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February 13th

Today was the first day of the main show.  It was quite busy with thousands of visitors!  Nice to see what with all the insanity of the current events in the world.   Today I spent my time focusing on the displays and exhibits and also I was looking for the mineral oddities that are always present at shows like this.  First a view of the main show.  


 
Here's a spliced image of several photos of the whole main show floor on opening day,

The center of the show room is lined with display cases - close to 100 or so!


The first specimen I saw of interest was this gigantic set of pentagonite crystals from India. This specimen
is part of the Georges, Diego and Nicole Claeys - Van Vooren Collection. They are collectors from Belgium.


   
   

Here is a fabulous display - one of the most impressive to me since they were all self collected - of minerals
from Colorado. That barite specimen in the center is unbelieveable!  Barite is usually one of those minerals that
make my eyes kind of glaze over.  Not this one!!! Mercy! 

 
   

Bill & Diana Dameron put together a collection of smithsonite from anywhere other than
Tsumeb. The Cadmium smithsonite from Mexico was one of the better pieces in his display!


   

Here are two superb specimens of quartz in the Gene & Roz Meieran & Bill Larson collections.


Les & Paula Presmyk and Evan Jones had a display of Arizona Minerals that were outstanding!
This specimen of copper draping a quartz crystal from the Ray mine caught my eye! Good stuff folks!


 

Dave Bunk had four specimens of something that I had never seen before:  Mimetite pseudomorphing cerussite with
small wulfenite crystals.  I picked up the specimen on the right but Dave still had the others as of yesterday evening.
These are from the Fred Glaze claim in the Panamint Mts which is now in Death Valley National Park. The label is
for the specimen on the left.


   

Moving through the dealers I came across Keith Williams' booth. Keith, aside from having fine minerals available
also makes these custom mineral cabinets.  They are really quite remarkable and an outstanding enhancement for
any mineral collection.  That is Keith in the photo on the right. 

The theme of the show this year is Minerals From the Andes.  There were a number of dislpays featuring minerals from Peru, Bolivia, Columbia and Chile.  I snapped pictures of some of the more interesting pieces.



 
 

The Smithsonian Institution can always be counted on to provide some stunning specimens and they came through again.
 The two proustite specimens are unbelievable with the crystal on the bottom right a good 4+ cm and it is doubly terminated! 

 


The Smithsonian Institution also cranked out a stunning emerald.


 
I saw this very fine emerald specimen on calcite.  I do not recall who presented it but it was on a rotating stage.  The crystal is about
 5 cm in length.The specimen on the right was presented by the Carnegie Museum.  A superb apatite specimen from Potosi!


A final word on the past 2 weeks 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)
East Coast Show
Munich Show

2014
Tucson Show
Denver Show 

Munich Show

2015
Tucson Show
East Coast Show
Denver Show 
Munich Show

2016
Tucson Show
East Coast Show
Denver Show 
Munich Show

2017
Tucson Show
Munich Show

2018
Tucson Show

 
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