Tucson Show First report

26 January 2017

Sunset over the mountains in Tucson


Welcome to the first of our show reports for Tucson 2017

The Crystal Classics team first started to arrive to rather wet weather when we landed at Phoenix.The following morning we collected our cars and drove to sort our stock which was due to arrive in Tucson. This year we have so much stock we had no choice but to consider a different strategy. All our retail stock was delivered at our place of residence, Via de Suenos west of Tucson, and the Wholesale stock was delivered directly to the Hotel Tucson City Centre.

Unloading the crates at Suenos

Some of the crates ready for unloading

Just some of the high-end specimens destined for
Hotel Tucson City Centre and Westward Look a little later on.

Down at the Hotel Tucson City Centre, more crates arrived on the second day
filled with all our high-quality wholesale minerals.

Here temporary recruit Frank Aloe from Australia helps unpack the crates with Peter Schlegel.

Regular helper at Crystal Classics Liz Hacker checks the specimens over
with Peter in the background

Quartz....etc. in one of our showcases.

Newly recruited Crystal Classics Chef Tania see's our display's for the first time

Dave Hacker with Frank sorting through some of the wholesale mineral stock.

Peter and Katrin Schlegel showing some of the minerals in the wholesale Mission Room suite.

Nearly ready....
Mission room stocked with more minerals than we have ever brought to the show before

Soon the room was full of keen-eyed collectors and dealers all looking for the bargains.

Some of the larger specimens on show in the display cases.

 Once the Wholesale room had been set up it was time to sort out the retail room in the Foyer

The newly refurbished Foyer of the Hotel Tucson City Centre 

Diana at the door of the retail room.

One of the showcases in our retail room at Hotel Tucson City Centre
exhibiting a colourful array of fine specimens from around the world.

Here are just a few of the great specimens on show in our retail room in the foyer of the hotel Tucson City Centre.
lease note, all of these specimens are now currently on show and available to buy.
If any are of interest please do not delay. 
Let us know and we can reserve the specimens of your choice.

A small but particularly fine specimen of Cuprian Adamite
from Tsumeb Mine, Otjikoto Region, Namibia.

Azurite crystal cluster from Bisbee, Warren District, Mule Mts., Cochise County, Arizona, USA.

Rich Pink Cobaltoan Dolomite "cast" 
from Tsumeb Mine, Otjikoto Region, Namibia.

Classic example of Quartz Var. "Herkimer Diamond" as a small cluster free of matrix,
showing the typical clarity of these collectable pieces.
Herkimer County, New York State, USA.

Rich Orange aggregates of Pyromorphite on matrix
from Bunker Hill Mine, Kellogg, Coeur d'Alene District, Shoshone Co., Idaho, USA.

A fine example of Chromian Clinochlore ("Kammererite") from the classic location
Kop Krom Mine, Kop Daglari, Erzurum Province, Eastern Anatolia Region, Turkey

Aragonite "Birds Nest"  with loose "Cave Pearls" from Hermann Shaft, Buchenberg Mine,
Elbingerode, Harz, Saxony-Anhalt, Germany.

A closer look at the "Cave Pearls" pictured above

A cluster of small transparent green Chromium Rich Grossular Garnet
from Jeffrey Quarry, Asbestos, Quebec, Canada.

A cavity lined with Langite
from Perran St. George Mine, Perranzabuloe, St. Agnes District, Cornwall, England, UK.

Well defined Weloganite crystals in a cavity
from the Francon Quarry, Montréal, Québec, Canada.

Of Course, Crystal Classics are not the only dealers here at the Hotel Tucson City Centre.
We took some time to have a look and see what some of the other dealers had.
Our first port of call was Crystal Springs Mineral and Jewellery Co.
Thomas Nagin (Proprietor) allowed us to photograph some of the fine specimens and jewellery they have there.

A fine group of "Amethyst" skull carvings

These single crystals of Bolivian "Ametrine" crystals caught our attention
partly because of their rather strange terminations.

Here you can clearly see the "amethyst" and the Citrine colours separated out. 

Sliced sections of the "Ametrine" show the sectors of colour in these

Polished "Trapiche Emerald" rings.

Exquisite clusters of blue Kyanite Crystals from Minas Gerais, Brazil.

Fighting eagles carved from Lapis Lazuli perched on top of a Quartz crystal cluster.

Moving into the next room we found Minerama at their new indoor location.
Here are  a few of the interesting specimens they had on display

This blue/purple Chalcedony seems fairly new to the Market and has been nicknamed
"Grape Chalcedony" for perhaps obvious reasons.
From Mamuju area, Sulawesi Barat Province, Sulawesi, Indonesia.

A closer look at the structure of the "Grape chalcedony"
detailing the spherical nature of these little aggregates.

John Cornish, a regular to Tucson had a couple of great little specimens worthy of mention.

This great little "cruciform" pair of Baryte crystals on Calcite
from Elk Creek locality, Dalzell, Meade Co., South Dakota, USA.

A superb Lustrous double terminated "Amethyst" crystal from
.Jackson's Crossroads, Wilkes Co., Georgia, USA.

Very bright yellow-orange Orpiment crystals from Twin Creeks Mine, Potosi District,
Osgood Mts, Humboldt Co., Nevada, USA

Self - Aware Minerals had these intriguing mining artifacts and
a rare minerals collection wooden boxed set.

They also had this nice little specimen of Pyromorphite on Malachite from Brown's Prospect,
Rum Jungle, Batchelor, Coomalie Shire, Northern Territory, Australia.

Dr. Hemant Merchant of Mineral Decor specialises in minerals from India
and as always each year in Tucson they have an interesting
display of minerals from the Deccan Traps.

This cavity in basalt is lined with spherical white aggregates of a mineral described
chemically as being somewhere between Okenite and Mordenite.
From Nashik Quarry, Nashik District, Maharashtra, India.


This just the beginning of the Tuscon experience for 2017.

We'll be back shortly with more mineral news from the Westward Look show. 


Author: Dave and Dan
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