Denver Mineral & Fossil Show Report - Part 2

27 September 2012

As promised, here is our second instalment from the Denver show.
This time we bring you news from the annual Denver Gem and Mineral Society show, including details of our setup with a much larger display at the Merchandise Mart, together with some of our precious specimens, and cabinet displays from around the show.

We began with all hands on deck on Thursday. Lots of new mineral specimens which had been held back and not shown before at the other show were now being put on display. The guys were ready for the lifting and pushing to get the show cases all into place and the electrics wired in.

One of the most important of our jobs - Cleaning to a sparkle all the glass doors and shelves - a job best shared.
Diana Schlegel, Liz and Dave Hacker and Audrey Lloyd all in glass cleaning mode.

Well...we have to start somewhere. So here are the first few specimens  designated to one of the freshly prepped cabinets.

Slowly but surely the cabinets are filled with some of our most exquisite specimens from all around the world.

Finishing touches and quality control. Will everything meet the boss' approval...?

Daily sustenance, perhaps the most important part of the set up! ... Dona thought of everything, even a brand new fridge to keep all our drinks and lunch bags cool.

Part of the final Display with some of our new acquisitions carefully positioned on display.

A selection of some of our finest specimens displayed in the centre cabinets.

On Friday at 10am the doors for visitors opened and soon our room was filled with some of our regular friends, passionate first time viewers and customers from all around the world, each searching for that elusive specimen that will fill the gap in their collection.

Ian Bruce with one of our good friends Mike Steppe.
Mike wouldn't miss this show, that's for sure.

As if the minerals weren't colourful enough ... I wonder who's toes these are????

The answer: Eloise Gaillou from the LA County Museum, here framed from Liz and Dave Hacker.

Now that the initial influx of visitors was over, it was time for me to disappear into the crowds and have a look at the special display cases. The theme of this years 45th Denver Gem and Mineral show was Copper and Copper minerals.

We've pictured as much as we can of some of the displays on offer, but as ever we aren't able to show everything, there are so many other things to report about. So this is just a little of what we experienced.

Always a real treat is a cabinet filled with the rich greens and blues from the Les and Paula Presmyk collection.

One of my favourites from the Presmyk's display case was this little Azurite with Malachite pseudomorphed after Azurite from the
Morenci Mine, Morenci, Greenlee County, Arizona.

This amazing crystallised Native Copper fan from the
Campbell Mine, Bisbee, Warren District, Cochise County, Arizona
was also a real eye catcher.

Some amazing specimens from South America, South Africa and Australia.

Another great friend of ours, Penny Williamson who works for the University of Wollongong, Australia, had also put some of their museum specimens in one of the cabinets.

Once Penny had finished setting up her special show case, she had time to stop by to say hello to Ian Bruce and the rest of the crew.

The cabinet of the Sonora Desert Museum in Arizona.

The cabinet of the Los Angeles County Museum of Natural History, which had a beautiful Chalcotrichite from the Czar Mine, Bisbee, Cochise County, Arizona USA in the far left corner.

A really stunning case was the one put together from the Cincinnati Museum Center, pictured below:

A couple of close-up shots of two of the specimens in their cabinet:

Ajoite and Copper in Quartz.
Messina Mine, Messina District, Limpopo Province, South Africa.

A superb Posnjakite, Gypsum on Calcite from the Canaveille Mine, Pyrenees Orientales, France.

One of our favourite friends, Renate Schumacher from the Mineral Museum of Bonn, Germany in the Poppelsdorfer Schloss. Pictured in front of her show case with Ian Bruce.

One of the nicest and most colourful show cases assembled was the one put together by the Mineralogical Association of Dallas.
A selection of top quality, colourful and aesthetic specimens.

Here are just two in more detail.

A particularly fine Manganoan Adamite from the Ojuela Mine, Mapimi, Durango, Mexico.

Mimetite from the Elura Mine, Cobar, New South Wales, Australia.

A fun cabinet to look at was this one from the National Mining Hall of Fame & Museum, Leadville in Colorado, "The Many Shapes of Copper"

The cabinet arranged with cute miniatures from the Ralph Clark collection was great to look at as well. A stunning array of mixed colours.

Pictured below is Gloria .... from Lithographie. Here seen promoting the new extra Lapis edition "Amethyst" (which can also be purchased from our website), Gloria shares a booth with Dave Bunk.

Gloria... with Dave Bunk in the background.

Returning to our booth to have a look around and see how things were going, who should I find...

Never camera shy - Dave and Liz Hacker with Ian Bruce.

Friends from Germany Harald Munch and Thomas Böllinghausen.

Now we'd like to show you some of the specimens we had on display in our booth.
As usual Kristalle and Crystal Classics had a busy schedule between shows, jetting around the globe to bring you some of the finest specimens we could lay our hands on. In the following pictures we show you some of our most recent acquisitions.
Should you have any inquiries about one or more of these pieces, please do not hesitate to contact us, so we can ensure that we either put the requested specimen aside, bring it to our next show (Munich in October) to show you, or simply to give you further information on the piece itself or the collection it has come from.
For now ... enjoy!

Copper in Calcite - Michigan, USA

A fine cluster of Apophyllite crystals.
Pune District, Maharashtra State, India.

Santa Rosalia, Boleo District, Baja California, Mexico.

Malachite on Calcite.
Kolwezi District, Katanga Copper Cresent, D.R. Congo.

 A classic British Specimen - Chalcophyllite.
Wheal Unity, St. Day, Cornwall, England.

Ipira, Bahia, Brazil.

A "hot" one, Francevillite.
Mounana Mine, Franceville, Haut-Ogooué Province, Gabon.

Fine Proustite.
Chañarcillo, Copiapó Province, Atacama Region, Chile.

We'd like to feature here just a few of some of the specimens from a recently acquired Quartz collection. The majority of items from this collection will be available later at the forthcoming Munich show from the 25th to the 28th of October.

Dauphine, France.

A superb Swiss Quartz "Faden".
Gronda da Cavrein Valley, Russein Valley, Voderrhein Valley, Grischun, Switzerland.

Another Quartz "Faden", this time standing on matrix
from a different part of the world.
Wana, South Waziristan, Pakistan.

Quartz  with Chlorite inclusions.
Thusis, Domleschg, Hinterrhein Valley, Grischun, Switzerland.

Quartz with Rutile inclusions.
Minas Gerais, Brazil.

Rose Quartz Crystals on near colourless Quartz.
Pitorra claim, Laranjeiras, Galiléia, Doce valley, Minas Gerais, Brazil.

Smoky Quartz Sceptre.
Linopolis, Doce valley, Minas Gerais, Brazil.

Smoky Quartz "Gwindel"
St. Gotthard Massif, Leventina, Ticino, Switzerland.

We had of course our usual selection of superb world wide minerals, such as this raspberry red Rhodocrosite from South Africa.
This specimen came from the Doug Biggs collection.

N'Chwaning 1 Mine, Kuruman, Northern Cape Province, South Africa.

A great Silver from the Kongsberg Silver Mining District, Svene, Flesberg, Buskerud, Norway.

Gemmy green Vesuvianite.
Jeffery mine, Asbestos, Quebec, Canada.

Another recently acquired specimen from the Doug Biggs collection.
A tri-coloured Tourmaline crystal group from the Paprock Mine, Nuristan Province, Afghanistan.

A very aesthetic Wulfenite specimen.
 Los Lamentos, Mun. de Ahumada, Chihuahua, Mexico

Another really cute item was this Wulfenite with Mimetite.
San Francisco Mine, Cerro Prieto, Cucurpe, Mun. de Cucurpe, Sonora, Mexico.

A large display specimen of emerald green Fluorite.
Rogerley Mine, Weardale, Co. Durham, England.

Diana Schlegel and Ian Bruce.

Still smiling after all the hard work.
Lois Nelson, Roberta McCarthy and in the background Liz Hacker.

Well that's pretty much all we can fit in this time around.
We hope you've enjoyed all the minerals.

In a few short weeks time we will all be at it again, meeting all our friends at the next major event in Germany - The Munich Show, from which we hope to bring you news of exciting new mineral discoveries and current events from the mineral world.
From all of us at the Kristalle and Crystal Classics "Dream Team" we look forward to seeing you there!

Author: Diana Schlegel
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