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PostPosted: Jan 15, 2022 17:48    Post subject: Tucson Shows 2022  

As I have posted for many years, the opening of the Tucson Shows for me starts when Adam Wright of the Adelaide Crocoite Mine arrives and opens his most recent shipment. Some photos of the event are attached.

The special pieces this year are from what Adam calls the Surprise Pocket which surpised him when his digging bar surprised the pocket. This pocket produced lustrous, gemmy and cleanly terminated crystals - some of the best ever to come from the Adelaide. Regrettably the pocket was quite tight which made the specimen recover effort very difficult and as a result some inevitable damage is present. However, numerous beautiful single crystals - gemmy, lustrous and cleanly terminated - were recovered many thumbnails and many too large to be considered thumbnails but wonderful specimens regardless.

More show reporting to follow. I have a feeling there's lots of pent-up demand for specimens and it will not surprise me at all if we hear about very good sales from dealers.

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 Mineral: crocoite
 Locality:
Adelaide Mine, Dundas mineral field, Zeehan District, West Coast Council, Tasmania, Australia
 Description:
Adam calls this huge specimen the Double Crown (not from the Surprise Pocket)
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 Mineral: crocoite
 Locality:
Adelaide Mine, Dundas mineral field, Zeehan District, West Coast Council, Tasmania, Australia
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Close-up of the Double Crown crocoite speciman
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 Mineral: crocoite
 Locality:
Adelaide Mine, Dundas mineral field, Zeehan District, West Coast Council, Tasmania, Australia
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Adam with a nice flat of miniature mainly Surprise Pocket specimens
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 Mineral: crocoite
 Locality:
Adelaide Mine, Dundas mineral field, Zeehan District, West Coast Council, Tasmania, Australia
 Description:
Two wonderful Surprise Pocket specimens
 Viewed:  7731 Time(s)

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 Mineral: crocoite
 Locality:
Adelaide Mine, Dundas mineral field, Zeehan District, West Coast Council, Tasmania, Australia
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Crocoite "pencils" - some double terminated
 Viewed:  7728 Time(s)

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 Mineral: crocoite
 Locality:
Adelaide Mine, Dundas mineral field, Zeehan District, West Coast Council, Tasmania, Australia
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Adam with probably the best specimen from the Surprise Pocket
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 Mineral: crocoite
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Adelaide Mine, Dundas mineral field, Zeehan District, West Coast Council, Tasmania, Australia
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Closeup of probably the best Surprise Pocket specimen
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PostPosted: Jan 15, 2022 22:29    Post subject: Re: Tucson Shows 2022 - It's starting!!  

I went back to the "Tucson 2020" thread and reviewed the postings, including mine, as I attended that show.
Bob K's postings of that show were great so I am sure his postings of the upcoming 2022 show will be as many and as great as before. I will not be attending this year's show.

The 2022 show will be smaller with both less dealers and less customers, but I also predict good sales. The show goers there will be the true collectors, but less international customers. There probably will be many less casual show goers with relatively few families and children. Those there will mainly be local and regional residents.

Let's hope that the current Covid virus surge in numbers shows the start of a rapid decline (as many health care professionals, including me, expect) within the next few weeks.

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PostPosted: Jan 15, 2022 22:46    Post subject: Re: Tucson Shows 2022 - It's starting!!  

I'm in Tucson now and have already seen early birds arriving from England, Canada, Japan, Morocco... I agree with Bob that visitors will be fewer than in non-pandemic years, but that sales will nevertheless be good. That's exactly what happened ten weeks ago at the Munich show, where several dealers told me they had record good sales despite the lack of crowds.

From a business perspective thick crowds are really only beneficial for the show organizer and for those dealers selling polished bric-a-brac to the general public. Dealers catering to "serious" collectors (Can I call us that?) actually do better when the venues are uncrowded.
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PostPosted: Jan 17, 2022 03:52    Post subject: Re: Tucson Shows 2022  

May all of you who are in Tucson this year have a great show - no matter if you are dealer, collector or just an FMF spy tracking the newest finds (@Bob K ;-))

Thanks for the first impressions (Adam's crocoites are always so amazing!) - I guess I'm not the only one who is excited about more reports from the show ... :-)

Best regards, have fun & stay healthy!
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PostPosted: Jan 19, 2022 14:01    Post subject: Re: Tucson Shows 2022  

Visited the Top Gem / Mineral City area yesterday - very few dealers in yet - but the indomitable South African Clive Quiet was already open in his Top Gem Annex room.

Clive had many fresh specimens of older discoveries - especially quartzes from Zimbabwe, Goboboseb and the Congo - lots to pick from. Also, Erongo Fluorites were common in many sizes, colors and prices. I worked out a great deal for one Malawi quartz plate (Riebeckite inclusions and siderite - 12.5cm wide and 10cm high) shown below.

I also found what are now my favorite Erongo Fluorite and Zomba Aegirine - shown below. The Erongo fluorites kind of lack external luster - but I guess you can't have everything.

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 Mineral: Quartz (Riebeckite inclusions) Siderite
 Dimensions: 12.5 cm wide and 10 cm high
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 Viewed:  7019 Time(s)

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 Mineral: Fluorite
 Dimensions: about 7 cm tall
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 Viewed:  7019 Time(s)

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 Mineral: Aegirine and Feldspar
 Locality:
Mount Malosa (Northwest side), Zomba District, Malawi
 Dimensions: about 15.5 cm tall
 Description:
Terminations on this piece are complete and lustrous - excellent combo with Feldspar
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 Mineral: Aegirine and Feldspar
 Locality:
Mount Malosa (Northwest side), Zomba District, Malawi
 Dimensions: about 15.5 cm tall
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PostPosted: Jan 23, 2022 00:04    Post subject: Re: Tucson Shows 2022  

There are still not many dealers open, but activity level is rising dramatically. Wendy's Minerals - an expert in Chinese minerals - was open and had some new and interesting items. The Huanggang Mines still produce surprises. Wendy had about 5-6 large matrix pieces of translucent colorful fluorite in association with white quartz. Best to see the photos - all are back lit, and all are dramatic.

There was also a cabinet full of thick colorful barites and and some other unique fluorite/quartz specimens - see photos.

more to follow next week when many dealers start to open.

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 Mineral: Fluorite and Quartz
 Locality:
Huanggang Mines, Hexigten Banner (Kèshíkèténg Qí), Ulanhad (Chifeng), Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region, China
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 Viewed:  6780 Time(s)

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 Mineral: Fluorite Quartz
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Huanggang Mines, Hexigten Banner (Kèshíkèténg Qí), Ulanhad (Chifeng), Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region, China
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 Viewed:  6770 Time(s)

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 Mineral: Fluorite and Quartz
 Locality:
Huanggang Mines, Hexigten Banner (Kèshíkèténg Qí), Ulanhad (Chifeng), Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region, China
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 Viewed:  6773 Time(s)

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 Mineral: Fluorite and Quartz
 Locality:
Huanggang Mines, Hexigten Banner (Kèshíkèténg Qí), Ulanhad (Chifeng), Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region, China
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 Viewed:  6777 Time(s)

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 Mineral: Barite
 Locality:
China
 Description:
I didn't get the locality
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 Mineral: Fluorite and Quartz
 Locality:
China
 Description:
I didn't get the exact locality
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PostPosted: Jan 24, 2022 02:15    Post subject: Re: Tucson Shows 2022  

bob kerr wrote:
The Huanggang Mines still produce surprises. Wendy had about 5-6 large matrix pieces of translucent colorful fluorite in association with white quartz. Best to see the photos - all are back lit, and all are dramatic.
Wow, those pieces look really spectacular. Huanggang is such an amazing locality, always surprises with something new and never ceases to amaze me!

bob kerr wrote:
Fluorite and Quartz
China
I didn't get the exact locality
I think they're also from Huanggang, I've seen such ones (both types from your photo) from this deposit during the last years.

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PostPosted: Jan 24, 2022 16:16    Post subject: Re: Tucson Shows 2022  

The group of Chinese Fluorite and Quartz are indeed from Huanggang.

The group of Chinese barites are from Xiefang, Jiangxi.

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PostPosted: Jan 24, 2022 16:27    Post subject: Re: Tucson Shows 2022  

New to this year's show is the Mexican dealership of Wulfenita Minerals run by Jerry Gerardo. Many excellent Mexican pieces can be found here at very reasonable prices - specialty is the "Calcite Trees" from Santa Eulalia. The double keystone pieces were as nice as the keystone pieces, and I couldn't resist getting one for $62 - see photo.

Still not a lot of dealers open - but activity continues to ramp up.

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 Mineral: Wulfenita Minerals
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 Mineral: Calcite "Trees"
 Locality:
Santa Eulalia District, Municipio Aquiles Serdán, Chihuahua, Mexico
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 Viewed:  6444 Time(s)

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 Mineral: Amethyst
 Locality:
Cerro de la Concordia, Piedra Parada (Las Vigas), Municipio Tatatila, Veracruz (Veracruz de Ignacio de la Llave), Mexico
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 Viewed:  6439 Time(s)

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 Mineral: Calcite "Tree"
 Locality:
Santa Eulalia District, Municipio Aquiles Serdán, Chihuahua, Mexico
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 Viewed:  6420 Time(s)

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PostPosted: Jan 25, 2022 15:04    Post subject: Re: Tucson Shows 2022  

Many more rooms are open today. I stopped by Tomasz Praszkier's Spirifer room to see what he has to offer - every year he brings remarkable material to the market.

Lots of excellent Congo minerals of all sizes and price ranges - new smithsonites and new chalcocites and the dioptases are really nice. See photos.

and

Fluorites from Ireland - where?

Soon to be unveiled will be Moroccan Tourmalines. Tomek gave me a preview and WOW!! - these will be a hot item. I'll post more when they are out.

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 Mineral: Tomasz Praszkier with his one Congo case
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Republic of the Congo
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 Viewed:  6211 Time(s)

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 Mineral: various
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 Mineral: Chalcocite
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 Viewed:  6250 Time(s)

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 Mineral: Aragonite display
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 Viewed:  6203 Time(s)

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 Mineral: Fluorite
 Locality:
Ireland
 Description:
 Viewed:  6222 Time(s)

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 Mineral: Fluorite
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PostPosted: Jan 25, 2022 15:29    Post subject: Re: Tucson Shows 2022  

For years the first dealership to greet you when you walked into the Inn Suites/HTCC was the bright and colorful room of Crystal Springs Mining and Jewelry Co. They are now settled into their new digs at the Min City and the room is still wonderful but harder to find.

Min City is the future but there are those of us who still miss the HTCC. (But I also miss the Desert Inn so take it for what it's worth.)

They had tables full of Bolivian amethyst - although this find has been around for some time, this year's haul is about as good as it's ever been. See photos.

Also new were Bolivian Vivianites - large, lustrous and some show the classic curvature.

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 Mineral: Amethyst
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 Viewed:  6192 Time(s)

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 Mineral: Amethyst
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 Viewed:  6202 Time(s)

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 Mineral: Vivianite
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PostPosted: Jan 25, 2022 15:37    Post subject: Re: Tucson Shows 2022  

A new dealership from North Carolina also has a room at Min City. Jim and Coleen Hall who call their dealership The Reel Mine are not only dealers but the mine owners and operators. Jim's hands testify to his work.

Very few mines are operating in the US, so it was refreshing to see the cabinets full of great US amethyst. There are also great specimens of their handiwork in the Smithsonian and the new U of A museum in Tucson.

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 Mineral: Amethyst
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North Carolina, USA
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 Mineral: Amethyst
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North Carolina, USA
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PostPosted: Jan 26, 2022 20:38    Post subject: Re: Tucson Shows 2022  

Dalnegorsk!! Let's hope it goes on and on. I stopped by Vaclev Budina's KARP room today and there's more excellent and unique Dalnegorsk specimens.

Known for ultra-clear cubic fluorites, new are quite nice clear octahedral specimens. Also there are a number of attractive "pseudomorph of Calcite and Pyrite after Fluorite". See photos.

And - KARP also had some outrageously bright, colorful Goboboseb scepter quartzes. These were nicely back lit and immediately drew one's eye to the display case.

Gotta love the KARP room.

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PostPosted: Jan 26, 2022 20:43    Post subject: Re: Tucson Shows 2022  

Continuing with the KARP photos.


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 Mineral: Fluorite
 Locality:
Dalnegorsk, Dalnegorsk Urban District, Primorsky Krai, Russia
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 Viewed:  5683 Time(s)

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 Mineral: Calcite Pyrite after Fluorite
 Locality:
Dalnegorsk, Dalnegorsk Urban District, Primorsky Krai, Russia
 Description:
 Viewed:  5683 Time(s)

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 Mineral: Calcite Pyrite after Fluorite
 Locality:
Dalnegorsk, Dalnegorsk Urban District, Primorsky Krai, Russia
 Description:
 Viewed:  5676 Time(s)

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 Mineral: Quartz
 Locality:
Goboboseb Mountains, Brandberg area, Erongo Region, Namibia
 Description:
 Viewed:  5659 Time(s)

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 Mineral: Quartz
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Goboboseb Mountains, Brandberg area, Erongo Region, Namibia
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PostPosted: Jan 26, 2022 20:54    Post subject: Re: Tucson Shows 2022  

Every now and then I walk into a room and one specimen simply jumps out. This happened today for me in the Well-Arranged Molecules room. See photo. This is a totally unique arrangement of Columbian yellow tipped quartz that stands up on other quartz points. Incredible.

By the way, the yellow inclusions have finally been identified as halloysite - an organic mineral.

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PostPosted: Jan 27, 2022 10:06    Post subject: Re: Tucson Shows 2022  

Unfortunately, the color of these quartzes is of anthropogenic origin. The surface of the tips is somehow porous with micro clay inclusions. Acid cleaning leads to alteration of the clay, turning it yellowish-orange. Some specimens lose their color completely after a (too) excessive acid bath, so a bit of experience in this kind of "cotor treatment".is needed.

By the way an extremely nice reference sample of the saying "a rock is worth what somebody is willing to pay for it". I think two figures instead of five would be far more appropriate;-)
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PostPosted: Jan 27, 2022 10:52    Post subject: Re: Tucson Shows 2022  

I would just like to thank Bob Kerr for his excellent coverage of a lot of what is new in Tucson this year. Unfortunately, I will miss the show out of concerns over Omicron, so Bob's postings help.
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PostPosted: Jan 27, 2022 10:56    Post subject: Re: Tucson Shows 2022  

I would also like to thank Bob for his show posts. Like John, I will also be missing the show this year and will attend vicariously through Bob's posts.
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PostPosted: Jan 27, 2022 16:04    Post subject: Re: Tucson Shows 2022  

John S. White wrote:
I would just like to thank Bob Kerr for his excellent coverage of a lot of what is new in Tucson this year. Unfortunately, I will miss the show out of concerns over Omicron, so Bob's postings help.


Rondinaire and Joseph - glad you are enjoying these mini-reports - more to come. Since I'm not really in the mineral acquisition mode I have much more time to do these reports.

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PostPosted: Jan 27, 2022 16:22    Post subject: Re: Tucson Shows 2022  

I ALWAYS love to stop by the room of Robert and Stephanie Snyder's Stonetrust dealership. They may not always have lots of new items, but they seem to come up with some truly unique and one-of-a-kind pieces.

I'll let the attached photos speak for themselves.

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 Mineral: Aquamarine
 Description:
This is a rare group of Aquas from Erongo. Usually, these kinda keep to themselves and grow in single crystals - but this is a unique group of them similar to Pakistani Aquas.
 Viewed:  5180 Time(s)

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 Mineral: Emerald
 Locality:
Kagem Mine, Kafubu, Ndola, Ndola District, Copperbelt Province, Zambia
 Description:
TALL!! very tall! and unique locality. An amazing specimen.
 Viewed:  5183 Time(s)

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 Mineral: Quartz
 Description:
I guess this is a scepter - but a very different form.
 Viewed:  5159 Time(s)

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 Mineral: Tourmaline
 Locality:
Pederneira Claim, São José da Safira, Governador Valadares, Vale do Rio Doce, Minas Gerais, Brazil
 Description:
OK - anyone ever seen anything like this? Rubellite cross both double terminated. Robert said it is repaired but both pieces "snapped" right into place. Pretty amazing.
 Viewed:  5177 Time(s)

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