Tucson Show 2015 – Report 1

Hello from Tucson! It is that time of year again when Dinosaurs and Dealers invade Tucson for nearly a month of shows, at over 40 locations across the city. We exhibit at three different mineral shows – the first is the Arizona Mineral and Fossil Show run by MZ Expos, which is held at three different locations. We are in the Hotel Tucson City Centre (which will forever be known to collectors as the InnSuites). This show officially opens on Jan 31st, but many dealers arrive and open up their rooms earlier.

Dinosaurs at the Hotel Tucson City Centre for the Arizona Mineral and Fossil Show

The dinosaurs are back, a sure sign the Tucson show has begun

Oh oh, this one is already eating the oranges from the trees in the courtyard.

Oh oh, this one is already eating the oranges from the trees in the courtyard.

This year (2015) we have moved back to our ‘old’ rooms at the Hotel – room 174 and 175 – on the ground floor of Building F, facing into the courtyards towards the pool. Before we left Laguna Beach we went through the inventory and dropped the prices on everything 20 to 35% – sitting on inventory is not what we want to do, we would rather move it along to make space so we can go on to the next set of acquisitions. So be sure to come see us and grab a bargain!!! As well as some great specimens we also have a wide selection of mineralogical books including brand new publications and antiquarian, including the Edwin Van Amringe book collection (famous Pasadena geologist) in room 175!

Wayne Leicht with the mineral books for sale from Kristalle

Wayne Leicht with our mineral books for sale

Lois Nelson and Roberta McCarty set up the show cases in the Kristalle room

Lois Nelson and Roberta McCarty set up the showcases

Selenite

A large Selenite specimen in our room, approx 50 x 45 x 45 cm, from Mexico

Dealer tents at the mineral show at the Hotel Tucson City Centre

Around the front of the Hotel, with dealer tents set up in the car park

Traffic controls to keep you moving in the right direction

Traffic controls to keep you moving in the right direction

Walking around the show in search of new finds, we visited The Collector’s Edge and they had many new specimens, particularly from China and definitely with the ‘wow’ factor. The first are these fantastic deep blue Fluorites on milky Quartz from Huanggang Mine, Inner Mongolia, China – a location which has been very active for several years now. These specimens are some of the finest large clusters from the find, and the colour contrast is very striking with deep blue to bluish-green against white Quartz. The Fluorites are cubic with dodecahedral modifications, and often exhibit an unusual curvature to the crystal edges and faces giving them a strange shape.

Blue Fluorite on Quartz from Huanggang Mine, Inner Mongolia, China.

Blue Fluorite on Quartz from Huanggang Mine, Inner Mongolia, China.

Blue Fluorite on Quartz from Huanggang Mine, Inner Mongolia, China.

Even our camera could not cope with the awesomeness of these blue Fluorites on Quartz.

Blue Fluorite on Quartz from Huanggang Mine, Inner Mongolia, China.

What a beauty – blue Fluorite on Quartz from Huanggang Mine, Inner Mongolia, China.

New green Fluorite from Fujian Province, China in  octahedral crystals with heavily stepped growth.

New green Fluorite from Fujian Province, China in octahedral crystals with heavily stepped growth, and behind is a rather nice Silver

Collector’s Edge also had these new Quartz var. Amethyst crystal clusters from the Brandberg Complex in the Erongo Region, Namibia. The colour is quite deep with touch of Smoky, and the prismatic crystals are often sceptred. The Amethyst is growing from a Feldspar matrix.

New Quartz var. Amethyst from Brandberg Complex, Brandberg Area, Erongo Region, Namibia

New Amethyst from Brandberg Complex, Erongo, Namibia approx 20 x 20 cm

Another specimen with the 'wow' factor - Beryl var. Morganite with Elbaite Tourmaline and Smoky Quartz from Azad Kashmir, Pakistan

Another specimen with the ‘wow’ factor – Beryl var. Morganite with Elbaite Tourmaline and Smoky Quartz from Azad Kashmir, Pakistan, approx 20 x 20 cm

Fluorite on Muscovite from Hunza Valley, Gilgit-Baltistan, Pakistan

Fluorite on Muscovite from Hunza Valley, Pakistan

We always visit The Adelaide Mining Company to see what new Crocoite beauties Adam Wright has brought to Tucson, and once again marvel at the incredible feat of transporting these delicate specimens safely across the world. This was an outstanding specimen that caught our eye, with many of the terminations showing hoppered or hollow growth. It is approx 20 x 25 x 15 cm and we believe it is from last season’s mining.

Crocoite from the Adelaide Mine, Dundas, Tasmania, Australia.

Crocoite from the Adelaide Mine, Dundas, Tasmania, Australia.

The Dorris family of Pinnacle 5 or now more famously known as ‘The Prospectors’ with Season 3 premiering last December (2014) on the Weather Channel – this is a TV show following their mining adventures. The Dorris family spend each summer mining in the mountains of Colorado, finding fantastic Smoky Quartz and Amazonite specimens which they prepare themselves. This show they have many new pieces on display, mostly from their last mining season:

Smoky Quartz and Amazonite Feldspar from Smoky Hawk Mine, Teller Co., Colorado, USA

Smoky Quartz and Amazonite Feldspar from Smoky Hawk Mine, Teller Co., Colorado, USA plus Topaz crystals from the Crystal Peak area, Teller Co..

More Amazonite and Smoky Quartz specimens from Smoky Hawk Claim, Teller Co., Colorado, USA

More Amazonite and Smoky Quartz specimens from Smoky Hawk Claim, plus some interesting Smoky Quartz crystals with Milky Quartz sceptred caps

The lovely Susan and Joe Dorris of Pinnacle 5 and The Prospectors

The lovely Susan and Joe Dorris of Pinnacle 5 and The Prospectors

Further around the show, there are dealers set up inside the large ballrooms at the Hotel – Jewel Tunnel Imports takes up the whole ‘Tucson Ballroom’ with their flats of wholesale material.

Dave Lloyd outside the Tucson Ballroom which is one of the wholesale areas at the show

Lloydy outside the Tucson Ballroom which is one of the wholesale areas at the show

Flats of minerals in the ballroom

Flats of minerals in the ballroom

Australian dealer Tony Fraser enjoys his breakfast outside his room, bringing the all important supply of vegemite.

Australian dealer Tony Fraser enjoys breakfast outside his room, bringing the all important supply of Vegemite.

Good friend Randy Parnagian visits the Kristalle room.

Good friend Randy Parnagian.

The weather plays a big part of the Tucson show, as it can be so different each year, and impacts on everyone’s mood. There is nothing like the warm sunny days with Tucson’s wide open deep blue sky and everyone sitting around outside in the sunshine talking rocks, especially for people escaping much colder weather at home. The cold wet days are not so much fun sitting in a hotel room with the door wide open for visitors (and the cold) to come in. It has been quite nice so far, up around 70 F / 20 C but is now raining heavily, and is chaos with everywhere flooding. Hopefully it should be warming up again next week!

Heavy rain flooding the courtyard.

Heavy rain flooding the courtyard.

That’s all in our first show report from the 2015 Arizona Mineral and Fossil Show in Tucson. We will be open here for the next week or so with the show officially ending on Feb 14th.

Our other two mineral shows in Tucson will be:

Westward Look Fine Mineral Show – Feb 6 – 9
Westward Look Resort. 245 E. Ina Rd.
Room 275

Tucson Gem and Mineral ShowFeb 12 – 15
Tucson Convention Centre,
Aisle 800 – find our booth in the center!

We always hold back specimens for each show so that we have new material available – so be sure to come and visit us at all three!

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