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The 2022 Tucson Mineral City Show

With the demise of the InnSuites show at the Hotel Tucson, the majority of mineral dealers in Tucson moved farther north to the Mineral City show. This is the newest and fastest growing area of mineral activity in Tucson. This relatively new show presents a more practical solution for dealers to rent their room for long term, and to use them for storage. This also allows a better system for shipping as well as for not having to deal with beds and furniture in the way, as the dealers did at the hotel shows.

There was much growth at the Mineral City show this year, with several new buildings and more satellite tents. The show had a relaxed and enjoyable atmosphere where I was able to chat one on one with many of the dealers.

Here are some highlight minerals I noted at this year's Mineral City show.


Banded Chrysocolla from Milpillas, Sonora, Mexico, Valenzuelas Minerals
Banded Chrysocolla from Milpillas, Sonora, Mexico
Valenzuela's Minerals

Rare Blue Barite from Milpillas, Sonora, Mexico, Valenzuelas Minerals
Rare Blue Barite from Milpillas, Sonora, Mexico
Valenzuela's Minerals

New Find of Large Yellow Apatite Crystals from the Crystal Lode Pegmatite, Fulford, Eagle Co., Colorado, Persson Rare Minerals
New Find of Large Yellow Apatite Crystals from the Crystal Lode Pegmatite,
Fulford, Eagle Co., Colorado
Persson Rare Minerals

Closer Look at some of the above Yellow Apatite Crystal Lode Pegmatite, Fulford, Eagle Co., Colorado, Persson Rare Minerals
Closer Look at some of the above Yellow Apatite Crystals
Persson Rare Minerals

Fluorite Crystal on Dolomite from the Penfield Quarry, Penfield NY, Crystallize
Fluorite Crystal on Dolomite from the Penfield Quarry, Penfield NY
Crystallize (Alex Amiel)

Quartz Japan-Law Twin from the Arun Valley, Mount Malaku, Nepal, Crystallize
Quartz Japan Law Twin from the Arun Valley, Mount Malaku, Nepal
Crystallize (Alex Amiel)

Vivianite from Cabeca do Cachorro, Amazonas, Brazil, Unique Minerals
Vivianite from Cabeca do Cachorro, Amazonas, Brazil
Unique Minerals

Malachite Chandelier from the Star of Congo Mine, Lubumbashi, Katanga, D.R. Congo, Unique Minerals
Malachite Chandelier from the Star of Congo Mine, Lubumbashi, Katanga, D.R. Congo
Unique Minerals

Amethyst on Matrix from the Reel Mine, Iron Station, North Carolina, Reel Mine Amethyst
Banded Amethyst on Matrix from the Reel Mine, Iron Station, North Carolina
Reel Mine Amethyst

Crocoite Prismatic Crystals from the Adelaide Mine, Dundas, Tasmania, Australia, The Adelaide Mining Company
Banded Crocoite Prismatic Crystals from the Adelaide Mine, Dundas, Tasmania, Australia
The Adelaide Mining Company

Rare Cerussite from the Adelaide Mine, Dundas, Tasmania, Australia, The Adelaide Mining Company
Rare Cerussite Prismatic Crystals from the Adelaide Mine, Dundas, Tasmania, Australia
The Adelaide Mining Company

Bi-Colored Kunzite from Dara-I-Pech, Kunar, Aghanistan, Crystal Cantina fine Minerals & Crystals
Bi-Colored Kunzite from Dara-I-Pech, Kunar, Aghanistan
Crystal Cantina fine Minerals & Crystals

Giant Vivianite Crystals from Huanani, Oruro, Bolivia, Crystal Springs Mining and Jewelry Co
Giant Vivianite Crystals from Huanani, Oruro, Bolivia
Crystal Springs Mining and Jewelry Co

Trapiche Emeralds from Colombia, Crystal Springs Mining and Jewelry Co

New Find of Yellow Botryoidal Calcite from Ait El Abbas, Midelt, Morocco
New Find of Yellow Botryoidal Calcite from Ait El Abbas, Midelt, Morocco

Aragonite and Azurite from Helmand Province, Afghanistan, CE Wholesale
Aragonite and Azurite from Helmand Province, Afghanistan
CE Wholesale

Giant Quartz Crystals from Manihar, Himachil Pradesh, India, Matrix India Minerals
Giant Quartz Crystals from Manihar, Himachil Pradesh, India
Matrix India Minerals

Quartz Crystals with Chlorite inclusions from Manihar, Himachil Pradesh, India, Matrix India Minerals
Quartz Crystals with Chlorite inclusions from Manihar, Himachil Pradesh, India
Matrix India Minerals

Black Stalagmitic Chalcedony from Sakur, Maharashtra, India, Matrix India Minerals
Black Stalagmitic Chalcedony from Sakur, Maharashtra, India
Matrix India Minerals

New Find of Purple Fluorite with Calcite from Qinglong, Guizhou, China, Wendy's Minerals and Gems
New Find of Purple Fluorite and Calcite from Qinglong, Guizhou, China
Wendy's Minerals and Gems

Giant Yellow Barite Crystals from the Xiefang Mine, Jiangxi, China, Wendy's Minerals and Gems
Giant Yellow Barite Crystals from the Xiefang Mine, Jiangxi, China
Wendy's Minerals and Gems

Bright Blue Gibbsite from Wenshan, Yunnan Province, China, Wendy's Minerals and Gems
Bright Blue Gibbsite from Wenshan, Yunnan Province, China
Wendy's Minerals and Gems

The 2022 Tucson Gem and Mineral Show® Dealer Minerals

With all the changes at the Tucson shows in 2022, the mineral scene was a vastly different landscape than it's been in previous years. Change was already in the air in 2020, and with the majority of the shows cancelled or scaled down in 2021, 2022 was a game changer.


The most noticeable change was the demise of the InnSuites show. This show, hosted in the hotel Tucson, was one of the most exciting mineral events in Tucson, with many recognized dealers setting up their wares in the rooms of this sprawling hotel that had a very chilled atmosphere. Most of the dealers and activity from this show shifted several blocks north to the Mineral City show and the surrounding area.


The Mineral City show was greatly expanded this year, with many more dealers setting up in this new complex of buildings built specifically for dealers to exhibit during their show and store their wares for longer term storage. Several other dealers had tents in the immediate vicinity of Mineral City, making this area a bustling destination area for mineral collectors and other dealers.


Even with the Hotel Tucson devoid of internal mineral activity, the neighborhood still retained the Fine Minerals International home with high-end minerals, and a new venue opened up in the same vicinity with several important dealers and a display gallery. This building also features more permanent-type of features for the dealers to have a year-round home. 


Clearly there has been a shift from dealers selling out of hotel rooms to instead have their own leased location where they can store minerals year round. This new format has been successful and has caused a noticeable decrease in dealers at the main show. Some of the mainstays of the main show from previous years were noticeably missing, and there was much more empty space than usual. Despite this, the show was still great, with great exhibits and a healthy showing of good dealers with interesting new material. I went around the show floor looking for interesting material to show for our show report, and these are the minerals, featured below.


Large Pink Gem Kunzite Crystals from Kunar, Afghanistan, Excel Gem & Minerals
Large Pink Gem Kunzite Crystals from Kunar, Afghanistan
Excel Gem & Minerals

Deep Blue Aquamarine Crossed Crystals, Haiderabad Pegmatites, Shigar Valley, Pakistan, Excel Gem & Minerals
Deep Blue Aquamarine Crossed Crystals, Haiderabad Pegmatites, Shigar Valley, Pakistan
Excel Gem & Minerals

Large Blocky Barite Crystals from the Xiefang Mine, Jiangxi Province, China, Alan's Quality Minerals
Large Blocky Barite Crystals from the Xiefang Mine, Jiangxi Province, China
Alan's Quality Minerals

Aquamarine on Feldspar, nearly 2 feet tall(!) from Nyet Bruk, Shigar District, Pakistan, Fine Art Minerals
Aquamarine on Feldspar, nearly 2 feet tall (!) from Nyet Bruk, Shigar District, Pakistan
Fine Art Minerals

New Find of Pink Tourmaline, from Pachigram, Nuristan, Afghanistan, Fine Art Minerals
New Find of Pink Tourmaline from Pachigram, Nuristan, Afghanistan, Fine Art Minerals
Fine Art Minerals

Red-Capped Tourmaline from Agua Brance, Coronel Murta, Minas Gerais, Brazil, Crystal Classics
Red-Capped Tourmaline from Agua Brance, Coronel Murta, Minas Gerais, Brazil
Crystal Classics

Stalagmitic Clear Calcite Crystals from Santo Domingo Mine, Santa Eulalia, Chihuahua, Mexico, Crystal Classics
Stalagmitic Clear Calcite Crystals from Santo Domingo Mine, Santa Eulalia, Chihuahua, Mexico
Crystal Classics

Chrysocolla pseudomorph after Malachite after Azurite with Quartz From the Tenke-Fungurume area, Kolwezi, DR Congo, Crystal Classics
Stalagmitic Clear Chrysocolla pseudomorph after Malachite after Azurite with Quartz
From the Tenke-Fungurume area, Kolwezi, DR Congo
Crystal Classics

Chrysocolla pseudomorph after Malachite after Azurite with Quartz From the Tenke-Fungurume area, Kolwezi, DR Congo, Crystal Classics
Stalagmitic Clear Chrysocolla pseudomorph after Malachite after Azurite with Quartz
From the Tenke-Fungurume area, Kolwezi, DR Congo
Crystal Classics

Fabulous Silver Wires from the Himmelsfurst Mine, Freiberg, Saxony, Germany
Fabulous Silver Wires from the Himmelsfurst Mine, Freiberg, Saxony, Germany
 

Fluorite on White Quartz from Huanggang, Inner Mongolia, China
Fluorite on White Quartz from Huanggang, Inner Mongolia, China
 

Fabulous Case of High-End Minerals
Fabulous Case of High-End Minerals
 

Golden Barite from the Pohla Mine, Schwartzenberg, Saxony, Germany, Spirifer Minerals
Golden Barite from the Pohla Mine, Schwartzenberg, Saxony, Germany
Spirifer Minerals

New Find of Fluorite from Larkin's Quarry, Connemara, Galway Co., Ireland, Spirifer Minerals
New Find of Fluorite from Larkin's Quarry, Connemara, Galway Co., Ireland
Spirifer Minerals

Large Multicolored Fluorite from Larkin's Quarry, Connemara, Galway Co., Ireland, Spirifer Minerals
Large Multicolored Fluorite from Fluorite from Larkin's Quarry, Connemara, Galway Co., Ireland
Spirifer Minerals

Bicolored Tourmaline in Matrix from Beni Bouzra, Chefchaouen, Tanger, Morocco, Collected 2021, Spirifer Minerals
Bicolored Tourmaline in Matrix from Beni Bouzra, Chefchaouen, Tanger, Morocco
Collected 2021
Spirifer Minerals

Giant Pink Kunzite Crystal from Nuristan, Afghanistan, Big Rock Minerals
Giant Pink Kunzite Crystal from Nuristan, Afghanistan
Collected 2021
Spirifer Minerals

Large Citrine Crystal from the Cruziero Mine, Sao Jose de Safira, Minas Gerais, Brazil, Bergmann Minerals
Large Citrine Crystal from the Cruziero Mine, Sao Jose de Safira, Minas Gerais, Brazil
Bergmann Minerals

Tall Pencil-Like Tourmaline from the Cruziero Mine, Sao Jose de Safira, Minas Gerais, Brazil, Bergmann Minerals
Tall Pencil-Like Tourmaline from the Cruziero Mine, Sao Jose de Safira, Minas Gerais, Brazil
Bergmann Minerals

Rhodochrosite from the Hedgehog Pocket, Sweet Home Mine, Alma, Colorado, Bergmann Minerals
Rhodochrosite from the Hedgehog Pocket, Sweet Home Mine, Alma, Colorado, Bergmann Minerals
Bergmann Minerals

The 2022 Tucson Gem and Mineral Show® Fluorescent Mineral Displays

One of the themes of the 2022 Tucson Gem and Mineral Show® was fluorescent minerals. In order to see the glow of fluorescent minerals, they need to be lit with an ultraviolet light in a dark room. This was accomplished in a side room off the main show floor with many displays filled with brightly glowing minerals shining under ultraviolet lamps.


The number of minerals and displays was impressive, and we were able to get photographs of some of the minerals and displays exhibiting the bright fluorescent colors. (Photographing ultraviolet minerals under a UV light is complex without a tripod, and we are glad these came out well.)


Fluorescent Minerals from Sweden, Douglas & Justin Bank
Fluorescent Minerals from Sweden
Douglas & Justin Bank

Esperite & Friends from Franklin, NJ, Richard Bostwick & Tema Hecht
Esperite & Friends from Franklin, NJ
Richard Bostwick & Tema Hecht

Fluorescent Minerals from the Land of Enchantment, New Mexico Bureau of Geology & Mineral Resources
Fluorescent Minerals from the Land of Enchantment
New Mexico Bureau of Geology & Mineral Resources

Green Willemite and Red Calcite from the Sterling Hill Mine, Ogdensburg, NJ, Collection of Robert Fendrich
Green Willemite and Red Calcite from the Sterling Hill Mine, Ogdensburg, NJ
Collection of Robert Fendrich

Fluorescent Minerals of the Southwest US & Mexico, Paul Gilliam, Albuquerque, NM
Fluorescent Minerals of the Southwest US & Mexico
Collection of Paul Gilliam, Albuquerque, NM

Fluorescent Green Chalcedony from the Green Fire Prospect, Cochise Co., Arizona, Collection of Erin Delventhal & Philip Simmons
Fluorescent Green Chalcedony from the Green Fire Prospect, Cochise Co., Arizona
Collection of Collection of Erin Delventhal & Philip Simmons

Fluorescence Zoning in Apatite, Collection of John Rakovan
Fluorescence Zoning in Apatite
Collection of John Rakovan

Esperite, from the Franklin Mine, Franklin NJ, George V. Polman Collection
Esperite, from the Franklin Mine, Franklin NJ
George V. Polman Collection

Various Fluorescent Minerals, Mines Museum of Earth Science, Colorado School of Mines
Various Fluorescent Minerals
Mines Museum of Earth Science, Colorado School of Mines

Various Fluorescent Minerals, Kevin Witts Collection
Various Fluorescent Minerals
Kevin Witts Collection

Various Fluorescent Minerals
Various Fluorescent Minerals
Unknown

The 2022 Tucson Gem and Mineral Show® Dick Grame Dedication

This year's Tucson Gem and Mineral Show® featured an outstanding public display of minerals of Bisbee, Arizona, dedicated to the memory of Richard W. "Dick" Graeme III, who passed away in June. Bisbee is known as one of the most famous and prolific mineral localities, with a rich history in copper mining and a producer of some of the finest azurite, malachite, and a myriad of other mineral specimens. Dick was a foremost authority on Bisbee mineralogy and history, and the show featured many cases filled with outstanding Bisbee minerals dedicated to the memory of Dick.


These displays filled an entire section of the show floor, and were professionally organized, had good lighting, and nice informational backgrounds. And they were filled with some of the very best Bisbee minerals ever to be seen. This was a show highlight, perhaps equal in prominence to the main show themes of the Apatite group and fluorescent minerals.


Dick Graeme Bisbee Mineral Exhibit at the Tucson Arizona Mineral show 2022

Dick Graeme Bisbee Mineral Exhibit at the Tucson Arizona Mineral show 2022

Dick Graeme Bisbee Mineral Exhibit at the Tucson Arizona Mineral show 2022

Dick Graeme Bisbee Mineral Exhibit at the Tucson Arizona Mineral show 2022

Dick Graeme Bisbee Mineral Exhibit at the Tucson Arizona Mineral show 2022

Dick Graeme Bisbee Mineral Exhibit at the Tucson Arizona Mineral show 2022

Dick Graeme Bisbee Mineral Exhibit at the Tucson Arizona Mineral show 2022

Dick Graeme Bisbee Mineral Exhibit at the Tucson Arizona Mineral show 2022

Dick Graeme Bisbee Mineral Exhibit at the Tucson Arizona Mineral show 2022

Dick Graeme Bisbee Mineral Exhibit at the Tucson Arizona Mineral show 2022

Dick Graeme Bisbee Mineral Exhibit at the Tucson Arizona Mineral show 2022

Dick Graeme Bisbee Mineral Exhibit at the Tucson Arizona Mineral show 2022

The 2022 Tucson Gem and Mineral Show® Displays Minerals

This post features some of the remarkable individual minerals in the display exhibits at the 2022 Tucson Gem and Mineral Show®. The show theme was the Apatite group of minerals, which includes Fluorapatite, Pyromorphite, Mimetite, and Vanadinite.

There were several outstanding minerals within this category on display, but there were many other non-themed minerals on display that were exceptional. This post features many of the themed minerals as well as others that I found noteworthy, including the remarkable Bisbee minerals of the Graeme tribute displays.


Spessartine Garnet on Quartz from the Shigar Valley, Pakistan, Collection of Kyle Kevorkian and Will & Rika Larson
Spessartine Garnet on Quartz from the Shigar Valley, Pakistan
From the Collection of Kyle Kevorkian and Will & Rika Larson

Silver Wire Formation from Kongsberg, Norway, Collection of Gene Meieran, coming soon at the Rice Museum of Rocks and Minerals
Silver Wire Formation from Kongsberg, Norway
Collection of Gene Meieran, coming soon at the Rice Museum of Rocks and Minerals

Silver Wires in
Silver Wires in "8" Shape on Matrix from Kongsberg, Norway
Collection of Gene Meieran, coming soon at the Rice Museum of Rocks and Minerals

Purple Fluorapatite from Greenwood, Oxford Co., Maine, Maine Gem and Mineral Museum
Purple Fluorapatite from Greenwood, Oxford Co., Maine
Maine Gem and Mineral Museum

Zoned Purple Fluorapatite from Georgetown, Sagadahoc Co., Maine, Maine Gem and Mineral Museum
Zoned Purple Fluorapatite from Georgetown, Sagadahoc Co., Maine
Maine Gem and Mineral Museum

Arsenian Pyromorphite from the Bunker Hill Mine, Kellogg, Idaho, Carnegie Museum of Natural History
Arsenian Pyromorphite from the Bunker Hill Mine, Kellogg, Idaho
Carnegie Museum of Natural History

Bright Green Pyromorphite from Roughton Gill, England, Carnegie Museum of Natural History
Bright Green Pyromorphite from Roughton Gill, England
Carnegie Museum of Natural History

Blocky Fluorapatite Crystal from Teofilo Otoni, Brazil, Carnegie Museum of Natural History
Blocky Fluorapatite Crystal from Teofilo Otoni, Brazil
Carnegie Museum of Natural History

Fluorpatite Crystal Cluster from Renfrew, Ontario, American Museum of Natural History
Blocky Fluorapatite Crystal Cluster from Renfrew, Ontario
American Museum of Natural History

Lustrous Green Pyromorphite Crystals from Cumbria, England, American Museum of Natural History
Lustrous Green Pyromorphite Crystals from Cumbria, England
American Museum of Natural History

Purple Fluorapatite on Matrix from the Pulsifier Quarry, Auburn, Androscoggin Co., Maine, Harvard Museum of Natural History
Purple Fluorapatite on Matrix, Pulsifier Quarry, Auburn, Androscoggin Co., Maine
Harvard Museum of Natural History

Copper Chisel Fan from the Central Mine, Keweenaw Co., Michigan, Cincinnati Museum Center
Copper Chisel Fan from the Central Mine, Keweenaw Co., Michigan
Cincinnati Museum Center

Dolomite Pseudo After Barite with Mimetite, Tsumeb, Namibia, Cincinnati Museum Center
Dolomite Pseudo After Barite with Mimetite from Tsumeb, Namibia
Cincinnati Museum Center

Botryoidal Mimetite from San Pedro Corralitos, Chihuahua, Mexico, The Beauty of the Apatite Supergroup, New Mexico Bureau of Geology Mineral Museum
Botryoidal Mimetite from San Pedro Corralitos, Chihuahua, Mexico
New Mexico Bureau of Geology Mineral Museum

Fluorapatite on Quartz, Barroca Grande Mine, Panasqueira, Portugal
Fluorapatite on Quartz, Barroca Grande Mine, Panasqueira, Portugal
New Mexico Bureau of Geology Mineral Museum

Green Fluorite from Afton Canyon, Cady Mountains, San Bernardino Co., California, Robert E. Reynolds Memorial Case
Green Fluorite Afton Canyon, Cady Mountains, San Bernardino Co., California
Robert E. Reynolds Memorial Case

Legrandite and Smithsonite, Ojuela Mine, Mapimi, Durango, Mexico
Legrandite and Smithsonite, Ojuela Mine, Mapimi, Durango, Mexico
Robert E. Reynolds Memorial Case

Azurite & Malachite from the Junction Mine, Bisbee, Arizona, Rice Northwest Museum Richard W. Graeme Tribute Exhibit
Azurite & Malachite from the Junction Mine, Bisbee, Arizona
Rice Northwest Museum Richard W. Graeme Tribute Exhibit

Aragonite with Rosasite from the Southwest Mine, Bisbee, Arizona, Maslansky Collection, Richard W. Graeme Tribute Exhibit
Aragonite with Rosasite from the Southwest Mine, Bisbee, Arizona
Maslansky Collection, Richard W. Graeme Tribute Exhibit

Azurite & Malachite from the Copper Queen Mine, Bisbee, Arizona, Phil Scalisi, Richard W. Graeme Tribute Exhibit
Azurite & Malachite from the Copper Queen Mine, Bisbee, Arizona
Phil Scalisi, Richard W. Graeme Tribute Exhibit

Chalcoalumite, Holbrook Mine, Bisbee, Arizona, U of Arizona Mining & Mineral Museum, Richard W. Graeme Tribute Exhibit
Chalcoalumite, Holbrook Mine, Bisbee, Arizona
U of Arizona Mining & Mineral Museum, Richard W. Graeme Tribute Exhibit

Azurite & Malachite, Bisbee, Arizona, U of Arizona Mining & Mineral Museum, Richard W. Graeme Tribute Exhibit
Azurite & Malachite, Bisbee, Arizona
U of Arizona Mining & Mineral Museum, Richard W. Graeme Tribute Exhibit

Azurite Rose from Bisbee, Arizona, Tony Gleckler collection, Richard W. Graeme Tribute Exhibit
Azurite "Rose" from Bisbee, Arizona
Tony Gleckler collection, Richard W. Graeme Tribute Exhibit

Siderite from the Junction Mine, Bisbee, Arizona, Will Moats collection, Richard W. Graeme Tribute Exhibit
Siderite from the Junction Mine, Bisbee, Arizona
Will Moats collection, Richard W. Graeme Tribute Exhibit

Polished Campbellite from the Campbell Mine, Bisbee, Arizona, John & Karen Cesar collection, Richard W. Graeme Tribute Exhibit
Polished Campbellite from the Campbell Mine, Bisbee, Arizona
John & Karen Cesar collection, Richard W. Graeme Tribute Exhibit

Stalactic Apatite Crystals from the Sapo Mine, Brazil, Gail & Jim Spann Collection, Richard W. Graeme Tribute Exhibit
Stalactic Apatite Crystals from the Sapo Mine, Brazil, Gail & Jim Spann Collection
Gail & Jim Spann

Gemmy Blue Apatite Crystals from Oak-saung Hill, Mandalay Division, Mynamar, John Rakovan Collection
Gemmy Blue Apatite Crystals from Oak-saung Hill, Mandalay Division, Mynamar, John Rakovan Collection
Gail & Jim Spann