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Tucson 2009 Report 2

It has been six days of mineral mayhem here in Tucson.  The first or official opening day for the hotel shows was yesterday but most dealers have been open for several days already.   I stopped by Rick Kennedy's room at the Inn Suites to see some of his new haul of karpatite from Los Picachos, San Benito County, California.  Rick has a claim on this locale and has been producing specimens for several years now.  He hit a good streak prior to the show and brought several dozen flats worth of high grade karpatite.  Karpatite is an organic mineral and it is brightly fluorescent under SW UV light.  I did not get any specimens this time around but you can get them directly from Rick's website Earth's Treasures .

 


One of the better specimens of karpatite available from Rick.
 

Rick also sells unusual faceted stones. For instance, wulfenite.
 

Here's the digger himself.
 
I always make a stop at the Gobin room at the Inn Suites to see some interesting things that Christophe and Brice bring to the shows that they attend.  Christophe showed me a stunning specimen of cuprite from Mashamba - a large bright red stunner with a sprinkle of malachite.  They don't get much better than this.
 
 

A 15 cm specimen of Cuprite from Mashamba, Dem. Rep. of the Congo.
 
 

Christophe also showed me this enormous Brandberg amethyst.  Note the small gas phase in the close up... fancy term for a bubble.
 

Last, Christophe showed me this heart stopping specimen of azurite from Tsumeb. 9 cm crystal that is... mercy!
 
Up the road on Oracle is the Top Gem wholesale area.  Mike New has rented out several areas to dealers from around the world.  One is Alan Day of Mineral Exploration Services out of Reno, Nevada.  I spent some time and money with Alan as he told me that he is now the owner of the Olinghouse mine.  If you are not familiar with this mine it has been active off and on for about 10-12 years. It was shut down not too long ago and Alan worked a deal to get it for specimen production.  He has been busy! He had close to 50 flats of mostly low end specimen with some visible gold and a few with A LOT of visible gold.  I bought one of the good ones.  The really good news though is that a large productive zone has been identified in the property and will, in time, produce substantial specimens of gold. It will be a while but it will happen.
 
 

A shot of the wholesale area.
 

A 4.5 cm specimen of eye candy from the Olinghouse mine, Washoe County, Nevada with leaves, wires and crystals galore.
 

A 7 cm specimen of more eye candy from the Olinghouse mine.
 
I also stopped in to see Willy Israel working in Clive Queit's shop and found five specimens of red inesite from the Wessels mine near Kuruman, South Africa.  These things are very seldom seen and have not been found for many years.  Clive has a stash that he dribbles a few out of, it seems, now and then.
 
 

A 4.5 x 3.3 cm specimen on the left and a 3.8 x 3.5 cm specimen on the right.
 
 
At the Inn Suites Jeff Fast has a new find of herderite - glassy crystals on microcline from Shigar Valley in Pakistan.  If you are interested you can see Jeff at the Inn Suites or visit his website.
 

A 4 cm specimen with crystals to 2 cm of glass herderite.
 
I am sure you've all heard about the rhodochrosite that has been coming out of China the past several years.  Well when it comes to rhodo no one knows how to work it better than Collector's Edge.  Sure enough they have some gorgeous specimens of deep red rhodochrosite from the Wuton Mine in Guangxi Zuhang, China.   They also has some interesting etched topaz specimens from a new locality in Argentina.
 

A 25 cm specimen on the left with fluorite and another fluorite combo on the right about 12 cm across.
 

Two specimens of the topaz from Argentina.
 
We had our first open house Saturday show yesterday also.  This year Steve Perry and I are joined by Marcus Origlieri and Pat Haynes (he could not make it for the first show but will be here the 7th).  We had about 50 people visit us in all.  We'll be doing it again on the 7th of February.
 

We're finally figuring out how to do this thing... That's Dave Eicher, editor of Astronomy Magazine in the front by the way. 
 
 
Much more to come in the next two weeks!  


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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