Tucson 2014 - Westward Look Show
10 February 2014
Welcome to the third of our reports from Tucson 2014
Each year in Tucson there are more than forty mineral fossil and gem shows spread across the city. Some last just a few days, some are open for the duration - three weeks plus.
In this report we will focus on the most prestigious of these events held to the north of the city at the Westward Look Hotel Resort and Spa. Top quality Worldwide mineral specimens are often retained throughout the dealing world for show and for sale at this once a year event lasting just three days.
If fine minerals are your passion this show is one not to be missed!
As regulars to the show are aware the show rooms are housed in the guest apartments of each of the dealers and this year Crystal Classics shared a room with the Kristalle team and made full use of the space available with high quality glass showcases and brand new wooden drawer cabinets purpose made for specimens for the collectors and dealers to look through.
A full car park at Westward Look on opening morning.
Two of our glass showcases filled with our finest worldwide mineral specimens.
Our new purpose-made wooden drawer cabinets filled with great minerals.
Four of our finest pieces in one showcase.
Top to bottom: Beryl (Morganite) from Brazil, Tourmaline from Brazil, Azurite from Bisbee and Siderite with Quartz from France.
Another of our show cases, close up.
Wayne Leicht with Lois Nelson of Kristalle, in front of one of their mineral show case.
Peter Schlegel sorting the specimens in one of our new units.
Liz and Dave Hacker at the Westward Look
Liz checking labels are all in their correct places.
Crystal Classics proprietor Ian Bruce with Diana Schlegel at Westward Look.
Here are some of the great mineral specimens we had for sale at Westward Look 2014. As ever we don't anticipate the sale of all of our specimens at these shows. If any are of interest please do not hesitate to contact our staff either at the shows in Tucson or in our omega replica offices in Somerset, England. We will let you know the availability of any particular specimen.
A superb Lustrous Tourmaline crystal from Minas Gerais, Brazil.
The tips of the crystal are near black without the aid of bright light.
The relatively fast growth of the crystal throughout most of it's development produced myriads of fine parallel growth tubes within the crystal giving rise to this "Cats Eye" effect.
A large plate of Azurite crystals from Bisbee, Cochise County, Arizona, USA
A classic European example of steel blue Anatase crystals aesthetically scattered amongst prismatic terminated clear Quartz Crystals from Hardangervidda, Hordaland, Norway.
Translucent blue cubes of Fluorite from France.
Terminated green and red Tourmaline crystals in association with a "rosette" of Cleavelandite all lightly encrusted with pale lilac Lepidolite from Chiar mine, São José da Safira, Doce valley, Minas Gerais, Brazil.
Cubanite crystal twin on matrix from Henderson No. 2 mine, Chibougamau, Nord-du-Québec, Québec, Canada
A superb array of double terminated Quartz crystals scattered across the Surface of a translucent green blue Fluorite cube from El Hammam, Meknès, Meknès Prefecture, Meknès-Tafilalet Region, Morocco.
A near perfect and rare piece from Ireland.
Cubo-Octohedral Galena crystals interlocked and developed on a bed of glistening Sphalerites from the classic Mogul Mine, Silvermines District, Co. Tipperary, Ireland.
Amazing "Hoppered" Gold tetrahedrons forming a mass of parallel grown crystals from the Colorado Quartz Mine, Whitlock District, Mariposa Co., California, USA.
A plate of interlocking red Rhodochrosite crystals from the N'Chwaning Mines, Kuruman, Kalahari manganese field, Northern Cape Province, South Africa.
Rich yellow to orange aggregate of lustrous Pyromorphite from the Bunker Hill, Kellogg, Coeur d'Alene District, Shoshone Co., Idaho, USA.
Pure white twisted growths of Aragonite ("Flos Ferri") from the Styrian Erzberg, Eisenerz, Styria, Austria.
Rich red delicate matting of Cuprite (Var. Chalcotrichite) fibres scattered across matrix from the Tsumeb Mine, Otjikoto region, Namibia.
A unique and exquisite specimen from the one of the well known Alpine mineral areas in Europe. Large brown rhombic shaped Siderite crystals interlocked and coated in part with slender colourless needles of Quartz
from Saint-Pierre-de-Mésage, Vizille, Isère, Rhône-Alpes, France.
Fine Native Gold with Quartz from Mount Maclure Mine, Western Australia, Australia.
Native Silver from Kongsberg, Svene, Flesberg, Buskerud, Norway.
Galena with Siderite from Neudorf, Germany.
Talmessite from Bou Azzer, Tazanacht, Ouarzazate Province, Morocco.
Now we've shown you some of the things we have, it's time to take a tour and show you a little of some of the great specimens on offer by other dealers around Westward Look.
One of our first calls was to Gunther Hoppe's room. Gunther had this interesting Feldsper specimen which had been naturally etched producing a cross hatched effect. The top of the specimen was criss-crossed with a few Jeremejevite crystals associated with black Schorl Tourmaline.
Pale aqua-blue Jeremejevite crystals to around 3cm with Schorl Tourmaline.
From Amieb Farm, Erongo, Namibia.
Gunther also had this group of thin Cobaltoan Calcite crystals with a rim of tiny Pyrite crystals from Hunan Province, China.
....and this cluster of pink octohedral Fluorite with Quartz from Huanggang Fe-Sn Deposit, Hexigten Banner, Ulanhad League, Inner Mongolia, China.
Our next visit took us to see Brian Kosnar who allowed me to photograph a few interesting minerals including a new fond of Shattuckite specimens.
Brian told me these had all been analysed and confirmed as Shattuckite (to differentiate them from Plancheite).
Here's a closer look at one of them:
Shattuckite from the Dem. Rep. Congo.
From Namibia, Brian had this great single Quartz crystal from the Goboboseb Mountains, Brandberg District, Namibia, showing both amethystine and smoky zones within the crystal as well as inclusions of Hematite and microscopic fluid inclusions.
The Kosnar Brothers also had a few rare and interesting Phosphates:
A rich Monazite-Ce crystal group on matrix from Siglo XX Mine, Llallagua, Bustillos Province, Potosi Department, Bolivia.
A gemmy little Ludlamite crystal group on matrix from Huanuni Mine, Dalence Province, Oruro Dept., Bolivia.
A super little spherical aggregate of Wavellite with Quartz from Siglo XX Mine, Llallagua, Bustillos Province, Potosi Department, Bolivia.
.... a little closer.
Mike Bergman had a great range of gem minerals, including this great Brazilian Topaz:
Blue Topaz from Lavro Do Teixeirinha, Itinga, Minas Gerais, Brazil.
We're all familiar with the Heliodor crystals from the Russian localities -
Here's a richly coloured Beryl (Var. Heliodor) from Jequitinhonha Valley, Jaqueto, Bahia, Brazil.
Elbaite from the Cruzeiro Mine, Doce Valley, Minas Gerais, Brazil.
A great little Rhodochrosite - polished slice, from Argentina, also in Mike's collection.
Scott Werschky of Miner's Lunchbox also had a number of great specimens on display.
A superb and aesthetic cluster of mixed yellow Wulfenite and near pure white Baryte blades, intergrown on matrix, from The San Francisco mine, Cerro Prieto, Curcurpe, Sonora, Mexico.
Amongst a great selection of items Scott had, this interesting Chalcedony specimen with strange concentric structures from Sidi Rahal, El Kelaa des Sraghna Province, Marrakech-Tensift-El Haouz Region, Morocco.
Close up of the concentric structures on the Chalcedony pictured above.
Fine intergrown Native Gold crystals from the Ollinghouse Mine, Washoe County, Nevada, USA - also in Scott's cabinets.
A classic Pyromorphite on Baryte specimen from the Les Farges Mine, Ussel, France.
In The Mineral Gallery, Inc. room there was one exceptional specimen that any collector of Canadian minerals would not pass by.
A spectacular group of salmon pink Serandite crystals in association with white Analcime from Mont St. Hilaire, Quebec, Canada.
Not one for the feint hearted collector, this cavity of brightly coloured yellow needles of Becquerelite is enclosed by dark Grey Uraninite - both radioactive Uranium minerals.These minerals require a good deal of care and knowledge by their owners for obvious reasons. In the collection presented by Marc Miterman of Unique minerals.
A closer look at these beautifully coloured Becquerelite needles from the Shinkolobwe mine, Katanga (Shaba), Zaire (Dem. Rep. Congo).
Unique Minerals also had this colourful Azurite, Malachite and Quartz combination from M'Cissi, Er Rashida, Morocco.
Wayne Thompson had a great range of spectacular minerals in his room.
This selection of Tourmaline slices caught my eye.
Presumably all cut from a single replica rolex crystal.
Well, that's about it from Westward Look, but there is still a lot going on in Tucson.
Our next report will come from the main show, The Tucson Gem and Mineral Show, to be held at the Tucson Convention Centre.
We'll bring you news of not just the Crystal Classics display, but hopefully as much as we can about the competitions and the show cases and other special exhibits.
Watch this space!
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