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Carles Curto Text: Carles Curto (formerly curator of the Geology Museum, Barcelona) & Jordi Fabre
Assistance from John S. White (former Smithsonian curator) John S. White

 

 

Chronicle of the 2021
Tucson Show Virtual

 

 

Tucson

The Far West Adventure
The Far West Adventure. The Far West Adventure.
The Far West Adventure. The Far West Adventure.
 

[TUCSON]:
A tradition.
A city devoted to the Show.
And the madness...
All this is Tucson!
Tucson  USA ( -> 1955)

Nothing to compare






Main Show - 2006
Claus Hedegaard - 2009
At the Main Show - 2013
Tucson - 2010
Main Show - 2006 Claus Hedegaard - 2009 At the Main Show - 2013 Tucson - 2010


USA


Smuggler's Inn - 2007
Bob Cook, with The Master and Merle - 2012
Roncza -> Spann photo duel - 2011
For the kids - 2005
Smuggler's Inn - 2007 Bob Cook, with The Master
and Merle - 2012
Roncza -> Spann
photo duel - 2011
For the kids - 2005


Fluorite with Quartz
 

TR89AM5: Group of translucent octahedral crystals with a pale green color with polycrystalline surfaces and partially covered by small groups of white Quartz crystals. Among the best possible quality for what is known from this mine.
Homestake-Jack Pot Mine, Black Mountains, Oatman District-San Francisco District, Mohave County, Arizona  USA

Specimen size: 7.3 × 5.7 × 4.9 cm = 2.87” × 2.24” × 1.93”

Main crystal size: 3.4 × 2.7 cm = 1.34” × 1.06”

Fluorescent long & short UV



Fluorite with Quartz. Front
Front
Fluorite with Quartz. Rear
Rear
Fluorite with Quartz. Side
Side
Fluorite with Quartz.
Order
Quartz (Japan law twin)
Quartz (Japan law twin). Front
Front
Quartz (Japan law twin). Rear
Rear
Quartz (Japan law twin). Side
Side
Quartz (Japan law twin). Side
Side

Recorded under LED light
 

TH92AM5: Group of flattened Quartz crystals with a distinct Japan-law twin. The crystals are transparent and lustrous and of a size and transparency greater than usual in specimens from this mine.
Washington Camp-Duquesne Mines, Patagonia Mountains, Washington Camp-Duquesne District, Santa Cruz County, Arizona  USA

Specimen size: 6.6 × 5.3 × 4.8 cm = 2.60” × 2.09” × 1.89”

Main crystal size: 4.5 × 3.3 cm = 1.77” × 1.30”




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Gold
 

EX94AM5: Floater group with flattened crystals, with the dominant shapes of the cube and the dodecahedron, and very aesthetic elongated shapes.
Round Mountain Mine, Round Mountain, Round Mountain District, Nye County, Nevada  USA

Specimen size: 2.2 × 2.1 × 0.9 cm = 0.87” × 0.83” × 0.35”

Main crystal size: 1.8 × 0.6 cm = 0.71” × 0.24”

Weight: 6.9 grams



Gold. Front
Front
Gold. Rear
Rear
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Baryte
Baryte. Baryte.
 

TF46AM5: Group of tabular crystals very rich in crystal forms, transparent, lustrous and with a vivid and uniform sky-blue color. The specimen is from a locality from which few quality specimens are known.
Shirley Basin, Medicine Bow, Shirley Basin District, Carbon County, Wyoming  USA

Specimen size: 5.4 × 4.4 × 3.4 cm = 2.13” × 1.73” × 1.34”

Main crystal size: 2.1 × 1.5 cm = 0.83” × 0.59”




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Gail Spann - 2010
Frontier Motel - 2005
Isaias Casanova - 2010
Julio Landman - 2010
Gail Spann - 2010 Frontier Motel - 2005

Isaias Casanova - 2010 Julio Landman - 2010

MEXICO - CANADA


John Rakovan with John White and Mark Mauthner - 2014
Banners at the Westward Look - 2013
The Best Hosts, Casa Vicente - 2012
Raquel Alonso-Pérez - Harvard - 2012
John Rakovan with
John White and
Mark Mauthner - 2014
Banners at the Westward Look - 2013 The Best Hosts,
Casa Vicente - 2012
Raquel Alonso-Pérez
- Harvard - 2012

 


Rhodochrosite with Quartz and Rhodochrosite epitactic Quartz
 

TD29AM5: Lenticular Rhodochrosite crystals that cover a matrix of Quartz crystals, with a second generation of epitactic Rhodochrosite that preserves the missing Quartz crystal forms. Good quality for the Rhodochrosites from this locality.
Los Remedios Mine, Taxco de Alarcón, Municipio Taxco, Guerrero  Mexico

Specimen size: 9 × 6.7 × 5.1 cm = 3.54” × 2.64” × 2.01”




Rhodochrosite with Quartz and Rhodochrosite epitactic Quartz. Rhodochrosite with Quartz and Rhodochrosite epitactic Quartz.
Order



Eloïsa Callen - 2011
Executive Inn - 2004
Smile for the camera - 2011
Alfredo Petrov - 2009
Eloisa Callen - 2011 Executive Inn - 2004 Smile for the camera - 2011 Alfredo Petrov - 2009

SPAIN


Marie Huizing - 2013
Tucson home - 2006
The missed and loved Renata Pagano with Ludmila Chesko - 2011
Wildlife Tucson - 2011
Marie Huizing - 2013 Tucson home - 2006

The missed and loved
Renata Pagano with Ludmila
Chesko - 2011
Wildlife Tucson - 2011

Tennantite-(Fe) with Chalcocite
Tennantite-(Fe) with Chalcocite. Tennantite-(Fe) with Chalcocite.
 

NC14AM5: Groups of small crystals of Tennantite-(Fe), with very bright luster, forming parallel growths in some areas and with the dominant faces of a tetrahedron accompanied by minor forms. On matrix, associated with lustrous twinned crystals of Chalcocite. This specimen, which came from the last find before the definitive closure of open pit exploitation at this mine, has been analyzed and we will send a copy of the analysis to the buyer.
Las Cruces Mine, Fase 6, levels 130-135, ↓175 m., Gerena-Guillena-Salteras, Comarca Sierra Norte, Seville, Andalusia  Spain (01/2020)

Specimen size: 4.4 × 3.6 × 0.7 cm = 1.73” × 1.42” × 0.28”

Main crystal size: 1 × 0.2 cm = 0.39” × 0.08”




Order
Tennantite-(Fe) with Chalcocite
 

NC47AM5: Groups of small crystals of Tennantite-(Fe), with very bright luster, forming parallel growths in some areas and with the dominant faces of a tetrahedron accompanied by minor forms. On matrix, associated with lustrous twinned crystals of Chalcocite. This specimen, which came from the last find before the definitive closure of open pit exploitation at this mine, has been analyzed and we will send a copy of the analysis to the buyer.
Las Cruces Mine, Fase 6, levels 130-135, ↓175 m., Gerena-Guillena-Salteras, Comarca Sierra Norte, Seville, Andalusia  Spain (01/2020)

Specimen size: 7.5 × 6.6 × 1 cm = 2.95” × 2.60” × 0.39”

Main crystal size: 0.7 × 0.5 cm = 0.28” × 0.20”




Tennantite-(Fe) with Chalcocite. Tennantite-(Fe) with Chalcocite.
Order
Baryte with Fluorite and Quartz
Baryte with Fluorite and Quartz. Front
Front
Baryte with Fluorite and Quartz. Side
Side
Baryte with Fluorite and Quartz.
 

NP16AM5: Group of snow-white Baryte crystals with transparent Fluorite crystals of pale lilac color, covered by small and very shiny white Quartz crystals. A classic of Spanish mineralogy but at the same time different due to the brilliant Quartz that covers everything. The specimen is from the Pedro Hernández collection.
Berbes mining area, Berbes, Ribadesella, Comarca Oriente, Asturias, Principality of Asturias  Spain

Specimen size: 9.1 × 6.7 × 5.5 cm = 3.58” × 2.64” × 2.17”

Minor fluorescence long & short UV

Former collection of Pedro Hernández



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Baryte with Calcite, Dolomite and Fluorite
 

NQ53AM5: Druse of transparent yellow Fluorite crystals, largely covered by very sharp lamellar crystals of Baryte, lustrous, transparent and with a pale yellow color, with complex white Calcite crystals and small rhombohedral Dolomite crystals. Very different from other specimens from this popular locality.
Moscona Mine, El Llano, Solís, Corvera de Asturias, Comarca Avilés, Asturias, Principality of Asturias  Spain (2018)

Specimen size: 16.1 × 12.7 × 8.8 cm = 6.34” × 5.00” × 3.46”




Baryte with Calcite, Dolomite and Fluorite. Front / Photo: Joaquim Callén
Front / Photo: Joaquim Callén
Baryte with Calcite, Dolomite and Fluorite. Detail with led light
Detail with led light
Baryte with Calcite, Dolomite and Fluorite. Detail with led light
Detail with led light
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Sphalerite
Sphalerite. Front
Front
Sphalerite. Light behind
Light behind
 

NB7AM5: Polycrystalline growth of complex Sphalerite crystals with curvatures and with the smooth forms of the tetrahedron. The crystals, between transparent and translucent, have a very dense, deep and uniform caramel color.
Las Mánforas Mine, Áliva mining area, Camaleño, Comarca Liébana, Cantabria  Spain

Specimen size: 3.8 × 3.4 × 2.7 cm = 1.50” × 1.34” × 1.06”




Order
Sphalerite with Dolomite
 

MF98AM5: Groups of crystals of Sphalerite with the dominant forms of the tetrahedron, transparent, with good luster and a very intense and vivid green color (variety cleiophane) on a matrix covered by white rhombohedral Dolomite crystals. The specimen is very different from what is usually seen at this locality both in color and in general appearance.
Las Mánforas Mine, Áliva mining area, Camaleño, Comarca Liébana, Cantabria  Spain

Specimen size: 13.2 × 8.8 × 6.9 cm = 5.20” × 3.46” × 2.72”




Sphalerite with Dolomite. Front
Front
Sphalerite with Dolomite. Side / Photo: Joaquim Callén
Side / Photo: Joaquim Callén
Sphalerite with Dolomite. Detail
Detail
Sphalerite with Dolomite. Detail / Photo: Joaquim Callén
Detail / Photo: Joaquim Callén
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Funny life by Gail




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