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The weather for the 2014 Tucson Show was stellar - sunny days with temperatures in the low to mid 70s for our first week there, followed by sunny days with long-pants weather in the 60s, then drawing to a close with shorts and T-shirts weather reaching into the 80s for our final week. Meanwhile, back home in New England, there were blizzards and record cold temperatures dipping below zero, which made the sunshine and warmth all the more enjoyable. And the rocks weren't bad, either!

  • Created By : 05-Feb-2015
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Every year before flying off to Tucson, we begin to wonder, what will we find this year that is new and exciting? Well, as 2013 draws to a close, we have begun to hear about some exciting new finds that we think will surface in Tucson. Of course, you never know what will turn up, especially in Tucson: sometimes we see wondrous new things from previously unknown localities, sometimes new finds from familiar mines, and sometimes there's nothing really new at all! Here's a sneak preview of a half-dozen of the new goodies we have heard may be available this year in Tucson.

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Here is Part 2 of our 2013 Tucson show report, showcasing more of the treasures we brought home that year. Please click here for Part 1.

Below please find picture of some of my favorite new finds from our purchases at this year's show. I've included links to the specimens that are listed online already, plus a few others that will be listed within the next few days. As of this writing, none have sold and all are currently available. If you are interested in any of these pieces, or if you want to see other material from the same find, please email us.

  • Created By : 02-Feb-2015
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Here is Part 1 of our 2013 Tucson show report, showcasing more of the treasures we brought home that year. Please click here for Part 2.

The 2013 Tucson Show was bigger than ever, sprawling all over the city, packed into hotel rooms and hotel ballrooms; tents from 10' x 10' to those larger than a football field; plus the Big Show at the cavernous Civic Center and adjacent hockey rink. In all, there are over 40 shows in Tucson between the end of January and the middle of February, featuring everything from mineral specimens to beads to jewelry. There were several new shows to visit as well as the older, established ones that are perennial favorites. And at every show there was a changing cast of characters, with dealers who had moved to new venues since last year, or added new satellite locations, or had simply disappeared. We were in town for 20 days, and only took 1 day off to visit family and a half day to pack the tractor trailer that brought our purchases home. Almost every day we shopped from 10 am to 6 pm, then had dinner to "talk rocks" with vendors, customers, other dealers, or friends. Our 13th year of the Tucson experience was crazier and more overwhelming than ever: we spent our days looking at literally thousands of specimens, picking out the ones we liked the most, then negotiating for the best discount possible. And I loved every minute of it! It is an experience no collector should miss, so even if you can only spare a few days, why not make plans now to attend the Tucson Show in 2014?

  • Created By : 30-Jan-2015
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Here is Part 2 of our 2012 Tucson show report, showcasing more of the treasures we brought home this year. Please click here for Part 1.

Citrine - Brazil
There was a new find in 2011 of citrine quartz crystals at the Jairo Mine, Resplendor, Doce Valley, Minas Gerais, Brazil. Miners there opened a pocket which produced top-quality, large-size citrine crystals, including a few Lemurian Seed crystals. Due to lucky timing, I was present the day the Brazilian wholesale dealers opened the crate containing these crystals. He was the only dealer at the Tucson Gem Rock and Mineral Show who had these, and I was there to high-grade his finest examples. The color on this material is outstanding - a rich, slightly smoky, honey-like golden yellow that really shines. The interiors of the best crystal are amazingly clear and almost completely gem quality. The crystals have well-developed plans and faces, which converge to form extra-sharp edges and points. And, the bottom of the crystals, which have rehealed, show highly lustrous elestial markings. Check here for available specimens.

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During the 2011 Tucson Show, unusually cold temperatures froze fountains solid and shriveled the tops of cactuses all over the Southwest. Gratefully, for the 2012 show, the weather was spectacular and warm. We enjoyed sunny skies with temperatures in the 70's almost every day. Shorts and t-shirt weather during the Tucson Gem Rock and Mineral Show definitely beats New England's freezing cold in February! Of course, we didn't come for the weather, we came for the minerals, and I'm pleased to report that we brought home some fantastic new material this year. Below are photos and some details on the most exciting new finds, plus information about important material that has come to ground from some familiar, favorite localities. Enjoy!