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Tucson Show 2017 - Live Report

Last Updated: 12th Feb 2017

By Jolyon & Katya Ralph

This is a LIVE report, keep this page loaded for live updates - new images will appear as they are added.

And it's that time of the year again! A new year and a brand new show at Tucson.

Quick plug for the new minfind mobile app being launched today. Go to AppStore or Google Play and search for minfind on your smartphone.

The new show is held in a disused cinema complex. Lots of mineral dealers catering to collectors rather than the normal mix of gems, minerals and new age stuff.


Vanadinite from B&L minerals. New Moroccan find.

The HTCC show - where I was most of the afternoon but the internet was so awful that it was impossible to live report. Thank you HTCC and AT&T.

Earlier I visited the new Tucson outlet for Californian mineral wholesaler JTI (Jewel Tunnel Imports). regulars will remember JTI's founder Rock Currier, who passed away in 2015. JTI have taken over the old La Fuente restaurant on Oracle.

The building is currently being renovated and is not yet occupied, however a large tent is set up in the car park for visitors. Note this venue is a trade-only venue.

Great sign.

JTI had a big find of gypsum crystals from Greece.

Back to HTCC... and we are selling a new T-Shirt. Thank you Rick for modelling for us. This is a limited edition of 100 shirts, it won't be available online. Probably will be sold out before the main show. If you want one then come to Self-Aware minerals in room 124 at HTCC.

Back at the TNMS show today. Let's hope the internet is better now.

Again dreadful internet today. I've just got a new sim so hopefully tomorrow will be better. In the meantime here's a photo from today - Rocks & Minerals and Mineralogical Almanac magazines.

Xtal-Dennis Beals Minerals have this super chrysocolla after cumengeite pseudomorph from Boleo, Mexico.

Now, quick visit over to Fine Minerals International, next to the HTCC hotel.

Wulfenite from Tsumeb Mine, Namibia, Fine Minerals International

Sign on the bed in Dennis Beals' room

A cluster of old mining stuff - Self-A-Ware minerals.

Palm trees at HTCC

Rarestone had this little agate - from Antarctica!

Tucson is a time to meet up with good friends. Last year's show would have been a disaster without the wonderful help from Naomi Hinds and Ray Hill (along with many others - but Naomi and Ray were especially helpful!)

The kitchen table in our rented house has become a temporary field headquarters! Just because a show is on doesn't stop us working!

We'll be holding our annual meet-up at the JTI ballroom (as usual) at the HTCC show, 7pm on Monday night. Everyone welcome!

Today we are at the 22nd street show, and if you can read this then my internet is good!

Elwood mine fluorite with very iridescent sphalerite - Colorado Rocks specimen.

And they also have this behemoth of fluorite from the Blanchard Mine, New Mexico.

Beautiful cut Kunzite. again at Colorado Rocks.

Justin Zzyzx with his free Rockhounding guide to Barstow which costs $7.99

Back at the HTCC, this time with Internet.

Great Bad Ems pyromorphite. Barnett Fine Minerals

Parasite-(La) from Mula mine, Bahia, Brazil. Luiz Menezes Minerals

Aragonite from China - John Cornish minerals

Aquamarine from Dache, Pakistan - Fine Art Minerals

I've sneaked into the Westward Look show on setup day to give you a preview.

Russian corundum - Graeber & Hines

Big English hematite - Graeber & Himes

Chinese Quartz, Collector's Edge

Great collection of British minerals! Weinrich Minerals.

Caradon mine fluorite - Weinrich minerals

Cerussite fron Silver Hill mine, North Carolina

Opal from Peru, Mineral Classics

Marshite from Rubtsovskoe, Russia - Dave Bunk minerals

Mogok aquamarine - Kristalli specimen.

Mogok spinel, Anton Watzl specimen

New calcite find from Palmarejo mine, Chihuahua, Mexico - Miners Lunchbox

And another.

Chinese orpiment- Miners Lunchbox

Three lovely malachite pseudos. A.Martaud Minéraux

And it's time to call it a day and head home! More updates tomorrow.

Celestine on sulphur. Agrigento, Italy - Webminerals specimen.

Something happened here but I'm not quite sure what.

Not all interesting minerals are super expensive. For those suffering from sticker shock after yesterday's postings here is a Mexican sanidine specimen for $12. Dennis Beals minerals.

Latest issue of mineralogical Almanac magazine

pyrite on Quartz from Peru. Ramos Minerals

Octahedral pyrite

Dino eggs

Tourmaline drinking glasses. Artisan Made Gemstones

Jolly good.

Crystal Classics wholesale.

Pectolite. It's not pretty but it's classic English stuff.

Nice big Hilton fluorite - Crystal Classics specimen

Gypsum coated twigs. South Australia. Ausrox.

From Quiruvilca, Peru - Jaroslav Hyrsl specimen

Mining hammers - up to 500 years old. Jaroslav Hyrsl

Small Iowa Barite - Saga minerals

Sulphur and celestine from Michigan - Saga Minerals

Barite and Coffinire (probably the most appropriately named mineral ever) from Texas. Saga Minerals

Dundasite from Adelaide Mine, Tasmania. Found 2016

Crocoite, also found last year.

Wakabayashilite from Nevada. Apex Fine Minerals

Getchellite from the type locality. Apex Fine Minerals

Getchellite from the type locality. Apex Fine Minerals

And another from Twin Creeks mine. Apex Fine Minerals

Gold from Jundee/Wilkins, Western Australia - Crystal Fraction

At the U of A Flandreau science centre for a new exhibition


Regional gem displays.

At the U of A mineral museum

Cuprite. Irish Mag mine, Bisbee, Arizona

Cerussite from Campbell Shaft, Bisbee

Scheelite - Rogers mine, Cochise co. Arizona

Wulfenite and cerussite from mammoth st Anthony mine, Arizona

Russian platinum!

Mexican chalcopyrite

Mexican scorodite

Cole mine, Bisbee spangolite

Gold from Crystalline-Alabama claim, California

Laurelite - Grand Reef mine, Arizona

Copper! Tombstone, Arizona

Gold from Icabaru, Venezuela

Gold from Mount Kate, Papua New Guinea

Copper from Phoenix mine, Michigan

Wulfenite from Hilltop mine, Arizona

Chalcoalumite from copper queen mine, Arizona

Adamite from Ojuela mine, Mexico. New acquisition 2016 donated by Ed David


We have been collecting specimens for the mindat auction at the TGMS show next Saturday - here are a few of the great things that have been donated so far. First some great siderite casts from the Aggenyo mine South Africa donated by Paul Botha.

A Canyon Diablo meteorite donated by Southwest Meteorite Lab. if you would like to donate something for our auctions please find us at the show or email to arrange a collection! Thank you to all our donors unfortunately I can't post everything to this report.

Spanish smoky Quartz Luis Burillo minerals. Some of these items will be in the live auction here at Tucson and some will be auctioned online by John Veeveart so whether you are at Tucson this year or not you have a chance to bid on something to support!

We are very happy to have fossils, gemstones or anything vaguely related too! Everything goes to help support mindat. Thank you Lowcounty Geologic.

One of several minerals donated by Fine Art Minerals. Thank you!

Do you want a fridge magnet? Stop me tomorrow (I'll be in a variety of shows) and ask for one! Free! (Unless you want to donate for one!)

Back today at Tucsons New Mineral Show and Shannon & Sons minerals have a whole wing to themselves.

Johannite from Utah

Shannon & Sons have the W. Jim Thomas collection - dozens of flats of rare and classic mineral micros, thumbnails and up.

One of the many flats

Some odd cristobalite balls.

Thallium minerals. Yummy!

Native copper from the New Cornelia mine

About William James Thomas

I actually bought some minerals for myself from there too.


Hydroboracite from the Inder Borate deposit,Kazakhstan.

Paracelsian from Wales


Mark Candee has this super little columbite.

Phil Persson showing some malachite specimens.

Kelly smithsonite - Persson Rare minerals.

One of several Mexican Volborthite pieces at The Uncarved Block

Murdochite from Bisbee, part of a Bisbee collection being sold by Beliis Minerals. There was another really nice Chalcoalumite here too, but I just bought it!

Copper stained calcite. Belkis minerals.

Back at the Westward Look

Display of minerals from the Rice Museum





The Alma Rose!!!!!!

Malachite brain - Tonglushan mine, China. The Arkenstone

In the room with Pinnacle 5 minerals. They have just within the last 20 minutes had a good smoky Quartz/amazonite specimen SIMILAR to this one stolen. If you are offered a similar piece under suspicious circumstances please contact Tim.

Uvarovite - Bergman minerals

Fluorite on pyrrhotite. Inner Mongolia - Fine Minerals International

Bournonite from the Herodsfoot Mine, Cornwall - Western Minerals

Stephanite from Mexico. Western Minerals

Bed of fine minerals - Western Minerals

Fluorite 'mushroom' from Elmwood. Nicholas Stolowitz

Aragonite? In situ on the Westward Look fountain.

Stibnite from the Tafone mine, Italy - Stonetrust

Chalcocite from Carn Brea, Cornwall - Kristalle

Tourmaline, Batalha mine, Brazil - Saphira minerals

Atacamite, New Cornwall Mine, South Australia - Saphira minerals

Djurleite from Morocco. Cristophe Gobin

Ferberite and siderite. Kami mine, Bolivia - Cristophe Gobin specimen

Malachite from Kasompi, DR Congo - Cristophe Gobin minerals

Quartz cast after Barite. Silver Point mine, Colorado - Wilensky minerals

"Grape agate" from Indonesia. Wilensky minerals

English hematite - Wilensky minerals

And the end of another day. More tomorrow!

Sunset :)

At the party for 300th anniversary of Fersman Museum

Getting ready for the presentation.

Bryan Swoboda from Blue Cap Productions and Aisha from Rocksaholics.

Michael Leybov starting his presentation

Medal commemorating 300th anniversary showing an image of s Kongsberg silver given to Peter the Great.


Fersman in 1916

First guide for the Fersman museum 1741


Guide from 1957

Guide book 1984

Perovskite and the Copper Mouse

Staff and visitors to the museum. Katya and I are in there somewhere!

Bryan Swoboda owning the crowd

Second presentation

Peter Simon Pallas

Exploration of Kola peninsular. Hmmm that sounds like a good idea. I wonder if...,.

27% of new minerals since 2010 were discovered by researchers at the Fersman museum


The medal! Solid silver.

Having a day off - exploring Arizona.

At the Boyce Thompson Arboretum

Roman and Katya are finally in town! Introducing Roman to the dinosaurs

Escaping from the box

At the annual Tsumeb party! Ian Bruce introducing the speakers.

Tsumeb wulfenite. Well Arranged Molecules

Selling our tshirts!

Tsumeb cerussite - Ausrox

Boxes and boxes of Tsumeb classics from Crystal Classics

Jeff Scovil opting for the retro presentation equipment.

Jeff Scovil is showing some slides from Dr Erica Pohl's collection

Captain adamite to 2.4cm

Anglesite 7cm across

Listening tonJeff's presentation

Chalcotrichite in calcite 2.8cm largest crystal

Mineral wines

Tsumeb cuprite - Well Arranged Minerals

Dioptase from Tsumeb - Well Arranged Molecules


Don't forget it's the annual mindat meeting at HTCC tonight in just over an hour. Here's a photo of Mike Rumsey for no reason.

Starting the mindat meeting

Tom and Ida.

I have no idea who these people are or why they are at the mindat event.

And now for some of the auction items donated for the mindat auction. Firstly this faceted Durango apatite from Gems By Mark

Great Chinese scheelite donated by MineralZone

Zircons from St Peter's Dome, Colorado - one of three specimens donated by Persson Rare Minerals

Placer gold donated by Northern Nevada Gold

Silver and Safflorite etc from Bou Azzer, Morocco donated by Hu Hühne.

Ramsdellite from Mistake Mine, Arizona donated by Michael Shannon

Turquoise from Kazakhstan. This is a very interesting new deposit from very close to the famous Altyn Tyube dioptase (type) locality.

Dioptase cabochons! This and the turquoise are from Rare Stone. Room 252 HTCC

Now visiting the JG&M SHOW

If your biometric data is lacking...

Big rocks

Colombian Quartz from
Colombian Minerals

Lab grown sceptre Quartz. R&D Xtals

Gemscenter Brazil have a very professional marketing effort for their tourmaline, Quartz, etc.

Clinoatacamite from The Lily mine, Chile. Nuevo Mundo Imports

Faceted Oregon sunstone. Ravenstein.

More donation items - this Hubnerite from Peru. Ramos Minerals

R&D Xtals INC donated this super lab grown Quartz crystal.

Marcasite on Barite donated by Saga minerals.

Coming soon - our next Adventure!

email if you're interested!

Back at the inn suites this morning.

San Carlos peridot from Crystal World

Huge Austrian aragonite donated by Crystal Classics for the auction.

Set up time for the main show

The tri state district - case by Carnegie Museum

Just over an hour before the TGMS show opens and the queue is already building

Robin Hansen from Natural History Museum London with her display of minerals from the mid/west of UK

Our booth is starting to come together

David Barthelmy from

Desperate ways to get the printer working when we forgot the power cable. Fortunately we didn't die or burn the Convention Centre down and it's now unplugged!

Artisan made gemstones by Jeremy Sinkud

I took this photo and it took so long for the internet to upload it that I have no idea what it is. I'm sure it's interesting though.

Very busy in the micro mineral room

The Carbon Mineral Challenge.

One of the new carbon minerals. Now all we need to do is figure out how to train the Kestrels...

Next year's show.

I have a small number of single and double terminated himgannite crystals from Zagi Mountains Pakistan. I am told these contain both Y and Nd dominant zones, Nd dominant Hingannite would be a new species. If you want to buy one come up to the mindat booth tomorrow.

The mindat booth

And back at TGMS. Here is a display of amethyst from Green Ridge, Washington.

Don't forget tonight is the Mindat silent auction here at the TGMS starting 5:30pm. Entry is free (you don't have to buy a ticket for the dinner) so please come along and grab a bargain and support us!

Rice Museum display

Fersman Museum display

Awards dinner at TGMS

This year's Carnegie medal has been awarded to mindat.irg manager (and curator emeritus of LA County Kuseum) Tony Kampf

The mindat auction underway. Right now it's quiet because the awards speeches are ongoing.

Geoliterary society auction also running.

Huge box of micro mount minerals donated by Pat Haynes


Hemimorphite from Mexico. Donated by Peter Megaw.

Jeff Scovil giving the results of the mineral photography competition

Sunday morning at the show and most people are taking it easy.

Sunday morning at the show and most people are taking it easy.

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Yes sir, a new show of the best pieces from around the world.

Jose Miguel Sola Fdez.
31st Jan 2017 9:20pm
Thx from snowy cold Ottawa

John Montgomery
2nd Feb 2017 10:00pm
I love the parisite_(La)!

Rudy Bolona
3rd Feb 2017 3:02am
Parasite-(La) get's a tick from me :)

Steve Sorrell
3rd Feb 2017 9:13am
Parasites are extremely underrated these days ;-)

Roger Lang
3rd Feb 2017 5:26pm
When I have parasites I call the exterminator, or see a doctor.

Steve Hardinger
3rd Feb 2017 5:51pm
strange seen this prices, and after when you ask the same price for a similar specimen, or best, they say your price is to much high....

Matteo Chinellato
3rd Feb 2017 6:40pm
Wow, tourmaline drinking glass set... Wonder how much that costs....?

Scott Rider
3rd Feb 2017 8:53pm
At least $50K for a set of 6!!! You have to realize how difficult it is to get 6 matching Paprok Tourmalines and then the extreme difficulty in carving such a hard gemstone!!!

Rob Woodside
3rd Feb 2017 9:11pm
No kidding, that is an amazing accomplishment and what a true master of the craft!!! I'd love to see what those crystals looked like before they carved them...

Scott Rider
3rd Feb 2017 10:19pm
I was so enthralled by them I didn't notice the little sign saying $240 each.... So are these really elbaite glasses? Or colored to mimic the color.

Scott Rider
3rd Feb 2017 10:22pm
Hey all, The tourmaline glasses- are 'Art Glass'. Hand blown/created. The talented young guy making these had other products too. I was very impressed with his simulated glass liddicoatite/elbaite crystals. The color zoning changes were really cool!
I thought the xtls were real (which drew me over) then I saw the prices, and took a closer look... LoL! I wish I had brought more money - I would have picked up a couple of the xtls for fun and teaching.

John Oostenryk
4th Feb 2017 12:52am
Thanks for sharing the Johannite from Utah!

Alex Earl
4th Feb 2017 6:50pm
Hope the amazonite gets recovered.

Jason Evans
4th Feb 2017 11:02pm
Excellent report as always, Jolyon! Keep the photos coming....

Paul Brandes
5th Feb 2017 6:38pm
"Aragonite? In situ on the Westward Look fountain." I don't see that locality listed in the Mindat database...

Steve Hardinger
6th Feb 2017 10:51pm
I have seen the crazy prices ask for sicily sulphur, but really they find persons buy for similar prices this material?

Matteo Chinellato
7th Feb 2017 8:10am
Yes, Matteo. That's the problem--they keep finding people who pay that much.

Norman King
7th Feb 2017 4:58pm
Thanks for the great ongoing reporting Jolyon!
I had to cancel my trip to Tucson at the last minute this year, so I'm enjoying it through your eyes. It's -28 C in Calgary, so I'm envying the desert sunsets, palm trees and people in shorts and sandals.

Holger Hartmaier
7th Feb 2017 9:40pm
Great job Jolyon reporting on the shows. It was great meeting you at the HTCC show yesterday.

Tony Albini
7th Feb 2017 11:14pm
If a mineral sells for the price listed it's not a crazy price. If it doesn't sell then the dealer is going to have to reduce the price until it does.

Jolyon & Katya Ralph
7th Feb 2017 11:35pm
Love this report. Looking forward to more updates and the occasional typos... ;)
Such as "Captain adamite" - to the rescue!

Brenton Mah
8th Feb 2017 6:21am
Hi Jolyon

For those of us not familiar with the folks at the Mindat meeting, would it be possible to add names L to R in the caption for the image I only recognise Tomasz Praszkier from Spirifer.



Roy Starkey
8th Feb 2017 12:11pm
Great report - keep up the good work!
But any chance you could start a new thread as this one is now extremely long and its becoming a pain having to scroll all the way to the bottom. Also, not everyone is on fast BB speeds.

Matt King
9th Feb 2017 3:00pm
Matt. I don't want to break things up as that makes it harder to find stuff in the future. However if you keep this open in a tab and check back every now and then it's not too bad.

Jolyon & Katya Ralph
9th Feb 2017 6:04pm
Matt. I don't want to break things up as that makes it harder to find stuff in the future. However if you keep this open in a tab and check back every now and then it's not too bad.

Jolyon & Katya Ralph
9th Feb 2017 7:16pm
Instead of separate threads, how about anchoring the top of each day's report, and provide links to these anchors at the top of the page, ie Day 1, Day 2, etc.

Steve Hardinger
9th Feb 2017 9:47pm
I think the clinoatacamite is from peru?

And that hutchisonite, wow!!!!

Matt Neuzil
10th Feb 2017 1:55am
Matt. I don't want to break things up as that makes it harder to find stuff in the future. However if you keep this open in a tab and check back every now and then it's not too bad.

Jolyon & Katya Ralph
10th Feb 2017 11:24pm
Thanks Jolyon, I was there for a couple of weeks and saw lots but, as I tell everyone, it is impossible to see it all! I appreciate the gaps in my experience that you filled for me. David K Joyce

David K. Joyce
11th Feb 2017 1:51pm

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