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Denver Gem and Mineral Show, September 18-20

Last Updated: 17th Sep 2017

By Norman King

Here are a few photos from the Denver Gem and Mineral Show, held September 18-20, 2015 at the Denver Mart (formerly Denver Merchandise Mart). I attended on the second and third days, noting what seemed to be a good turnout at the times I was there. I found that deals could be made, and good specimens were available for me to consider on my limited budget, including all of the shows going on during the week including at the Coliseum, Ramada Plaza Hotel, Quality Inn Central, and Denver Marriott West. This was my first time at this show, however, so I cannot compare this year with previous years. Perhaps others have a better perspective on attendance plus buying and selling activity. Actually, I acquired a well-priced rhodochrosite from Sweet Home Mine early in the week, and even if “well-priced,” that deal affected my budget decisions for the rest of the show. Happily I was able to stay with old friends from when I lived in Denver nearly 30 years ago, and was given the use of a car for getting around. I just may come back next year!


The exhibits section on the main floor of the Denver Mart. This area had mostly traditional dealers offering affordable to high-end pieces.
Main floor of Denver Show, 2015

Booth of Attard’s Minerals on the main floor. John Attard is partly hidden behind a display case, but Alfredo Petrov can be seen hard at work making his trademark informative mineral labels.
Attard's Minerals, Denver 2015

Available at this booth, as well as many dealers in a large side room, were larger artsy items of high quality.
Booth for artistic Earth materials, etc.

This side room, as big as the main floor, is where fossils were displayed, along with lapidary artifacts, supplies, and demonstrations, plus traditional dealers, society booths, and booths for identification help. Snacks and other refreshments were also available here.
Denver Show, 2015--side room in Denver Mart

Gold panning practice could be had, providing good fun for both kids and adults.
Gold panning at Denver show, 2015

In keeping with the show’s theme, “Minerals from the American Southwest,” there were many display cases containing exhibits of just that:

Variscite from near Fairfield, Utah.
Variscite display in exhibits section, Denver 2015

Thunder eggs from the Deming, New Mexico area, exhibited by Spanish Stirrup Rockshop.
Thunder eggs from near Deming, New Mexico

Amazonite with smoky quartz collected many years ago in the Lake George area of Colorado by good buddies Robert Bartsch (RIP 2014) and Rock Currier (RIP 2015), long before “Prospectors” was aired.
Amazonite and smoky quartz from Lake George, Colorado area

Rhodochrosite displayed by dealer Mike Bergmann. This is from Sweet Home Mine near Alma, Colorado, about 75 km NW of Lake George.
Rhodochrosite from Sweet Home Mine near Alma, Colorado

Specimens from elsewhere in the world were also displayed:

Group of malachite rosettes from Democratic Republic of the Congo, exhibited by Mineral Association of Dallas.
Malachite rosettes from Democratic Republic of the Congo

Another piece displayed by Mike Bergmann. It includes slightly smoky quartz with included rutile needles. Above that on the same piece is rutile on platy crystals of hematite. Thus, it displays two highly-sought habits for rutile in a single specimen from Minas Gerais, Brazil.
Rutile-included smoky quartz together with rutile on hematite

This is reportedly the largest-known specimen of aquamarine and schorl from the Erongo Mountains of Namibia, displayed by Mike Bergmann. It is just under one meter across.
Largest-known specimen of aquamarine and schorl from Erongo Mountains, Namibia

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Thanks for putting this together Norman. The aquamarine and schorl is quite stunning.
Andrew Debnam

Andrew Debnam
3rd Oct 2015 4:03pm
Very nice Norman!

I just found out about it. The Amazonite display by Rock Currier is quite remarkable as is the Malacite from the Congo.

Thank you!

John Attard
21st Oct 2015 3:33pm

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