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Here are my hand-picked favorites from the Tucson Gem & Mineral Show in January, 2016. Picking these few out of the thousand or so specimens we purchsed this year was no easy task, but I think you'll find them just as irresistable as I did. Enjoy!

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I still can barely believe how many new, colorful, and exciting specimens we brought home from the Tucson Show this year; this made picking out my favorites really difficult. Here are the new specimens which I love that I think are significant and highly aesthetic. They will give you an idea of what we found. If you are interested in any of these specimens, just click on the "for sale" links to go to the pages in our website where you will find that piece for sale. 

  • Created By : 23-Jan-2015
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2.7" Sharp Flashy Gemmy Orange GROSSULAR GARNET Crystals Asbestos, Quebec

It is a ten hour drive from our home in Greenfield, MA to Bancroft, Ontario - the home of the Bancroft Gemboree. I drove up with a couple of buddies from the Keene, NH Mineral Club, as we planned to go collecting for three days after the show. I last visited this show in 1998 (15 years ago), when it was still a relatively small indoor/outdoor event. This year was the show's 50th anniversary, and they celebrated the event in style with dinners, speeches, etc. There was some rain in the morning of the day I attended the show, but by noon it was over and later the sky cleared.

  • Created By : 28-Jan-2015
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Scenic Denver

September 2012 was Jeanne and my first time visiting the Denver Show, and I'm happy to report that we had a terrific time! The weather was stellar, with only one day of showers, and the rest of our stay was all sunshine and warm (and hot) temperatures. Since we were new to this show, we had to bumble around a bit trying to find all the new (to us) venues. Since we skipped the bead, fossil, gem and jewelry shows, and focused on minerals, this was made a bit easier.

  • Created By : 27-Jan-2015
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View of the show from the balcony


Eric enjoys the show with collecting buddies Dick Holmes and Tom Klinepeter

After the chaotic confusion of Tucson, the East Coast Show (usually referred to as "The Springfield Show") was a delight, with all the dealers in a single, air conditioned venue, plus plenty of nearby parking. By the time the show started on Friday morning, the parking lot was already half full and there were long lines at the ticket booths. Organized by Marty Zinn and run by Laura Delano and a great crew, the show has grown into what is hands down the best mineral show east of Denver (and west of Tucson!). Pretty much anyone who is anyone east of the Mississippi in the mineral world showed up, giving me the chance to mingle with mineral collectors and dealers - especially the regional dealers who don't set up at Tucson or Denver. As has been the norm for several years, I discovered only a couple of truly new finds on display. Nevertheless, I turned up plenty of very fine, classic specimens from recently recycled collections, as this has become the source of some of the most interesting items available these days. For me, the best part of a show is handling the specimens and doing side-by-side comparisons of the pieces, labels and prices. Of course, I'm always on the lookout for a "wow" specimen among a bunch of "gee, that's interesting" pieces. I had a lot of fun talking minerals, haggling over minerals, drooling over minerals, and purchasing some choice pieces for our website. The highlights of these are detailed below.

  • Created By : 27-Jan-2015
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The weather in Springfield, Massachusetts in early August is usually insufferably hot and unbearably humid. To everyone's surprise and delight, this year the humidity was at comfortable levels - around 60% - and the weather was cool and rainy on Friday, the first day of the show. By special invitation, I am invited to go into the big building at the Eastern States Exposition on Thursday, which is set up day for the dealers. This means I get a sneak preview of the material being exhibited, and can pick out some of the extra-special specimens before the crowds arrive on Friday. There is a price for this privilege, though: I have to wear a 3" x 4" sign on a lanyard around my neck, identifying me as a "Big Spender." As you might guess, this seriously undermines my negotiations when I bargain to get the best price. My solution to this problem: I turn the badge so the blank side faces out. This doesn't fool anybody, but at least I feel a bit less of a buffoon.

As has been the case in the past, there were no major new finds in evidence, as dealers were probably waiting to unveil them at the Denver Show in September. A little detective work paid off by turning up a few interesting things that were new and interesting, though not earth-shattering.