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Tucson 2009 Report 3

Everyone has noticed a large drop in the number of people here at the shows.  I have spent a considerable amount of time talking to as many dealers as I can to gauge where "the action is".  People are flocking to deals in droves while specimen offerings in the mid ranges are suffering.  The high end of the market seems to still have some buyers but they are down a bit also. I visited the Quality Inn and was a bit stunned to see the parking lot over half empty.  There is always a silver lining and for me it is unobstructed buying.  Not having to compete with a bunch of other hands makes it a rather pleasant, unhurried experience. Still.....

 
The parking lot at the Quality Inn on Monday February 2 ... yikes!

 
Prior to the show I received a note from Isaias Casanova about some weird new compound (it is not clear that it is a mineral yet) from the Bone Valley Phosphate District near Bartow, Polk County, Florida.  For now they are known by their chemical name: Alkali Silicon Hexafluoride. The chemical formula is: (Na,K)2SiF6 .  Tony Kampf, John Attard and folks from the Florida Geological Survey have been helping Isaias with the chemistry with this odd material, which is not an evaporite.  It is a precipitate as a result of the mining activity.  While I was initially luke warm to these after seeing them I felt compelled to get a few for an update. A lot of people have bought these and the Mineralogical Record will be reporting on them as something new in minerals.  Frequently mineral specimens are sold which have formed after disturbance caused by human activity.  For instance chalcanthite is frequently sold as mineral specimens which were formed in mine tunnels.  It is indeed a gray area but most people are finding these quite appealing. They are really quite striking actually...The two pictures below better define this new material.
 
 
 
 
Many of the specimens have two generations of the mineral with large crystals crowned with smaller branching crystal groups.
 
One of the specimens I obtained of this new material.
 
 
Here are Leonard and Linda Himes looking over some of the specimens in Isaias' room.
 
John and Maryanne Fender have a large array of creedite from the classic West Camp, Santa Eulalia district in Chihuahua, Mexico. In the late 1990s I handled a large quantity of these from the F. John Barlow collection.  He had had the largest known available hoard of these though a larger one existed and it was finally released to the Fender's this year.  The specimens have the top violet color that made this the world's premier find of creedite.   They listed the mine as the Santo Domingo but there is no record of creedite ever having been found there before. It is likely that they came from the Potosi mine but West Camp is a commonly acknowledged locality for this find.  This is your last chance to get one of these unless a collection gets recycled.
 
 
One of the best available from the Fenders - a large cabinet specimen.
 
One of seven that I purchased - a 4 cm specimen with crystals to 2.2 cm. 
 
   
When it is difficult to find good specimens you have to sort of rethink the whole approach.  Just because I have seen it again and again does not mean that everyone else has.  With that in mind I strolled into Alexandar Dikov's room at the Inn Suites to review his vast array of sulfide specimens from Bulgaria.  I need to remember to do this more often.  Alexandar had numerous specimens from mines in the Madan area of galena, sphalerite and chalcopyrite.  I focused on looking for the odd crystal habits are interesting association pieces and came up with a half dozen fine specimens of lead and zinc ore.
 
This 8 cm specimen of quartz with isolated sphalerite and galena crystals caught my eye.
It is from the Mogila mine in Madan. 
 
Czech dealer and mineralogist Jaroslav Hyrsl is set up at the Inn Suites also.  Jaroslav can always be counted on to have interesting minerals from new finds.  This year was no exception.  He has several things to note including the scheelite and quartz specimens from Tamboras, La Libertad, Peru.  Recall that Luis Miguel Burillos also had these.  I was able to get two specimens that were reasonably priced.
 
A 7.5 cm specimen with the gray colored scheelite crystals set on quartz crystals.
 
 
He also had some interesting specimens of sphalerite with two generations from the Tilico mine, Morococha dist., Junin Dept., Peru.  The final generation is a rich, deep lime green color.  The initial sphalerite phase had a higher iron content with a much darker color.
 
 
A gemmy 1.6 cm crystal of green sphalerite on darker sphalerite and galena.
There is chalcopyrite also. The whole specimen is 6.5 cm across.
 
Jaroslav also had a new find of seligmannite crystals set primarily on etched galena crystals.  Sphalerite is also associated with some the specimens. These come from the Palomo Mine, Huancavelica Dept., Peru.  Seligmannite is the arsenic analog of the antimony rich mineral bournonite.  The chemical formula is: PbCuAsS3.  The crystals are small at 1 to 2 mm at most but they are quite rich on these specimens.
 
 
A 4 cm specimen of etched galena with scores of 1-2 mm crystals of seligmannite. 
 
While I was in Jaroslav's room Bill Pinch wandered in and we ended up chatting for about an hour.  It was quite entertaining to hear stories about his dealings with Paul Desautels and Perkins Sams back in the 1970s.  He also has a website with hundreds of pictures of his mineral collection recognized as probably the finest Tsumeb collection in the world with the exceptional rarities from that locality.  You can see specimens from his collection here: WilliamPinch.Com.  Contrary to some rumors that are circulating out there Bill has not sold his collection.
 
Dennis Beals is set up at the Inn Suites with a new find of cuprian adamite from El Buho mine in Oaxaca, Mexico.  Oaxaca is pronounced "whahaca".  The crystals are small but abundantly cover vugs and cavities. 
 
An 8 cm specimen with drusy cuprian adamite. 
 
 
Dennis was also sporting a new Jamaican look.  "Hay Mawn, wha dyuu tink?
 
On Monday night there was a surprise party for Ian Bruce, Lois Nelson and Wayne Leicht who has turned 70 at the home that Wayne and Dona rent for the Tucson Show.  It was a very festive time with a live band and catered culinary experience that was exceptional.  I had a chance to visit with many folks at the party and I think it was safe to say we all had a memorable experience.
 
As Wayne, Lois and Ian entered there was a chorus of "Surprise".  That head on the left illuminated by my flash belongs to Bryan Lees. 
 
Jack Halpern and German dealer Horst Burhard.
 
Australian collector Bob Noble with a fine Mexican brew.  
 
Steve Behling and Birthday girl Lois Nelson.
 
Newly christened 70 year old Wayne Leicht. 
 
 
The Westward Look show is coming up so there will be some knee trembling moments to come over the next few days...


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2002
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2003
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East Coast Show
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2004
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2005
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2006
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2007
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2008
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2009
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2010
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2011
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2012
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2013
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