Our last Tucson show report comes from the Tucson Gem and Mineral Society (TGMS) Show, or more fondly known as the ‘Main Show’. This is our largest display, with one of the biggest booths at the show, and the whole team puts in a lot of effort and takes great pride in the setup. The show is well run by the TGMS, and is housed in the Tucson Convention Centre which offers excellent facilities. And this is truly a “show”, which is why we always urge people to stay until the end of Tucson to visit this show. In addition to many dealers, there are fantastic displays from collectors, dealers, mineral societies and clubs, major educational establishments and museums. The amount of effort that goes into each of these displays is, year on year, outstanding and the quality of the mineral specimens continues to surprise us all. Each year the show has a special theme, this year it is “Fluorite” and, not surprisingly is a very colourful event.
Firstly here is a little about the set-up of our booth and some of the minerals we have to offer. It begins for the Kristalle and Crystal Classics team at the loading bays, where our trucks are reversed and the cabinets and equipment unloaded and transported by trolley to our booth in the centre of the exhibition hall.
On Thursday morning the show opened to queues of prospective collectors eagerly looking forward to the displays of Fluorite and to embark on a thorough search for specimens to add to their collection.
One of the most exciting things about this year’s show is that Wayne and Dona were invited as special guests to exhibit their personal collection – this is the first time that it has been on display! It comprises a fabulous array of colourful mineral specimens from all parts of the world plus a separate display of their personal Native Element collection, including wonderful Gold and Silver specimens.
It was such a special treat to be able to view their collection.
Back to our booth, Kristalle and Crystal Classics were exhibiting more of the Gilles Emringer collection as well as a wide range of other worldwide specimens. Here is a closer look at our cabinets and some of the specimens we had to offer.
Here is a selection of individual specimens which we had on display. Some may now have been sold, but if there is any that you might be interested in please do not hesitate to contact us to find out if the specimen is still available. Firstly we have more French specimens from the Gilles Emringer Collection.
More minerals later.
Opening day was on the 14th Feb – Valentines Day, and the team had fun dressing in red and black for the occasion:
Friday at the TGMS show is children’s day. School buses from Arizona and beyond arrive with children keen to visit the show. Guided by their tutors many have projects to complete and all seem keen to lap up the world of minerals and gemstones.
As previously mentioned there are many exhibits and displays to be seen at the TGMS show, many with the theme of Fluorite and others not! Here are a few of the cabinet displays with some of the exquisite mineral specimens.
Our good friends Dave and Liz Hacker brought (at some risk) from the UK a fine collection of carved Blue John items. Blue John is a variety of blue, yellow and purple banded Fluorite only known from the Castleton district of Derbyshire in the UK. The material is particularly fragile and carvings of this material are highly prized by collectors:
Jesse Fisher and Joan Kureczka displayed a group of Fluorite specimens from the Northern Pennines Orefield in the UK. Again these specimens showed the astonishing diversity of colour provided by this mineral species.
Jesse also brought the largest recorded specimen of Fluorite from the Rogerley Mine which he, Cal Graeber, Ian Jones and other members of the UK Mining Ventures team extracted in July of 2012.
Also from the UK was a display from the Camborne School of Mines in Cornwall, England. This is the first time they have put on a display at Tucson, with the help of Ed Loye. The school is closely affiliated with the University of Exeter. The display had some wonderful classic British specimens.
The National Museum of Scotland also had a group of Fluorite specimens from their collection on display.
A few more ‘museum grade’ specimens on display, starting with some more Fluorite:
Well, as always we try to bring you as much as we can from each of the shows at Tucson, and this is all we have room to offer for the Tucson Gem and Mineral Society show this year. We hope that you enjoyed reading it! Here’s hoping the shows will bring as much variety next year as they have this time around. They certainly have a lot to live up to! See you all in 2014.