Tucson Show Report 2019

19 February 2019



Following the New Years celebrations it is soon time for the biggest mineral, fossil and gemstone event of the year; The Tucson Show.

For those who are unfamiliar with the events that happen at Tucson; there are several different shows that have conglomerated around some bigger shows over the years, all surrounding the TGMS show.

This year we had a record amount of venues to supply with specimens so getting them all prepared was quite the challenge.

Part of the Tucson team arrived early to redistribute the different consignments of crates with specimens and start opening up the very first venues.

The team responsible for the unpacking and feeding the troops.
Tom, Iain, Diana and Joe.

Our first venue to open was SunGemstone; here we had a range of flat only material and former retail stock being sold at double keystone!

Most of the "flat only" material originates from the collections we acquired over the past year.

As well as having some Rogerley Mine and Diana Maria Mine Fluorites from last year.

It wasn't long before we had quite a crowd!

One of our neighbours had some ferocious raptor statues.

By now the rest of the team arrived and we were ready to open our venues at the Hotel Tucson City Centre or what the regulars call "The Inn Suites".

 There are separate buildings scattered all over the garden with dealers in each room.

The citrus trees were liking the cooler climate and so was the rhino.

The first venue to be prepared at HTCC is the Mission Meeting room.

In this room we had some overflow from our latest collections being sold at keystone prices.

Once this room is properly set up, we can begin setting up the rest of our locations in the hotel.

Like the fabulous cabinets we had in the Lobby and the Lobby room.

A big thanks to Liz and Dave Hacker for manning this room and helping all with their vast knowledge of minerals.

Let us have a look at some of the displayed minerals over here.

We have had some incredible new finds of Fluorite from
Diana Maria Mine, Frosterley, Weardale, Co. Durham, England.

We also have some new German Fluorite like this one from
Beihilfe Mine, Halsbrücke, Freiberg District, Erzgebirge, Saxony, Germany.

Or this lovely cognac-coloured Fluorite from
Frohnau, Annaberg-Buchholz, Annaberg District, Erzgebirge, Saxony, Germany.

A German classic; Quartz var. Eisenkiesel on deep purple Fluorite from
Wölsendorf, Upper Palatinate, Bavaria, Germany.

A cute little pink Fluorite on Adularia from the Alps.
Göscheneralp, Göschenen Valley, Uri, Switzerland.

A fantastically zoned Fluorite on Baryte from
Berbes Mining District, Ribadesella, Asturias, Spain.

A typical very light blue Fluorite on Dolomite from
Florence Mine, Egremont, West Cumberland Iron Field, Cumbria, England.

Fluorite on Dolomite and Fluorite on Sphalerite from
Elmwood Mine, Carthage, Central Tennessee, Smith Co., Tennessee, USA.

Or another great American Fluorite from
Ozark-Mahoning Mine, Ozark-Mahoning group, Cave-in-Rock, Hardin Co., Illinois, USA.

A Fluorite with an interesting crystal habit from
Cochise Co. Arizona, USA.

The classic emerald-green Fluorite octahedrons from
Riemvasmaak, Kakamas, Northern Cape province, South Africa.

Now some other minerals in addition to the exquisite Fluorites we had on display; let's have a look at some African specimens.

Baryte with Malachite from
Shangulowé Mine, Kambove District, Katanga Copper Cressent, Democratic Republic of the Congo.

Smithsonite from
Berg Aukas, Grootfontein District, Namibia.

This is an incredible specimen!
Big white spheres of Scholzite from
Skorpion Mine, Rosh Pinah, Lüderitz District, Karas Region, Namibia.

Vanadinite from the
Mibladen Mining District, Midelt, Knénifra Province, Meknès-Tafilalet Region, Morocco.

Malachite from
the Katanga Copper Crescent, Katanga, Democratic Republic of the Congo.

Hausmannite from
N'Chwaning Mines, Kuruman, Kalahari Manganese Field, North Cape Province, South Africa.

A lovely combination on this piece of Inesite with Datolite, Oyelite and Thaumasite from
Wessels Mine, Hotazel, Kalahari Manganese Field, North Cape Province, South Africa.

We had some lovely specimens from the Americas as well:

Vesuvianite that ranges from the classic green to the rarer purple in one specimen from
Jeffrey Mine, Asbestos, Quebec, Canada.

Beautiful pink Rhodochrosite crystals on needle-like Quartz from 
Sweet Home Mine, Mount Bross, Alma District, Park County, Colorado, USA.

Gold-coloured Baryte on Calcite from
Meikle Mine, Bootstrap District, Elko County, Nevada, USA.

Stannite/Kesterite with Arsenopyrite and Jamesonite from
San José Mine, Oruro City, Cercado Province, Oruro Department, Bolivia.

This is a really big piece of Morganite, the pink variety of Beryl, from
Urucum Mine, Galiléia, Doce Valley, Minas Gerais, Brazil.

Ludlamite from
Cabeça do Cachorro Claim, São Gabriel da Cachoeira, Amazonas, Brazil.

A Spessartine with an interesting growth pattern from
Navegadora Claim, Conselheiro Pena, Doce Valley, Minas Gerais, Brazil.

And the interesting growth patterns continue in this Beryl var. Morganite from
Governador Valadares, Doce Valley, Minas Gerais, Brazil.

Elbaite on Cleavelandite from
Minas Gerais, Brazil.

A zoned white-greyish Baryte from
Gyöngyösoroszi, Mátra Mountains, Heves County, Hungary.

A picture book favourite; Native Silver from
Freiberg District, Erzgebirge, Saxony, Germany.

Some of the world's most beautiful Barytes come from this classic German locality of
Pöhla, Schwarzenberg District, Saxony, Germany.

This is an interesting specimen of the new find of Quartz var. Chalcedony from the
Mamuju area, Sulawesi Barat Province, Sulawesi, Indonesia.

The green colour is probably due to the presence of Saponite inside the Chalcedony spheres.

In the UK this form of Smithsonite is called Turkey-Fat ore due to its resemblance.
This is from Masua, Iglesias, Carbonia-Iglesias Province, Sardinia, Italy.

Pyromorphite from 
Asprières, Aveyron, Occitanie, France.

Marcasite from
Cap Blanc-Nez, Nord-Pas-de-Calais, France.

A beautiful snow white globe of Calcite from
Baia Mare, Maramures, Romania.

A true European classic: a Wulfenite from the type locality area of 
Bleiberg, Carinthia, Austria.

Note that the crystals have some pretty neat zoning inside them.

One dealer in the Lobby area had some pretty impressive glassware crafted to look like minerals.

Glassware Azurite with Duftite from Tsumeb.

And a selection of glassware Tourmalines.

And even some watermelon Tourmalines made of glass.

One of the most interesting rooms we have is completely dedicated to the minerals of the Tsumeb Mine in Namibia. 

Katrin and Peter did the whole set-up for the room.

And it looked stunning!

With any questions concerning Tsumeb minerals, Pavel or Malcolm Southwood were on hand to help.

Let's take a look at some specimens from the Tsumeb Room.

Azurite from Tsumeb Mine, Oshikoto Region, Namibia.

An amazing Stottite with Zincian Siderite
from Tsumeb Mine, Oshikoto Region, Namibia.

Malachite pseudomorph after Azurite with Gartrellite
from Tsumeb Mine, Oshikoto Region, Namibia.

A whopper of a specimen!
Tennantite with Galena
from Tsumeb Mine, Oshikoto Region, Namibia.

A delicate Malachite on Calcite
from Tsumeb Mine, Oshikoto Region, Namibia.

A nice Quartz on a Malachite pseudomorph after Azurite
from Tsumeb Mine, Oshikoto Region, Namibia.

An interesting Cobaltoan Smithsonite
from Tsumeb Mine, Oshikoto Region, Namibia.

A nice group of Aragonite
from Tsumeb Mine, Oshikoto Region, Namibia.

An interesting colour of Smithsonite
from Tsumeb Mine, Oshikoto Region, Namibia.

The differences in lustre and transparency of the Calcite are amazing
from Tsumeb Mine, Oshikoto Region, Namibia.

An interesting thumbnail of Cuprian Adamite from the John Schneider Collection
from Tsumeb Mine, Oshikoto Region, Namibia.

One of the most sought after combinations are Cerussite with inclusions of Cuprite var. Chalcotrichite
from Tsumeb Mine, Oshikoto Region, Namibia.

Dioptase with Cerussite
from Tsumeb Mine, Oshikoto Region, Namibia.

A Cuprian Smithsonite
from Tsumeb Mine, Oshikoto Region, Namibia.


Our new Fluorite room is a part of the outside area of the HTCC show.

One of our last rooms to open at the hotel was our famous Fluorite Room.

In here you could look at and purchase the finds we discovered in the Rogerley and Diana Maria Mines over the past year.

Dan Holt is the Sales & Marketing Manager for UK Mining Ventures

Simon is one of the miners from the Diana Maria Mine.  He was very excited to see the specimens he had mined following proper cleaning.

Becky was at Tucson for the second time, so is well prepared to help all customers

It took a big team effort but after several days the crates were unpacked and all the specimens were displayed in the room

Some excellent specimens from this year's mining operations.

A new product we presented at Tucson this year... our decorative Fluorite tiles. 

For more information about these tiles please contact Dan at dan@ukminingventures.com.

We also had some excellent Native Coppers from 
Rocklands Mine, Cloncurry, Queensland, Australia.

The last venue we had to prepare was the new show at Mineral City.

This building was still at the planning stage last year, but they managed to finish it just in time for this year's show.

This new location is massive and we decided to fill it with lots of cabinets brimming with beautiful specimens, all at keystone prices!

Iain and Lizzie were ready to help you.

While being at Mineral City we had time to visit another vendor - Spirifer Minerals. They had a lot of interesting "new" Fluorites including
Quartz epimorphs after Fluorite from Utah; Fluorite from Madagascar and a new find of Fluorite from Mongolia

Now that everything was set up and prepared we were ready to welcome the customers.

Thanks to our chef Steve we had a team meal every night and were able to wind down after a hard day's work.

The very next day we opened the Fluorite room.

There was quite a queue waiting for the big opening.

Iain and Peter manned the door and greeted the waiting customers enthusiastically by showing some spectacular specimens.

Ian, Peter and Dan in the Fluorite room ready for the jump start.

Due to the large amount of customers, it was all hands on deck to be able to help everybody find their favourite Fluorite.

If you think we're nearly finished setting up... you're mistaken!
We still had to set up several locations and one of them is the cherry on top of the mineral cake: Westward Look.
Here we displayed most of our high-end specimens and rarities.

Diana and Ian were on hand to welcome all customers

We had a wide range of big specimens

Through to miniatures, whichever one you would prefer.

Let us take a look at some of the specimens showcased here.

A big Epidote with different coloured terminations from
Kimmeria, Xánthi Prefecture, Thraki Department, Greece.

A gorgeous specimen of Pyromorphite from one of the most famous French localities
Les Farges, Ussel, Corrèze, Limousin, France.

A highly lustrous Smithsonite from
Kelly Mine, Magdalena, Socorro County, New Mexico, USA.

A bright yellow Mimetite from 
San Pedro Corralitos, Mun. de Casas Grandes, Chihuahua, Mexico.

A Native Silver with feather-like crystals from
Chañarcillo, Copiapó Province, Atacama Region, Chile.

Of course, we had some amazing new specimens from our mining projects up in Weardale.
A mint green Fluorite with Calcite from the Frosterley Pocket, Diana Maria Mine, Frosterley, Weardale, County Durham, England.

A naturally broken and rehealed multicoloured Tourmaline with white blades of Cleavelandite from
Stak Nala, Haramosh Mountains, Skardu District, Baltistan, Gilgit-Baltistan, Pakistan.

An electric yellow Beryl, variety Heliodor, from
Volodarsk-Volynskii, Zhytomyr Oblast, Ukraine.

Wafer thin Wulfenite crystals with Mimetite spheres from
San Francisco Mine, Cerro Prieto, Cucurpe, Mun. de Cucurpe, Sonora, Mexico.

A big water green cuboctahedral Fluorite on Quartz from
Fujian Province, China.

Honey coloured Grossular Garnet from 
Jeffrey Mine, Asbestos, Québec, Canada.

  One of our major events during the Tucson shows was our Tsumeb Forum.
This is a one day show with several talks about this famous locality and with a big range of Tsumeb specimens for sale.

The Crystal Classics booth.

Visitors looking at some of the other dealers like Robert Sielecki (far right).

The speakers and researchers.
From Left to Right: Mark Feinglos, Malcolm Southwood, Martin Števko and Paul Carr.

Mark Feinglos spoke about The Bill Pinch Tsumeb Collections while Mal, Martin and Paul were Debunking 'Cuproadamite'.

A big crowd came to the talks. It was a really successful event once again this year, we hope you all enjoyed it!

After a long day, some of the staff had a nice meal out to relax.
Just enough to prepare them for the TGMS set up.

Next day it is all hands on deck again to get the main show set up as quickly as possible.

Tom had a lot of work to do, getting the electrics ready for the cabinet lighting systems.

Liz was an important part of the mineral set-up team.

Peter and Katrin were a huge help with the displays and logistics.

Martin and Iain helped out with the logistics.

Jorjia and Lizzie had a lot of fun displaying a whole cabinet with nothing but miniatures that feature on our instagram page.
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And of course, Diana is the Meister of arranging mineral displays.

And the end result was absolutely stunning!

The Natural History Museum of Vienna has made a superb cabinet dedicated to Franz Xaver Freiherr von Wulfen,

the Austro-Hungarian botanist and mineralogist Wulfenite was named after.

The specimens in this cabinet are all from Bleiberg, Carinthia, Austria, which is the typelocality of Wulfenite.


This is where we hang up our hats for Tucson 2019!

We have had yet another incredible year here in Tucson.
Many thanks to all of the customers and clients that have enabled us to keep returning to this brilliant show. 

We hope to see you at the Texas Mineral and Fossil Show on from the 26th-28th of april 2019.

We will be at booth 47-51. 

See you there!

Author: TC
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