Denver Show 2013
13 September 2013
Welcome to the 46th Annual Denver Gem and Mineral Show 2013.
The Denver Gem and Mineral Show is always a challenge, we never know what to expect from the weather. This year we were welcomed upon our arrival with a record heat wave and temperatures that Denver has not experienced for more than 200 years - temperatures up to 100 Fahrenheit.
The Crystal Classics and Kristalle team arrived on Friday the 7th September before the optional jump start of Marty Zinn's Show at the Ramada Plaza.
As usual we have brought a great selection of minerals form all over the world, including a huge variety of Minerals from Tsumeb.
If any of these specimens are of interest to you please do not hesitate to contact our team, either at the show (Room 133) or in our offices in California or in the UK, all of whom will be more than happy to help.
A small group of some of the minerals in one of our cabinets including a great Legrandite from the Ojuela Mine, Mapimí, Durango, Mexico.
A superb plate of lustrous euhedral Cerussite crystals, mostly twinned, from Anarak, Iran.
A cluster of richly coloured interlocking purple cubes of Fluorite from the Berbes Mining area, Ribadesella, Asturias, Spain.
A good bright cluster of parallel grown Octahedral Galena crystals from
Joplin, Tri-State District, Jasper Co., Missouri, USA.
Our room, 133, was set up by Saturday the 8th September and we were ready for business. With four display cabinets filled with a fine selection of world-wide specimens and books and two drawer units full of mineral cuties we were ready for the first customers to arrive.
Mineral collectors taking time to peruse our show cases and drawer units for that all important bargain!
Here are two Volumes of a complete 5 Vol. set of
James Sowerby's " British Mineralogy" we recently obtained.
As the heat wave continued we had a little time to look around the hotel on the first of our regular show searches for anything new to hit the mineral world. In the room of Cornerstone Minerals we saw some of the new find of Pyrite specimens from Columbia, discovered earlier this year in April.
A selection of these Pyrite crystal groups from the Orienti Mine, Chivor, Guavió-Guatéque Mining District, Boyacá Department, Colombia.
A closer look at one of these Pyrite crystal groups
Since the show does not open officially until Wednesday there were not that many people around and a lot of dealers hadn't arrived yet. Some just waited for the opening of their rooms.
The weather continued to be hot with high humidity until Monday afternoon when quickly, heavy dark clouds began to appear and quickly covered the sky.
We should have realised something was going to change.
Torrential rain outside the venue
Just one of the casualties!
A spectacular new find was released at this year’s Denver show from RIL Inc. and Great Basin Minerals. Over the last 18 months these guys have been working under extreme conditions at the Rowley Mine in Maricopa County, Arizona. They dug a new 300 foot adit and retrieved the finest examples of Wulfenite and Mimetite specimens yet known from this locality. The colour ranges from bright translucent honey yellow to a rich fluorescent orange. Amazing pieces from an old time favourite location.
A complete pocket of these magnificent Wulfenites from the Rowley Mine.
A close up of that same pocket.
A great little Wulfenite specimen with mimetite in association.
A single crystal from the Rowley Mine.
Mimetite from Rowley Mine, Theba, Painted Rock Mts, Maricopa Co.,
Along with this Wulfenite find came a bonus - some great specimens of Diaboleite!
Diaboleite from the Rowley Mine, Theba, Painted Rock Mts, Maricopa Co.,
Another similar Diaboleite from the same find.
Although Keith Wentz President of R.I.L INC is very proud of the achievement’s he had with his team at the Rowley Mine, they did not come without a price. A few members of his team as well as Keith himself had to be hospitalized with the effects of lead poisoning.
Despite the cautious use of face masks and breathing apparatus and the utilisation of pumping machines to help oxygenate the air in the adit, the high temperatures exacerbated the problem and a number of the team succumbed to the effects of the poisoning.
Another new find from the Deccan Trap lava flows of India was brought to the Denver show this year courtesy of the Matrix India team. Local miners were digging a well and got to around 30 feet deep when they came across a cavity lined with Stilbite and green Apophyllite.
One of the proprietors of the Matrix India team holding a cabinet specimen found at the water well.
In this specimen the Apophyllites radiate out in hemispherical aggregates - all with flat topped terminations. These groups resting aesthetically upon a bed of creamy white Stilbite crystals.
Andreas Stucki from Siber & Siber, Switzerland with Ian Bruce and Wayne Leicht.
More to come from the main show.
Author: Diana Schlegel
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