The Inn Suites Show - Tucson 2008 - Part 1Last Updated: 13th Feb 2008
By Jolyon & Katya Ralph
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!
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.
Jordi had a few new items to show - first some Aldermanite and Minyulite from South Australia:
Jordi had also obtained some of the best specimens of Henmillite from a visiting Japanese dealer, including this one:
And this specimen of Pyromorphite from Ecuador:
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.
The first thing to catch my eye was this rare Numanoite from the Fuka mine in Japan
and also this Tunellite from Boron, California
Kristalle and Crystal Classics
Kristalle and Crystal Classics had items from several recent collection purchases for display, including these fine pieces:
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.
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!
Also, this Hematite was interesting:
Carion Minerals were displaying this interesting piece of Arizona Petrified Wood with a label from the 1880 Paris Exposition.
Part two of our report tomorrow!
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