Tucson Show Report 2
2 February 2013
Welcome to the second of our reports from the Tucson Show, 2013.
Here we'll include some of the great specimens we currently have on offer
as well as a little detail about what's on offer from some of the other dealers around the Hotel Tucson City Center (formerly known as The Inn Suites Hotel) including one or two of the exciting items new to the mineral world..
But first here are a few images of the set up process at one of the other venues across town.
Venturing about 2 miles down the road we entered the Ramada Inn Show which has a predominance of wholesale bulk purchase type minerals together with fossils and other artifacts.
Some of the fossils have undergone a great deal of remarkable preparation work, turning them into aesthetic works of art.
Tables covered in loose Ammonite fossils from Madagascar. Varying in size between 1.2" to 3" across. These specimens are attractive as they still have their iridescent nacreous inner shell still attached.
A whole tray of a different kind of fossil Ammonite, (Perisphinctes sp.) - very well preserved, from the Jurassic period - approx. 165 Million years old, again from Madagascar.
Some marquees are filled with an array of fossil dinosaur and mammal Skeletons.
Some you might need a very large suite case to get them home!
Here's one for the not-so-serious palaeontologists amongst us - A rare example of Nockia Cellfonii sp. - in association with contemporary (!) Ammonites.
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Back outside, in the driveways servicing the apartments there are rows and rows of tables, some covered with Rock crystal Quartz specimens from Arkansas, others with Amethyst, Smoky Quartz and an assortment of other materials all available for either bulk buy or individual purchase.
Near specimen grade Quartz crystal groups for sale on one of the tables.
Another table of Quartz specimens glistening in the sun. This time all artificially irradiated to give them the Smoky/Black colour we are all so familiar with.
Tubs of Amethyst from Brazil.
Specimens reaching 3" and 4" across.
A huge sculptural example of an Amethyst geode from Uruguay with Calcite crystals enclosed. Dave LLoyd in the background to give you some idea of size.
Most of the wholesale rooms and some of the Retail rooms at the Hotel Tucson City Center are now open for business.
That means just one thing for us - our humbly accepted responsibility to update all of our readers with the new and interesting things we have discovered.
So here's a start:
One of my first ports of call was John Cornish's room. As ever John was his great welcoming self and we chatted for a while over a few of the pieces he had in his Cabinets. He had a few nice British specimens that took Lloydy's gaze but the specimens that caught my eye were some remarkable small Rhodochrosites from China. So much so I had to add one to my collection.
Here's one of the better ones John had:
A very pretty Rhodochrosite in association with Quartz, from the Wutong Mine, Liubao, Cangwu Co., Wuzhou Prefecture, Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region, China. The specimen measures about 2" (50mm) across with individual crystals around 8mm across. Each crystal exhibits a near discoid shape outline. From the side the crystals appear as sandwiches of pale pink Rhodochrosite with a rich deep reddish-pink core. It doesn't stop there. The flat surfaces of the crystals show a kind of schiller as you catch the light on them. I can only imagine this is caused by submicroscopic growth of shallow parallel terminal faces. Some of these are then dusted with a little manganese oxides which enhances further the appearance of the specimens.
John had just a few of these cuties. So, if you're as fascinated by these as I was you'd best get in there soon.
John also had this superb Arsenopyrite specimen, again from China:
Slender sharp and bright terminated prismatic crystals of Arsenopyrite measuring around 3" in length from near Daye, Jiangxi province, China.
The guys at Pinnacle 5 Minerals had their usual fine display of great Amazonite/Smoky Quartz specimens:
A fine cluster of Amazonite crystals with white caps and "stripes" on some of the faces, with Smoky Quartz from the Smoky Hawk Mine, Crystal Peak Mining District, Florissant, Teller County, Colorado, USA.
Specimen measures appx. 7" across.
Pinnacle 5 also had these new specimens of Blue Cleavalandite:
A group of 5 specimens of Blue Albite var. Cleavelandite from Delmoe Lake area, Boulder Batholith, Jefferson Co., Montana, USA.
A closer look at one of these Cleavelandite specimens with Smoky Quartz.
Specimen measures around 2.1/2" across.
Tom Praszkier of Spirifer Minerals had some interesting Polish minerals including these polished slices of "Schalenblende", banded Sphalerite, Galena and Marcasite from Olkusz Mine, Olkusz District, MaÅ‚opolskie, Poland.
A selection of polished slices of "Schalenblende" from Olkusz Mine, Olkusz District, MaÅ‚opolskie, Poland. Largest around 5".
Detail of the banding in the Schalenblende enhanced by the polishing.
Tom also had these specimens of Baryte and Marcasite, again partly polished to show the attractive internal structure:
Nodular concretions of Baryte with Marcasite partly polished to show the banding from Lubin, Lubin District, Legnica, Lower Silesia, Poland.
Close-up of one of the Baryte, Marcasite nodules from Lubin Poland.
One cabinet in Tom's room was devoted to specimens of Corundum in matrix from Madagascar:
An assortment of well developed crystals of Corundum in matrix from Zazafotsy Quarry (Amboarohy), Zazafotsy Commune, Ihosy District, Horombe Region, Fianarantsoa Province, Madagascar.
Notice the "skin" of Feldspar around the individual Corundum crystals on a lot of the specimens.
A closer look at one of these Corundum crystal specimens.
Tom had this solitary Linarite specimen on one of his shelves from an unusual location:
Rich Linarite with a little Cerussite from Kirki (Kirka), Xánthi Prefecture, Thraki Department, Greece.
As ever the guys at Collectors Edge had a few spectacular exhibits, but we couldn't complete this report without a mention of two exceptional calcite specimens they had from China.
Here is a picture of one of them:
Standing about 6" or so tall, a very aesthetic group of Calcites with Quartz from Huanggang Fe-Sn deposit, Hexigten Banner, Ulanhad League, Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region, China.
Last year I gave a mention to the team at the Adelaide Mining Company who each year bring us a spectacular display of Crocoite specimens. Then, Adam Wright told me they hadn't got their full display due to damage of a lot of the specimens in transit. Well this year no such catastrophe had happened and the display of specimens, a lot of them recently mined, was a feast for the eyes.
I took many photos in their room. I can't show you them all.
Here are just a few:
Not one of the largest specimens in Adams showcases but, well I don't need to say why I really wanted to include this one. Crocoite from the Adelaide Mine, Dundas mineral field, Zeehan District, Tasmania, Australia.
Specimen measures around 4" across.
Detail of some of the finer needles on one of the specimens.
Slightly thicker and therefore richer in colour a small cluster attached to the end of a somewhat larger specimen.
One of my favourite dealers is Luis Burillo. Luis always has a range of good quality specimens at reasonable prices. This time he had a selection of great Bournonites from Bolivia. Here is one of the better ones:
A particularly fine cluster of interlocking Bournonite "cog wheels" on matrix from the Viboras Mine, Machacamarca District, Cornelio Saavedra Province, Potosí Department, Bolivia. The specimen measures around 5" end to end.
Luis also had this well developed Löllingite specimen from China:
Löllingite from the Huanggang Fe-Sn deposit, Hexigten Banner, Ulanhad League, Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region, China.
Specimen measures about 5" tall.
The doors to our Retail room opened promptly at 10am on Saturday and we soon had the usual influx of prospective customers eagerly looking for that particular specimen to add to their replica designer handbags collection.
Here is just a taste of some of the fine mineral specimens we have on offer in our retail showroom:
A well defined group of twinned Cerussite crystals from Tsumeb Mine, Tsumeb, Otjikoto Region, Namibia.
A superb Cobaltoan-Calcite crystal group with associated Malachite from Mashamba, Kolwezi District, Katanga Copper Crescent, Democratic Republic of Congo.
Terminated Fluorapatite crystal standing on Matrix from the classic location-
Cerro de Mercado Mine, Cerro de los Remedios, Durango, Mexico.
A selection of extremely well crystallized specimens of Pyrite showing complex form and an almost mirror polish on some of the faces, from the Merelani Hills, Lelatema Mts, Arusha Region, Tanzania.
A super greeinish-blue coloured specimen of Cuprian Adamite from the Serpieri Mines, Kamariza, Agios Konstantinos, Lavrion, Greece.
Cuprian Smithsonite from the Hilarion Mines, Kamariza, Agios Konstantinos, Lavrion District, Attikí Prefecture, Greece.
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Crystals of Malachite pseudomorphed after Cuprite.
From the Hilarion Mines, Kamariza, Agios Konstantinos, Lavrion District, Attikí Prefecture, Greece.
Goethite coatings after Gypsum (Selenite) crystals from Jean Baptiste Mine, Kamariza, Agios Konstantinos, Lavrion District Mines, Lavrion, Attikí Prefecture, Greece. Specimen is around 8" in length.
Spherical Rhodochrosites on Manganite from N'Chwaning Mines, Kuruman, Kalahari manganese fields, Northern Cape Province, South Africa.
Mangano-Smithsonite from Tsumeb Mine, Tsumeb, Otjikoto Region, Namibia.
That's it for now.
I hope this offering is enough to keep you interested for our next instalment.
We hope to bring you more goodies from the Hotel Tucson City Centre in a few days time.
Until then, Happy Hunting!
Author: Dave Whipp and Diana Schlegel
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