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
Bright Blue Cavansite from the Wagholi Quarry, Pune, India
Botryoidal Mimetite from San Pedro Corralitos, Chihuahua, Mexico
Chalcopyrite and Pyrite from the French Creek Mines, St. Peters, Chester Co., Pennsylvania
Sulfur Crystal on Matrix from the Cuprite District, Esmeralda Co., Nevada
Cyanotrichite from the Grandview Mine, Horseshoe Mesa, Coconino Co., Arizona
Our final post covering the 2019 East Coast Gem, Mineral & Fossil Show at Springfield features some exceptional minerals that we encountered at the dealer booths. There was an impressive variety from many of the fine dealers, with a good selection of new and interesting material since the Tucson show earlier this year. We hope you enjoy our selection of minerals that made it for this report.
Legrandite Crystal on Matrix from the New Find in the Ojuela Mine, Mapimi, Durango, Mexico
Yellow-Tipped Quartz with Halloysite Inclusions from Cabiche, Boyaca Dept, Colombia.
Left: A Large Crystal Cluster. Right: Rocks & Minerals Magazine featuring this Find.
Meta-Autunite from the Margnac II Mine, Compreignac, Haute-Vienne, France
The Mineral City Show is a new show in Tucson at 516 W Lester Street, a bit further uptown than the major shows. Mineral City is organized by Graham Sutton, and took place in a newly construction cinderblock L-shaped building.
The concept of this show is to provide dealers with permanent storage of their minerals in Tucson, and allow them to showcase as well during the show season. The concept is novel and it seemed to have really kicked off this year.
There were 16 well-known dealers at Mineral City, offering excellent specimens of all price ranges available.
From their website, it looks like Mineral City will be expanding with additional dealers for 2020. Many of the dealers here had maintained rooms in the Hotel Tucson (AKA InnSuites) in prior years; some of them still maintained rooms in both shows, while others exited the other show and only exhibited here.
Mineral City Mineral Show Outside the New Building
New Find of Large Smoky Quartz Crystals from Mulanje, Malawi
Paul Botha Minerals
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.
Penetrating Blue Fluorite Crystals from Monte San Calogero, Termini Imerese, Italy
Giant Quartz Crystals Outside at the InnSuites (Hotel Tucson City Center)
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, NC
Unusual Smoky Quartz from the Reel Mine, Iron Station, NC