KOFA National Wildlife Refuge - February 2006 - photo by John Veevaert
John Veevaert    PO BOX 2182   Weaverville, California  96093  USA  (888) 689-8402



 

Return to the 2014 Tucson Show Homepage  

Show Reports
Report 1    Report 2    Report 3

 
 
 



Well  finally my first report on what is happening here in Tucson 2014.
 
I arrived here on January 26th and spent the first couple of days getting my place organized.   I am in the process of moving to Reno, Nevada after the Tucson Show so there was a lot of packing and unpacking to make sure I had everything I needed for Tucson before putting all of my stuff into storage in Reno.  The drive down was chopped into two portions with a stop in Fresno to retrieve one of the finest specimens of the new mineral marshallsussmanite from a customer who purchased it from me as bustamite back in 2011.   A lot more about this mineral later on.  Two days later I was in Tucson.
 
Below are a few scenes along the way.  Most of the travel was done at night so there is not much to see....
 

The San Gabriel Mountains from the 57 Freeway.
 
 

You can't make this stuff up - a bill board along the 60 Freeway near Riverside.
 
 

The Salton Sea off in the distance - this used to be a few million years ago the northern end of the Gulf of California.
It is over 200 feet below sea level.
 
 
There is a large field of wind mills generating power - I was listening to Peter Gabriel while zooming past these on I-10.
 
 

Tucson on January 26th. Tee shirt weather!
 
I had several things of interest on board with me for the Tucson Show: two new finds of crystalline gold from California - one is from the Deadwood District near Fort Jones in Siskiyou County and the other is from the Black Diamond mine in Plumas County, specimens from the southern Illinois fluorspar districts, specimens from the Dr. Julien Hoffmann collection and more or less the world's supply of the new mineral marshallsussmanite. 
 
The gold from Siskiyou County is found as leaf specimens with crude crystalline features and as loose octahedral crystals - some of exceptional size.
 

Gold leaf on a bed of quartz crystals - Siskiyou County
 
 

Octahedral crystal of gold - Siskiyou County
 

Gold on quartz - Plumas County
 

Crystalline gold etched out of arsenopyrite - Plumas County

During the past year I bought two collections. The first is a large hoard of fluorite and other minerals from southern Illinois.

Golden baryte set on dark purple fluorite with chalcopyrite from the Minerva #1 mine.
 
 

In October I drove down to Marin County and purchased a few hundred specimens from the Dr. Julien Hoffmann collection.  Quite mix of minerals from rhodochrosite to mimetite to quartz with everything imaginable in between.

 

Fluorite on stibnite from the Bor Thong Mine in Thailand - ex Hoffmann collection. 

A little history on the next item.  In September of  2011 some new "bustamite" specimens from the Wessels mine in South Africa were made available by Marshall Sussman.  Dan and Diana Weinrich bought the best three and Marshall sold the rest of Marcus Origlieri.  Marcus convinced me to purchase the lot and I managed to sell about a third of the specimens before Marcus alerted me that these might be a new species. So... I pulled the specimens off the market and sat on them until Marcus called this past December to let me know that the IMA had approved the new mineral named marshallsussmanite.  The mineral was named after Marshall Sussman who has been a collector and imported of African minerals for decades.  Most of the good things from the Kalahari and Namibia pass through Marshall's hands here in Tucson.  It was originally going to be called sussmanite but that was too close to the mineral zussmanite so Marcus submitted it as marshallsussmanite.  Over the last two years I have been monitoring the market to see if any more of these were lurking out there.  Dr. Bruce Cairncross found one in Johannesburg but to my knowledge that is it.  The rest made their way to the US via Marshall and I have been sitting on the remaining lot. The mineral is found in two habits with a light rose pink bladed habit with the edges of the crystals trending to pectolite.  The more desirous habit is the rich salmon pink colored crystals with vitreous luster.

Only rarely does a mineral dealer find himself in the enviable position of having a lock on the supply of a new mineral. Aside from one specimen Marcus had and one specimen the Weinrich's had I had it all.  I premiered the specimens I had at my open house on February 3 and the entire lot of 25 specimens sold out.  I wish I had a rock cloning machine...

 

You can't fake a smile like this one...

 

The case in its entirety along with a few lead specimens.

 


A 9 cm specimen of marshallsussmanite with calcite. 
 


A 7.5 cm specimen of marshallsussmanite with the bladed habit. 
 

 
On January 31st there was a tribute to Bill Lawrence who was tragically killed while mineral collecting last October.  Bill was married to Jaye Smith whom you might remember, with here mom Jean and dad Eldon, as the Rocksmiths.  It was held at the University of Arizona and was well attended.  It was a touching ceremony with prayers and music from native Americans and tributes from some of Bill's coworkers.  Bob Jones was the master of ceremony.
 


A photo of Bill with Bob Jones up front.
 


Photos of Bill in his younger days.
 
 


An enchanting flute player from the Navajo Reservation.
 
 


A scoundrel if ever there was one - Illinoisan Dave Crawford at the Inn Suites. 
 
John Cornish had some beautiful specimens of crocoite from the Adelaide mine, Dundas, Tasmania, Australia.


A 20 cm specimen of crocoite from Tasmania.

 
Dennis Beals has a new find of amethyst from an "Undisclosed Locality", Huitzuco, Guerrero, Mexico. The specimens don't have great luster but do have good color. The reason the locality is undisclosed is to dissuade some of the locals down in Mexico from plundering the locality while Dennis is away.


A 25 cm specimen from the new amethyst find.
 
One of the more significant things to show up here in Tucson are specimens from the M'fouati mine, Bouenza Dept., Republic of Congo. Laurent Thomas has the finest specimens from this new find that I have seen with blue hemimorphite, lemon yellow mimetite, dioptase on cerussite, gorgeous wulfenite specimens - some rare examples on matrix, and willemite.
 
 


A 5 cm specimen of blue hemimorphite with yellow mimetite.
 


An undamaged wulfenite with 2 cm crystals on matrix.
 
 

A 7 cm specimen of dipotase on cerussite.


A 25 cm specimen of blue hemimorphite on willemite.

 
 


A 10 cm crystal of wulfenite coated with drusy quartz.

 
 

Laurent also had a few of these unique specimens of hematite growing on the end of a rutile crystal from Madagascar.
 
Don Olson found me at the Inn Suites and told me of a new find of native lead from the Garpenberg Noora mine, in Garpenberg, Hedemora, Sweden.  The lead is found as sheets filling fractures in metamorphic schistose rocks.
 


Here I am checking out the native lead specimens. 

 
 

A 4.5 cm specimen of native lead on metamorphic rock. 
 
At the 2013 Munich show a new find of chalcocite covered with chalcopyrite emerged.  They are from the Daye mine, Hubei Province in China. These were picked up very quickly off my website so I decided to look for them here at Tucson.  Sure enough Chinese dealer Huanqiu Crystal Mineral Museum had a supply of these - including some specimens on matrix.  I purchased a number of the coral shaped masses and took a picture of one of the matrix specimens. 
 

A stunning 4 cm specimen of chalcocite covered with chalcopyrite. 
 

A 25 cm specimen of chalcocite covered with chalcopyrite on calcite.
 
Luciana Barbosa contacted me ahead of my two day show with news that her father had collected some exceptional specimens of haiweeite from near Teofilo Otoni in Minas Gerais, Brazil.  Some interesting associated minerals include blocky crystals of orange colored uranophane and dark violet fluorite.  A few of the specimens had crystals of beryl and axinite.   These things light up like a Christmas tree under ultraviolet light.
 

Sprays of haiweeite with several orange colored crystals of uranophane. 
 
 
Teodocio Ramos had some specimens of frankeite from a new find at the San Jose mine in Oruro, Bolivia.  The crystals are found in spherical masses and several have unusual prismatic arsenopyrite crystal associations. 
 

Frankeite with arsenopyrite. 
 
On February 3 and 4 Steve Perry and I had our open house show.  Vintner Brett Keller was also here for the third year to pour samples of his award winning wines.  We also had help from grill master Jerry Rosenthal and Ronna Jewett for preparation of delicious food to snack on.  There was a crush of people here on the 3rd to get a rare specimen of the marshallsussmanite.  And within just a couple hours all 25 specimens I had were gone.
 

Brett holding bottles of his Mineral Wines.
 
 

Artwork from Fred Wilda used on Brett's wine labels.
 
 

Steve Perry with Marc Fleischer and Danny Jones (seated).
 

Jerry Rosenthal holding down the counter top.   
 

My back and better side as two Italian dealers are checked out after acquiring specimens of marshallsussmanite. 
 
During myopen house show Belgian collector Valere Berlage stopped by to offer me a huge specimen of shattuckite from a new find in Congo.  Valere says this is just the beginning of work in this area near the Tantara mine.  It has been analyzed and again, it is one of the largest shattuckite specimens I have ever seen!
 
 

16.5 x 10.5 cm specimen of shattuckite from the Congo.
 


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  

 

 
Join the mailing list for Trinity Mineral Co. and MineralShows .Com

Subscribe | Unsubscribe


All text, specimen images, graphics & site desgin copyright 1998-2014 - John Veevaert  - trinityminerals.com