Tucson Show Report 5 2012 TGMS

15 February 2012


Real curiosities from the Bisbee mines are these “Birds nest” Calcites.
This one of the best I have come across.

To start the second of our reports for the TGMS show, I decided to have a look at one of the cabinets which had a selection of fine Gold and Silver specimens from across the state:

A great selection of crystallized Gold and Silver pieces assembled from various collectors, including a Silver specimen from Wayne and Dona Leicht’s collection, pictured below.


Crystallised Silver from the Silver King Mine, Silver King, Pinal County, Arizona, USA.
Measuring around 4” tall.

Courtney Smale brought over from the UK a fine collection of minerals from Cornwall, many of which were from the Wheal Gorland / Wheal Unity mining area.

Here is Courtney in front of the cabinet containing his amazing collection.

It was difficult to select from Courtney’s collection as all the specimens were superb examples. One or two of the pieces I have focused on as being particularly fine examples from this Cornish mining region.


A really well defined Clinoclase on Quartz from Wheal Gorland, St. Day, Gwennap, Cornwall.
This deep blue crystal aggregate measures about 1.1/2”.


A great example of “wood” Olivenite from Wheal Unity.
The piece is about 4” across.


Here’s a rarity and a particularly good one.
Spangolite from Wheal Gorland, St. Day, Gwennap, Cornwall.
The crystals are a deep blue and with great lustre.
The whole specimen measures around 2” in length.


A very rich Liroconite with individual crystals reaching around 3/8” again from Wheal Gorland, St. Day, Gwennap, Cornwall.

Back to the main theme of the show - Arizona Minerals. It was inevitable that there would be cabinets devoted to Wulfenite. We have already shown one or two fine examples from the Red Cloud Mine. There were cabinets showing specimens from other sources including the well documented Rowley mine and we would like to show you two great pieces from the Glove Mine.


A really pretty, large (9” across approx.), butterscotch coloured piece exhibiting wafer thin 1” modified,
almost disc shaped, interlocking crystals in association with a little Descloizite.
From The Glove Mine, Near Amado, Santa Cruz County, Arizona.
From the collection of Lyda Hill.

Here’s another, not quite so big at around 8” x 6”, and a little darker in colour but none the less, just as eye catching:


Dark, almost chocolate coloured Wulfenite plates to about 1”, from The Glove Mine, Near Amado, Santa Cruz County, Arizona.
This specimen is on loan from the Carnegie Museum of Natural History.

Good examples of Chalcotrichite are always attractive to the eye.
This specimen belonging to Dick Morris had fine brilliant red needles extending to around ½” scattered in matted patches across the matrix.


Cuprite var. Chalcotrichite from the Morenci Mine, Morenci, Greenlee County, Arizona, USA.
The specimen measures approx.7”

Another interesting piece from Morenci is this polished section of Malachite and Azurite breccia.
From what I saw it was the only piece of its kind at the show measuring appx. 6” x 3.1/2”.
The specimen was the property of Mike and Mary Jaworski.


Malachite and Azurite breccia from the Morenci Mine, Morenci, Greenlee County, Arizona, USA.

Good amethysts are always interesting for collectors.
The Fat Jack Mine has long been known for its well-developed Sceptre quartz crystals.
One small cabinet was devoted to this mine. The centre piece was a really fine specimen of amethyst sceptres still attached to the matrix.
For any quartz collector a really great thing to see.

Here’s a closer look at the centre piece of the cabinet.


Amethyst Sceptre group from the Fat Jack Mine, Yavapai County, Arizona, USA.
The slender stem of the main crystal in this group rises to an overall length of 2.1/2”

For the collector of Pseudomorph specimens there were a few interesting items to look out for:

From the Piedmont mine, Yavapai County, these crystals of Malachite pseudomorphous after Azurite were on display in one case. The crystals having been subsequently coated with drusy quartz.


Blocky  ½” Quartz on Malachite pseudomorphs after Azurite from the Piedmont Mine, Yavapai county, Arizona, USA.

Here’s another pseudomorph from the Live Oak Mine, Miami, Gila County, Arizona, USA. I saw a couple of these at the show both superb examples of multiple pseudomorphing of one species after another.


Quartz after Chrysocolla after Malachite after Azurite.
This piece owned by Les and Paula Presmyk has crystals reaching around 3/4”.
The overall size is approx. 6” x 4”.

Steve and Carol Maslansky have been friends of ours for many years and had arranged to put on a cabinet displaying some of the items in their collection. Sadly last year Carol passed away unexpectedly. They have been visitors to the show for many years, so for Steve this is the first time he is here alone. His wish was to go ahead with display of their cabinet in honour of Carol.
We are all very sorry for your loss, Steve. Our thoughts are with you.

Here is a picture of part of their cabinet:


A selection from  Steve and Carols collection.

This is a classic specimen from Arizona featured on the front cover of “Introduction to Mineralogy” by William D. Nesse. From the Morenci Mine, Greenlee County, Arizona:


A closer view of the specimen.
Azurite and Malachite (with Aragonite?).
The piece measures approx. 10” x 4”

A slightly more unusual piece from Arizona is this Zunyite specimen with tetrahedral crystals measuring around 5/8”. The entire piece measures approx.7” x 3”


Zunyite crystals from The Electric Meatball mine, Near Quartzsite, La Paz County, Arizona.

As with most great Shows there are always competitions. The TGMS is no exception with several of the most prestigious annual prizes available for the taking.

This year the Desautel’s Trophy was won by Albert and Sue Liebetrau for best competition case.


A view of Albert and Sue’s Cabinet.


A closer view of some of the great pieces in the case.


My favourite in the case, Calcite tinted light turquoise blue by copper from the Tsumeb Mine, Otjikoto Region Namibia.
The piece measures around 8" long.

A very special Bayldonite specimen measuring about 1” tall from Tsumeb Mine,  Otjikoto Region, Namibia in John Schneider’s Cabinet won him the Lidstrom Trophy for that piece.


The full extent of the fine thumbnails and larger specimens in John's Cabinet.

Meanwhile, back at the Kristalle/Crystal Classics booth customers were continually filtering through and looking at the specimens in our own cabinets.


Audrey, Stephanie and Liz in front of one of our displays.


Taking a little time out: (L to R) Ian Bruce, Dave Lloyd and Wayne Leicht


Dave Lloyd with Ian Jones.


Dona and Liz  in the safe hands of a few Law enforcement bods.

Finally the team would like to thank the Organisers of the TGMS for their outstanding work in bringing together a memorable show.


TGMS show chairman Paul Harter. Many Thanks Paul.

Author: Dave Whipp
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