Tucson Show 2015 – Report 2 – Westward Look

Welcome to our second show report from the Tucson Gem and Mineral Show, this time from the Westward Look Resort in the foothills of the Catalina Mountains. This is the Tucson Fine Mineral Show and we are joined by about 40 other dealers for this four day event. Following the torrential rain the weather is now hitting record high temperatures, with warm sunny days – definitely the Tucson wanted by those leaving snow, cold and rain behind.

Westward Look resort Fine Mineral Show

Cacti at the Westward Look Resort

Sunny skies over the entry carpark to the rooms of the exhibitors

Sunny skies over the entry carpark to the rooms of the exhibitors

This is one of three Fine Mineral Shows (Tucson, Houston and Denver) and Kristalle exhibits at all three. Here in Tucson, the show is now in its fourteenth year. Kristalle is set up in Room 275, with a superb selection of our finest specimens, as well as gold specimens and books.

Kristalle banner directs you to our room

Kristalle banner directs you to our room

Kristalle banner outside our room

Lois Nelson ready to greet you

Lois Nelson ready to greet you

For this report Tana Daugharthy was our gal on the ground at the show finding what was new and exciting, and there were several dealers with new finds at the show.

Christope Gobin had a new find of Blue Barites from Nador, Morocco, with lustrous bladed crystals.

New blue Barite from Nador, Morocco

New blue Barite from Nador, Morocco

Christophe also had this fabulous Apatite on Quartz specimen from Panasqueira Mine, Portugal with large well formed Apatites of the classic yellowish-green colour.

Apatite on Quartz from Panasqueira Mine, Portugal

Apatite on Quartz from Panasqueira Mine, Portugal

The Collector’s Edge have been extremely successful with their new acquisitions over the last few months and had an outstanding range of new finds on display. We reported on a few of these at the Arizona Mineral and Fossil Show at the Hotel Tucson City Centre in our first report. They had new Beryl var. Aquamarine specimens from a find in the Hunza Valley, Gilgit, Pakistan, which the Edge consider possibly the finest crystal groups ever collected at this location.  We did not get good photos of these but we will try to snap some at the TGMS show for that report. They also had more of the new pink Beryl var. Morganite from Azad Kashmir, Pakistan as shown in our first report.

The Collector's Edge banner outside their room

The Collector’s Edge banner outside their room

The Edge had a new production of Elbaite var. Rubellite from Russia, which had wonderful bright magenta-red colour. These were from the Malkhan Pegmatite Field, Chitinskaya Oblast’, Eastern-Siberian Region, Russia. The crystals were translucent with slight variations in colour along the length of the crystal, as single or multiple/complex crystals, and also in association with Quartz.

Russian Rubellite

Rubellite Tourmaline with Quartz from Malkhan Pegmatite Field, Chitinskaya Oblast', Eastern-Siberian Region, Russia

Rubellite Tourmaline with Quartz from Malkhan Pegmatite Field, Russia

Rubellite Tourmaline from Malkhan Pegmatite Field, Chitinskaya Oblast', Eastern-Siberian Regiona, Russia

Rubellite Tourmaline from Malkhan Pegmatite Field, Russia, small single crystal at the front and a more complex crystal at the back

Rubellite with Quartz crystal perched on the side from Malkhan Pegmatite Field, Chitinskaya Oblast', Eastern-Siberian Regiona, Russia

Rubellite with Quartz crystal perched on the side, and white Cleavelandite from Malkhan Pegmatite Field, Russia

Lastly was the new production from China, including the vivid green Fluorite from Fujian Province, China of octahedral crystals with stepped crystal faces. They had more of the wonderful new dark blue Fluorite on milky Quartz from Huanggang Mine, Inner Mongolia, China – this location has been such a prolific producer in the last few years with many new finds including colourless Fluorite, Lollingite , Manganoan Calcite, Hedenbergite to name a few.

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

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

Another new find of note was superb Dioptase specimens from the Kaokoveld Plateau, Namibia with large crystals forming sizeable specimens.  We would venture to say that Bryan Lees and his company has the world covered.

Last new Dioptase from Kaokoveld Plateau, Namibia

Last new Dioptase from Kaokoveld Plateau, Namibia

Dave Bunk had a selection of new Coppers from Chino Mine, Grant County, New Mexico, USA. The Copper specimens were extremely well crystallised with herringbone growth, fabulous in person.

Dave Bunk and his new Coppers

A smiling Dave Bunk and his new Coppers

Native Copper specimens from Chino Mine, New Mexico exhibiting fantastic crystallisation, with interlocking herringbone growth

Native Copper specimens from Chino Mine, New Mexico exhibiting fantastic crystallisation, with interlocking herringbone growth

On to the room of Cal and Kerrith Graeber, Cal showed us this fantastic specimen of Getchellite – probably the best ever found – from the type locality of Getchell Mine, Humboldt Co., Nevada, USA. Getchellite is an Arsenic, Antimony Sulphide which forms blood red crystals.

Cal Graeber holding probably the best Getchellite

Cal Graeber holding probably THE best Getchellite

Getchellite

A closer look at the Getchellite

Mike and Sally Bergmann are another other lovely couple in the mineral business. They often have a superb display of gem minerals including many fine Tourmalines, and their room did not disappoint.

Tourmaline and Quartz

Tourmaline and Quartz from Brazil

Another fine Tourmaline

Another fine Tourmaline from Brazil

Stunning elongate Tourmaline with Lepidolite from Brazil

Stunning elongate Tourmaline with Lepidolite from Brazil, with an orange Crocoite and yellow Heliodor Beryl in the background

Native Silver

A superb Native Silver with a doubly terminated Baryte crystal growing from the wires on the left. Wow. From China

Mike and Sally Bergmann with their two sons - part of the next generation of dealers who follow in their parents footsteps

Mike and Sally Bergmann with their two sons Matt and Rob – part of the next generation of dealers who follow in their parent’s footsteps

Second generation was the theme of the Sunday Evening Program this year – ‘Fine Mineral Collecting and the Second Generation’ with talks from well know collectors, dealers and show organisers following in the legacy of their parents.

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The other event at the show is on Saturday – ‘Collector’s Day’ featuring a special collection on display in the lobby. This year it was the Harvard Mineralogical & Geological Museum, displayed by curator Raquel Alonso-Perez. The museum has a history of over 200 years, and contains some amazing pieces. Here are a few of the specimens on display.

Native Gold from Irish Creek, California

Native Gold from Irish Creek, California

Rough and Cut purple Apatite from ???

Rough and Cut purple Apatite from Maine

Legrandite from Ojuela Mine, Mexico

Legrandite from Ojuela Mine, Mexico

Rough and Cut display

Rough and Cut display

That is it from this year’s Fine Mineral Show at the Westward Look. We are now packing down here, and at the Arizona Mineral and Fossil show at the Hotel Tucson City Centre, ready for set up at the Tucson Gem and Mineral Society (TGMS) Show.  Always our favorite part of Tucon, the TGMS show should be at the top of every collector’s list of things to do. The displays are always incredible and this is where we ‘fancy up’ our display. We look forward to seeing you at the Convention Center in the next few days!

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