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January 29-31


The beat goes on...  It is becoming readily apparent that there is not much new to report to the mineral world in terms of new finds but my goodness there are a lot of GREAT minerals here from old collections and pieces from working localities!  Of significance are the good supply of outstanding minerals from Yaogangxian. That prolific locality is cranking out some great material these days.

Some news to talk about regarding the Philadelphia Academy collection.  I spoke with Ian Bruce about it and they have some obligations to meet regarding a considerable portion of the collection.  For instance the substantial Pennsylvania suite will be sold in its entirety to the Carnegie Museum and the equally impressive New York suite will be sent to the American Museum of Natural History.  There are other suites which will be offered to museums also so it is both reassuring yet distressing on some levels to know that these great pieces of mineral history will be kept intact. It is distressing simply because every mineral collector and dealer "out there" would love to get their hands on some of these one of kind treasures.  But that is overshadowed in knowing that we'll all be able to enjoy these in the future by visiting the museum where they end up.

Ian also had a new find of gold to tell me about - they are wire gold specimens from a new locality in Venezuela. This past year, in cooperation with Kristalle and Collector's Edge they managed to work a locality near Santa Elena, Le Gran Sabana, Estado Bolivar,Venezuela.  This was not a cheap proposition given the remote locality and tenuous political setting with Mr. Chavez... Ian showed me one of the best that they recovered from this find and it is pictured below. He also passed along some photos of the location with some candid shots of WayneLeicht. These are stout wires and reminiscent of some of the classic oldtimers from the Ground Hog mine in the Gilman District of Colorado. Wire gold is one of the rarest forms for this species. It is always offered at a substantial premium above the gold content due to the rarity of the form.  I was quite happy to get a small selection of this new, and according to Ian, limited find.


This specimen stands about 4 cm from top to bottom.
If you're interested in it you can contact Ian or Wayne directly.


A 3.2 x 0.4 x 0.3 cm specimen.  This is a twisted but stout specimen of wire 
gold. It appears to be a distorted spinel law twin upon close inspection. This
one will be available on the mineralshows.com website for $1850.00

The following are some photos of the area where the wire gold was recovered. 



Two views of the workings. The deposit is a deeply weathered outcrop where
most of the rock has been altered to clay and the gold has settled to the bottom of it. 
(Photos courtesy of Bruce/Leicht)


Here's  Wayne Leicht on the fringe of the jungle - complete
with jungle apparel which includes a ... brief case ...?
(Photo courtesy of Bruce/Leicht)


Here's  Wayne Leicht& Ian Bruce on site.
(Photo courtesy of Bruce/Leicht)

Elsewhere at the Inn Suites I dropped in for a visit with Paul and Kelly Cory of ITECO.  Paul is well known for his supply of faceted benitoite. I hate to say this but a cut benitoiteis quite beautiful. Anyway, Paul and Kelly have a deep inventory of cut stones to 2+ cts in size with a relative abundance of graded smaller stones.


Here's is Kelli and Paul behind their booth in the Inn Suites.


Here's a group of 1+ct faceted benitoites.


Just look at that color!!


They also sell these color graded sets of faceted benitoite.

You can contact Paul directly at 614-785-0450 if some of these blue wonders catch your eye.

Spanish dealer Jordi Fabre has a number of fine specimens of a new find of descloizite from the Praguica Mine, Sobra dal Adica, Beja, Portugal.  These occur as stalactitic growths and drusy coatings.  The crystals are small but the overall forms are quite pleasing.


A 5 cm specimen of the new descloizite from Portugal.

The name of the game in Tucson is to keep moving so I decided to hop in the Subaru and head on over to the La Quinta to see Luciana Barbosa. 


A frontal view of the La Quinta Inn.

Luciana, as you may know, is one of the dealers in the auction at mineral-auctions.com. Her specialty is faceted stones and she is a leading source for facted examples of unusual minerals such as scheelite, powellite, microlite and just about anything that will take a polish.  She had some nice specimens of the new rhodonite from Conselheiro also but, more importantly, she had a couple with a rare association of spessartine!  I took the three that she had and snapped a few pictures of a small fraction of her faceted stone inventory and Luciana herself.


A tray of faceted andalusite specimens.


A tray of faceted microlite specimens.


A tray of faceted scheelite specimens.


Here's Luciana Barbosa in front of a display of included quartz crystals. 

A lot more to come from Tucson!

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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