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The 2022 Tucson Gem and Mineral Show®

Our annual show reports at Tucson start with the 2022 Tucson Gem and Mineral Show®. After a one-year hiatus due to Coronavirus, the activity and events in Tucson resumed in full this year.


The landscape of the Tucson mineral activity has entirely changed this year. The sprawling InnSuites show, which had been a center of activity in Tucson, was empty. Much of the hustle and bustle shifted north to the Mineral City Show, which housed an impressive number of buildings with modern rooms and the majority of well-known mineral dealers, as well as some satellite tents with additional dealers.


Near the location of the former InnSuites, a new Fine Mineral gallery was erected, housing some more dealers with a more permanent style gallery for Tucson for all year round.


At the Tucson Gem and Mineral Show®, traffic was strong on the day of my attendance. There were once again many fabulous exhibits and a great variety of dealers and their minerals. However, many of the prominent dealers were noticeably missing from this show, including Collectors Edge, the Arkenstone, and Kristalle. Each of these dealers had set up in other locations, and this did leave a significant void at the main show.


This first post introduces the Tucson Gem and Mineral Show®. The theme of the show was the Apatite group of minerals, which includes not only Apatite but also Mimetite, Pyromorphite, and Vanadinite. There was an additional theme of fluorescent minerals, with a dark room on the side of the convention center full of glowing fluorescent minerals under ultraviolet light.


Another unexpected highlight of the show was the multiple exhibits dedicated to Richard W. “Dick” Graeme, a consummate Bisbee collector and foremost authority on Bisbee mineralogy and history. Dick passed away in 2021, and there were several exhibits dedicated to him, with the finest assembly of Bisbee minerals I have ever seen under one roof.


In addition to the main show, we will also create feature posts of the other Tucson shows. For the Tucson Gem and Mineral Show®, my posts will include exhibit cases, individual minerals, the Graeme Bisbee exhibits, fluorescent exhibits and minerals, and dealer minerals.


This page will also be an index for the posts created as I organize and publish my Tucson show reports. Stay tuned and check back for additional links added to this page.


Entering the Tucson Convention Center
Entering the Tucson Convention Center

Looking into the show floor at the Tucson Convention Center
Looking into the show floor at the Tucson Convention Center

Looking into the show floor at the Tucson Convention Center
Looking into the show floor at the Tucson Convention Center

Fluorapatite from Cerro Del Mercado, Mexico, from the Lauren Megaw Collection
Featured Show Poster on Display, with a Fluorapatite from Cerro Del Mercado, Mexico,
from the Lauren Megaw Collection

2021 East Coast Gem, Mineral & Fossil Show, Springfield MA: Display Exhibits

The East Coast Gem, Mineral & Fossil Show (or more commonly known as the Springfield show) is the most significant mineral event on the East Coast. It occurs during the second weekend in August in the Eastern States Exposition Center in West Springfield, Massachusetts. In addition to having many of the prominent domestic mineral dealers, there is also a phenomenal public display exhibit every year, often highlighting the minerals of a significant collector or collection.

After last year's hiatus due to Covid, the show this year was in full swing with a very strong attendance. All the dealers I expected to see were there, and they all told me how good the show was. I was impressed by the volume of foot traffic and the amount of business going on. It was great to see those in the mineral community after such a long time, since many of the big shows had been cancelled over the past year and a half. This was my first major show in that amount of time, and my first opportunity to see many friends and acquaintances after such a long time. 

The special exhibit featured Fluorite from the collection of Dr. James Gebel. Jim Gebel, as he is more popularly known, lives in the Cleveland area, and is Chairman of Neurology at Akron General Medical Center. He is an expert in the mineral Fluorite, and has an outstanding collection of this mineral from all different locations domestic and worldwide.

Jim was supposed to display his Fluorite collection at the 2020 Springfield show, but the show was canceled and his exhibit postponed to this year. It was truly amazing seeing his impressive fluorite collection, and I was able to photograph each case and highlight individual minerals in each case. The most impressive cases and minerals are featured here, with the first post on the mineral cases, and the second post on some of the individual minerals in the cases.



Fluorite from the Minerva #1 Mine, Cave-in-Rock, Illinois - Jim Gebel Collection
Fluorite from the Minerva #1 Mine, Cave-in-Rock, Illinois
Jim Gebel Collection

More Fluorite from the Minerva #1 Mine, Cave-in-Rock, Illinois - Jim Gebel Collection
More Fluorite from the Minerva #1 Mine, Cave-in-Rock, Illinois
Jim Gebel Collection

Fluorite from the Denton Mine, Hardin Co., Illinois - Jim Gebel Collection
Fluorite from the Denton Mine, Hardin Co., Illinois
Jim Gebel Collection

More Fluorite from the Denton Mine, Hardin Co., Illinois - Jim Gebel Collection
More Fluorite from the Denton Mine, Hardin Co., Illinois
Jim Gebel Collection

Fluorite from the Annabel Lee Mine, Hardin Co., Illinois - Jim Gebel Collection
Fluorite from the Annabel Lee Mine, Hardin Co., Illinois
Jim Gebel Collection

Olympic Flame-Like Calcites from the Illinois Fluorite Mining District - Jim Gebel Collection
Olympic Flame-Like Calcites from the Illinois Fluorite Mining District
Jim Gebel Collection

Miscellaneous Illinois Fluorites - Jim Gebel Collection
Miscellaneous Illinois Fluorites
Jim Gebel Collection

Cave-in-Rock, Illinois Fluorites - Jim Gebel Collection
Cave-in-Rock, Illinois Fluorites
Jim Gebel Collection

Elmwood Mine (Smith Co.) Tennessee Fluorites - Jim Gebel Collection
Elmwood Mine (Smith Co.) Tennessee Fluorites
Jim Gebel Collection

African Fluorites - Jim Gebel Collection
African Fluorites
Jim Gebel Collection

Inner Mongolia (China) Fluorites - Jim Gebel Collection
Inner Mongolia (China) Fluorites
Jim Gebel Collection

Miscellaneous Asian Fluorite - Jim Gebel Collection
Miscellaneous Asian Fluorite
Jim Gebel Collection

French Fluorites - Jim Gebel Collection
French Fluorites
Jim Gebel Collection

English Fluorites - Jim Gebel Collection
English Fluorites
Jim Gebel Collection

German Fluorites - Jim Gebel Collection
German Fluorites
Jim Gebel Collection

2021 East Coast Gem, Mineral & Fossil Show, Springfield MA: Individual Display Minerals

Our second post of the East Coast Gem, Mineral & Fossil Show (AKA the Springfield show) highlights some of the individual display minerals in the public exhibit of renowned Fluorite collector Dr. James Gebel. The displays featured outstanding Fluorite in labelled cases from all parts of the world, with special attention given to the southern Illinois Fluorite district. Below are photos taken by Hershel Friedman of his favorite and most photogenic specimens in the displays.


Blue Fluorite Cubes from Cave-in-Rock, Illinois - Jim Gebel Collection
Blue Fluorite Cubes from Cave-in-Rock, Illinois
Jim Gebel Collection

Purple Fluorite Cube with Surface Crystal Etchings and Barite from the Denton Mine, Illinois - Jim Gebel Collection
Purple Fluorite Cube with Surface Crystal Etchings and Barite from the Denton Mine, Illinois
Jim Gebel Collection

Rounded Calcite in Dark Purple Fluorite from the Rosiclare Level, Denton Mine, Illinois
Rounded Calcite in Dark Purple Fluorite from the Rosiclare Level, Denton Mine, Illinois
Jim Gebel Collection

Calcite and Barite the Torch from the Barrel Mine, Pope Co., Illinois - Jim Gebel Collection
Calcite and Barite ("The Torch") from the Barrel Mine, Pope Co., Illinois
Jim Gebel Collection

Brown Calcite and Purple Fluorite from the Minerva #1 Mine, Cave-in-Rock, Illinois - Jim Gebel Collection
Brown Calcite and Purple Fluorite from the Minerva #1 Mine, Cave-in-Rock, Illinois
Jim Gebel Collection

Large Purple Fluorite from the Hill-Ledford Mine, Cave-in-Rock, Illinois
Large Purple Fluorite from the Hill-Ledford Mine, Cave-in-Rock, Illinois
Jim Gebel Collection

Yellow Fluorite and White Strontianite from Cave-in-Rock, Illinois - Jim Gebel Collection
Yellow Fluorite and White Strontianite from Cave-in-Rock, Illinois
Jim Gebel Collection

Blue Fluorite on Dolomite from the Penfield Quarry, Penfield, NY - Jim Gebel Collection
Blue Fluorite on Dolomite from the Penfield Quarry, Penfield, NY
Jim Gebel Collection

Iridescent Fluorite in Vug from the Auglaize Quarry, Paulding Co., Ohio - Jim Gebel Collection
Iridescent Fluorite in Vug from the Auglaize Quarry, Paulding Co., Ohio
Jim Gebel Collection

Fluorite and Smoky Quartz The Fish from Lake George, Colorado
Fluorite and Smoky Quartz "The Fish" from Lake George, Colorado
Jim Gebel Collection

Purple Fluorite on Calcite from Naica, Chihuahua, Mexico - Jim Gebel Collection
Purple Fluorite on Calcite from Naica, Chihuahua, Mexico
Jim Gebel Collection

Mint-Green Fluorite on Quartz from Huanzala, Huanco Prov., Peru - Jim Gebel Collection
Mint-Green Fluorite on Quartz from Huanzala, Huanco Prov., Peru
Jim Gebel Collection

Large Maroon Fluorite Octahedrons from the Huanggang Mine, Inner Mongolia, China - Jim Gebel Collection
Large Maroon Fluorite Octahedrons from the Huanggang Mine, Inner Mongolia, China
Jim Gebel Collection

Blue-Green Etched Fluorite Crystals from the Dongpo Ore Field, Chenzhou, Hunan Prov., China - Jim Gebel Collection
Blue-Green Etched Fluorite Crystals from the Dongpo Ore Field, Chenzhou, Hunan Prov., China
Jim Gebel Collection

Large Green Fluorite Cube on Muscovite from Xuaboding Mountain,  Pingwu Co., Sichuan, China - Jim Gebel Collection
Large Green Fluorite Cube on Muscovite from Xuaboding Mnt., Pingwu Co., Sichuan, China
Jim Gebel Collection

Frosted Fluorite Dodecahedral Crystal from Dal'negorsk, Russia - Jim Gebel Collection
Frosted Fluorite Dodecahedral Crystal from Dal'negorsk, Russia
Jim Gebel Collection

Blue Fluorite with White Barite from the Emilio Mine, Asturias, Spain - Jim Gebel Collection
Blue Fluorite with White Barite from the Emilio Mine, Asturias, Spain
Jim Gebel Collection

Green Fluorite with Galena from the Heavy Metal Pocket, Diana Maria Mine, Weardale, England - Jim Gebel Collection
Green Fluorite with Galena from the Heavy Metal Pocket, Diana Maria Mine, Weardale, England
Jim Gebel Collection

Sugary Blue Fluorite from the Beihilfe Mine, Halsbruke, Freiberg, Saxony, Germany
Sugary Blue Fluorite from the Beihilfe Mine, Halsbruke, Freiberg, Saxony, Germany
Jim Gebel Collection

Brown Fluorite Cubes with Celestine from Clay Center, Ohio - Jim Gebel Collection
Brown Fluorite Cubes with White Celestine from Clay Center, Ohio
Jim Gebel Collection

Top Notch Parking Lot Minerals with Frederico Barlocher at the Tucson Mineral City Show

When I was at the Mineral City show in Tucson, I met Italian fine mineral dealer Frederico Barlocher at the room of Lithos Minerals. Lithos had some very interesting new mineral finds, and I was chatting with Frederico about them. He then invited me outside to the parking lot to show me some amazing specimens for our blog, that he had in his car. I was blown away by the quality of these specimens, and included these minerals as an individual news post.


Large Pink Pezzotaite Crystals from Madagascar - Frederico Barlocher
Large Pink Matrix Specimen of Pezzottaite Crystals from Madagascar
Frederico Barlocher

Very Large Chrysoberyl var. Alexandrite on Matrix  from *** - Frederico Barlocher
Very Large Chrysoberyl var. Alexandrite on Matrix from Malyshevo, Russia
Frederico Barlocher

Large Gemmy Emerald Crystals from Russia *** - Frederico Barlocher
Large Gemmy Emerald on Matrix from Malyshevo, Russia
Frederico Barlocher

Giant V-Shaped Diaspore Crystal Twin from *Muglah Province, Turkey - Frederico Barlocher
Giant V-Shaped Diaspore Crystal Twin from Muglah Province, Turkey
Frederico Barlocher

Fluorite and Other Finds from Upstate NY at the Tucson Mineral City Show

Alex Amiel of Crystallize had some fascinating, newly-released Fluorite, Selenite, Celestine, Sphalerite, and other minerals from the Dolomite quarries of Western New York. Exceptional Fluorite has been sporadically mined from the Penfield and Walworth Quarries near Rochester, with blue and purple being the best known. Alex recently acquired an old collection from Bob Hiler, a native of the Rochester area who spent many years collecting fine minerals at these quarries.


Bob recently dispersed his collection, and Alex acquired a dazzling array of minerals, including many from the Penfield Quarry. I was blown away at the quality and quantity of what Alex had shown me at the Tucson Mineral City Show, and the highlights are presented below.


Large Selenite Crystal from the Penfield Quarry, Monroe Co., NY - Crystallize
Large Selenite Crystal from the Penfield Quarry, Monroe Co.
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Selenite with Embedded Celestine from the Penfield Quarry, Monroe Co., NY - Crystallize
Selenite with Embedded Celestine from the Penfield Quarry, Monroe Co., NY
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Purple Fluorite with Anhydrite Casts from the Penfield Quarry, Monroe Co., NY - Crystallize
Purple Fluorite with Anhydrite Casts from the Penfield Quarry, Monroe Co., NY
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Blue Fluorite on Dolomite from the Penfield Quarry, Monroe Co., NY - Crystallize
Blue Fluorite on Dolomite from the Penfield Quarry, Monroe Co., NY
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Purple Fluorite Cube on Matrix with Sphalerite from the Penfield Quarry, Monroe Co., NY - Crystallize
Purple Fluorite Cube on Matrix with Sphalerite from the Penfield Quarry, Monroe Co., NY
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Celestine Crystal Embedded in Selenite from the Penfield Quarry, Monroe Co., NY - Crystallize
Celestine Crystal Embedded in Selenite from the Penfield Quarry, Monroe Co., NY
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Frosted Blue Fluorite with Dolomite from the Penfield Quarry, Monroe Co., NY - Crystallize
Frosted Blue Fluorite with Dolomite from the Penfield Quarry, Monroe Co., NY
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Transparent Sphalerite from the Penfield Quarry, Monroe Co., NY - Crystallize
Transparent Sphalerite from the Penfield Quarry, Monroe Co., NY
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Fluorite, Calcite, and Celestine on Dolomite from the Penfield Quarry, Monroe Co., NY - Crystallize
Fluorite, Calcite, and Celestine on Dolomite from the Penfield Quarry, Monroe Co., NY
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Blue Fluorite Cubes on Dolomite from the Penfield Quarry, Monroe Co., NY - Crystallize
Blue Fluorite Cubes on Dolomite from the Penfield Quarry, Monroe Co., NY
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