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The Inn Suites Show - Tucson 2008 - Part 1

Last Updated: 13th Feb 2008

By Jolyon & Katya Ralph

The Inn Suites Hotel Show

The Inn Suites hotel is the first location for most mineral collectors wanting to visit the show, with dealers from around the world hiring rooms to display their stock. Here is part one of our report from the Inn Suites - part two (including video) will be posted tomorow night!

John Cornish


Most impressive display in the Inn Suites was the selection of Bunker Hill Pyromorphite specimens from the collection of the mine owner, being sold in Tucson by John Cornish. These are all small cabinet to large cabinet size, and this is apparently the biggest collection of Bunker Hill specimens on sale since the 1980s.

John Cornish in front of the cabinets


Pyromorphite - John Cornish specimen


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Jordi Fabre


Jordi had a few new items to show - first some Aldermanite and Minyulite from South Australia:

Aldermanite and Minyulite from Tom's Phosphate Quarry, South Australia - Jordi Fabre specimen


Jordi had also obtained some of the best specimens of Henmillite from a visiting Japanese dealer, including this one:

Rich Henmillite on matrix from the Fuka mine, Japan - Jordi Fabre specimen


And this specimen of Pyromorphite from Ecuador:

Pyromorphite from Ecuador - Jordi Fabre specimen


Alfredo Petrov


Alfredo has his usual selection of unusual worldwide minerals, but he seemed slightly more proud of his dealer badge from the 'Curves Mineral Show' (held at the Curves strip club) which was, sadly, a few days prior to my arrival in Tucson. This is quite possibly the first mindat.org photo that has had to be censored for public consumption.

Alfredo showing off his dealer pass from the 'Curves Mineral Show'


The first thing to catch my eye was this rare Numanoite from the Fuka mine in Japan

Numanoite from the Fuka mine, Japan - Alfredo Petrov specimen


and also this Tunellite from Boron, California

Tunellite from Boron, Kern Co., California - Alfredo Petrov specimen


Kristalle and Crystal Classics


Kristalle and Crystal Classics had items from several recent collection purchases for display, including these fine pieces:
Carrollite from Katanga, Congo


Lavendulan from Iran
Amethyst from Afghanistan
Crocoite from Berezovsk, Russia
Boleite, Cumengeite and Pseudoboleite
Lavendulan from Iran
Amethyst from Afghanistan
Crocoite from Berezovsk, Russia
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Lavendulan from Iran
Amethyst from Afghanistan
Crocoite from Berezovsk, Russia
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Adelaide Mining Company


The Adelaide Mining Company had a room stuffed full of high-grade Crocoite specimens from the Adelaide mine in Tasmania. After marvelling at the quality of the specimens, I had to marvel at the ability to ship such pieces halfway across the world in one piece.

One of the best crocoite specimens from the Adelaide Mining Company


Konstantin Buslovich


Konstantin had brought a large selection of Altyn-Tube Dioptase and other Russian and Kazakhstan minerals - but pride of place went to this monster Dioptase - 85cm tall and 90kg in weight!

Dioptase from Altyn-Tube - Konstantin Buslovich specimen


Also, this Hematite was interesting:

Hematite from the Artaz Mine, Kazakstan - Konstantin Buslovich specimen


Carion Minerals


Carion Minerals were displaying this interesting piece of Arizona Petrified Wood with a label from the 1880 Paris Exposition.

Petrified Wood from Arizona - Carion Minerals


Part two of our report tomorrow!




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