Tucson Show Report 2020

13 February 2020

The combined Tucson shows make this the biggest mineral show in the world and we go through great effort to make this into a delight for all our visitors.

For those unfamiliar with the Tucson shows, they are a bunch of smaller mineral and gem shows all over town, culminating in the main show also known at the Tucson Gem and Mineral show or TGMS.

The first of our venues to open was Sun Gemstones and thanks to some other new rooms we were able to streamline the concept of this room into a complete venue of Double Keystone. Most of these specimens came from the many collections we had bought over the year combined with some old retail specimens.

This year we had a little rethink about some of our rooms and we decided that we will design last year’s wholesale room at Mineral City as a retail room, with a large percentage of our stock in it, in an attempt to bring you the same feeling as the showroom at our main offices.

We worked hard to turn this room into a cozy showroom.


As always we tried to present the public with some great thematic displays.

Two of our Tsumeb cabinets; note the little miner's sparbox in the second one.

Some of our Asia specimens together with some beautiful bi-colour Topaz from Volodarsk.

A beautiful Pyromorphite on Malachite

from Rum Jungle, Coomalie Shire, Northern Territory, Australia.


We also had some new wooden cabinets that we were able to fill each with an interesting single subject.

A delightful display of Gem specimens.

The second one was filled with nothing but Fluorite from all over the world.

Including specimen and jewelry from our own Diana Maria mine and Rogerley.

Two really interesting and completely different spinel-law twinned Fluorite specimens

from Erongo Mountains, Namibia.

And the last of our new cases were also filled with a wonderful array of Gems.

I one of our English cabinets we had a Liroconite from 

Wheal Gorland, Cornwall, England.

An intricate jackstraw Cerussite from

Redburn Mine, Weardale, England.

A rare sight for such a complete specimen of Aragonite

from Parkhouse Quarry, Cumbria, England.

We also had some really big specimens like this Chinese Stibnite and a delicate stalactitic Amethyst from Brazil.

The Mineral City complex has expanded quite a bit since last year with the new C-building and we had a brand new room in there as well. This will from now on house our wholesale stock and it replaces the old room at Hotel Tucson City Centre (HTCC).

As you can see we gathered quite a stock for wholesale in the last year with a lot of interesting material.

There were specimens of all sizes and even a lot of cabinet worthy specimens.


But we hadn’t completely abandoned the HTCC this year. We had a nice display with discounted specimens in the lobby and of course our well known Fluorite room.

We managed to display all our stock, ready for the late afternoon opening.

We had a display cabinet to show you the new and best finds of the past year together with some of previous pockets.

A gemmy twinned deep green Fluorite from November Gem Pocket.

We also had a new product to introduce from our mine: Aura Fluorite.


One of the highlights was definitely the Westward Look show where all the dealers display all their finest specimen.


We had quite a number of cabinets displaying the best of our stock.

Two lovely Morganite Woodland creatures have joined us straight out of the renowned Dreher workshop.

Two wonderful gemmy varieties of Beryl.

One naturally etched Aquamarine from Córrego São Francisco, Cury, Minas Gerais, Brazil

and one Heliodor from Volodarsk-Volynskii, Zhytomyr Oblast', Ukraine.

Our cabinet of European Classics.

A detailed shop of our German Suite.

Nagyagite from Sacaramb, Deva, Hunedoara, Romania

Pyrargyrite with Native Arsenic from St. Andreasberg, Harz, Lower Saxony, Germany

Fluorapatite and Fluorite on Quartz from Ehrenfriedersdorf, Erzgebirge, Saxony, Germany

Manganite from Ilfeld, Nordhausen, Harz, Lower Saxony, Germany.

An amazing Rutile ps. after Ilmenite from Binn Valley, Wallis, Switzerland.

A great Native Lead from the famous Langban, Filipstad, Varmland, Sweden.

Our colourful display of copper and lead secondary minerals.

A new find of Ludlamite from Huanuni Mine, Dalence, Potosi, Bolivia.

A relative new find of yellow tipped Quartz from Cabiche, Quipama Municipality, Boyaca Department, Colombia.

A magnificent lustrous cluster of twinned Cassiterite from

Horni Slavkov, Karlovy Vary Region, Bohemia, Czech Republic.


People really loved our compact miniature themed display units that were bespoke made for our cabinets.

A small display unit with Gem minerals

And one with colourful secondary lead minerals.

And obviously we had one cabinet which focused on Fluorites from our mining project in Weardale.

We have natural mineral specimens and a wide range of jewellery all from Diana Maria Mine.

We were quite proud to introduce the best specimens of a new pocket to the world.

Due to the Galena-rich matrix, we decided to name this pocket "The Heavy Metal Pocket".


The last show to open was the Tucson Gem and Mineral Show, abbreviated to TGMS.

This show is the focal point of all the previous shows and this is where dealers and collectors alike go full throttle to present you the best of their collections.

We started setting up one evening and quickly everybody had their own role to make this one of our smoothest set ups ever at TGMS.


Malcolm Southwood quickly found his joy in displaying a Tsumeb cabinet.

And Martin Stevko was more than happy to sort everything for the people that were displaying.

And our booth was looking splendid after a lot of blood, sweat and tears.

Our booth consisted out of a wholesale section.

A section dedicated to out Fluorites from Diana Maria Mine and Rogerley.

And of course our famous retail section.


All our cabinets had their own theme; here are The American specimens.

Another American cabinet.

Malcolm Southwood's pride and joy; he displayed this Tsumeb cabinet.

And obviously we had to have one dedicated to European classics.

One of the pieces we are most proud of; A gorgeous green-yellow Pyromorphite from Les Farges with a kind of hollow-tipped terminations.

We tried something slightly different with a cabinet dedicated to Silver-bearing minerals.

And we could not resist throwing in a cabinet with Gem specimens.

And even our bunny and toad decided to turn up.

Okay, we might have displayed more than one Gem cabinet...

A wonderful bicolour Tourmaline encased by pearly white blades of Cleavelandite from

Stak Nala, Haramosh Mountains, Skardu District, Pakistan.

We take pride in our English selection.

And again something interesting; a whole cabinet dedicated to Smithsonite.

We had a wide range of localities on our Smithsonite, ranging from Kelly Mine to Tsumeb.

And continuing our cabinets with just one mineral is our Fluorite cabinet.

two wonderful miniatures of Fluorite;

left, from Dal'negorsk, Kavalerovo, Primorskiy Kray, Russia

Right from Berbes Mining Region, Ribadesella, Asturias, Spain.

An excellent intergrown cluster of Fluorite from Elmwood Mine, Carthage, Smith County, Tennessee, USA.

And to top it of this perfect lustrous, gemmy penetration twin of Fluorite from 

Diana Maria Mine, Frosterley, Co. Durham, England.

Lastly we had some cabinets with miniatures on our custom made displays 

together with our range of jewellery and some of our Native Gold specimens.


Thank you all for visiting us during the Tucson madness and we hope to see you all in 

Sainte-Marie-aux-Mines, France.




Author: TC
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