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Updated February 14, 2012

THIS IS THE FINAL UPDATE OF MINERALS
FROM THE 2012 TUCSON SHOW

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Diaboleite
 
Dioptase & Wulfenite
February 14th
Minerals from Tiger, Arizona! -   Dick Morris and mark Hay of Minerals of Arizona are the source for "new" specimens from Tiger.  I say "new" simply because the mines are defunct and pieces only become available when collections get recycled.  Tiger is one of the more interesting mineral localities in Arizona and North America for that matter.  So, I was happy to obtain specimens for an update from there in recognition of this year's theme at the Tucson Show - Arizona Minerals. 

Cobaltoan Adamite from Mexico
 
Kinoite from Arizona
February 14th
Tuscon Minerals - The second and last wave of minerals from the 2012 Tucson Show.

Aquamarine & Topaz from Pakistan

Elbaite from Afghanistan
February 14th 
Minerals from Pakistan & Afghanistan -   Dudley Blauwet had a large offer of new specimens from Pakistan and Afghanistan as usual here in Tucson but at the Main Show, Frnce dealer Francois Lietard, who only sets up in Tokyo and Tucson, had some very nice specimens available.  I was pleased to pick them up for this update of minerals from an area that is increasingly difficult for westerners to access.

Aquamarine from Vietnam
February 14th
New Find - Aquamarine from Vietnam -   Dudley Blauwet was at a small mine in Vietnam last year and was able to secure a large lot of these new aquamarine crystals.  I failed to follow up and get more so all I have of this new find are three small specimens. Here they are.

Apatite from Brazil
February 11th
New Find - Bi-Colored Apaptite from Brazil -   I saw Frank Melanson in the parking lot at the Hotel Tucson last weekend and he showed me something new that had been found at the Golconda mine last August - dazzling color zoned crystals of apatite!  One of the more colorful things I have seen here in Tucson this year!

Cuprite & Silver from Russia
February 11th  
Cuprite from Russia -  Eraly on at the show I went to the Quality Inn where Axinite PM was set up.  The prices of the cuprites have moderated since they are coming out in large numbers at this time.  It won't last forever but now is the time to get one if you have been waiting.  Most of these are associated with native silver.
 
Gold from California
February 11th  
Gold from California -   I always seem to find some nice specimens of native gold from the Eagle's Nest mine in Placer County, California from Kristalle.  The price of gold has gone up dramatically in the past few years but Wayne and Don have done their best to keep the prices reasonable for this stuff.

Matioliite from Brazil
February 10th  
Rare Matioliite from Brazil -   Luiz Menezes was carrying several specimens of this very rare phosphate.  It comes from the type locality -  the Gentil Claim, Mendes Pimentel, Minas Gerais.  All four specimens have accesory minerals as well.  Some of these are the best examples known for this species.

Pearceite from Peru
February 10th  
Pearceite from Peru -   Teodocio Ramos had these specimens available from the Uchucchacua Mine.  Pearceite is a silver bearing mineral with the chemical formula:
[(Ag,Cu)
 
6
(As,Sb)
 
2
S
 
7
][Ag
 
9
CuS
 
4
]

Plumbogummite on Pyromorphite
February 10th  
Plumbogummite on Pyromorphite from China -   Thiis is not a new find but it has been a while since new specimens have come to the market.  I hit one of the Chinese dealers early at the Hotel Tucson and picked out four excellent specimens.  What is intriguing is that without the plumbogummite these would be exceptional pyromorphite specimens in their own right. 

Stilbite & Elbaite from California
February 8th  
Odd Minerals from the Himalaya Mine in San Diego County -   The Olson's had a small group of specimens that you don't see or think about from the Himalaya mine.  Stilbite and calcite! I bought them all and here they are.

Rhodochrosite from Canada
February 7th  
Minerals from Mont St. Hilaire -   The Olson's had a small hoard of nice rhodochrosite specimens - mostly from Ernie Schlichter's collection - available.  Some very interesting combinations of species in this group.
 
Pyrite ps Pyrrhotite from Russia
February 7th  
Pyrrhotite pseudomorphed by pyrite from Russia -    Russian dealer Pavel Bantsekov had some nice specimens of these pseudomorphs at the Hotel Tucson.  

Fluorite & Clinothulite
from California
February 7th  
Clinozoisite variety Clinothulite from California -   Benton, California dealer Chris Lehmann had a few flats of self collected clinothulite from a site near Benton, California. Clinothulite is the manganese rich version of clinozoisite.  At first glance these specimens looked like the famous inesite from Hale Creek in Trinity County, California but there aren't.  All are exposed by etching away the encasing calcite. A few of the specimens are associated with fluorite. 

Rhodochrosite & Quartz - Peru
Cuprian Smithsonite - Mapimi
Cuprian Smithsonite - Choix
February 6th  
Mixed minerals from Tucson -   Here's the first wave of mixed specimens found here at the Tucson Show. 27 in all.

Ettringite on Brucite
Inesite & Calcite
February 3rd  
Kalahari Specimens from the Bauman Collection -  Collector's Edge was selling specimens from this collection by the flat in their wholesale section.  Being early in I was able to locate some great specimens and am able to pass along the savings.  Some exceptional specimens in this large update. 

Mottramite
February 2nd 
New Find - Mottramite from the Ojuela mine in Mexico. -  Several dealers have picked up some of these remarkable new specimens of mottramite from the Ojuela mine.  Quality and pricing is all over the map with these things.  But Marcus Origlieri, who lives here in Tucson, was aware of these a few months ago and sourced what are likely the best of this find from several other people who have had them for a while.  Many of the specimens I have seen around town have edge damage.  He put together a group of specimens free of any edge damage and are close to being considered floaters.  Marcus also told me that the specimens were positively identified at the University of Arizona using Xray diffraction and unit cell refinement.  Not since the glory days of Tsumeb have specimens of mottramite been found that are this nice.

Benitoite & Neptunite
January 22nd 
Zombie Rocks - Benitoite Gem mine specimens -  I have just moved 17 specimens into the Zombie Rocks group - all are 20% off the listed price. And no, I did not adjust the price ahead of time.  If you buy two or more I will deduct 30% off the listed price!

Effenbergerite & Sugilite
 

January 21st 
New Find - Effenbergerite from South Africa -  Here's a small group of specimens from a new find of one of the rarest minerals from the Kalahari manganese fields.  It is one of the very few minerals found that this is not black, brown, red, pink or yellow.  Marhsall Sussman received this lot just a week or so ago and these are by far the best specimens of this rare species ever found.  Very rich and well crystallized which is atypical of just about all previously known specimens. Several have a very attractive association with gel sugilite also.  Really one of the best things I have seen here right out of the shoot in terms of what is new in Tucson this year. I feel very fortunate to have been able to cherry pick these specimens from the three flats of material that he had.

 

 

January 3 - PYROMORPHITE

The Dr. Mark Feinglos Pyromorphite Collection - I was contacted several weeks ago by Mark and asked if I wanted to obtain his 76 piece pyromorphite suite. The collection features great diversity and specimens from places way off the reservation like Japan, Illinois and Missouri!  Mark built this collection over many years and strove for diversity with good provenance.

Mark has an enormously extensive and important mineral collection. As far as private collections go, his is probably surpassed only by Bill Pinch's in terms of importance to the scinece and hobby.  I have had the distinct pleasure of being at Mark's home in North Carolina on two occasions and was able to viewa portion of his collection - it would takes weeks to thoroughly view everything.

Mark has worked hard on his large mineral collection verifying provenance and only adding specimens of significance to it. He has an extensive co-type, holo-type, and type collection of minerals. In fact it was his disovery, among others, that lead to a mineral from Tsumeb being named after him - feinglosite  - in 1995. 

Mark is a highly respected research doctor in Endochrinology at Duke University in Durham, North Carolina. You can read more about him here.  And take this to heart - if you think you know a lot about minerals multiply that by 50 and that is what Mark carries around in his mind.  


Mark Feinglos at the Tucson Gem & Mineral Show, 2003

  


Rowley Mine - Arizona


Cagluiari - Italy


Leadhills - Scotland


Friedrichssegen Mine Germany


Kisamori Mine- Japan

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