Tucson Westward Look 2017

2 February 2017

Westward Look and The Tsumeb Forum

Since the Crystal Classics team first arrived in Tucson the weather has improved
and we now have clear skies and sunshine so spirits are high for the Westward Look Show.

Palm Trees outside the Westward Look Resort, home of the fine mineral Show.

Ian and Diana bringing in specimens for the display at Westward Look.

The new wooden frame glass show cases in place and lit
ready for the specimens to be displayed.

Peter and Katrin Schlegel with Rudolf Zechner outside
the Crystal Classics room at Westward Look.

Two of the show cases completed

Diana working at the displays.

Here are just a few of the fine minerals we kept back for the show:

Fine pale blue and lilac cubic crystals of Fluorite in association with white Quartz
from Yaogangxian Mine, Yizhang County, Chenzhou Prefecture, Hunan Province, China.

Pale blue "Aquamarine" crystal cluster
from Bergsig Farm 167 (Hohenstein), Omaruru District, Erongo Region, Namibia.

Subtle blue cubic Fluorite crystals on iron rich matrix with creamy coloured Dolomite
from Florence Mine, Egremont, West Cumberland Iron Field, Cumbria, England.

Another blue Fluorite, this time a cluster of translucent interlocking cube shaped crystals
from Le Burg Mine (Le Burc Mine), Alban - Le Fraysse Area Tarn, Midi-Pyrénées, France.

Green "Demantoid" Garnet crystals to nearly 1cm across scattered on matrix from
Malenco Valley, Valtellina, Sondrio Province, Lombardy, Italy.

One of the drawers of fine small mineral specimens in the showroom at Westward Look.

Richly coloured Green Beryl Var. "Emerald" Crystals resting in Mica Schist matrix
from Habach Valley, Hohe Tauern, Salzburg, Austria.

Fluorite with small black Sphalerites from
Denton Mine, Illinois - Kentucky Fluorspar District, Hardin Co., Illinois, USA.

A very fine example of Grossular Garnet ("Hessonite") with associated Diopside
from the Ala Valley, Torino Province, Piedmont, Italy.

Native "Wire" Silver from Schneeberg, Erzgebirge, Saxony, Germany.

Deep inky-Blue Lazulite Crystals on matrix with Quartz from
Rapid Creek, Dawson Mining District, Yukon, Canada.

Rich deep red crystals of Proustite on matrix from
Alberoda, Schlema-Hartenstein District, Erzgebirge, Saxony, Germany.

Another Proustite from the same locality with larger crystals.

Superb chocolate brown, Hexagonal Pyromorphite crystals interlocked on a bed of matrix
from the Rosenberg Mine, Braubach, Bad Ems, Rhineland-Palatinate, Germany.

A classic British specimen, this "Horsetooth" Siderite
from Wheal Maudlin, Lostwithiel, St. Austell, Cornwall, England shows the strong colour zones
within the crystals that give the crystals their name.
Here associated with double terminated milky white Quartz crystals.

A closer look at the Siderite and Quartz pictured previously.

Bright yellow banded Smithsonite from Masua, Iglesias, Carbonia-Iglesias Province, Sardinia, Italy.
The flat surface closest to the camera has been polished and measures approximately 2.1/2"

Two well defined translucent Sulphur Crystals perched on a little matrix
from Agrigento Province, Sicily, Italy.

White coralloid growths of Aragonite Var. "Flos Ferri"
from the Styrian Erzberg, Eisenerz, Styria, Austria.

A particularly fine Covelline showing deep blue irridescence crystals,
from Calabona Mine, Alghero, Sassari Province, Sardinia, Italy.

Metallic Hematite plates on matrix with with a little Rutile
from Cavradi Gorge, Curnera Valley, Tujetsch, Grischun, Switzerland.

One of a number of fine yellow "Heliodor" crystal specimens that Crystal Classics are proud
to have recently acquired.
This is one of the larger examples from Volodarsk-Volynskii, Zhytomyr Oblast', Ukraine
and shows the typical etch markings and beautiful transparency characteristic of the location.

A fine example of Mimetite from Tsumeb Mine, Otjikoto Region, Namibia

Rich green Pyromorphite crystals
from the Les Farges Mine, Ussel, Corrèze, Limousin, France

An astonishing Quartz Sceptre on matrix with Siderite
from Saint-Pierre-de-Mésage, Vizille, Isère, Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes, France.

Alarge specimen comprised of steel grey Galena with Calcite and Rhodochrosite and a little Pyrite
and Quartz, from the famous Trepča Complex, Kosovska Mitrovica, Kosovo.

A pretty ribbon of "Rose" Quartz crystals surrounds a large pre-existing white to clear
Quartz crystal from Laranjeira, Taquaral, Itinga, Jequitinhonha Valley, Minas Gerais, Brazil

Another specimen from Brazil, this Rutile aggregate in the form of a six-rayed star
with Hematite (or Ilmenite) at its core, sits on top of a terminated Quartz crystal.
Novo Horizonte, Bahia, Brazil.

A great little cluster of Grey translucent octahedral crystals of Senarmontite
from Djebel Hammimat Mine, Ain Babouche, Ain Beida, Constantine Province, Algeria.

Seven or eight elongated crystals of  dark green Tourmaline ("Elbaite") held together
with snowy white Albite Var. "Cleavelandite" plates
from Stak Nala, Haramosh Mountains, Skardu District, Baltistan, Gilgit-Baltistan, Pakistan.

These are just a few of the great specimens Crystal Classics had to offer
at the Westward Look show but of course there were many more from other dealers:

Cornersone Minerals had this cabinet full of new Wulfenite specimens
from the Erupción Mine, Los Lamentos, Mun. de Ahumada, Chihuahua, Mexico

They also had this nice example of Hemimorphite from  
79 Mine, Chilito, Hayden, Banner District, Dripping Spring Mountains , Gila Co., Arizona, USA.

Unique Minerals had a few nice specimens from the Mike Groben Collection:

A rich Caledonite from Blue Bell Mine, Soda Mts, Silver Lake District,
San Bernardino Co., California, USA

A classic Little Three Mine Spessartine.

Unique Minerals also had this nice terminated yellow Fluorapatite
from Cerro de Mercado Mine, Cerro de los Remedios, Durango, Mexico.

Brian Kosnar (of Mineral Classics) had this good sized Fluorapatite with inclusions of Actinolite
from Ganadao (Gandahab), Warsak, Mohmand Agency,
Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA), Pakistan.

Brian also showed us this rare Scorzalite
from Estaño Orcko Mine, Machacamarca District, Cornelio Saavedra Province,
Potosí Department, Bolivia.

....and this fine Valentinite specimen from
San José Mine, Oruro City, Cercado Province, Oruro Department, Bolivia.

Westward look at Night

Moving on from Westward Look, Crystal Classics were proud to present the third of our annual
Tsumeb events - Tsumeb Forum.
A one day event, this year held at a new venue, Elks Lodge, 1800 N Oracle Road Tucson AZ 85705,
just 3 minutes drive from Tucson City Centre Hotel.
The Centre was better equipped to accommodate the increasing popularity of the event.

With talks given by
Raquel Alonso-Perez and Malcolm Southwood
on "Charles Palache's Tsumeb Legacy"
and Photographer Jeff Scovil on "Twenty Years of shooting Tsumeb",
Together with a number of dealers with a  wide range of Tsumeb specimens for sale, Refreshments etc.,
The event was certain to be well attended.

(L to R) Jeff Scovil, Ian Bruce, Malcolm Southwood and Raquel Alonso-Perez.

Debbie with Angela Southwood

Dave and Debbie setting up the Crystal Classics Tsumeb Minerals Stand

Collectors and dealers looking at John Veevaert's selection of Tsumeb specimens for sale.

Shields Flynn talking Tsumeb with Ian.

The Girls at the Mindat Desk with Tsumeb "T Shirts"

The "Mineral Wines" display

Malcolm with Debbie and Paul.

Penny with Rob Sielecki.

Debbie at her work station.


Our third and final report will be from the Tucson Gem and Mineral show
to be held at 
the Tucson Convention Centre.

The theme of the show this year is:


Stay tuned for some amazing mineral delights!!

Author: Dave and Dan
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