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

This post shares some of the individual minerals on display in the exhibits at the The 2020 Tucson Gem and Mineral Show┬«. As always, the minerals were outstanding, with an abundance of old classics, new finds, amazing aesthetics, and great rarities.


Of the hundreds of great minerals we photographed in the exhibits, this selection is a condensed version narrowing down our top picks. This decision of which minerals to include in the post is always a difficult one, and proved even harder this year than in previous years because we didn't separate the posts by theme vs. non-theme minerals. This year's theme of "World Class Minerals" really left all the exhibit minerals liable to fit under the theme definition, so we didn't differentiate between the themed minerals and non-themed minerals as was done in our show reports from previous years.


This is the first of two posts on the individual show minerals. Stay tuned for our next posts on the individual minerals which we will be posting shortly.


New Find of Orange-Red tourmaline dravite from New Mexico, Discovered April 2019
New Find of Orange-Red Tourmaline (Dravite) from New Mexico, Discovered April 2019
Collected by Orlando and Nicole Haworth

Large Herkimer Diamond Quartz Crystals from the Benchmark Quarry, St. Johnsville, NY
Large "Herkimer Diamond" (Quartz) Crystals from the Benchmark Quarry, St. Johnsville, NY
Rocko Minerals

Pink Rhodochrosite Rhombs from Mina Remedios, Taxco, Guerrero, Mexico - META (Mineral Enthusiasts of the Tucson Area)
Pink Rhodochrosite Rhombs from Mina Remedios, Taxco, Guerrero, Mexico
META (Mineral Enthusiasts of the Tucson Area)

Rhodochrosite Embedded in Selenite from the Sunnyside Mine, San Juan Co., CO - META (Mineral Enthusiasts of the Tucson Area)
Rhodochrosite embedded in Selenite from the Sunnyside Mine, San Juan Co., CO
META (Mineral Enthusiasts of the Tucson Area)

Large Gold Nugget from the Huachuca Mountains, Cochise Co., Arizona - Bisbee Mining & Historical Museum
Large Gold Nugget from the Huachuca Mountains, Cochise Co., Arizona
Bisbee Mining & Historical Museum

Protruding Aquamarine Crystals and Quartz from Mt. Antero, Chaffee Co., CO - Colorado School of Mines Museum
Protruding Aquamarine Crystals and Quartz from Mt. Antero, Chaffee Co., CO
Colorado School of Mines Museum

Amazonite Baveno Twin from Pikes Peak, Teller Co., CO - Colorado School of Mines Museum
Large Single Amazonite Baveno Twin from Pikes Peak, Teller Co., CO
Colorado School of Mines Museum

Diamond Crystal from the Kelsey Lake Diamond Pipe, Larimer Co., CO - Colorado School of Mines Museum
Diamond Crystal from the Kelsey Lake Diamond Pipe, Larimer Co., CO
Colorado School of Mines Museum

Penetrating Green Calcite Rhombs, Colored by Vanadium, from the Coscuez Mine, Muzo, Boyaca, Colombia - Cincinnati Museum Center
Penetrating Green Calcite Rhombs, Colored by Vanadium,
from the Coscuez Mine, Muzo, Boyaca, Colombia
Cincinnati Museum Center

Green Dogtooth Calcite, Colored by Vanadium, on Petrified Wood, from Garfield Co., Utah - Cincinnati Museum Center
Green Dogtooth Calcite Rhombs, Colored by Vanadium,
on Petrified Wood, from Garfield Co., Utah
Cincinnati Museum Center

Calcite Colored by Iron with Galena from the Second Soviet Mine, Dal'negorsk, Russia - Cincinnati Museum Center
Calcite Colored by Iron with Galena from the Second Soviet Mine, Dal'negorsk, Russia
Cincinnati Museum Center

Calcite Faceted Gem, 1,030.5 carats with Intense Dispersion, from Mato Grosso, Brazil - Cincinnati Museum Center
Calcite Faceted Gem, 1,030.5 carats with Intense Dispersion, from Mato Grosso, Brazil
Cincinnati Museum Center

Large Rhodochrosite Crystals the Wutong Princess from the Wutong Mine, Wuzhou Prefecture, China - Perot Museum of Nature & Science: Collection of Gail & Jim Spann
Large Rhodochrosite Crystals - "the Wutong Princess"
from the Wutong Mine, Wuzhou Prefecture, China
Perot Museum of Nature & Science: Collection of Gail & Jim Spann

Large Fluorite Ball on Matrix from Chaohu Prefecture, Anhui Province, China - Perot Museum of Nature & Science: Collection of Lyda Hill
Large Fluorite Ball on Matrix from Chaohu Prefecture, Anhui Province, China
Perot Museum of Nature & Science: Collection of Lyda Hill

Happy Feet Azurite & Malachite from the Liufengshan Mine, Anhui Province, China - Perot Museum of Nature & Science:  Collection of Dr. Robert Lavinsky
"Happy Feet" Azurite and Malachite from the Liufengshan Mine, Anhui Province, China
Perot Museum of Nature & Science: Collection of Dr. Robert Lavinsky

Large Plate of Barite Crystals on Matrix from the Magma Mine, Superior, Arizona - Les and Paula Presmyk Collection
Large Plate of Barite Crystals on Matrix from the Magma Mine, Superior, Arizona
Les and Paula Presmyk Collection

Calcite Colored Green from Malachite from the Southwest Mine, Bisbee, Arizona - Les and Paula Presmyk Collection
Calcite Colored Green from Malachite from the Southwest Mine, Bisbee, Arizona
Les and Paula Presmyk Collection

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

This is our second post on the individual minerals of the Tucson Gem and Mineral Show® display Minerals. A continuation of our previous post, this post shares some of the remarkable minerals on display in the exhibits at the show.

There were so many good minerals on display, and it was difficult having to choose the best ones. However, we are posting many of the other great display minerals we photographed at the show on our Instagram page at instagram.com/mineralsnet, so please check there as well for additional show minerals.

Our order of the pictures does not follow any system. We simply posted in the order of how we photographed them at at the show. We hope you enjoy!


Beryl var Morganite on Elbaite Tourmaline, from the Tourmaline Queen Mine, San Diego Co., CA - Walt Donovan Collection
Morganite on Elbaite Tourmaline from the Tourmaline Queen Mine, San Diego Co., CA
Walt Donovan Collection

Backlit Red Cuprite Crystal with Malachite and Chrysocolla from the Mashamba West Mine, Kolwezi, DR Congo - Walt Donovan Collection
Backlit Red Cuprite Crystal with Malachite on Chrysocolla
from the Mashamba West Mine, Kolwezi, DR Congo
Walt Donovan Collection

Gold on Quartz from the Big Bug Placer Mine, Yavapai Co., Arizona - Arizona Mining, Mineral & Natural Resources Education Museum
Gold on Quartz from the Big Bug Placer Mine, Yavapai Co., Arizona
Arizona Mining, Mineral & Natural Resources Education Museum

Stacked Galena Crystals on Matrix from Rossie, St. Lawrence Co., NY - American Museum of Natural History - Treasure of the Bement Collection
Stacked Galena Crystals on Matrix from Rossie, St. Lawrence Co., NY
American Museum of Natural History - Treasure of the Bement Collection

Giant Blue Fluorite from the Denton Mine, Harris Creek Dist, Hardin Co., IL - Saga Minerals
Giant Blue Fluorite from the Denton Mine, Harris Creek Dist, Hardin Co., IL
Saga Minerals

Purple Octahedral Fluorite on Quartz from the T&G Prospect, Grant Co., NM - Gregg and Glenn Hales, in Memoriam of Tom Hales
Purple Octahedral Fluorite on Quartz from the T&G Prospect, Grant Co., NM
Gregg and Glenn Hales, in Memoriam of Tom Hales

Giant Rhodochrosite Crystal from the Santa Isabella Vein, Huayallapon Mine, Pasto Bueno, Ancash, Peru - Mineralogical & Geological Museum of Harvard University
Giant Rhodochrosite Crystal from the Santa Isabella Vein,
Huayallapon Mine, Pasto Bueno, Ancash, Peru
Mineralogical & Geological Museum of Harvard University

Famous Benitoite Crystal Cluster from the Dallas Gem Mine, San Benito Co., CA - Mineralogical Record Cover Specimen Jan-Feb 2008 - Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County
Famous Benitoite Crystal Cluster from the Dallas Gem Mine, San Benito Co., CA
Mineralogical Record Cover Specimen Jan-Feb 2008
Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County

Rhodochrosite, Fluorite, and Kutnohorite from the Wutong Mine, Wuzhou, China - Marquis Pieces from the Spann Collection
Rhodochrosite, Fluorite, and Kutnohorite from the Wutong Mine, Wuzhou, China
Marquis Pieces from the Spann Collection

Rhodochrosite with Pyrite The Worm from Santa Eulalia, Chihuahua, Mexico - Marquis Pieces from the Spann Collection
Rhodochrosite with Pyrite "The Worm" from Santa Eulalia, Chihuahua, Mexico
Marquis Pieces from the Spann Collection

Euclase with Fluorapatite from the La Marina Mine, Pauna, Boyaca Dept, Colombia - Marquis Pieces from the Spann Collection
Euclase with Fluorapatite from the La Marina Mine, Pauna, Boyaca Dept, Colombia
Marquis Pieces from the Spann Collection

Amazonite with Smoky Quartz from the Tree Root Pocket, Two Point Claim, Teller Co., CO - Smithsonian Institute National Museum of Natural History - Gift of Washington A. Roebling
Amazonite with Smoky Quartz from the Tree Root Pocket, Two Point Claim, Teller Co., CO
Smithsonian Institute National Museum of Natural History - Gift of Washington A. Roebling

Aegirine on Albite from Mount Malosa, Zomba, Malawi - Smithsonian Institute National Museum of Natural History - Bruce Carter, Board Member of the Rice NW Museum of Rocks and Minerals
Aegirine on Albite from Mount Malosa, Zomba, Malawi
Bruce Carter, Board Member of the Rice NW Museum of Rocks and Minerals

Large Chalcanthite Hairs from the Planet Mine, La Paz Co., AZ - Arizona Mineral Minions Tribute to Mineralogical Record - Michael Shannon Collection
Large Chalcanthite "Hairs" from the Planet Mine, La Paz Co., AZ
Arizona Mineral Minions Tribute to Mineralogical Record - Michael Shannon Collection

The Butterfly - Polished Azurite and Malachite from Bisbee, Arizona - Bill Larson Collection
"The Butterfly" Polished Azurite and Malachite from Bisbee, Arizona
Bill Larson Collection

Iridescent Goethite from Pahang, Malaysia - Young Mineral Collectors World Class Minerals: Clifford Wong Collection
Iridescent Goethite from Pahang, Malaysia
Young Mineral Collectors World Class Minerals: Clifford Wong Collection

Calcite on Cavansite from the Wagholi Quarries, Pune, Maharashtra, India - The Iconic Mineral of Spirifer Minerals - Young Mineral Collectors World Class Minerals: Joanna Gajowniczek-Praszkier Collection
Calcite on Cavansite from the Wagholi Quarries, Pune, Maharashtra, India
The Iconic Mineral of Spirifer Minerals
Young Mineral Collectors World Class Minerals: Joanna Gajowniczek-Praszkier Collection

East Coast Gem, Mineral & Fossil Show: Springfield 2019 Exhibit Cases

The East Coast Gem, Mineral & Fossil Show, takes place every year in August in the Eastern States Exposition Center in Springfield, Massachusetts. This show, more commonly known as the Springfield Show, is the most significant mineral show in the Eastern USA.


Many important dealers are present at Springfield, bringing some of their best specimens to their booths. Much of the material from Tucson earlier in the year can be seen here, as well as some new material released since the summer and by local dealers who weren't able to travel to Tucson.


The show also puts together an exceptional public display exhibit. This year, the New Mexico Bureau of Geology & Mineral Resources Mineral Museum exhibited, with many cases featuring the best of New Mexico's minerals, as well as their worldwide collection featured. 

This first post of the 2019 Springfield Show highlights some of the outstanding and memorable cases of New Mexico minerals. Although all the cases were exceptional, this article highlights our selection of the photos that came out best.


Additional posts of the show will include the following:


An Incredibly Large Smithsonite and Memorabilia from the Kelly Mine
An Incredibly Large Smithsonite and Memorabilia from the Kelly Mine

Gemstones of New Mexico
Gemstones of New Mexico

Nice Assortment of New Mexico Minerals
Nice Assortment of Unusual New Mexico Minerals

Assortment of Large Fluorite Specimens and Quartz/Barite from the Clarence Barett Workings, Hansonburg District
Large Fluorite and Quartz/Barite from Clarence Barett Workings, Hansonburg District

Fine Fluorite Assortment from New Mexico
Fine Fluorite Assortment from New Mexico

Another Nice New Mexico Mineral Assortment
Another Nice New Mexico Mineral Assortment

Case of Smithsonite from New Mexico Localities
Case of Smithsonite from New Mexico Localities

Outstanding Fluorite from the Cookes Peak District, Luna Co.
Outstanding Fluorite from the Cookes Peak District, Luna Co.

Polished Ricolite Serpentine from Ash Creek, Grant County
Polished "Ricolite" Serpentine from from Ash Creek, Grant County

New Mexico Turquoise
New Mexico Turquoise

Pecos Diamonds: Doubly Terminated Quartz Crystals from the Pecos River Valley
"Pecos Diamonds": Doubly Terminated Quartz Crystals from the Pecos River Valley

Fine Copper Crystals from the Chino Mine, Santa Rita District, Grant Co.
Fine Copper Crystals from the Chino Mine, Santa Rita District, Grant Co.

Meteorites from New Mexico
Meteorites from New Mexico

Springfield Show 2019: Individual New Mexico Minerals

Continuing with our coverage of the 2019 East Coast Gem, Mineral & Fossil Show at Springfield, our next post features some of the outstanding minerals from the New Mexico Bureau of Geology & Mineral Resources Mineral Museum that were exhibited at the show.


For this post, we chose minerals specific to New Mexico. New Mexico has an amazing array of minerals and a surprising number of quality specimens from many locations. The museum collection highlights many of these minerals, some of which we were able to capture in this post.


Bright Blue Azurite from the Santa Rita District, Grant Co, New Mexico
Bright Blue Azurite from the Santa Rita District, Grant Co, New Mexico

Chalcocite on Pyrite from the Chino Mine, Santa Rita, Grant Co., New Mexico
Chalcocite on Pyrite from the Chino Mine, Santa Rita District, Grant Co., New Mexico

Hemimorphite & Rosasite from the Kelly Mine, Magdalena, New Mexico
Hemimorphite & Rosasite from the Kelly Mine, Magdalena, New Mexico

Smoky Quartz Japan-Law Twin from the Ortiz Mountains, Santa Fe Co., New Mexico
Smoky Quartz Japan Law Twin from the Ortiz Mountains, Santa Fe Co., New Mexico

Linarite Pseudomorph after Galena from the Blanchard Mine, Hansonburg, Socorro Co., New Mexico
Linarite Ps. after Galena from the Blanchard Mine, Hansonburg, Socorro Co., New Mexico

Banded Fluorite from the Abiquiu District, Rio Arriba Co., New Mexico
Banded Fluorite from the Abiquiu District, Rio Arriba Co., New Mexico

Gypsum Fishtail Twin from White Sands Missile Range, Socorro Co., New Mexico
Gypsum Fishtail Twin from White Sands Missile Range, Socorro Co., New Mexico

Hematite Kidney Ore from the Iron Hill District, Dona Ana Co., New Mexico
Hematite Kidney Ore from the Iron Hill District, Dona Ana Co., New Mexico

Barite and Fluorite from the Clarence Barrett Workings, Hansonburg District, Socorro Co., New Mexico
Barite & Fluorite from Clarence Barrett Workings, Hansonburg, Socorro Co., New Mexico

Complex Fluorite Crystal from the Mex-Tex Mine, Hansonburg District, Socorro Co., New Mexico
Complex Fluorite Crystal from the Mex-Tex Mine, Hansonburg District, Socorro Co., New Mexico

Fluorite Octahedrons & Quartz from the Cooke's Peak District, Luna Co., New Mexico
Fluorite Octahedrons & Quartz from the Cooke's Peak District, Luna Co., New Mexico

Halite & Sylvite from the Kerr McGee Mine, Carlsbad District, Eddy Co., New Mexico
Complex Halite & Sylvite from the Kerr McGee Mine, Carlsbad District, Eddy Co., New Mexico

Pyrite Crystal Clusters from Bosque Draw, Chaves Co., New Mexico
Complex Pyrite Crystal Clusters from Bosque Draw, Chaves Co., New Mexico

Smithsonite & Aurichalcite from the Kelly Mine, Magdalena District, Socorro Co., New Mexico
Smithsonite & Aurichalcite from the Kelly Mine, Magdalena District, Socorro Co., New Mexico

Tilt Agate Geode, Rockhound State Park, Luna Co., New Mexico
Tilt Agate Geode, Rockhound State Park, Luna Co., New Mexico

Multicolored Fluorite from Surprise #1, Cookes Peak District, Luna Co., New Mexico
Multicolored Fluorite from Surprise #1, Cookes Peak District, Luna Co., New Mexico

Chalcedony on Pyrolusite from the Cliff Roy Mine, Cap Rock Mnt, Grant Co., New Mexico
Chalcedony on Pyrolusite from the Cliff Roy Mine, Cap Rock Mnt, Grant Co., New Mexico

Turquoise from the Chino Mine, Santa Rita District, Grant Co., New Mexico
Turquoise from the Chino Mine, Santa Rita District, Grant Co., New Mexico

Smoky Quartz from the Sacramento Mountains, Lincoln Co., New Mexico
Smoky Quartz from the Sacramento Mountains, Lincoln Co., New Mexico

Pallasite Iron Meteorite with Widmanstaetten Lines and Olive from the Glorieta Meteorite, Santa Fe Co., New Mexico
Pallasite Iron Meteorite from the Glorieta Meteorite, Santa Fe Co., New Mexico

Springfield Show 2019: Individual Worldwide Minerals

Our next post covering the 2019 East Coast Gem, Mineral & Fossil Show at Springfield features worldwide minerals in the collection of the New Mexico Bureau of Geology & Mineral Resources Mineral Museum that were on display at the show. Our selection includes some of the more interesting and unusual minerals among the hundreds of fantastic worldwide minerals on display.



Azurite Crystal Discs from the Malbunka Mine, Northern Territory, Australia
Azurite Crystal Discs from the Malbunka Mine, Northern Territory, Australia

Cavansite from the Wagholi Quarry, Pune, India
Bright Blue Cavansite from the Wagholi Quarry, Pune, India

Calcite Pseudomorph after Ikaite from the Kola Peninsula, Russia
Calcite Pseudomorph after Ikaite from the Kola Peninsula, Russia

Blue Hemimorphite from M'Fouati, Bouenza, Rep. of Congo
Blue Hemimorphite from M'Fouati, Bouenza, Rep. of Congo

Sliced Rhodochrosite Stalagmite from the Capillitas Mine, Catamarca, Argentina
Sliced Rhodochrosite stalagmite from the Capillitas Mine, Catamarca, Argentina

Botryoidal Mimetite from San Pedro Corralitos, Chihuahua, Mexico
Botryoidal Mimetite from San Pedro Corralitos, Chihuahua, Mexico

Pyrite in Schist from Montpelier, Washington Co., Vermont
Pyrite in Schist from Montpelier, Washington Co., Vermont

Fluorite and Calcite from Walworth, Wayne Co., New York
Fluorite and Calcite from Walworth, Wayne Co., New York

Chalcopyrite and Pyrite from the French Creek Mines, St. Peters, Chester Co., Pennsylvania
Chalcopyrite and Pyrite from the French Creek Mines, St. Peters, Chester Co., Pennsylvania

Sulfur Crystal on Matrix from the Cuprite District, Esmeralda Co., Nevada
Sulfur Crystal on Matrix from the Cuprite District, Esmeralda Co., Nevada

Microcline var. Amazonite from the Wigwam Creek, Jefferson Co., Colorado
Microcline var. Amazonite from the Wigwam Creek, Jefferson Co., Colorado

Cyanotrichite from the Grandview Mine, Horseshoe Mesa, Coconino Co., Arizona
Cyanotrichite from the Grandview Mine, Horseshoe Mesa, Coconino Co., Arizona