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PostPosted: Feb 27, 2011 04:59    Post subject: Re: Tucson Show 2011  

Just some more TGMS 2011 picts


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PostPosted: Feb 27, 2011 05:08    Post subject: Re: Tucson Show 2011  

Before i forget, I like to acknowledge the efforts of Peter Megaw, who facilitated the exhibition of all these wonderful specimens as the exhibits chair of TGMS 2011. Thanks.
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PostPosted: Feb 27, 2011 05:35    Post subject: Re: Tucson Show 2011  

I posted previously Wayne Sorensen's display at the Westward Look on collector's day. The photo's I took then were with my iphone. We got another chance to look at Wayne's great collection at TGMS, and hopefully my pictures, taken with a regular camera, will better capture them.


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PostPosted: Feb 27, 2011 05:36    Post subject: Re: Tucson Show 2011  

Matt_Zukowski wrote:
This fluorite was amazing. I saw a picture of this elsewhere...

Is this photo -> https://www.mineral-forum.com/message-board/files/tucson_2011__fluorite_yaogangxian_mine_china_189.jpg
located here -> https://www.mineral-forum.com/message-board/viewtopic.php?p=16419#16419
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PostPosted: Feb 27, 2011 06:09    Post subject: Re: Tucson Show 2011  

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PostPosted: Feb 27, 2011 06:30    Post subject: Re: Tucson Show 2011  

more from Wayne Sorensen


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PostPosted: Feb 27, 2011 06:43    Post subject: Re: Tucson Show 2011  

Minerals from the new cuprite locality at Rubtsovskoe. Also seen are copper, copper pseudomorphs after cuprite, azurite, halides like marshite, and others.


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PostPosted: Feb 27, 2011 09:10    Post subject: Tucson Show 2011 - 15 and final  

Barcelona 02/27/2011

These are my final conclusions about Tucson 2011, and with them I will finish my contributions to this thread. But this does not mean that the thread is locked, anyone with photos or something more to say can continue posting here, all such postings will more than welcome.

It seems a common opinion that this Tucson edition has been better in economic terms than previous years and, contrary to everything that was thought to happen, it appears that the finest specimens sold well although they were very expensive (or terribly expensive ;-)

About novelties, two of them seem to have been highlights: the new Cuprites from Rubtsovskoye replaced by Copper and/or with Miersite, Marshite or Silver, and with all kind of sizes and qualities; and the very spectacular Zoisites (Tanzanites) with Prehnite crystals in a Calcite matrix and with a much better natural color than we are accustomed to seeing. Unfortunately, there were just a few pieces, about forty in all, of these Tanzanites and their prices were very high but, as I said earlier, this year in Tucson the finest pieces were an easy sell.

Added to these two major novelties have been several more novelties like the attractive Plancheites from Musonoi, Chrysocollas after Boleite from the Amelia Mine, Despujolsites and huge Bixbyites from N'Chwaning II, many Ilvaites and new octahedral Fluorite and Arsenopyrites from Baotou, China, Pyromorphites from Rum Jungle, Australia, and a choice of Alabandites from Peru. Azurites from Milpillas, Jeremejevites on matrix from Erongo, Geikeilites from Zlatoust, Russia ... not too bad a year in this aspect.

Prices, the hot topic of this Show and from many other Shows…
Honestly at this point, and after all this time commenting that the prices seemed too variable and that very similar specimens are sometimes priced at $100 or $10000 (US), depending on who sold it, I give up, I surrender, and I no longer will try to understand anything, and I defer to the opinion of many in the USA: each salesperson asks the price he wants and every buyer pays what he believes is reasonable.

I know this mentality is very American and it sounds strange to Europeans, but remember, we are talking about Tucson, Arizona, USA! ;-)

See you next year!

Jordi
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PostPosted: Feb 27, 2011 09:30    Post subject: Re: Tucson Show 2011  

chris wrote:
Hi Matt,

Thanks for posting all your pictures. I really like the fluorite / galenas from Illinois. Remember the owner(s) of those specimens ? I wouldn't be surprised if at least one of them was Ross Lilly.

Christophe


This was indeed Ross Lilly's case of Denton Mine Fluorites. Wonderful case!
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PostPosted: Feb 27, 2011 10:02    Post subject: Re: Tucson Show 2011  

Great shot of the architectural contrasts, Jordi. I swear I've been past that spot dozens of times and never appreciated the view. Thanks for slowing it down!
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PostPosted: Feb 27, 2011 17:50    Post subject: Re: Tucson Show 2011  

Jordi, thanks for the great photos and your thoughts. This was my first Tucson show and I was also very surprised by some of the high prices. I walked into a room at the City Center and they had a fine Jackson crossroads amethyst with no price. I asked, how much? the reply was $28,000 !!. He had a light blue tourmaline on matrix right next to this piece and he said it was $25,000!! They were nice pieces but maybe worth 20% of the asking price. I just laughed and walked out. There were a lot of good deals to be had, but it required a lot of walking. Cant wait to go back.......
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PostPosted: Feb 27, 2011 23:16    Post subject: Re: Tucson Show 2011  

A fine quartz display


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PostPosted: Feb 27, 2011 23:20    Post subject: Re: Tucson Show 2011  

Interesting...Looking at the last two pictures (0427 and 0428), these were taken with the same camera, same settings, of the same case, one after the other. Look at the color temperature - 0427 is white as it should be but for some reason my camera went all warm on 0428. Has anyone else had this problem?
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PostPosted: Feb 27, 2011 23:33    Post subject: Re: Tucson Show 2011  

Yes, I did have that problem. I hate the yellow,and no matter what ISO I set it at, it might be white one time, yellow another. No idea why?
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PostPosted: Feb 27, 2011 23:37    Post subject: Re: Tucson Show 2011  

Arizona Minerals


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PostPosted: Feb 27, 2011 23:44    Post subject: Re: Tucson Show 2011  

Gail wrote:
Yes, I did have that problem. I hate the yellow,and no matter what ISO I set it at, it might be white one time, yellow another. No idea why?


You probably have the camera set for auto white balance, which doesn't always work properly. For the mineral displays, you can set it for tungsten to get rid of the yellow. Shift back to auto or daylight for people pictures.
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PostPosted: Feb 27, 2011 23:48    Post subject: Re: Tucson Show 2011  

I am partial to isometric minerals because it is easier for me to envision miller indicies for each face. Shown here is a pyrite display with a variety of habits. I also like this display because all the specimens are approximately the same size, and i find the regularity pleasing.


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PostPosted: Feb 28, 2011 00:07    Post subject: Re: Tucson Show 2011  

Lauren Megaw's award winning case.


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PostPosted: Feb 28, 2011 00:08    Post subject: Re: Tucson Show 2011  

I did have it on auto white balance. Hope i remember this issue next year.
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PostPosted: Feb 28, 2011 00:16    Post subject: Re: Tucson Show 2011  

An educational display on qtz twin laws.


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