphere in the World, Verified by Gunniess Book or World Records
Largest Quartz Sphere in the World, Verified by Gunniess Book or World Records

Tucson 22nd Street Show 2019

Continuing with our reports of the 2019 Tucson shows, our next post is the 22nd Street show. This gem and mineral show takes place on the eastern side of the I-10 Freeway near downtown Tucson. It features a gigantic tent (the largest tent I have ever seen) containing most of the dealers, and also has an additional smaller satellite tent called the "Showcase."


The main tent has all types of mineral, gemstones, and jewelry dealers, and the Showcase tent caters to high end dealers. Like the previous year, which introduced the Showcase tent, the signature dealer was the Arkenstone, boasting impressive displays of exceptionally fine and highly photogenic minerals.


Posing in front of Giant Petrified Wood Logs, Between the Main and Showcase Tents
Posing in front of Giant Petrified Wood Logs, between the Main and Showcase Tents

Busy Show Scene in the Large 22nd Street Show Giant Tent
Busy Show Scene in the Large 22nd Street Show Giant Tent

Table of Dumortierite-Included Quartz from the Vaca Morta Quarry, Bahia, Brazil, Arte Crystals
Table of Dumortierite-Included Quartz from the Vaca Morta Quarry, Bahia, Brazil
Arte Crystals

Deep Blue Dumortierite-Included Quartz from the Vaca Morta Quarry, Bahia, Brazil, Arte Crystals
Deep Blue Dumortierite-Included Quartz from the Vaca Morta Quarry, Bahia, Brazil
Arte Crystals

Table of Green Drusy Quartz on Chalcedony from the Bilecik Mine, Central Anatolia, Turkey, Pacific Minerals
Table of Green Drusy Quartz on Chalcedony from the Bilecik Mine, Central Anatolia, Turkey
Pacific Minerals

Individual Green Drusy Quartz on Chalcedony from the Bilecik Mine, Central Anatolia, Turkey, Pacific Minerals
Individual Green Drusy Quartz on Chalcedony from the Bilecik Mine, Central Anatolia, Turkey
Pacific Minerals

Colorless Fluorite with Octahedral Purple Crystal Edges from El Paso Co., Colorado, USA Mined Gems and Minerals
Colorless Fluorite with Octahedral Purple Crystal Edges from El Paso Co., Colorado
USA Mined Gems and Minerals

Blue Hemimorphite Botryoidal Formation from Malipo Co, Wenshan, Yunnan, China, The Arkenstone
Blue Hemimorphite Botryoidal Formation from Malipo Co, Wenshan, Yunnan, China
The Arkenstone

Large Silver Crystal Cluster from Cobalt, Ontario, Canada, The Arkenstone
Large Silver Crystal Cluster from Cobalt, Ontario, Canada
The Arkenstone

Dumortierite Inclusions in Quartz Crystals from the Vaca Morta Quarry, Bahia, Brazil, The Arkenstone
Dumortierite Inclusions in Quartz Crystals from the Vaca Morta Quarry, Bahia, Brazil
The Arkenstone

Large Green Fluorite Crystal on Dolomite and Quartz from the Manaoshan Mine, Suxian, Hunan Prov, China, The Arkenstone
Large Fluorite Crystal on Dolomite & Quartz from the Manaoshan Mine, Suxian, Hunan, China
The Arkenstone

Quartz Included by Hedenbergite from the Huanggang Mine, Inner Mongolia, China, The Arkenstone
Quartz Included by Hedenbergite from the Huanggang Mine, Inner Mongolia, China
The Arkenstone

The Tucson Gem and Mineral Show® 2019 Introduction

We are excited to begin our posts on the The 2019 Tucson Gem and Mineral Show®. This show is the most prestigious and well-know of its kind, and dealers and enthusiasts from all over the world come to the sunny Sonoran Desert in the midst of the winter to celebrate this event and the many other mineral and gemstone venues through the city. 


Hershel Friedman from Minerals.net was on site this year at the show, and once again is proud to document the interesting finds at the show, from new finds to outstanding and interesting minerals. Our show reports usually start with the satellite shows in Tucson, but this year we are changing the routine and will start with the The Tucson Gem and Mineral Show® and then lead into the other shows.


This page will contain links to all the posts that we create as we organize and publish them. Stayed tuned and check back frequently for updates!


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 Show Looking into the Main Hall
Another View of the Show Looking into the Main Hall

The Mineral of the 2019 Show Theme Wulfenite Poster
The Mineral of the 2019 Show Theme Wulfenite Poster

The Mineral of the 2019 Show Theme Wulfenite Poster
The Mineral of the 2019 Show Theme Wulfenite Poster

Artisan Made Wulfenite Crystal Replica Glassware, Artisan Made Gemstones (Jerermy Sinkus)
Artisan Made Wulfenite Crystal Replica Glassware,
Artisan Made Gemstones
(Jerermy Sinkus)

The Tucson Gem and Mineral Show® 2019: Collectors Edge

Collector's Edge is a well-known mineral dealer that has some exclusive, high-end minerals for sale, and also conducts mining operations for specimens. They traditionally have one of the most prominent and showy booths in Tucson, with an elaborate set up of their finest minerals. This year was no exception, and we have made a seperate post to feature some of minerals in their memorable booth.


Very Large Peridot Crystal from Sapat Gali, Naran, Pakistan
Very Large Peridot Crystal from Sapat Gali, Naran, Pakistan

Rhodochrosite, Quartz, and Chalcopyrite from the Collectors Pocket (1994), Alma, Colorado
Very Large Rhodochrosite, Quartz, and Chalcopyrite from the Collectors Pocket (1994), Alma, Colorado

Gem Beryl Display Case from The Collector's Edge
Gem Beryl Display Case from The Collector's Edge

Elbaite Tourmaline with Smoky Quartz from Paprok, Nuristan Province, Afghanistan
Elbaite Tourmaline with Smoky Quartz from Paprok, Nuristan Province, Afghanistan

Liddicoatite Tourmaline with Morganite from Ampatsikharita, Sahatany Valley, Madagascar
Liddicoatite Tourmaline with Morganite from Ampatsikharita, Sahatany Valley, Madagascar

Rhodochrosite Crystals from the 04-17 Pocket, Sweet Home Mine, Alma, Colorado
Rhodochrosite Crystals from the 04-17 Pocket, Sweet Home Mine, Alma, Colorado

Rhodochrosite with Fluorite from the Millenium Pocket, Sweet Home Mine, Alma, Colorado
Rhodochrosite with Fluorite from the Millenium Pocket, Sweet Home Mine, Alma, Colorado

The Law of Attraction Rhodochrosite, an Amazing Rhodochrosite Specimen from the Sweet Home Mine, Alma, Colorado
"The Law of Attraction" Rhodochrosite an Amazing Rhodochrosite Specimen from the Sweet Home Mine, Alma, Colorado

Newly Mined Sapphire from the Rock Creek Territory, near Philipsburg, Montana
Newly Mined Sapphire from the Rock Creek Territory, near Philipsburg, Montana

Zoomed into Sapphire from the Rock Creek Territory, near Philipsburg, Montana, with a centerpiece 64 ct. Rough Crystal
Zoomed into Sapphire from the Rock Creek Territory, near Philipsburg, Montana,
with a centerpiece 64 ct. Rough Crystal