Grand Canyon - March, 2005 - photo by John Veevaert
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Tucson Show Report 2
 
I have had a bit of bad luck in that my camera was stolen at the Inn Suites.  Word of caution - DON'T LEAVE ANYTHING UNATTENDED THAT YOU CARE ABOUT FOR LESS THAN 5 SECONDS.  It took only a little longer than that for my camera to find a new owner.  The loss of the camera is not so trauma filled as is the loss of close to 45 pictures of people, minerals and scenes here at Tucson.  That is what is tragic about this loss to me. Anyway... Life goes on.
 
I have been working my way through the various venues here and have spent most of my time and $ at the Inn Suites.  There are some interesting things of note including a new find of the rare mineral johachidolite. KARP has the supply of these here with matrix specimens and individual crystals as well.  They also have faceted stones available.  The johachidlite comes from Myanmar.  It is a calcium aluminum borate and is frequently found associated with sodalite var. hackmanite.  Complete crystals are not found as the mineral is typically encased in the sodalite rich matrix. So any specimens with crystal faces are considered rare.  Click the button below to see specimens of this new find.
 
 
 
 
Jordi Fabre has a new find of hematite and rutile pseudomorphed after ilmenite crystals from Mwinilunga, Zambia.  Jordi told me he had these analyzed to confirm their formerly being ilmenite.  The rutile occurs as scattred crystals and as reticulated forms on the surface of the hematite.  I will have these posted later this coming week.
 
 
 
No trip to Tucson is complete without a stop at Kristalle to see what there is in the way of new gold from one of the premier gold localities on the planet - the Eagle's Nest mine.  I found several specimens that said yes to me.  The price of gold, as you are likely aware is hanging around - temporarily - at $910 a troy ounce. The way things are trending the prices for these today will likely be less than the gold value in the coming months...
 
 
 
I received an email from a collector and friend in Japan that he and Mitsuo Tanabe would be coming to Tucson.  I was very excited at the prospect of meeting Mr. Tanabe.  Mitsuo Tanabe was the person who found the remarkable henmilite specimens at the Fuka mine in 2004.  His find redefined the species in terms of size and quality. I was very excited to see that he had brought specimens from his collection of this very rare copper borate species for sale here in Tucson.   I invited my friend from Norway, Knut Eldjarn, to join me at the Ramada Inn for a view of the specimens that were available. I have not seen specimens of this quality since the initial discovery back in 2004. 
 

This is a photo (from left to right) of me, Mitsuo Tanabe and Knut Eldjarn

  
 

Images of a superb henmilite and one of the accompanying labels.

More to come from Tucson after I take more pictures... argh!  


 


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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