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Tucson Show Report 1
 
I have been in Tucson since Monday the 28th of January and am staying out at the same location as last year - a 2 bedroom apartment in the Starr Pass area about 3 miles west of the Convention Center.   The weather has been a bit cool and clear here but I can handle that after hearing from my wife, still in Weaverville, California that 20 inches of snow has fallen in the past 36 hours.  
 
On the drive down there were stops in Davis and Tehachapi, California and a stop in Phoenix - all to look at minerals of course.  When I got to town I was able to confirm the news about the disruptive construction taking place on Interstate 10. All of the downtown exits are closed and one or two of the frequently used underpasses are also closed for the next year or so.  It seems that the road "powers that be" have been working on Interstate 10 for 15 years running. 
 
Two shots of the St. Mary underpass looking east. 
 
Another rumor which I can also confirm is that the south parking lot at the Convention Center is gone having been turned into a construction site.  I have to assume the TGMS is on top of this and will provide for adequate parking somewhere or a shuttle service of some sort... The theme of the show this year is the top 50 United States Localities.  Everyone I have talked to has high expectations for a memorable show and expects many people will want to see these displays.  On to the rocks.
 
This past winter Steve Perry and I have etched and cleaned close to 450 specimens of minerals from the Benitoite Gem mine. We have made several large purchases of raw mine material from Collector's Edge over the last several years and decided to get after it in earnest this winter in preparation for Tucson.  I have posted about 30 specimens from the group and the balance will be available during the 2 day show that Steve Perry, Pat Haynes and I have during February 4 and 5.  The balance of the better material will be made available during the main show at the Convention Center.  The 30 specimen batch can be seen by clicking the button below.
 
 
 
The stop at Tehachapi was to see John Seibel.  John has always got some interesting things to see and ponder and this year he managed to get hold of a large quantity of red beryls from Utah.  Many of the specimens are large, heavily rhyolite included crystals but there were a larger number of fine gem quality and specimen quality crystals available.  This mine is finished for all intents and purposes so to see a hoard  like this was encouraging.  Given the fact that it will take a king's ransom to reopen the mine without any guarantee of making it worthwhile makes this probably one of the last chances well ever see a pile of red beryl like this in one place again for some time if ever again.  I selected five specimens in all and have posted them via this button link. 
 
 
 
A couple months prior to the show I was contacted by Marcus Origlieri.  Marcus had come into the entire production of a new find of cosalite - a moderately rare lead bismuth sulfide - from the Bolivar Mine in Chihuahua, Mexico.  The specimens are part of a large copper bearing skarn and are found as acicular crystals with quartz and varying amounts of chalcopyrite.  To see specimens from the new find click the button below.
 

 
I stopped in Phoenix to visit Mark Hay of Arizona Minerals.  Mark had emailed me that he had a few specimens of wulfenite from the Darwin Mine in Inyo County, California.  Good wulfenite specimens are rarely found outside of a few localities in California and Darwin is one of the best.  Mark also had several wulfenite and vanadinite specimens from good Mexican and Arizona localities so I picked out a few along with the Darwin specimens.
 
 
 
So far I have not seen much of anything in the of new finds here but the games have just begun so to speak.   At the Inn Suites I went in to visit john Cornish - one of the nicest chaps you'll ever hope to meet - and saw what looked like the mother lode of pyromorphite from the Bunker Hill mine in Kellogg, Idaho.  Close to 1000 specimens of all shapes, sizes, colors - more diversity than I knew existed at the mine.  All pyromorphite.  John also had his usual group of heulandite specimens from the Rat's Nest mine also in Idaho.
 
Just a few of the numerous specimens available in John's room at the Inn Suites.
 
While wandering the Inn Suites I ran into Evan Jones.  He was toting around two exceptional specimens of azurite - one from a new find at the Millpillas mine in Sonora, Mexico and the other a fine rosette specimen from Bisbee, Arizona..  Evan was kind enough to allow me to take a few photos but the one specimen he was holding clearly sets the standard for azurite from Mexico. Bright luster and sharp crystal faces.
 
 
The large specimen from the new find in Mexico
and the smaller rosette specimen from Bisbee - both held by Evan
 
 
 
View of the pool area at the Inn Suites.
 
This is just the start of the longest set of mineral shows in the world that fall under the umbrella of the Tucson Show. More to come!

 


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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