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Tucson Show Report 3
 
I have been learning how to use this new camera - it seems like every camera I have ever owned has its own unique way of handling digital information.  I had my lighting set up for optimum results with the old camera and the new one seems to be less interested in cooperating with the lights I have.  Fun times...
 
 To those of you in heavy coats and sweaters here is what downtown Tucson looked like at 9:30 AM on February 6th.
The large white tented building and Tucson Convention Center just on the other side of Interstate 10
 is where about 50% of all the gemstones in the world were being marketed.
 
At the Inn Suites South African dealer Paul Botha is offering a huge quantity of specimens from Mt. Malosa.  They include aegerine and arfvedsonite.  The arfvedsonites are especially good and are found on matrix consisting of orthoclase.
 

A fine miniature specimen with lustrous crystals of arfvedsonite to 2 cm in length.

 
I received a phone call from Marcus Origlieri who recently finished his PhD in Mineralogy at the University of Arizona here in Tucson.  Marcus is one of the most brilliant people I know in the field of mineralogy in any age group.  It is people like him who keep people like me modest.  He has opened up a new enterprise on Main Street between the Executive Inn and Inn Suites called Mineral Zone. He sells wholesale and retail specimens of all sorts there.  1027 North Main is the address in Tucson.
 

Map to Mineral Zone

 
Some of the new spessartines from Tanzania. Marcus had these at his shop
and I have seen them at several other venues around town.  .
 
A brief word about the new Tanzania spessartines:
 
They are typicaly seen here as floaters but what is unusal about these is that they are formed in schist which is a metamorphic rock type and different from the usual pegmatitic origin for spessartine.  What this also suggests, to me, as a geologist by education, is that there could be millions of them since metamorphic schistose deposits can be quite extensive. A good example is the Wrangell, Alaska almandine deposit which has been producing specimens for over 50 years.  The pricing on these is a bit frenzied at the moment so you may want to wait and see what happens as this could likely be another cavansite story in the making.  The color of these is ok but the Nigerian crystals that were and are still available have a richer orange color, can be found up to 1.5 to 2 cm across and sell for about 1/5 of what these are being pegged at for similar sizes...
 
Marcus has a nice selection of caledonite from the Reward mine in Inyo County, California. The specimen
on the left, for $1200 has a crystal of about 1 cm as does the specimen on the right. 
 
A flashy linarite and caledonite from the Reward mine and Marcus standing in front of the display cases.
 
 
The past two days Steve Perry, Pat Haynes and I were land locked in Steve's apartment with our 2 day show.  Pat had a ton of interesting rare mineral specimens and he was offering a suite of self collected specimens from the Singer mine in Clarke County, Nevada.  Pat has an article on the Springer mine in the current issue of Rocks and Minerals.
 
One of the representative sets of rarities from the Singer Mine. The species in the suite include: Conichalcite,
celestite, mimetite, fornacite, hedyphane, agardite-Y, wulfenite, malachite, and Iranite. The
entire suite costs $100 and consists of seven specimens.  I have the pictured set which
includes two photomicrographs.  If you would like it send me an email
 
 
So it was with gusto that I got into my vehicle and went out into the world to resume the hunt.  I had spoken with Scott Werschky several weeks ago and he'd mentioned that he had been picking up some interesting things from Africa.  "True dat!".  Scott has some of the finest shattuckite specimens I have ever seen from Kandesei, Koakoveld, Kunene, Namibia.  This is not a new locality for the species as shattuckite has been known from there for many years and some exceptional specimens have been found quite recently.  These, however, are the finest ever found with rich royal blue felted masses covering quartz or alone.   They are frequently associated with malachite and dioptase and Scott has one specimen with dioptase and a butterscotch colored crystal of wulfenite!  I took my time plowing through the three flats of specimens that Scott had and selected eight specimens on all.
 
Two specimens of the new shattuckites from Namibia.  The thumbnail specimen on the left (I now own)
is available for $600 while the specimen on the right is available in Scott's room at the Westward Look room 327 for $3500. 
 
 
 
 
Scott also has two new interesting finds from the Erongo mountains also in Namibia.  There are some green tipped beryl specimens associated with acicular tourmaline variety foitite and also some of the most bizzare fluorite crystals I have ever seen from anywhere.
 

Two specimens of the green tipped beryls from the Erongo Mountains.  Scott will have these in his room at the Westward Look.

 

Two specimens of fluorite with Spinel Law twinning.  However the crystals have an exaggerated development on one of the
crystal axes that produces what appears to be a monoclinc crystal form instead of the more simple cubic form - which it is!
I did not purchase any of these from Scott.

That last item of note in Scott's hands are some fantastic flower amethyst specimens from Tamil Nadu, India.  He was still in the process of cleaning these so I doubt that he'll have them ready until the Main Show but they are quite impressive (quartz is one of three minerals that puts me to sleep so if it revs my engine it means something... at least to me...). 
 
One of the couple dozen specimens I saw in Scott's kitchen of the new amethyst from India.
 
The 7th is set up day at the Westward Look.  I will be there most of the day wishing that I had been born with a silver spoon in my mouth but enjoying the minerals none the less...

 


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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