Denver Show Report Part 2

17 September 2011

Hello and welcome back to our second part of the Denver Show report.

The show is in full swing and not only all the rooms in the Holiday Inn are open, also the Coliseum and the Denver Merchandise Mart are fully set up.

The Coliseum Show, as well as the Merchandise Mart are a mix of fossils, minerals, tumble stones, jewellery and beads.

One row of tents outside of the Coliseum...

A big Ammonite from Madagascar

On Wednesday the 14th September the weather here in Denver changed and dropped down to 57°F/ 13,5°C. So we spent most of the day looking around the Holiday Inn another time to make sure we hadn't missed out on anything.

There weren’t a lot of new things around but still interesting specimens to be worth a mention. The Copper and Cuprite specimens from the Rubtsovskiy Mine in Altayskiy Kray, Russia have been around for a couple of years now, but as time goes by it becomes clear that the specimens are getting better and better on every show they are displayed.

Cuprite - Rubtsovskiy Mine, Altayskiy Kray, Russia; (crystal approx. 8 cm across)

A good friend of ours Jon Voelter from Abilene in Texas also made his way to Denver and had a nice selection of well chosen Minerals on display. Before John showed me some of his Minerals he brought to the show we had a little chat about the crazy weather they had down in Texas. With over 100 days of constant temperatures above 100°F he, his family and friends had to fear to lose their houses in one of the many fires that broke out in Texas. This year luckily they got away without any harm but a lot of people didn’t. Hopefully Texas will get some of the heavy rain we had to cope with here in Denver.

Let’s get back on track and to the minerals I saw in John’s room. One of my favourite pieces was this really cute (6 x 5 cm) Amazonite with Smoky Quartz from Park County, Colorado pictured below.

A real cutie! Ammazonite with Quartz var. Smoky Quartz from Park County, Colorado.

A gemmy Calcite specimen -  Near Day, Hubei Province, China

In his show cases were also quite a few Calcite specimens he newly acquired but have been around since a few years. John who spends most of his time cleaning and preparing mineral specimens achives some incredible results, like with this 12.6 ounce Gold specimen from the Mockingbird Mine, Mariposa, California.

Gold - Mockingbird Mine, Mariposa County, California

After a rainy day and with the set up day for the main show ahead of us we still made our way to the reception of the Colorado School of Mines Geology Museum in Golden to have a quick look around. It was a busy evening with guests from all over the world and we met up with old friends like Jolyon Ralph from Mindat here pictured with Ian Bruce.

Jolyon Ralph from Mindat and Ian Bruce.

The Colorado School of Mines Geology Museum features not only minerals from the many Colorado mining districts, it has also worldwide minerals in their display cabinets, as well as historic mining murals. On the evening a short talk about the history of the museum, the current exhibition and the future plans of the museum was held and at the silent auction every visitor could make a bid on his favourite item. If you would like to have more information about the museum just follow the link below:

Wayne and Lois joined Ian and I. And of course I found them in front of the Gold display.

A good number of people attended the evening at the School of Mines.

Before we come to an end of the second show report we would like to show you some of the pieces we had on our display in room 133 at the Holiday Inn. If you see anything you like please do not hessitate to contact us.

This Azurite and Malachite from the Copper Queen Mine, Bisbee, Cohise County, Arizone, USA with its deep blue combined with the pale green is one of nicest midsize cabinet pieces we had in room 133.

One of our bigger display specimens was this Scheelite with Beryl var. Goshenite & Muscovite from Mt. Xuebaoding, Pingwu County, Mianyang Prefecture, Sichuan Province in China. (approx. 30 x 25 cm)

 Not often can we put 3 Variscite specimens from Utah on display.


An impressive Wulfenite from Los Lamentos, Chihuahua, Mexico with crystals up to 2.5 cm acrosss.

A bright green Pyromorphite from the Bunker Hill Mine, Kellogg, Idaho, USA was one of the eye catching specimens in our display cabinets.

Next to many other high quality specimens this beautiful raspberry coloured Rhodocrosite from the Wessels Mine, Hotazel, Kalahari Manganese Fields, South Africa is featured in the " Hall of Fame" on our website.

And also this Pargasite from the Sungate Mine, An Phu, Luc Yen, Yenbai Province, Vietnam is featured in our "Hall of Fame" section on the CrystalClassics website.

We hope you liked our addition about what’s happening in Denver 2011, we will be back with the report about the Main Show (Denver Gem and Mineral Show) in a few days. We will show you more of our fine selction of minerals in our cases at the Main Show as well as the special exhibition and lots more...

Stay tuned! The Crystal Classics and Kristalle Team

Author: Diana Schlegel & Ian Bruce
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