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                        October 31st-November 1st

Days three & four.   These two days were used to finalize the deals from the previous two days and also to start to slow down after a torrid pace of the previous days looking for minerals to take back to the US next week.   By this time it is also known what is new at the show and who had it.  There was a lot of new material here at the show.  Not the glamorous sort such as the new rhodochrosite from the Sweet Home mine back in the 1990s but there is a lot of really interesting material here at this show and  there are a great many very good minerals to pursue from known localities.  I have attempted to get some specimens from all of the new finds but in some cases it is or was not possible / desirable to do so.  Still, I have found my bank account shrink a lot over the past several days as there was just too much to say yes to.

For starters how about this large rock?  I saw this very large Brazilian plate of amethyst with a large single calcite crystal on display at the booth of Marcus Budil.  

 


The Gobins had on display an enormous specimen of malachite from the Star of the Congo (Kalukuluku) mine, in Katanga, Demorcratic Republic of the Congo.   I snapped a picture of Brice Gobin standing behind it.  I would smile too I had a rock like that!




I saw these two large tourmaline specimens in the booth of Italian dealers Pregi Gemme S. n. c. from Brazil also.  Tourmaline is the theme mineral this year at the show.  The large crystal on the left is about the size of a soccer ball!




Several Indian dealers had a nice selection of the typical zeolites from India including some new calcite specimens from Jalgoan which are comprised of several generations of calcite growth.  Prem Kungwani of Nasik, India had a nice selection of these new calcites.  I did not obtain any for the return trip home but you can contact him at: prem979@rediffmail.com if you're interested.



Here is a picture of one of the calcite specimens (12 cm in length) and of Prem and his wife.  



One of the new Spanish torbernite specimens offered at the show.

A new find here at the show are of torbernites from Calo, Soneira, La Coruna, Spain.   Spanish dealer Fernando Burillo Luis Miguel brought these to the show.  Also, I am no longer handling new radioactive minerals due to problems with Customs in the United States and the US Postal Service who are routinely starting to screen for radioactive materials and then systematically destroying anything found.

One of the exciting areas still producing a lot of new material is Madagascar.  As mentioned earlier the new mineral Pezzottaite - formerly referred to as cesium beryls - are from this country.  Additionally, a lot of new tourmalines are being found from new pegmatites and also other interesting minerals.  One of the better surprises for me at this show was being approached by an Italian collector who had some very fine specimens of new found material from Madagascar.  He had with him new finds of almandine garnet from Mahaiza,  Corundum var. Ruby from
Ambahatraso, Hiosy, Columbite from Mahaiza, Phenakite with Amazonite from Imalo and new tourmalines - both elbaites and liddicoatite from Ambalabe,  Anjanabonoina and Tokombohitra.  This was quite exciting to see so much material from finds made in the past six months.  I have seen several other dealers who have specimens of the corundum available but none of the quality of this person's material which was exceptional for the locality.   The following images are a very small sample of the specimens I obtained that will be posted in the coming days.


Here is a fairly gemmy crystal of phenakite set on quartz matrix with
 a few crystals of amazonite.  The phenakite is 2+ cm in length.




Here is a lustrous crystal of corundum var. ruby that is easily among the best known from this locality.
 I looked all over this show and could not see one better than this one from Madagascar.  The crystal is
just under 3 cm in length.



 
Here is one of the 5 garnet specimens I obtained.  All are
detached from matrix.  This one is about 4.5 cm across.




These are two of the dozen or so tourmalines I obtained.  The one on the right has a 1% iron content on
the exterior so tit is rather dark.  However, if sliced you would see that the crystal is zoned with pink and
other colors. This specimen has a doubly terminated crystal that is about 2.5 cm in length.  The 6 x 4 cm
crystal on the left is self explanatory.



Less than 30 minutes later I met up with Swedish collector Johann Kjellmann.  We had arranged to meet earlier and he had with him a nice selection of gadolinite-Y specimens from Ytterby, Resarö, Uppland, Sweden.  This is the type locality for this very rare mineral and I was very surprised to see about half of the specimens with crystals which is very rare!  An interesting note about this mineral is that a number of rare elements were described from samples of gadolinite from this locality.  They include, Yttrium, Terbium, Erbium, Ytterbium, Scandium, and Holmium.  A fairly impressive list for one mineral!


 
Here is a very good but loose crystal of gadolinite-Y.  It is over 2 cm across and is a floater.


This year, as last, I am sharing a enclosed room with Jeff Scovil.  This has its obvious advantages as a lot of new or one of a kind items pass into the room.  Jeff had a specimen of a deep emerald green sphene twin that he was shooting and showed it to me afterward.  It is from the Ural Mountains in Russia and it is the only one that I have seen here at the show.  Below are two pictures of it.  I will post more information about it here when I get it from Jeff tomorrow.


These are two views of this incredible Russian sphene specimen.

One of the last "new" finds that I encountered here at the show were of some very richly colored fluorite specimens from Fosante, France.  These are deep bluish green to sea green colored plates.  French Dealer Alain Martaud had these and conveyed to me that these had been found at this locality back in the mid 1970s by a local collector.  He'd collected about 50 specimens in all and had decided to sell them this past year. Several were placed in French collections but Alain got the rest and and I felt quite fortunate to have been offered the first selection of the 30-40 odd pieces that Alain had brought to the show.



Here are two cabinet sized specimens of the fluorite from Fosante that I obtained from Alain.


Tomorrow is the last day of the show and this past Saturday it was very crowded with thousands of people in attendance.  I suspect Sunday will be the same but it will be the day I use to visit the fabulous displays in Halls A4 and A6.


 
More tomorrow!


Past Shows & Reports
PLEASE NOTE: The minerals that were offered on these pages are all sold
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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