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This year at the main show Steve Perry and I brought a large group of freshly cleaned specimens of benitoite and neptunite.  We had quite a few people stop by and leave with specimens on the first day of the show. Wendell Wilson stopped by and indicated that it would be written up in What's New for the Mineralogical Record so that was a bit of a surprise for Steve and I but quite gratifying obviously.  I will be updating the benitoite.com website with the specimens that were not sold at this show when I get back home to Weaverville.

One of two cases filled with our best benitoite gem mine specimens.


One of our better specimens - a large cabinet specimens with chunky benitoite crystals to 2+ cm across.

 


Another specimen of benitoite with at least 8 carats of faceting rough.  The largest crystals are 2 + cm across.

On to set up day at the main show.


A small section of the display cases waiting for the contents.

 


Wayn Leicht pushing yet another cart to their booth...

 


Lunch time across the street.  Scott Werschky and I saw Diana (facing the camera) & Dan Weinrich finishing up.

As for some new things that have turned up here at the show Don & Gloria Olson and Rob Lavinsky had specimens of the new find of brochantite from the Milpillas mine in Mexico.  Long slender acicular crystals and, in some cases, thick prismatic crystals comprise this new find.  I did not get any for a future update as shipping would result in a "Nightmare on Elm Street" ending for them.

 


An Arkenstone specimen of the new brochantite.

 


A very poor photo  showing the more stout and prismatic nature of the brochantite.

 

Rob also had an odd new find of cuprite from Loas of all places.  The image below tells the story.

 



One of the typical cuprite specimens from this find in Laos.


Another large cabinet piece.

Marcus Origlieri always seems to latch on to the odd and interesting new things.   This year Marcus had a new and fairly limited but rich find of tsumcorite and/or signetite associated with prismatic crystals of mimetite from the Ojuela mine in Mapimi, Mexico.  Both tsumcorite and signetite are arsenates of lead. Marcus did the analysis on these at the lab at the University of Arizona in Tucson.


A 5 cm specimen green signetite coated with root beer brown tsumcorite which is hosting nearly colorless crystals of mimetite.

 


A 4.5 cm specimen rich in yellowish green signetite with nearly colorless crystals of mimetite.

Marcus also had a small hoard of iodargyrite (silver iodide)  from Broken Hill, New South Wales, Australia.  This material is almost never seen in any sort of quantity let alone quality as the yellow color is easily lost if exposed to too much light.  These are all bright and fresh in appearance so I took the entire group. Several of the specimens have chlorargyrite associations and two even have garnet crystals in their matrix!


A 9 cm specimen with heavy coverage of iodargyrite from Broken Hill, Australia.

 

I received a phone call from South African Paul Balayer with news of yet another new find of olmiite.  He says that the digging days for this mineral are at an end and the pieces he had were as good as the mineral can get in terms of single isolated crystals. I picked up many of the TN specimens he had including a couple with a rare xonotlite association.  These have remarkable color change properties switching from a pale beige in sunlight to rich salmon in indoor lighting.


A TN cm specimen of xonotlite with a single 1+ cm crystal of olmiite.

 


Dave Bunk came up with some geologic puns to display his and Gloria Staebler's booth at the main show.

On the last report I will capture many images of the displays here at the main show.  There are some great things to view here this year. I will close this short report out with a picture of a specimen of elbaite from the Himalaya mine in San Diego County, California that I picked up from Gene and Jackie Schlepp - a fine muticolor crystal 5 x 2.7 cm in dimension - in recognition of the upcoming show theme for Tucson next February which is "California". 

 

Ok, one more blast from here in the next day or two on my drive back home..


 
 

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  

 

 
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