Grand Canyon - March, 2005 - photo by John Veevaert
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Show Reports
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Main Show Displays 1
 
Ok - I told you all to be here and I know that was not going to be possible but this particular Tucson Show will be talked about until everyone who saw it has died.  There will never again be an assemblage of mineral specimens from the USA to equal what was here ever again anywhere.  Every mineral enthusiast who walked into the main show was left with the exact same impressions: "too overwhelming to comprehend", "beyond belief", "never again in my lifetime", "simply awe inspiring", "left me speechless", and on an on. As I write this on the last day of the main show I am eternally grateful to have been here in Tucson for this event as I will never ever again see so many incredible mineral specimens all under one roof.  The theme for next year's show is tentatively set to be "Mineral Oddities". It might as well be the "Best of the Wyoming Coal Mines" as it will be humbled into obscurity by what was seen here in 2008.
 
I have broken the display pages into 3 parts  as there is just too much to throw on to one page.  I also have to apologize upfront as I decided to use ambient lighting instead of the flash which would just have bounced back into the camer off the case glass.  Some of the pictures are a bit grainy as a result.  Regardless, you will get the point...
 
I was talking with Tom Gressman of Collector's Edge when I overheard Dave Wilber (right) state categorically that this was the
finest group of minerals he'd ever seen in one place.  Listening in are Wendell Wilson (left) and Ralph Clark (center).
 
 


National Geographic Map of the USA with the top 50 mineral locations literally pin pointed and of course the Benitoite Mine zeroed in on .

 


Bill Forrest in front of the Benitoite Mine case. Bill, along with Buzz Gray worked the mine from 1967 to 1999.
Bill had fun pointing out some of the specimens he and Buzz mined there that were on display.  The specimen is the cover mineral for the American Treasures Book.

 


A 2 cm floater from the upper workings of the mine with brilliant luster.  And a collection of crossite included crystals "Rockies" including three cyclic twins of benitoite.

 


The famous Mineralogical Record Cover specimen and the entire case. Sorry about the grainy picture!!

 


This is a remarkable case with as many blue cap tourmalines as you will ever see in one place from the Tourmaline Queen mine San Diego Co., California.
I overheard Wayne Thompson say that there were well over $20,000,000 in specimens in just that one case.

 




The specimen on the right is on display in the Smithsonian and is considered to be one of the finest mineral specimens in the world.


Barite from two localities in Colorado.



 

 

 


Specimens from the Elmwood Mine in Tennessee.



 


 

 


Minerals from the state of Washington were represented by specimens from Denny Mtn and Spruce Mtn.  in two cases. An enormous Japan Law Twin.


 


 


Butte Montana had a great case of specimens. Covellite, enargite, rhodo, chalcocite. Mercy!

 

 


Bisbee Arizona - who has never heard of this place???

 

The paramelaconite is one of about 6 or 7 known from Bisbee.  The only specimen in private hands is now with Evan Jones who bought it from the Minette Collection.

 

 

 

 


Elk Creek in South Dakota was stunning with the rich amber colored barite crystals set on golden calcite.

 

 


Complete and utter eye candy from Colorado...

 

The Alma Rose on the left.

 

 

 


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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