Can't believe it, but another Tucson gem show has passed. As per many of your requests, we decided to do a review composed of pictures, so please enjoy!
Starting off the show, its always difficult to pick a starting point, so lots of lots of walking is needed to cover more ground
Very cute Fluorite octahedrons from the Chinese dealers
One of the early finds, a collection of Boleite crystals sorter in order of size from a private collection from the early 1970s
Wonderful Imperial Topaz crystals, look at the intensity of the colors. As you can imagine this is not the cheap batch
Beautiful Tourmaline slices
Newly found Hemimorphites from China
Mike and Valeri analyzing some quality specimens. Here looking at a Vivianite, which we ended up passing up on due to a hefty price tag. But the Sperrylite, Phenakite, Rutile and Pyromorphite standing on the table came home to Canada
Beautiful Arizona sunsets, time for dinner!
Back at it, Valeri picking out some gemstones from a Pakistani dealer
Turquoise anyone? I would like 2 pounds of ham and 3 pounds of that blue stuff
Remember that A grade stuff from above? Well this is the B grade, which is much cheaper, but no color, not terminated and not gem quality...
Elena soaking in the sun with a refreshing lemonade beside some Malachites...is there a better way to spend a Tuesday afternoon in the middle of winter?
Russian Emeralds. Since production restarted in 2017, there has been a fair amount of Emeralds coming from Malishevo in the Urals (80km from where we are from), but not the tag "only a lot". This little tray was being sold for $80,000USD
HELLOOOOOO OVER THEREEE
A perfect Alexandrite sixling from Zimbabwe
Beautiful Seraphinite from our Russian friends
Valeri considering a new tooth implant, you think it will suit him?
Enjoying a beer with our friend Ken Dordano from Canada over some steaks
Rocks beyond horizon
Aquamarine necklace? Would you say this can be worn on an every-day basis?
Moldavite YUM YUM YUM
Tanzanite YUM YUM YUM
Our friends the Sprichts, all the way from South Africa
Wow, no words, this is insane!
Is this beautiful or what?
Every year, we have to stop by the westward show to look at the best of the best, the mineral dealers have brought to Tucson. Never dissapoints, so many beautiful specimens!
And no trip is complete without an evening visit to the top of the A Mountain to watch the sunset over the mountains
Picking out the Megalodon teeth
Checkout that Malachite stalactite sliced like bread, amazing!
Massive Chinese Hemimimorphites
Mike and Valeri looking at a flat of Chinese minerals
Cut Zincite? That's odd, never seen one like this before.
Elena with an incredible Bolivian Amethyst cluster
I guess we have an obsession with Imperial Topaz, but extremely rare to find one this clean on a matrix
Beautiful Malachite vases
Elena with our friend Djujitsa from Canada
Shiva lingams? From pocket size to ones that would take up your whole living room
Taking a stroll through the Westward look resort show
Incredible color on this Brandberg Amethyst
I made a new friend
Mike and Elena at one of the shows
Enjoying a coffee beside the orange trees before another day of hunting
Tsavorites, Tanzanites, Rhodolite garnets - all beautiful gems of Tanzania
Valeri checking his texts before heading out
Admiring a case of rare gemstones
Amazing size for this beautiful Benitoite, state gemstone of California
Hanging out with some Rhodonite
Mike picking through Bixbites (Red Beryls from Utah)
Incredible piece of Sapphire from Miass in Urals. I was actually at this mine when I was 6 years old, one of the first memories I had of digging for minerals. Still have some beautiful Sapphires in my collection from those days
Massive new found Barites from China
Stunning Citrine - no heat
Discussing something - probably related to rocks
Valeri saying hello
Reconstructed Emerald pocked from Colombia, put back together exactly how it was found
Picking out some rare Tektites
Part of our shipment ready to go back to Canada
Hope you enjoyed this guys, see you next year Tucson - always a blast!!
Mike, Elena and Valeri Petrov - The Russian Stone team!