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The Tucson Gem and Mineral Show® 2019: Large Showcase Minerals

This post on the 2019 Tucson Gem and Mineral Show® features some of the large and remarkable display minerals seen at the show. There are many exceptional minerals to be seen, but the large ones are the most impressionable.


In this post, I included pictures of the large and impressionable minerals from the public exhibit displays, as well as those from dealers in their centerpiece displays.


Giant Gem Topaz Crystal from Minas Gerais, Brazil, Roz and Gene Meieran Collection
Giant Gem Topaz Crystal from Minas Gerais, Brazil
Roz and Gene Meieran Collection

Botryoidal Rhodochrosite Crystals with Pyrite from the Oppu Mine, Japan, Nicholas Stolowitz Fine Minerals

A phenomenal Blue Cap Elbaite Tourmaline with Quartz <br>from the Tourmaline Queen Mine, Pala, California, collected 1972
A phenomenal Blue Cap Elbaite Tourmaline with Quartz
from the Tourmaline Queen Mine, Pala, California, collected 1972
Natural Creations LLC

Aquamarine on Muscovite, Hunza Valley, Gilgit, Pakistan, The Arkenstone
Aquamarine on Muscovite, Hunza Valley, Gilgit, Pakistan
The Arkenstone

Giant Cut Gems: A 19,747 ct. Smoky Quartz and 1,401 ct. Aquamarine from Brazil Smithsonian Museum of Natural History
Giant Cut Gems: A 19,747 ct. Smoky Quartz and 1,401 ct. Aquamarine from Brazil
Smithsonian Museum of Natural History

Worlds Largest Red Beryl Specimen, weighing over 45 lbs with 50+ Red Beryl Crystals, from the Wah Wah Mountains, Utah. Obtained from mine owner Earl Foster's personal collection in 2005.
Worlds Largest Red Beryl Specimen, weighing over 45 lbs with 50+ Red Beryl Crystals,
from the Wah Wah Mountains, Utah.
Obtained from mine owner Earl Foster's personal collection in 2005.

Rubellite Tourmaline Crystal from the Cruzeiro Mine, Sao Jose da Safira, M.G., Brazil. Bruce Wood Minerals
Rubellite Tourmaline Crystal from the Cruzeiro Mine, Sao Jose da Safira, M.G., Brazil.
Bruce Wood Minerals

Giant Blue Fluorite Crystals from the Blue Hole, Denton Mine, Hardin Co, Il. Saga Minerals
Giant Blue Fluorite Crystals from the Blue Hole, Denton Mine, Hardin Co, Illinois.
Saga Minerals

Rhodochrosite Crystal Plate from the Sweet Home Mine, Alma, CO, Bergmann Minerals
Rhodochrosite Crystal Plate from the Sweet Home Mine, Alma, CO
Bergmann Minerals

Hollow Malachite Tubes from the Congo, Bergmann Minerals
Hollow Malachite Tubes fromt the Congo
Bergmann Minerals

Rubellite Tourmaline from Malkhan, Transbaikal, Russia, Karp Minerals
Rubellite Tourmaline from Malkhan, Transbaikal, Russia
Karp Minerals

Malachite Pseudomorph after Azurite from the Milpillas Mine, Cuitaca, Sonora, Mexico, Unique Minerals
Malachite Pseudomorph after Azurite from the Milpillas Mine, Cuitaca, Sonora, Mexico
Unique Minerals

Radiating Scolecite Balls with Stilbite, Maharashtra India, Superb Minerals India
Radiating Scolecite Balls with Stilbite, Maharashtra India, Superb Minerals India
Superb Minerals India

Gem Aquamarine Crystal from Karur, Tamil Nadu, India, Superb Minerals India
Gem Aquamarine Crystal from Karur, Tamil Nadu, India
Superb Minerals India

Wulfenite is Loved - Tucson 2019 Theme



Wulfenite is Loved: This is the theme of the 2019 Tucson Gem and Mineral Show®. Each year, the show committee determines a special theme, and this year's show represents an important mineral for Arizona.
Many collectors instantly associate Wulfenite with Arizona, and it is often the first mineral that comes to mind when one thinks of Arizona. In fact, in 2017, Wulfenite was officially recognized by the Arizona state legislature as their official state mineral.
In recognition of this status, and reflecting the fact that Wulfenite is a highly aesthetic mineral with fine examples in many collections, the Tucson Gem and Mineral Show® committee selected Wulfenite as the most appropriate theme for this year's show.
We are proud to present some of our own photographs of Wulfenite from various localities and venues in conjunction with the show theme. Our photographs include examples of fine Wulfenite from mineral show exhibits, especially the Tucson Gem and Mineral Show®, and from museum exhibits of the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History and the American Museum of Natural History.
For a more detailed background of the show theme, please visit the website of the Tucson Gem & Mineral Society® which has a dedicated page explaining the theme background written by TGMS Exhibits Chair Peter Megaw. The page can be found here.
Click here to visit our updated and revised Wulfenite mineral detail page.



Wulfenite
Red Cloud Mine La Paz Co, Arizona
Lyda Hill Collection
Red Cloud Mine La Paz Co, Arizona

Wulfenite
Old Yuma Mine near Tucson, Arizona
Dick Morris Collection
Old Yuma Mine near Tucson, Arizona

Wulfenite
Old Yuma Mine near Tucson,
Arizona
Old Yuma Mine near Tucson, Arizona
Wulfenite
Glove Mine near Amado
Arizona
Glove Mine near Amado, Arizona

Wulfenite
Rowley Mine, near Theba,
Arizona
Defiance Mine, near Gleeson, Arizona

Wulfenite
Defiance Mine, near Gleeson
Arizona
Rowley Mine, near Theba, Arizona

Wulfenite
Rowley Mine, near Theba,
Arizona
Rowley Mine, near Theba, Arizona

Wulfenite
Rowley Mine,
near Theba,
Arizona
Rowley Mine, near Theba, Arizona

Wulfenite
Arizona
Bill Larson/Gene & Roz Meieran Collection
Arizona, Bill Larson/Gene & Roz Meieran Collection

Wulfenite
Hillsboro,New Mexico
American Museum
of Natural History
Hillsboro, New Mexico, American Museum of Natural History

Wulfenite with Mimetite
Ojuela Mine, Mapimi, Durango, Mexico
Smithsonian Collection
Ojuela Mine, Mapimi, Smithsonian Collection

Wulfenite
Ahumada-Erupcion Mine
Chihuahua, Mexico
Stan Ebenshade Collection
Ahumada-Erupcion MineChihuahua, Mexico, Stan Ebenshade Collection

Wulfenite
Ahumada-Erupcion Mine, Chihuahua, Mexico
Marty Zinn Collection
Ahumada-Erupcion Mine, Chihuahua, Mexico, Marty Zinn Collection

Wulfenite
San Francisco Mine, Sonora, Mexico
Smithsonian Collection
San Francisco Mine, Sonora, Mexico, Smithsonian Collection
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Wulfenite
Ojuela Mine, Mapimi,
Durango, Mexico
Jim & Imelda Klein Collection
Ojuela Mine, Mapimi, Durango, Mexico, Jim & Imelda Klein Collection

Wulfenite
Tsumeb, Namibia
Smithonian Collection
Tsumeb, Namibia, Smithonian Collection

Wulfenite
Tsumeb, Namibia
Smithonian Collection
Tsumeb, Namibia, Smithonian Collection

Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History 2018 Visit

In 2018, I made an additional trip to the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History. I wanted to photograph several additional iconic mineral and gemstone specimens in their collection on display in the gem and mineral halls. I also wanted to add some more rare and unusual minerals to the mineral detail pages of Minerals.net.


The post below contains some additional favorites of mine in the collection that I did not include in the coverage of my previous Smithsonian visit. These include interesting minerals and rarities.


Please view some of our earlier posts from our visit to the Smithsonian in 2015 by clicking here.


The Oppenheimer Diamond, a very large yellow Diamond Crystal at 253.7 carats Dutoitspan Mine, Kimberley, South Africa
The Oppenheimer Diamond, a very large yellow Diamond Crystal at 253.7 carats!
From the Dutoitspan Mine, Kimberley, South Africa

Metatorbernite from Shinkolobwe Mine, Shaba, D.R. Congo
Metatorbernite from Shinkolobwe Mine, Shaba, D.R. Congo

Meta-autunite from the Daybreak Mine, Spokane, Washington
Meta-autunite from the Daybreak Mine, Spokane, Washington

Romanechite from Marquette County, Michigan
Romanechite from Marquette County, Michigan

Ludlockite with Smithsonite from Tsumeb, Namibia
Ludlockite with Smithsonite from Tsumeb, Namibia

Michigan Copper from the Keweenaw Peninsula Region
Azurite with Malachite from Tsumeb, Namibia

Purple Calcite Twinned Crystals from Joplin, Missouri
Purple Calcite Twinned Crystals from Joplin, Missouri

Elbaite Tourmaline Crystals with Quartz and Calcite from the Tourmaline King Mine, San Diego Co., California
Elbaite Tourmaline Crystals with Quartz and Calcite
From the Tourmaline King Mine, San Diego Co., California

Giant Red Elbaite Tourmaline from Mozambique
Giant Red Elbaite Tourmaline from Mozambique

Unusual Fibrous Elbaite Tourmaline% Crystals from Minas Gerais, Brazil
Unusual Fibrous Elbaite Tourmaline Crystals from Minas Gerais, Brazil

Hydroxyl-Herderite from Virgem da Lapa, Minas Gerais, Brazil
Hydroxyl-Herderite from Virgem da Lapa, Minas Gerais, Brazil

Microcline var. Amazonite with Albite from the Keyhole Vug, Crystal Peak, Florrisant, Colorado
Microcline var. Amazonite from the Keyhole Vug, Crystal Peak, Florrisant, Colorado

Light Colored Wulfenite from Tsumeb, Namibia
Light Colored Wulfenite from Tsumeb, Namibia

Yellow Diamond Octahedral Crystal from Murfreesboro, Arkansas
Yellow Diamond Octahedral Crystal from Murfreesboro, Arkansas

Brown and White Diamond Crystals from Murfreesboro, Arkansas
Brown and White Diamond Crystals from Murfreesboro, Arkansas

White Diamond Crystal from Huntsville, Walker Co, Texas
White Diamond Crystal from Huntsville, Walker Co, Texas

Malachite and Azurite Polished Slice from Morenci, Arizona
Malachite and Azurite Polished Slice from Morenci, Arizona

Phosphophyllite Crystal and Cut Gem from Potosi, Bolivia
Phosphophyllite Crystal and Cut Gem from Potosi, Bolivia

Large Wulfenite Crystal Plate with Mimetite from the San Francisco Mine, Sonora, Mexico
Large Wulfenite Crystal Plate with Mimetite from the San Francisco Mine, Sonora, Mexico

Forsterite (Olivine) var. Peridot, Crystals and Cut Gemstones From Zabargad Island, Red Sea, Egypt
Forsterite (Olivine) var. Peridot Crystals and Cut Gemstones
From Zabargad Island, Red Sea, Egypt

Calcite and Quartz var. Amethyst from Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil
Calcite and Quartz var. Amethyst from Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil

The 2018 Springfield Mineral Show, Part 1

The East Coast Gem, Mineral & Fossil Show has just wrapped up this past weekend in Springfield, Massachusetts. Popularly known as the "Springfield Show," this show is the most significant mineral event in the Eastern United States. Marty Zinn, who ran this show for many years, has recently retired, and the show is now managed by LLD Productions under Laura and Bob Delano, with Marty remaining as a consultant.

This show traditionally takes place on the second weekend of August, from Friday through Sunday. Many prominent dealers are present, and many good deals and new finds can be made. There is also a nice representation of East Coast collectors, with a large concentration of old and unusual material from the Northeastern United States.


The show staff organize an exceptional display exhibit every year, featuring the collection of a prominent collector in public showcases near the entrance of the show. These exhibits are organized and displayed very well, with a nice set up and good lighting of over 50 display cases of outstanding minerals.


This year's show featured the collection of Dave and Karen DeBruin. Dave and Karen have been collecting for the past 35 years, and have amassed an outstanding collection of beautiful display minerals. Their collection was featured this year at the show, highlighting their fine mineral pieces and showing their collecting preferences. Their favorite mineral is clearly Galena, and they had several cases devoted to this mineral, with a strong concentration from the Midwest as well as worldwide Galena in all sorts of forms and habits. Another favorite of theirs is Apophyllite, with many important specimens displayed, including some unusual pink ones. Calcite and Fluorite from the Midwest are also well-represented, with large and colorful specimens in many of the cases.


Additional highlights from their collection include Michigan Copper, minerals from the Montreal Iron Mine in Wisconsin, unusual Quartz crystals, Mexican Amethyst, Michigan Celestine, minerals from Honduras, Quartz Gwindels, Pyrite, and Sphalerite.


This Show report will be divided in to 6 individual posts: This first introductory post, two posts on the public displays, two posts on the individual mineral displays, and one post on interesting dealer minerals. Please use the shortcut links below to access these links:


David & Karen DeBruin bio from Mineralogical Record in their Introductory Case
David & Karen DeBruin bio from Mineralogical Record in their Introductory Case

David & Karen DeBruin Introductory Case
David & Karen DeBruin Introductory Case

Barite on Calcite from the Montreal Mine Fred Wilda Mineral Painting
Barite on Calcite from the Montreal Mine
This Painting from Fred Wilda was Featured on the Show Advertisements

Copper Fan Formation as a Cornerstone of the Debruin Collection
Copper Fan Formation as a Cornerstone of the Debruin Collection

The 2018 Springfield Mineral Show, Part 2

This is our second post of the The East Coast Gem, Mineral & Fossil Show (AKA the Springfield Show), and it features some of the exhibit displays of Dave and Karen DeBruin's fabulous mineral collection.

This post highlights some of their cases at the show, which include a display on Michigan Copper; Calcite minerals from Racine, Wisconsin; minerals from Santa Barbara, Honduras; Quartz oddities from worldwide localities; blue Celestine (mostly from the Midwest); minerals from Cave-in-Rock, Illinois; and several cases of Galena, Apophyllite, Calcite.



Michigan Copper from the Keweenaw Peninsula Region
Michigan Copper from the Keweenaw Peninsula Region

Minerals from Racine, Wisconsin, including color-zoned Gray Calcite
Minerals from Racine, Wisconsin, including color-zoned Gray Calcite

Minerals from the El Mochito Mine, Santa Barbara Dept., Honduras
Minerals from the El Mochito Mine, Santa Barbara Dept., Honduras

Quartz Crystal Color Diversity and Habits
Quartz Crystal Color Diversity and Habits

Second Case of Quartz Crystal Color Diversity and Habits
Second Case of Quartz Crystal Color Diversity and Habits

Galena Crystals from Russia (Dal'Negorsk) and Eastern Europe (mostly Romania)
Galena Crystals from Russia (Dal'Negorsk) and Eastern Europe (mostly Romania)

Galena Crystals from the Rhodope Mountains, Bulgaria
Galena Crystals from the Rhodope Mountains, Bulgaria

Miscellaneous Worldwide Minerals
Miscellaneous Worldwide Minerals

Unusual Calcite Crystals from Worldwide Localities
Unusual Calcite Crystals from Worldwide Localities

Large Display Calcite Crystals from the Midwest (and one Loner from New York)
Large Display Calcite Crystals from the Midwest (and one Loner from New York)

Blue  Celestine mostly from Michigan, with a few from Ohio and 2 from Madagascar
Blue Celestine, Mostly from Michigan, with a Few from Ohio and Two from Madagascar

Minerals from Cave-in-Rock, Hardin County, Illinois
Minerals from Cave-in-Rock, Hardin County, Illinois

Large Display Galena from the Tri-State District of Oklahoma, Kansas, and Missouri
Large Display Galena from the Tri-State District of Oklahoma, Kansas, and Missouri

Apophyllite from the Deccan Traps at Maharashtra State, India
Apophyllite from the Deccan Traps at Maharashtra State, India

Another Case of Apophyllite from the Deccan Traps at Maharashtra State, India
Another Case of Apophyllite from the Deccan Traps at Maharashtra State, India