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The 2020 Tucson Gem and Mineral Show® Dealer Minerals Part 2

Our reporting of the 2020 Tucson Gem and Mineral Show® continues with more of the new and interesting dealer minerals seen at the show this year. From our experience at Tucson, year after year, the show is too big to take notice of all the new material -- but what is noticed just has too much to photograph! And of those lucky specimens that do get photographed, there are just too many to post!


So here goes our second post on the dealer minerals -- the ones we noticed at the show, and that we  were able to photograph, and that were deemed worthy of posting!

Azurite seems to be having an unending yield at the Milpillas Mine, in Sonora Mexico. The specimens just get bigger and better, and many dealers have top notch material. However, Unique Mineralshad the largest crystal from Milpillas I have ever seen (apparently from a recent find.)

Spirifer Minerals had a full display case of new minerals from the Mindouli region in the Pool Department, Republic of Congo, including Wulfenite, Cerussite, and some of the best Dioptase examples. Spirifer Minerals also had exceptional green Fluorite cubes on Barite from a place called Jebel Tighemi, Tauourirt, Morocco.

Rhodochrosite is now being mined once again from the Alma area. Considered to be among the most valuable of minerals, Rhodochrosite from this location is highly revered and cherished by collectors. High-end dealer Collector's Edge recently started specimen mining operations at a new portal called the Detroit City portal. (More later about this in our designated Collector's Edge post.) Big Rock Minerals, a relatively new player in the game, had a new find of Rhodochrosite from a different location in the same area, at the Sara Rose Mine in Alma. Many of these were associated with bluish-purple Fluorite.

First appearing on the market several years ago, the new find in Colombia of what has been called by many "Mango Quartz" - i.e. Quartz with bright yellow Halloysite inclusions - has been yielding increasingly exceptional specimens. This year's mining crop has produced some of the biggest crystals with the deepest color. Several dealers had this material from Cabiche, in Boyaca Dept. available, but the biggest and the best seemed to have been observed at Ziga Mineral.

Enchanted Minerals always has surprises from the west. This year, owner Phil Simmons treated show-goers to a new find from Garfield Co., Utah of green Dogtooth Calcite colored by vanadium inclusions.


Perhaps the most memorable new mineral seen this year was the fragile golden Rutile needles, larger than any of these previously seen, from Ibiajara, Bahia, Brazil at the booth of Miner's Lunchbox. This location has been producing the jackstraw Rutile needs for many years now, but this year's find was on a whole new level, with giant crystal sizes and very well-defined thin needles.


Quartz Stalactites on Amethyst from India - Superb Minerals India
Quartz Stalactites on Amethyst from India
Superb Minerals India

Malachite: Sliced Banded Stalactite from Star of Congo Mine, Lubumbashi, Katanga, D.R. Congo - Unique Minerals
Malachite: Sliced Banded Stalactite from Star of Congo Mine, Lubumbashi, Katanga, D.R. Congo
Unique Minerals

Enormous Azurite Crystal from the Milpillas Mine, Cuitica, Sonora, Mexico  - Unique Minerals
Enormous Azurite Crystal from the Milpillas Mine, Cuitica, Sonora, Mexico
Unique Minerals

New Find of Minerals, including Dioptase, Cerussite, and Wulfenite from the Mindouli area, Pool Department, Republic of Congo  - Spirifer Minerals
New Find of Minerals, including Dioptase, Cerussite, and Wulfenite
from the Mindouli area, Pool Department, Republic of Congo
Spirifer Minerals

New Find of Drusy Dioptase from the Congo  - Spirifer Minerals
New Find of Drusy Dioptase, from the Congo - Spirifer Minerals
Spirifer Minerals

Green Fluorite Cube on Barite from Jebel Tighemi, Taourirt, Morocco  - Spirifer Minerals
Green Fluorite Cube on Barite from Jebel Tighemi, Taourirt, Morocco
Spirifer Minerals

Newly Mined Rhodochrosite from the Sara Rose Mine, Mt. Bross, Alma, Colorado - Big Rock Minerals
Newly Mined Rhodochrosite from the Sara Rose Mine, Mt. Bross, Alma, Colorado
Big Rock Minerals

Stalactitic Malachite from Katanga, D.R. Congo - Big Rock Minerals
Stalactitic Malachite from Katanga, D.R. Congo
Big Rock Minerals

Dumortierite included in Quartz from from the Vaca Morta Quarry, Boquira, Bahia, Brazil - Ziga Mineral
Dumortierite included in Quartz from from the Vaca Morta Quarry, Boquira, Bahia, Brazil
Ziga Mineral

Quartz with Inclusions, Muong Dan Mine, Que Phone, Nge An Prov., Vietnam - Ziga Mineral
Quartz with Inclusions, Muong Dan Mine, Que Phone, Nge An Prov., Vietnam
Ziga Mineral

Mango Quartz - Quartz with Halloysite Inclusions from Cabiche, Boyaca Dept., Colombia - Ziga Mineral
"Mango Quartz" Quartz with Halloysite Inclusions from Cabiche, Boyaca Dept., Colombia
Ziga Mineral

Large, Thick Rubellite Tourmaline from the Cruzeiro Mine, Minas Gerais, Brazil - Bruce Wood Minerals
Large, Thick Rubellite Tourmaline from the Cruzeiro Mine, Minas Gerais, Brazil
Bruce Wood Minerals

Green, Vanadium-Included Calcite from Garfield Co., Utah - Enchanted Minerals
Green, Vanadium-Included Calcite from Garfield Co., Utah
Enchanted Minerals

Another Green Calcite (Dogtooth) from Garfield Co., Utah - Enchanted Minerals
Another Green Calcite (Dogtooth) from Garfield Co., Utah
Enchanted Minerals

Purple Fluorite Crystals from the Surprise Mine, Cookes Peak, Luna Co., NM - Enchanted Minerals
Purple Fluorite Crystals from the Surprise Mine, Cookes Peak, Luna Co., NM
Enchanted Minerals

Delicate Rutile Crystals in Exceptional Size from Ibiajara, Bahia, Brazil - Miner's Lunchbox
Delicate Rutile Crystals Crystals in Exceptional Size from Ibiajara, Bahia, Brazil
(Picture from the Mineral City Show, as I Forgot to Take Picture at TGMS.)
Miner's Lunchbox

The 2020 Tucson Gem and Mineral Show® Dealer Minerals Part 3: Collector's Edge

This is our third show report post of the dealer minerals at the 2020 Tucson Gem and Mineral Show® . This post features the minerals of one very prominent dealer: Collector's Edge Minerals. Collector's Edge is known at the show for having a booth right near the show entrance, featuring large, flamboyant minerals that are over the top in quality and size. They did not disappoint this year, and we have some of their fantastic booth displays featured in this post.

One of the most memorable items at Collector's Edge was one of the largest specimens of pink Fluorite, in the the form of multiple octahedral crystals on green-included Quartz, from the new find this past year at the Huanggang Mines in Inner Mongolia, China.

Collector's Edge also had plenty of great examples of Wulfenite, from the new find at the La Morita Mine, Chihuahua, Mexico. As stated on a plaque in a display case of these new Wulfenites, this is the most significant discovery of Wulfenite in the past 20 years.

The main attraction this year at Collector's Edge were three giant Silver boulders mined in 2018 in the Richmond Basin, Gila Co., Arziona. The largest specimen on the the find, and on display, weighs 411 pounds!


Fluorite Cubes from Dal'Negorsk, Primorskiy Kray, Russia - Collector's Edge Minerals
Fluorite Cubes from Dal'Negorsk, Primorskiy Kray, Russia
Collector's Edge Minerals

Giant Elbaite Tourmaline in Cleavelandite from Malkhan, Siberia, Russia - Collector's Edge Minerals
Giant Elbaite Tourmaline in Cleavelandite from Malkhan, Siberia, Russia
Collector's Edge Minerals

Exceptional Pink Fluorites on included Quartz from the new find in the Huanggang Mines in Inner Mongolia, China - Collector's Edge Minerals
Exceptional Pink Fluorites on included Quartz from the new find
in the Huanggang Mines in Inner Mongolia, China
Collector's Edge Minerals

New Find of Wulfenite from the La Morita Mine, Chihuahua, Mexico. This is the Finest Wulfenite Discovery in 20 Years! - Collector's Edge Minerals
New Find of Wulfenite from the La Morita Mine, Chihuahua, Mexico.
This is the Finest Wulfenite Discovery in 20 Years!
Collector's Edge Minerals

Another Fine Example of Wulfenite from the La Morita Mine, Chihuahua, Mexico - Collector's Edge Minerals
Another Fine Example of Wulfenite from the La Morita Mine, Chihuahua, Mexico
Collector's Edge Minerals

Information Plauque Explaining the 2018 Discovery of the Largest Silver Boulders in the World as seen in the Next Picture - Collector's Edge Minerals
Information Plauque Explaining the 2018 Discovery of the Largest Silver Boulders
in the World as seen in the Next Picture
Collector's Edge Minerals

The Largest Silver Boulders in the World on Display, from the Richmond Basin, Gila Co., Arizona - Collector's Edge Minerals
The Largest Silver Boulders in the World on Display, from the Richmond Basin, Gila Co., Arizona
Collector's Edge Minerals

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