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
Another View of the Main Hall from Above
Peter Megaw, Exhibits Chair for the Show, Showcasing the Large Gold Specimen to the Media
"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
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
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
Gemstones of New Mexico
Nice Assortment of Unusual New Mexico Minerals
Fine Fluorite Assortment from New Mexico
Another Nice New Mexico Mineral Assortment
Outstanding Fluorite from the Cookes Peak District, Luna Co.
Polished "Ricolite" Serpentine from from Ash Creek, Grant County
Fine Copper Crystals from the Chino Mine, Santa Rita District, Grant Co.
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