Tucson Update 3 TGMS

17 February 2017

The Tucson Gem and Mineral Show 2017

This is the 3rd of our show reports for Tucson 2017 and here we will show you some of the fine exhibits
that continue to astound us year in and year out.

For 2017 the theme of the show is
"Mineral Treasures of the Midwest"
and although the title would suggest minerals of the American Midwest this,
as you will see, is open to interpretation.
Some really fine exhibits were there to be enjoyed.

This year at TGMS, Crystal Classics had our biggest floor space ever. We were able to fit 17 show cases into the area together with six mineral specimen drawer units with a little room to spare. When the displays were completed the ambience in the booth was both comfortable and easy for collectors to view our great range of fine mineral specimens and chat with the team.

Of course the bigger the booth the longer it takes to set up and the more team members you need.
So we were ready to go at 7 am queuing for best spot outside the Tucson Convention Centre.

Once the cabinets were in position the work displaying the specimens could begin.

Debbie with Dave Hacker choosing those important first few specimens for display.

Katrin Schlegel working on another of the show cases.

Diana choosing specimens for the Fluorite display case.

The drawer units ready for loading with specimens.

Comfort during set up - always a good policy!!

Just some of the boxes of minerals that had to be sorted for display this year.

Ian Bruce getting stuck into the displays.

Malcolm and Angela Southwood having fun creating the Tsumeb display Case.

Terry Szenics ("Skip") enjoying some of the specimens Crystal Classics have to offer.

One of the vertical "pillar" showcases completed.

Just part of the finished display ready for customers and friends to see.

A tradition for the Crystal Classics team - Lunch at the local Mexican Restaurant.
but all is not well...

Liz and Dave Hacker show their disapproval that there were no Margarita's!!
The restaurant no longer had a licence for Alcohol.
Mexican food without Margarita's ???

Some of the team returning to complete the displays.

Diana with Tanya.

With all of our displays completed, we could't resist an early jaunt around the hall to see some of the
fine exhibits that had already been assembled in other show cases:

I have read about this fine Rhodochrosite but never seen it in the flesh.
The "Alma Rose"
The specimen, put on by the Rice Museum of Rocks and Minerals, is one of the finest Rhodochrosites
to be recovered from the Sweet Home Mine, Mount Bross, Alma District, Park County, Colorado, USA.

This show case was presented by Penny Williamson and Paul Car of the University of Wollongong, Australia and titled "Minerals Treasures of the Mid-West Pacific (Australia)"
The showcase included some of the finest specimens we know from Australia including a great Native Lead, a Dyscrasite and a reticulated Cerussite all from Broken Hill New South Wales Australia...

... and this fine example of Pyrosmalite crystals, also from Broken Hill, New South Wales, Australia.

A remarkable example of Crystallised Gold on display by Siber & Siber of Switzerland from the famous 
Eagle's Nest Mine, Sage Hill, Michigan Bluff District, Placer County, California, USA.

This show case exhibited by the Smithsonian Institution had three items of fine gems and Jewellery.

Here are two of them a little closer up:

A 17.9 carat Diamond Crystal from Murfreesboro, Pike County, Arkansas, USA
gifted to the museum by Washington A. Roebling

An exquisite Lightning Ridge Black Opal augmented with rare Russian Demantoid Garnets set in a 
pendant of 18 carat yellow gold, created by Tiffany - early 20th century.

The Gemological Institute of America (GIA) put on a display of fine
polished specimens from the Joel F. Hauser Collection.

A colourful display of specimen from the members of the
Mineralogical Association of Dallas (MAD).

Pretty Quartz Var. "Amethyst" from Las Vigas, Vera Cruz, Mexico

And another in the MAD showcase this fine purple Fluorapatite from
the Waisanen Quarry (Tamminen-Waisanen Quarry), Greenwood, Oxford Co., Maine, USA.

The Smithsonian institution had another show case devoted to "Minerals of the Tri-State District"
Fine examples of Calcite, Galena and Sphalerite were incorporated in the display....

...together with this unusual Hemimorphite epimorph after Calcite with Greenockite, from 
Joplin, Jasper County, Missouri, USA.

Eager collectors jostling between the booths.

The Show case of Jesse Fisher and Joan Kureczka with a worldwide
collection of Fluorite specimens...

... notably this fine blue cubic crystal on Dolomite from
Florence/Ullcoates Mine, Egremont, Cumbria, England...

... and this group of translucent crystals from 
Rottleberode, Stolberg, Harz, Saxony-Anhalt, Germany.

The Irv brown Showcase with some very fine specimens

A particularly aesthetic  Hematite specimen with a large Quartz crystal attached from 
Cavradi Gorge, Curnera Valley, Tujetsch, Grischun, Switzerland.

A fine terminated Topaz Crystal from Ouro Preto, Iron Quadrangle, Minas Gerais, Brazil,
together with a great little Fluorite showing well defined colour zoning
from Minerva No. 1 Mine, Cave-in-Rock, Illinois, Hardin Co., Illinois, USA.

The University of Arizona Mineral Museum had many great specimens in their show case but the
Diopside from Merelani was particularly eye catching..

Fine Chromium rich Diopside crystals perched on a bed of black Graphite plates
from Merelani Hills, Lelatema Mts, Simanjiro, Manyara Region, Tanzania.

A show case devoted to James Smithson, together with a number of different
coloured Smithsonite specimens.

A classic bottle green Smithsonite in the Smithson show case from the 
79 Mine, Chilito, Hayden, Banner District, Dripping Spring Mountains, Gila Co., Arizona, USA.

Bisbee Mining and Historical Museum showcased a selection of fine native Copper specimens...

...including this specimen from the Copper Queen Mine.

Another show case devoted to Bisbee - Assorted Malachite specimens.

Botryoidal Malachite from the Lavender Open Pit Mine,
Bisbee, Warren District, Mule Mts., Cochise Co., Arizona, USA.

Banded Malachite coated with deep blue Azurite (collected in 1895)
from 200 Level, Czar Mine, Queen Hill, Bisbee, Warren District, Mule Mts, Cochise Co., Arizona, USA.

An interesting specimen of post mining Aragonite having encased a timber nail adjacent
to a "Bird's Nest" of Aragonite "Cave Pearls", from Bisbee, Cochise County, Arizona, USA.
Specimen collected by Ray Wright.

The show case of the Harvard Collection with a few interesting exhibits..

One of four cute Fluorite specimens from Illinois showing some of its inclusions.

Rare Shigaite Crystals on matrix from the Bengal Mine (Bangal Mine), Cannon Mine,
Stambaugh, Menominee Iron Range, Iron Co., Michigan, USA.

The show case of the National Museum of Scotland Highlighting specimens from the
David A Burgess collection.

Native copper from Centennial Mine, Centennial, Houghton Co., Michigan, USA,
 on display in the National Museum of Scotland show case. 

The Natural History Museum, London brought the Midwest of the USA together with the Mid and the West of the UK by incorporation West Cumbria, the Midlands and South West England in one showcase.

From the case above, two "Amethyst" sceptre crystals.
On the left a rare specimen from Copper Hill Mine, Sticklepath, Devon, England and on the right a "Sceptre" specimen of "Amethyst" perched on a Tourmaline included Quartz from Little Pipestone Creek, Jefferson County, Montana, USA.

Fine Blue and Yellow Fluorite in association  with white Calcite from
Minerva No. 2 Mine, Cave-In-Rock, Hardin  County, Illinois, USA and on the right a Blue crystals
of Fluorite from Florence Mine, Egremont, West Cumberland Iron Ore Field, Cumbria, England.

The show case of the Carlon Collection with some great examples of Fluorite, Baryte, Calcite and
Sphalerite to name just some.

This Fluorite caught my eye -
transparent inky blue composite cube crystals on the corner of a larger yellow cube section
from Rosiclare Level, Illinois - Kentucky Fluorspar District, Hardin Co., Illinois, USA.

The end of the day and only a few hardened souls remain.

It's not all rocks at the TGMS.
A grand selection of books and magazines can also be found on many stalls.

Well that's it for another Tucson.
We hope that there has been something in our reports to interest all.
There is, as always, so much to see and we cannot possibly cover everything.
We've all had a great time here this year in Tucson and look forward to our return
this time next year when we will have a completely new range of great mineral specimens to offer.

In the mean time we have more venues to visit this year ....Ste. Marie, Denver, Munich.

We hope to see all our friends at one or all of these forthcoming events.

Our next event will be the Crystal Classic's Open Day to be held here in
East Coker on 3rd June 2017.

Author: Dave and Dan
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