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PostPosted: Jan 12, 2024 16:19    Post subject: Tucson 2024 - It's started!  

Every New Year's Eve, we watch Sidney and Melbourne celebrate the arrival of the new year first - and, similarly, the first of the international dealers arriving for the upcoming Tucson Shows is from Australia - that of course is Adam Wright of the Adelaide Crocoite Mine in Tasmania.

This year he unpacked the first specimens from a new zone he calls the Red River Falls - "Falls" because there's water flowing down from a number of points in the roof of the mine - and the crocoite is quite special from this zone - good sized crystals, great luster, color and clean terminations - somewhat similar to the great 1970's finds. Only a few of the new specimens display the large crystals - but these are among the best ever. A few photos are attached. According to Adam this zone should continue on for a while - he had to stop mining to get to Tucson.

AND - what was previously Mike New's Top Gem business - now B2B Minerals directly across Oracle Road from Mineral City - will celebrate a "Soft Opening" with a Mexican Lunch and Mariachi Band - January 23.

LOTS more to follow - and I was notified that the proverbial Clive Quiet from South Africa will be missing this year's show due to health - well over 40 years of mineral dealing - he will be missed. However, his room in the B2B Annex will be open and run by his partner Tony. Scheduled to open on the 15th.

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 Mineral: crocoite
 Locality:
Adelaide Mine, Dundas mineral field, Zeehan District, West Coast Council, Tasmania, Australia
 Description:
Adam and a new Red River Falls specimen
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 Mineral: crocoite
 Locality:
Adelaide Mine, Dundas mineral field, Zeehan District, West Coast Council, Tasmania, Australia
 Description:
Adam and a new Red River Falls specimen
 Viewed:  8284 Time(s)

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 Mineral: crocoite
 Locality:
Adelaide Mine, Dundas mineral field, Zeehan District, West Coast Council, Tasmania, Australia
 Description:
The Red River Falls zone in-situ
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PostPosted: Jan 14, 2024 18:13    Post subject: Tucson 2024 - It's started!  

Adam provided me with an in-situ video of the Red River Falls zone. Note the water falling - and this video was taken after the flow rate subsided significantly.

https://www.youtube.com/shorts/QCkDJZAontU
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(the youtube link to the right of the posting would not accept this??)
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PostPosted: Jan 15, 2024 03:50    Post subject: Re: Tucson 2024 - It's started!  

bob kerr wrote:

(the youtube link to the right of the posting would not accept this??)


Unfortunately not, because your YouTube is created using the new
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PostPosted: Jan 15, 2024 19:10    Post subject: Re: Tucson 2024 - It's started!  

The Top Gem annex room of South African Clive Quiet opened (kinda) this morning to quite a crowd. (Due to illness Clive remained in South Africa.)

He had quite a few flats of Congo dioptase as well as some larger pieces - Many of these are partially coated with malachite making for a nice green on green contrast and I was lucky enough to get the one nice "malachite after barite on dioptase" specimen in the flats - I wish there were more of these!

The other interesting finds from The Congo were reasonably priced specimens of botryoidal malachite and quartz on matrix - see photos.

Otherwise, there were LOTS of cactus quartz which were being picked up by dealers rapidly and LOTS of lustrous schorl from Erongo in all sizes - one dealer claimed all of the larger specimens - maybe 20.

I said he "kinda" opened because apparently the contract does not permit selling until this coming Friday so the owner of the annex had everyone leave after maybe 2 hours. More this Friday.

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 Mineral: Dioptase and Malachite on Chrysocolla
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 Mineral: Malachite on Dioptase
 Description:
 Viewed:  7597 Time(s)

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 Mineral: Botryoidal Malachite and Quartz
 Description:
about $100
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 Mineral: Botryoidal Malachite and Quartz
 Description:
about $100
 Viewed:  7603 Time(s)

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 Mineral: Malachite after Barite on Dioptase
 Description:
about $200
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PostPosted: Jan 18, 2024 21:18    Post subject: Re: Tucson 2024 - It's started!  

I walked around the Mineral City area today and it's just too early - a few dealers are setting up but few are ready to open.

I did go over to the Top Gem annex again and re-acquainted myself with the Ramos' who just arrived from Peru and plan to partially open this Saturday.

And - to my pleasant surprise the room of Clive Quiet was open - recall that they were told to close this past Monday but the owner of the building has relented.

I noted three nice Fluorite options available - I'll start with the VERY interesting Eroongo fluorites on Schorl that were available although it was clear from the open spots that they were already picked from a good bit. The one's left were cabinet size and above but quite nice - see photos.

I'll present two other nice fluorite options in the following posts.

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 Mineral: Fluorite on Schorl
 Description:
Large plate of schorl dotted with distinct and unique Erongo green fluorites - about $1100
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 Mineral: Fluorite on Schorl
 Description:
distinctive Erongo Flourites on Schorl matrix - about $450
 Viewed:  7252 Time(s)

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 Mineral: Fluorite - back lit
 Description:
Back-lit fluorite showing color and xl form.
 Viewed:  7259 Time(s)

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PostPosted: Jan 18, 2024 21:27    Post subject: Re: Tucson 2024 - It's started!  

For the second fluorite option, Clive had vivid blue Fluorites from Afghanistan (no other local details given) many of which are preferentially coated with yellowish calcite. These are mostly in remarkably good condition and are quite reasonably priced. See photos.

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 Mineral: Blue Fluorite
 Description:
no other locality detail given
 Viewed:  7256 Time(s)

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No other locality detail given
 Viewed:  7274 Time(s)

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 Mineral: Blue Fluorite back-lit
 Locality:
Afghanistan
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PostPosted: Jan 18, 2024 21:36    Post subject: Re: Tucson 2024 - It's started!  

For the third and final fluorite option - these are from the Lupita Mine in Mapimi, Durango, MX. The purple balls are sprinkled over a quartz matrix and the balls are then again sprinkled with minor quartz. The owner Jose' attempted to remove the small quartz sprinkles with mixed results. Best to leave mother nature alone here. A back-lit photo showing color and crystal form is included.

more in the next few days,
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 Mineral: Fluorite with Quartz
 Locality:
Lupita Mine, Descubridora mining district, Buruguilla, Municipio Mapimí, Durango, Mexico
 Description:
 Viewed:  7251 Time(s)

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 Mineral: Fluorite
 Locality:
Lupita Mine, Descubridora mining district, Buruguilla, Municipio Mapimí, Durango, Mexico
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PostPosted: Jan 21, 2024 03:21    Post subject: Re: Tucson 2024 - It's started!  

bob kerr wrote:


AND - what was previously Mike New's Top Gem business - now B2B Minerals directly across Oracle Road from Mineral City - will celebrate a "Soft Opening" with a Mexican Lunch and Mariachi Band - January 23.


bob


Hey just to be VERY clear...this is Jason New, Mike New's son and former manager of Top Gem. Justin's new venture B2B minerals has nothing to do with Top Gem, it isn't the same stock, I sold all of it in a fire sale. I wanted to change direction but the landlord said he wouldn't renew my lease if I did that, so I let the whole thing die. It was better that way. Without my Dad to steward the situation, and with me being 1000 miles away in Denver with my own business, I was happy to let it die rather than bow to someone uninvolved telling me how to run my dad's business.

I know it's known as the Top Gem area, rightly so, but let's just be as clear as we can. there is NOTHING left of Top Gem or its principles, its material, or its leadership. I have nothing to do with it either and greatly prefer it that way. I couldn't stand behind what happened at all.

Just so we are clear that if people go there expecting a Top Gem like experience they will be SORELY disappointed.

Otherwise, carry on!
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PostPosted: Jan 21, 2024 05:23    Post subject: Re: Tucson 2024 - It's started!  

Jason

Sorry to hear about your difficulties. 'Changing of the guard' in a business can be difficult (our family business - Catmur Machine Tools - did not survive the loss of my uncle, with >200 people made redredundant
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PostPosted: Jan 21, 2024 23:00    Post subject: Re: Tucson 2024 - It's started!  

There are still only a few rooms open but as has been the case in the past, Wendy and John Zhou of Wendy's Minerals is fully open and as is always the case they have some new material brought back from their trips to China.

I put notes in the photos below.

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 Mineral: Fluorite two generations
 Description:
Wendy with a HUGE plate of two generations of fluorite with different colors.

Regrettably all of her smaller pieces were purchased by a dealer.
 Viewed:  6742 Time(s)

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 Mineral: Fluorite
 Locality:
Huanggang Mines, Hexigten Banner (Kèshíkèténg Qí), Chifeng (Ulanhad), Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region, China
 Description:
Unique elongated fluorite xls from Huanggang - yes, it's still producing some nice specimens, but it also has slowed significantly.
 Viewed:  6747 Time(s)

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 Mineral: Fluorite
 Locality:
Yaogangxian Mine, Yizhang, Chenzhou Prefecture, Hunan Province, China
 Description:
More elongated fluorite xls this time from Yaogangxian.
 Viewed:  6750 Time(s)

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 Description:
Very nice fluorite cubes with rich phantoms.
 Viewed:  6753 Time(s)

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 Mineral: Quartz
 Locality:
Huanggang Mines, Hexigten Banner (Kèshíkèténg Qí), Chifeng (Ulanhad), Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region, China
 Description:
This is a HUGE Japanese Law twin from Huanggang. The largest "wing" is about 14 cm!
 Viewed:  6727 Time(s)

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 Mineral: Chalcopyrite on Calcite
 Description:
Unique chalcopyrite triangles on sheafs of calcite.
 Viewed:  6748 Time(s)

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 Mineral: Calcite fowers on Fluorite
 Locality:
Yiwu, Jinhua Prefecture, Zhejiang Province, China
 Description:
Wonderful calcite "roses" scattered over deep purple fluorite - wonderful contrast.
 Viewed:  6742 Time(s)

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PostPosted: Jan 21, 2024 23:14    Post subject: Re: Tucson 2024 - It's started!  

As we discussed extensively in last year's Tucson report, there are a number of dealers selling these "Fluorite Loops" as natural specimens. By now it's well known that these are carvings and some of the earliest "victims" of this fraud were Rudolf's Minerals. Well, they have recovered most of their losses and now have two flats of these that will be wholesaled.

They were selling individual "carvings" for $50 so I had to buy one for my fraud collections.

I hope no one falls for these - they are simply carvings (done with a bead gun?) and not natural specimens.

bob



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 Mineral: "Loop" fluorite carvings by the flat
 Description:
Carvings - NOT natural
 Viewed:  6725 Time(s)

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 Mineral: "Loop fluorite"
 Description:
Note the small botryoidal fluorite on the lower right of the carving - probably natural.
 Viewed:  6735 Time(s)

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PostPosted: Jan 23, 2024 18:51    Post subject: Re: Tucson 2024 - It's started!  

LOTS of happenings going on in and around the Mineral City area.

The Mineral City manager Graham Sutton has definitely spruced things up a good bit and the name flags on each room helps tremendously.

Also, the B2B Mineral business in the old Top Gem building resurrected a tradition established by Mike and Jason New and offered a wonderful Mexican lunch complete with Mariachi Band. Usually, the typical sunny weather makes this a wonderful way to spend the lunch hour - with a cold beer in hand - but the cool weather made things a bit different. HOWEVER, the Gods that be permitted a gap in the rain so that all there could enjoy the chicken enchiladas in a dry environment.

A good bit of new material was offered by B2B but the only thing I found of interest was some Ojuela Chalcophanite - see photo.

more to follow,
bob



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 Mineral: Mineral City wall painting
 Locality:
Arizona, USA
 Description:
A mural painted on the D-Building wall next to the A-Building
 Viewed:  6305 Time(s)

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 Mineral: Mineral City wall painting
 Description:
A mural painted on the D-Building wall next to the A-Building
 Viewed:  6319 Time(s)

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 Mineral: Mexican lunch courtesy of B2B Minerals
 Locality:
Arizona, USA
 Description:
 Viewed:  6313 Time(s)

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 Mineral: Chalcophanite
 Locality:
Ojuela Mine, Mapimí, Municipio Mapimí, Durango, Mexico
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 Viewed:  6306 Time(s)

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PostPosted: Jan 23, 2024 19:02    Post subject: Re: Tucson 2024 - It's started!  

In the room of Unique Minerals - Evan Jones and Mark Mitterman - I found a wall of brilliant blue shattuckite with quartz druze from the Milpillas Mine - Milpillas never ceases to amaze!

Additionally, there were the usual top-level specimens available - a few shown below.



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 Mineral: Shattuckite with quartz druze
 Locality:
Milpillas Mine, Cuitaca, Municipio Santa Cruz, Sonora, Mexico
 Description:
 Viewed:  6336 Time(s)

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 Mineral: Shattuckite with quartz druze
 Locality:
Milpillas Mine, Cuitaca, Municipio Santa Cruz, Sonora, Mexico
 Description:
 Viewed:  6312 Time(s)

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 Mineral: Linarite and Anglesite
 Locality:
Grand Reef Mine, Laurel Canyon, Grand Reef Mountain, Klondyke, Aravaipa District, Graham County, Arizona, USA
 Description:
Is there a better blue than Grand Reef Linarite?
 Viewed:  6318 Time(s)

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 Mineral: Cuprite and Brochantite
 Locality:
Milpillas Mine, Cuitaca, Municipio Santa Cruz, Sonora, Mexico
 Description:
An extremely rare association - Milpillas continues to amaze.
 Viewed:  6319 Time(s)

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PostPosted: Jan 23, 2024 19:26    Post subject: Re: Tucson 2024 - It's started!  

Sharing a room with James Hall of the Noth Carolina's Reef Mine (see last year's report) is John Cornish. Up until this year John was working for The Arkenstone but now he has decided to set up business on his own.

In the room were this year's supply of those wonderful "azurite suns" from the Malbunka Mine in Australia. These were mined by Dehne and Maureen McLaughlin who also sold them previously, but John has taken over the duty.

John was also showing off an incredible double terminated apatite from the Himalaya Mine extracted in 2013 - see photos.

This room was set up last year by James Hall who filled it with lots of wonderful amethysts from The Reef Mine in North Carolina. This year he filled half of it with all new material. See photos.



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 Mineral: John Cornish
 Description:
 Viewed:  6306 Time(s)

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 Mineral: Apatite
 Locality:
Himalaya Mine, Gem Hill, Mesa Grande District, San Diego County, California, USA
 Description:
 Viewed:  6297 Time(s)

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 Mineral: Apatite
 Locality:
Himalaya Mine, Gem Hill, Mesa Grande District, San Diego County, California, USA
 Description:
 Viewed:  6300 Time(s)

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 Mineral: James Hall
 Locality:
Reel Mine, Iron Station, Lincoln County, North Carolina, USA
 Description:
 Viewed:  6288 Time(s)

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 Mineral: Amethyst
 Locality:
Reel Mine, Iron Station, Lincoln County, North Carolina, USA
 Description:
A beautiful amethyst "rose"
 Viewed:  6295 Time(s)

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PostPosted: Jan 23, 2024 20:28    Post subject: Re: Tucson 2024 - It's started!  

It's always a pleasure to visit the room of Valenzuela's Minerals who specialize in all things Mexican but especially Milpillas. It's pure "eye candy" with all the electric blue azurites from Milpillas.

This year they also have an equally (to Unique Minerals) impressive display of shattuckite most of which are covered in a wonderful quartz druze from Milpillas.

Additionally, they were displaying some new calcites from Chihuahua that resemble those from the Rudnyi find of many years ago - see photos.

And Alehandro was proudly showing his excellent Ojuela Cerussite sixling in a protective vug. See photos.

more to come,
bob



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 Mineral: Shattuckite with quartz druze
 Locality:
Milpillas Mine, Cuitaca, Municipio Santa Cruz, Sonora, Mexico
 Description:
 Viewed:  6279 Time(s)

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 Mineral: Shattuckite with quartz druze
 Locality:
Milpillas Mine, Cuitaca, Municipio Santa Cruz, Sonora, Mexico
 Description:
 Viewed:  6299 Time(s)

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 Mineral: Azurite
 Locality:
Milpillas Mine, Cuitaca, Municipio Santa Cruz, Sonora, Mexico
 Description:
 Viewed:  6274 Time(s)

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 Mineral: Azurite
 Locality:
Milpillas Mine, Cuitaca, Municipio Santa Cruz, Sonora, Mexico
 Description:
 Viewed:  6272 Time(s)

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 Mineral: Cerussite
 Locality:
Ojuela Mine, Mapimí, Municipio Mapimí, Durango, Mexico
 Description:
 Viewed:  6266 Time(s)

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 Mineral: Cerussite
 Locality:
Ojuela Mine, Mapimí, Municipio Mapimí, Durango, Mexico
 Description:
 Viewed:  6274 Time(s)

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 Mineral: Calcite
 Locality:
El Bolivar Mine, Piedras Verdes (Triguito), Municipio Urique, Chihuahua, Mexico
 Description:
 Viewed:  6283 Time(s)

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 Mineral: Calcite
 Locality:
El Bolivar Mine, Piedras Verdes (Triguito), Municipio Urique, Chihuahua, Mexico
 Description:
 Viewed:  6275 Time(s)

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PostPosted: Jan 24, 2024 10:09    Post subject: Re: Tucson 2024 - It's started!  

I also ran into one of my favorite Chinese dealers who is working to promote the 2024 China International Mineral and Gem Expo to be held in Nanjing over May 29 to June 2. An expensive and tiring trip but no doubt worth it.

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 Mineral: Nanjng Show flyer
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 Viewed:  6043 Time(s)

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 Mineral: Nanjng Show flyer
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 Viewed:  6041 Time(s)

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PostPosted: Jan 24, 2024 21:14    Post subject: Re: Tucson 2024 - It's started!  

I visited the room of Rocko Rosenblatt today to see his Balmat NY offerings - quite a few gem sphalerites are still available as well as some huge calcites. Also, there's a small number of anhydrites available - all of these are from the Empire State Zinc Mine in Balmat NY. see photos.


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 Mineral: Sphalerite
 Locality:
Empire State No. 4 Mine, Balmat, Balmat-Edwards Zinc District, St. Lawrence County, New York, USA
 Description:
 Viewed:  5824 Time(s)

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 Mineral: Sphalerite
 Locality:
Empire State No. 4 Mine, Balmat, Balmat-Edwards Zinc District, St. Lawrence County, New York, USA
 Description:
 Viewed:  5820 Time(s)

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 Mineral: Sphalerite
 Locality:
Empire State No. 4 Mine, Balmat, Balmat-Edwards Zinc District, St. Lawrence County, New York, USA
 Description:
 Viewed:  5839 Time(s)

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 Mineral: Calcite
 Locality:
Empire State No. 4 Mine, Balmat, Balmat-Edwards Zinc District, St. Lawrence County, New York, USA
 Description:
 Viewed:  5838 Time(s)

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 Mineral: Calcite
 Locality:
Empire State No. 4 Mine, Balmat, Balmat-Edwards Zinc District, St. Lawrence County, New York, USA
 Description:
 Viewed:  5831 Time(s)

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 Mineral: Anhydrite
 Locality:
Empire State No. 4 Mine, Balmat, Balmat-Edwards Zinc District, St. Lawrence County, New York, USA
 Description:
 Viewed:  5834 Time(s)

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PostPosted: Jan 24, 2024 21:35    Post subject: Re: Tucson 2024 - It's started!  

OK - get ready to see the largest aquamarine specimens to come out of Pakistan - not right now but as soon as Muhammad Ejaz's (in the A building) special stands are available there will be a 1.2 meter and a 1.1-meter-long aqua specimens out for viewing - hopefully within a few days. I was honored to get a special viewing in their shipping containers in the back room - they are indeed HUGE and nicely covered with medium sized aqua hex's with a very nice blue coloring. Should be a special event. STAY TUNED!

In the meantime, he has a half a dozen display cases filled with "lesser" pieces which are really incredible in their own right.

see photos.



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 Locality:
Chumar Bakhoor, Hunza Valley, Nagar District, Gilgit-Baltistan (Northern Areas), Pakistan
 Description:
Muhammad Ejaz from Arizona, USA
 Viewed:  5814 Time(s)

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 Mineral: mainly aquamarine
 Locality:
Chumar Bakhoor, Hunza Valley, Nagar District, Gilgit-Baltistan (Northern Areas), Pakistan
 Description:
 Viewed:  5829 Time(s)

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 Mineral: mainly aquamarine
 Locality:
Chumar Bakhoor, Hunza Valley, Nagar District, Gilgit-Baltistan (Northern Areas), Pakistan
 Description:
 Viewed:  5826 Time(s)

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 Mineral: mainly aquamarine
 Locality:
Chumar Bakhoor, Hunza Valley, Nagar District, Gilgit-Baltistan (Northern Areas), Pakistan
 Description:
 Viewed:  5816 Time(s)

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 Mineral: mainly aquamarine
 Locality:
Chumar Bakhoor, Hunza Valley, Nagar District, Gilgit-Baltistan (Northern Areas), Pakistan
 Description:
 Viewed:  5823 Time(s)

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PostPosted: Jan 24, 2024 21:46    Post subject: Re: Tucson 2024 - It's started!  

Not a new find but Anton Watzl had a large display of zunyites in his room in the D building - mainly single crystals - from Iran.

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 Mineral: zunyite
 Locality:
Larak Island, Qeshm County, Hormozgan Province, Iran
 Description:
 Viewed:  5823 Time(s)

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 Mineral: zunyite
 Locality:
Larak Island, Qeshm County, Hormozgan Province, Iran
 Description:
 Viewed:  5826 Time(s)

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 Mineral: zunyite
 Locality:
Larak Island, Qeshm County, Hormozgan Province, Iran
 Description:
 Viewed:  5807 Time(s)

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PostPosted: Jan 24, 2024 21:57    Post subject: Re: Tucson 2024 - It's started!  

As I mentioned earlier, Graham Sutton has spruced up the Min City area a good bit - AND - published for this year's show is a show guide packed with some great articles in addition to being a useful guide to all the dealers in all the buildings.

The article which makes this a collector's item is the article by Brian Swoboda, the FMF's fearless leader Jordi Fabre and Carles Manresa Pla titled "50 Best of Species Mineral Specimen's from The MIM Museum". Each of the 50 specimens is described in detail. An excellent bit of reading.

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 Mineral: Min City Guide Book
 Locality:
Arizona, USA
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 Viewed:  5803 Time(s)

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