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Updated February 19, 2008

This is the last update for the 2008 Tucson Show.

This is the page where new finds are posted from the Show.  The first set are all new specimens from new finds and recent acquisitions.  Many more specimens and reports will be forthcoming in the days ahead.


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February19th
Milpillas Plancheite & Malachite -   Evan Jones was the only dealer who had these specimens in Tucson.  I bought all except one with one going to a museum and the other going to Jordi Fabre. Plancheite is a hydrous copper silicate and considered a rare species.
February19th
Milpillas Azurite & Malachite -  Several dealers had specimens of the azurite and malachite from the active Milpillas mine in Sonora, Mexico.  Specimens from this find first showed up at the Denver Show last September but there were many fine pieces available all over town.  Arizona dealer Evan Jones had what I thought were the best and most reasonable in terms of pricing so I waited to gatehr some up from him at the main show.  of particular interest are the azurite crystals found on pseudomorphs of malachite after azurite.  Lots of different habits and forms in this group.
February19th
Minerals from Pakistan & Afghanistan -   A about 2 weeks ago I visited with Dudley Blauwet who is known for his adventurous travels to places like Viet Nam, Myanmar, Pakistan and so on. Dudley is fluent in arabic and able to travel the otherwise hostile countryside in relative ease so he is not reliant on getting specimens in the larger mineral buying areas like Islamabad. s Dudley had a lot of interesting things to consider for this show and he had something I had never seen before - bi-colored clinozoisite crystals!  Green crystals with red tips.  Totally off the wall.  I found about a dozen pieces for this update. 
February19th
Zambian Libethenite -  Prior to the show I was contacted by Dr. Ken Reid.  Ken had mentioned that he had a lot of interesting minerals from the Rokana mine in Zambia and would I be interested.  We met here in Tucson and I picked up a flat of fine miniatures of the copper phosphate - libethenite.  Ken personally collected these specimens in 1976.
February19th
Rogerley Mine Fluorite -  This year UK Mining Ventures hit the big kahuna with a pocket of glassy and gem quality fluorite. This is the best strike ever for this group from California.  This is the best quality of material ever found in this mine.
February19th
Kelly Mine Smithsonite -  New York dealer Scott Wallace contacted me at the end of the show saying he had a flat of smithsonite from the Kelly mine and that I might be interested... These specimens come directly from the Tony Otero estate.
February19th
Tucson Rocks! -  This is a random group of specimens found here at the Tucson Show. Common species and rare species alike.
February13th
Indian Amethyst -  These specimens were found with several dealers here in Tucson including Scott Werschky at the Westward Look show.  There were more affordable specimens found at the motel shows on the west side of Interstate 10 however and thanks to Keith Hayes who pointed me in that direction. Unfortunately, I got there long after the bulk of these had been sold to other dealers but there are always a few left under the table if you ask... 
February13th
Red Cloud Mine Wulfenite - Collector's Edges warehouse here in Tucson had a lot of Chinese minerals for sale and also some residual flats of Red Cloud mine wulfenite.  This is now a large open pit in the ground with no hope of ever again producing specimens.  I could not resist the pricing levels of this classic locality for wulfenite so I grabbed a few for posterity. They will never again be this inexpensive.
February11th
Benitoite Mine Specimen flats - Steve Perry and I have gathered up almost all of the specimens that did not sell at our two day show and have placed a price on the flat.  The number of specimens varies from 32 to 9.   In ALL cases the prices asked are well below the retail value.  We have no choice - we have to move this material so that we can prep more for the coming summer sale we're going to have.
February 7th
Shattuckite - Nevada dealer Scott Werschky has some of the finest shattuckite specimens I have ever seen from Kandesei, Koakoveld, Kunene, Namibia.  This is not a new locality for the species as shattuckite has been known from there for many years and some exceptional specimens have been found quite recently.  These, however, are the finest ever found with rich royal blue felted masses covering quart or alone.   They are frequently associated with malachite and dioptase and Scott has one specimen with dioptase and a butterscotch colored crystal of wulfenite!  I took my time plowing through the three flats of specimens that Scott had and selected eight specimens on all.
February 5th
Arfvedsonite - South African dealer Paul Botha had a fine supply of sharply crystallized specimens of arfvedsonite.  I can't think of anywhere else on the planet that produces finer specimens of this jet black mineral other than Mt. Malosa in Malawi.
February 5th
NEW FIND! - Hematite & Rutile ps Ilmenite - Jordi Fabre has an interesting new find of these pseudomorphs of hematite and rutile after ilmennite from Zambia. Jordi was able to supply some verification on their formerly being ilmenite. This can be view this link.
February 3rd
Henmilite - I received an email from a collector and friend in Japan that he and Mitsuo Tanabe would be coming to Tucson.  I was very excited at the prospect of meeting Mr. Tanabe.  Mitsuo Tanabe was the person who found the remarkable henmilite specimens at the Fuka mine in 2004.  His find redefined the species in terms of size and quality. I was very excited to see that he had brought specimens from his collection of this very rare copper borate species for sale here in Tucson.  I have not seen specimens of this quality since the initial discovery back in 2004.
February 3rd
Eagle's Nest Gold - No trip to Tucson is complete without a stop at Kristalle to see what there is in the way of new gold from one of the premier gold localities on the planet - the Eagle's Nest mine.  I found several specimens that said yes to me.  The price of gold, as you are likely aware is hanging around - temporarily - at $910 a troy ounce. The way things are trending the prices for these today will likely be less than the gold value in the coming months...
February 3rd - Remaining Specimens 25% OFF - Except Gems
NEW FIND of a Rare Mineral - Johachodilite - KARP has the supply of the nest find of this rare calcium aluminum borate species ever from Myanmar (Burma).    I went through their supply of specimens and found this group of nine that had some level of crystallization present.  These are all found completely encased in the sodalite rich matrix so any crystal face makes for a substantial specimen.  My partnet Steve Perry also picked out three faceted stones and I have included them in this update. 

 

 

February 2nd - Remaining Specimens 25% OFF
Nevada Orpiment - This is probably the last you will see of these. I visited the Collector's Edge warehouse sale here in Tucson and they had a few flats of these left.  I was told that this was all that was left from what is easily the best find of orpiment in North America if not the western hemisphere.  They come from the Twin Creeks mine in Humboldt County, Nevada.

January 31st
General Tucson Specimens - Here's a group of various minerals that I have found on my first shopping forrays in to Tucson 2008.  I will have at least two more pages like this as the show progresses.

January 30th
Red Beryl - On the way down to Tucson I stopped off to see John Seibel in Tehachapi.  John recently came into a large hoard of red beryls from a Kennecott employee who was actively working teh violet claims several years ago for the production of gem red beryl.  I made a selection of five specimens which are presented here.  I can't express how rare these have now become with the mine in total disarray. It will be a long time and at great expense before significant numbers of red beryl specimens ever hit the market again.

 

January 30th
Wulfenite & Vanadinite - I have uploaded a collection of wulfenite and two vanadinite specimens. Of special note are the three specimens from Darwin in California of bright yellowish orange wulfenite and the large vanadinite from Abenab in Namibia

January 29th
TSUMEB - I have uploaded some exceptional specimens from Tsumeb. These are the remainder of the best of the best that Scott Werschky and I own from the Georg Gebhard collection. Some of the finest specimens from the Easter Pocket are in this update. 

Click this link to see the remaining Tsumeb specimens I have in inventory.

Older Specimens 33% OFF

January 29th  - Remaining Specimens 25% OFF
Molybdofornacite - T erry "Skip" Szenics had these specimens at the 2005 East Coast Show.  I have held them until now pending the analysis of several unknown crystals that I found on them.  Turned out to be anhydrite... oh well... The are two finds from Chilean localities - the San Pablo mine in  Inca de Oro and the Dulcinea Mine near Carrera, Pinto. There are several from the Dulcinea mine that have wulfenite associations. 
January 29th
Cosalite - NEW FIND! This group of specimens comes from a new find made in Mexico recently at teh Bolivar Mine in Chihuahua.  Cosalite is a fairly rare bismuth bearing species and these specimens are quite impressive for the mineral.  Most have a chalcopyrite association.
 
January 29th  - Remaining Specimens 33% OFF
Descloizite - I have been accumulating specimens of descloizite for some time now and have finally got them all in one place.  The diversity of the species from one locality is quite impressive.


Benitoite Mine
January 28th
Benitoite - Steve Perry and I have etched close to 350 specimens of benitoite and neptunite for the Tucson Show. The vast majority of these will be available during the show here at Tucson but we've pulled out a selection of 30 specimens for the web here.  The mine is now closed on a commercial basis and Steve and I were fortunate to secure a supply of raw material that should provide us with the ability to clean specimens for the foreseeable future.
Past Shows & Reports
PLEASE NOTE: The minerals that were offered on these pages are all sold
1999
Munich Show
2000
Sainte Marie Show
Munich Show
2001
Sainte Marie Show
Munich Show
2002
Tucson Show
Sainte Marie Show
Denver Show
Munich Show
2003
Tucson Show
Sainte Marie Show
East Coast Show
Denver Show
Munich Show
2004
Tucson Show
West Coast Show
East Coast Show
Denver Show
Munich Show
2005
Tucson Show
West Coast Show
East Coast Show
Denver Show
Munich Show
2006
Tucson Show
Bologna Show
Sainte Marie Show
East Coast Show
Munich Show
2007
Tucson Show
Dallas Show
East Coast Show
Denver Show
Munich Show
2008
Tucson Show
West Coast Show
East Coast Show
Denver Show
Munich Show
2009
Tucson Show
West Coast Show
East Coast Show
Denver Show
Munich Show

2010
Tucson Show
San Francisco Show
East Coast Show
Denver Show

Munich Show

2011
Tucson Show
San Francisco Show
East Coast Show
Denver Show
Munich Show

2012
Tucson Show
West Coast Show
East Coast Show
Denver Show 
Munich Show

2013
Tucson Show
Sainte Marie Show
Crystal Days (Poland)
Munich Show  

 

 
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