Tucson 2009 is nearly here

14 January 2009

It's the start of a new year which means the Tucson show is just around the corner! Over in the offices of Kristalle they are working like crazy to prepare for the show, and Ed has gone over to help out; and here in our UK office we have just sent our last shipment of specimens. And Ian and I are counting down the days until we get our dose of sunshine in Tucson to break up the English winter.

2008 was a very successful year for us in new acquisitions, and 2009 is shaping up the same with several enticing projects coming up over the year. This also means that we are very pleased to be bringing lots of new material to Tucson that we have acquired in the few short months since the Munich show. Ian and Wayne never seem to stop their travelling to view collections or worthwhile individual specimens all over the world.

Our highlights will include several new collections from Europe of high quality material, and a superb suite of the Reg Taylor Collection from Australia, plus we will have some super specimens from the Silvane Collection, and a small Tsumeb collection of choice pieces acquired from the East Coast of USA. We will have a really really nice selection of specimens on display!

Tucson show brochure

We will be exhibiting at our three normal shows in Tucson in conjunction with Kristalle:

Arizona Mineral & Fossil Show - Inn Suites Hotel - 31st Jan thru 14th Feb


We will have our normal two rooms 174 and 175 which will be retail, displaying many of our new acquisitions.

And this year we will be moving our wholesale room back to the Inn Suites to the El Dorado Suite - the first room along the hallway of the Tower Building (not far from rooms 174 and 175 or the Lobby). We will have a huge amount of new material for wholesale including specimens from various collections that we are now moving from retail to wholesale, plus a brand new African collection of over 5000 specimens including some gorgeous 'Cactus' or 'Spirit' Quartz from Magaliesberg Mts, South Africa; a range of minerals from Malawi, and specimens from Erongo - if we didn't already have so much stock we would have put a lot of this material into our retail stock - but we just don't have room!

Apophyllite, India
Apophyllite on Stilbite, Momin Akhada, Rahuri, Maharashtra, India


Westward Look Show - Westward Look Resort - 6th to 9th Feb

The show-stopping, jaw-dropping pinnacle of mineral shows. We will be exhibiting with a select number of high end dealers, displaying only our finest specimens - the best of the best.

Collector's Day - Saturday 10am to 4pm in the lobby - will this year feature Gail and Jim Spann and their private world wide collection.
Sunday evening program in the Ballroom - social hour from 6.30pm, presentation from 7.30pm - will be a select panel of Mineral Photographers including Mr Jeff Scovil, discussing their favourite minerals.


Westward Look poster


Tucson Gem and Mineral Show 'Main show' - Tucson Convention Centre - 12th to 15th Feb

Where it all began.... the main show! We have the largest booth at the show with a huge selection of specimens including many of the new acquisitions, plus specimens which have not been shown in the USA before. And thanks to Dona our booth is always beautifully decorated with flowers, music, not to mention the famous cookies - and a few special suprises this year!

The theme of the show is 'Mineral Oddities' and we can't wait to see what is on display!

Dioptase from Tsumeb, Namibia
Dioptase from Tsumeb, Namibia


We look forward to seeing you there in just a few weeks!

Author: Robin