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The Tucson Gem and Mineral Show® 2019: "Wulfenite is Loved" Theme Showcases

The theme of this year's Tucson Gem and Mineral Show® was "Wulfenite is Loved." Wulfenite was recently selected as the state mineral of Arizona, and was therefore a very appropriate mineral for this year's show theme. Being highly aesthetic, and represented in many of the finest mineral collections, it made for a very appropriate theme mineral, with exceptional displays of outstanding Wulfenite featured throughout the show. This post features some of the important Wulfenite-themed showcases.


Wulfenite Loves... Accessory and Associated Minerals, Society of Mineral Museum Professionals
Wulfenite Loves... Accessory and Associated Minerals
Society of Mineral Museum Professionals

The Rice Museum Loves Wulfenite
The Rice Museum Loves Wulfenite
Rice Museum of Rocks and Minerals

Tribute to Franz Xaver Freiherr von Wulfen, Whom Wulfenite is Named After, Natural History Museum Vienna
Tribute to Franz Xaver Freiherr von Wulfen, whom Wulfenite is Named after
Natural History Museum Vienna

A Selection of Wulfenite, Perot Museum of Nature and Science
A Selection of Wulfenite
Perot Museum of Nature and Science

Wulfenite is Loved Fantasy, LGF Museum of Natural History
Wulfenite is Loved Fantasy
LGF Museum of Natural History

Wulfenite: Official Arizona State Mineral >Mineralogical Society of Arizona
Wulfenite: Official Arizona State Mineral
Mineralogical Society of Arizona

Arizona Wulfenite AZ Mining, Mineral, and Natural Resources (AMMNRE) Museum

An Iconic Arizona Wulfenite in New Mexico?! New Mexico Bureau of Geology and Mineral Resources at New Mexico Tech

>Wulfenite<: Colorado School of Mines Geology Museum

Wulfenite and other Lead Minerals, Royal Ontario Museum
Wulfenite and other Lead Minerals
Royal Ontario Museum

Wulfenite Mineralogical & Geological Museum at Harvard University

Wulfenite & Miners Tools: Wulfenite Specimens from the Collection of Gail & Jim Spann, and Mining Artifacts from the Collection of Wendell & Carolyn Wilson
Wulfenite & Miners Tools
Wulfenite Specimens from the Collection of Gail & Jim Spann
Mining Artifacts from the Collection of Wendell & Carolyn Wilson

Wulfenite, Arizona Mineral Minions
Wulfenite
Arizona Mineral Minions

Garth Bricker - 50+ Years in the Red Cloud Mine, Fallbrook Gem & Mineral Society
Garth Bricker - 50+ Years in the Red Cloud Mine
Fallbrook Gem & Mineral Society

Utah Wulfenite
Utah Wulfenite

The Stephenson-Bennett Mine, Organ, New Mexico, New Mexico Bureau of Geology Mineral Museum, et al
The Stephenson-Bennett Mine, Organ, New Mexico
New Mexico Bureau of Geology and Mineral Resources at New Mexico Tech, et al

Wulfenite Worldwide Localities, Martin Zinn Collection
Wulfenite Worldwide Localities
Martin Zinn Collection

Wulfenites of Mexico, Martin Zinn Collection
Wulfenites of Mexico
Martin Zinn Collection

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