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Tucson 2009 Report 4

I t is time for the Westward Look Show.  I drove up for set up day and saw a few dealers who had their rooms open which was not many.

 
The parking lot at the Westward Look show in the mid morning hours.

 
Cal Graeber and Leonard Himes were open and it is always a treat to see what they have brought.   Check out the photos below!
 
 
 
One of the finest specimens of fluorite in Cal's hands ever recovered from the Rogerley Mine in England... Period!
 
 
 
A stunning collection of stalactitic azurite and malachite from the Morenci Mine in Arizona.
 
 
 
An eye popping large cabinet specimen of elbaite from Paprok, Afghanistan.
 
While wandering around I ran into Evan Jones.  Evan showed some remarkable specimens of malachite after azurite from the productive Milpillas mine in Mexico and also a huge plate of azurite from Bisbee.
 
 
Evan with a large chunk of Bisbee in his hands.
 
 
It never fails that my Reno, Nevada buddy Scott Werschky has some interesting things to display.  His and Alan Day's access to gold from Nevada is unrivaled.  Scott had two specimens of Olinghouse gold that were the finest I have ever seen.
 
This is a 35 cm specimen with a 25 cm zone of gold in calcite from the Olinghouse mine.
 
 A close up of the specimen above.
 
 
One more close up. 
 
Scott also had some interesting specimens of fluorite from the Erongo Moutains in Namibia.  When has anyone ever seen what looks like a scepter fluorite??? Scott obtained the entire lot of fluorite from another dealer.  The entire pocket contained about 120 of these remarkably uniform sized specimens. All are floaters of etched fluorite with an octahedral cap on a small greenish hued stem.  Scott allowed me to pick from the entire group. I selected for uniformity and symmetry.  (I received a note from Dr. Bruce Cairncross regarding these specimens on February 8th that I think is important to add here:
 
"They're actually not scepters . They are the corroded remnants of octahedrons that have been etched away leaving a stalk of fluorite with the residual corner of the original crystal mimicking a sceptre. And as a strange coincidence, John White has an article on this exact phenomenon in one of the latest Rocks & Minerals issues. He features USA fluorites that show this structure, similar to the Erongo ones." 
 
 
One of the finest in the lot - a 2.4 cm specimen of fluorite.
 
There will be more to talk about from the Westward Look in the next report.
 
But before I forget, Dudley Blauwet showed me a small lot of very odd indicolite specimens from Kokcha Valley, Badakhshan, Afghanistan. He obtained these on his most recent trip to Pakistan (I am still in awe of Dudley who is fearless in his travels. Given the political state of that part of the world and the rampant kidnappings which are happening there he still goes. Huevos man. Huevos!)  These specimens have deep indigo blue colored, tabular crystals set in a matrix of a micaceous mineral.  The crystals are doubly terminated with pyramidal forms.
 
 
 
Looking down on a 1.5 cm crystal of deep blue indicolite. Note the small triangular pinacoid just above the center of the crystal.
 
I will get back up to the Westward Look show later this weekend and get more info on what is up there for the next report.


Past Shows & Reports
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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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