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Well after 2.5 days of driving across California, Nevada, Utah and Colorado l am here.   The weather has been a bit wild here with wind, rain and lightning but it has done little to dampen anyone's enthusiasm. 


The weather can be a bit misleading in the morning.  This shot was taken 
September 14 at 9:00AM. By 2:00 PM it was a wet and wild time here in Denver. 

I have had two full days to rummage around the show and the news is the same as  recent shows - not much new to the mineral world but A LOT of old collections are finding their way to the market.  Most impressive, initially, is the enormous 4600 specimen Tsumeb collection of Uli Bahmann that is being presented in a joint effort by Collector's Edge, Kristalle and Ian Bruce.  One entire hotel room is stuffed to the gills with Tsumeb specimens of exceptional quality from $100 to 10's of thousands of dollars.  These are priced at the upper levels but there are very good bargains available if you look around.  It was also an excellent opportunity to get a sense of what Tsumeb was capable of producing! 
 
 


This is one of the most incredible cerussite specimens I have ever seen - a 2 cm water 
clear, light smoky v-twin crystal of cerussite set on malachite.  It was priced at $5,000.
 


This is a large cuproadamite with ferrolothameyerite. I did not see a price on this one.


This is a specimen of gem scorodite I picked up from the Baumann Collection.  It is 2 x 1.4 x 1 cm in dimension
and consists of three attached crystals.  The one on the left is missing its top due to a contact with the matrix 
it was removed from.  It is a superb gem TN specimen of this species. Sold

Moving around the rooms it was time to see what else was available. Superb Minerals had one of the largest arrays of fine pentagonite from the Wagholi Quarry ever seen.  These first made their way to Tucson in 2001 and up till now I have resisted getting any of these specimens but the quality and pricing were at that the threshold that said don't be a dummy to me.  So, I picked up a group of choice matrix specimens of this rare polymorph of cavansite.


This is one of the average specimens from Superb Minerals.

It is always exciting when there is a new mineral to talk about and this time in Denver there is a new species from Brazil named after one of the more endearing souls in the business - menezesite - named after Brazilian dealer Luiz Menezes.  The mineral is from the Jacupiranga mine, Cajati, Sao Paulo, Brazil.  Its chemical formula is:  Ba2MgZr4(BaNb12O42)-12H2O.   Luiz told me that he'd actually had this material for some time (about 20 years) and had assumed the small reddish brown crystals to be smaller clinohumite crystals which are found at this locality but then detected an isometric crystal form on the small crystals.  He took the steps to have it probed and analyzed and voila - menezesite.  Luiz says there are only 50 or so specimens of this rare mineral in existence.  He had a line of people after him for a specimen and limited folks to five specimens.  I was very pleased to be able to get five of them.  Luiz was also gracious enough to prepare a hand written label for each specimen along with his signature on the back of it.  True class!  Everyone is genuinely pleased to see a mineral named after him. 


Here is Luiz and one of the specimens I was able to obtain of menezesite. 

I spent some time in Herb Obodda's room at the Holiday Inn.  Herb is known for his superb specimens from Afghanistan and Pakistan. He also has a keen ability to obtain excellent specimens from global localities.  I found this specimen of bromian chlorargyrite way too tempting to leave on his shelf.  The sharp crystals on this specimen are over 0.5 cm across!!  The specimen is from Broken Hill, NSW, Australia.


This specimen is 3+ cm across with bromian chlorargyrite crystals to 0.5 cm.

Chris Tucker had a new find of wulfenite from the James R. Lee mine in Broadwater County, Montana. New wulfenite finds are always well received and Chris found his supply of specimens dwindle rapidly after he opened his door. 
 
 


This is a cabinet specimen with numerous crystals of orange wulfenite to 0.5 cm across. 

I had an opportunity to visit with Marcus Origlieri - you may know him from his website mineralzone.com - who had news of a new find of fettelite from the Imiter mine in Morocco.  This mine has produced a number of interesting silver minerals in recent times.  He showed me a large specimen rich in proustite and pointed out several areas where small crystal groups of fettelite were found on the rock. I convinced him to break the specimen in half and then went on the hunt for additional specimens of this rare silver and mercury sulfosalt. I found one more in the tent area and considered these important acquisitions. Marcus is a graduate student in mineralogy at the University of Arizona, Tucson.


This specimen image shows several groups of fettelite crystals to 1,5 mm set in among proustite crystals.
When viewed under the scope the fettleite transmits red colors distinguishing it from polybasite.

These are not the only new things here in Denver obviously but from my perspective they are some of the more interesting things.  Set up day for the main show is tomorrow so there will be plenty of new things to see more than likely.  More to come!
 


Past Shows & Reports
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1999
Munich Show
2000
Sainte Marie Show
Munich Show
2001
Sainte Marie Show
Munich Show
2002
Tucson Show
Sainte Marie Show
Denver Show
Munich Show
2003
Tucson Show
Sainte Marie Show
East Coast Show
Denver Show
Munich Show
2004
Tucson Show
West Coast Show
East Coast Show
Denver Show
Munich Show
2005
Tucson Show
West Coast Show
East Coast Show
Denver Show
Munich Show
2006
Tucson Show
Bologna Show
Sainte Marie Show
East Coast Show
Munich Show
2007
Tucson Show
Dallas Show
East Coast Show
Denver Show
Munich Show
2008
Tucson Show
West Coast Show
East Coast Show
Denver Show
Munich Show
2009
Tucson Show
West Coast Show
East Coast Show
Denver Show
Munich Show

2010
Tucson Show
San Francisco Show
East Coast Show
Denver Show

Munich Show

2011
Tucson Show
San Francisco Show
East Coast Show
Denver Show
Munich Show

2012
Tucson Show
West Coast Show
East Coast Show
Denver Show 
Munich Show

2013
Tucson Show
Sainte Marie Show
Crystal Days (Poland)
Munich Show  

 

 
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