by Marco Marchesini

Here we are the fifth report.  Top dealers gathered also this year in Westward Look Resort before the main show. The mineral Gotha is there for four days.

In the following part of the page I try to give you a taste of the unbelievably  good specimens on display.

Looking around in the resort. On the left, The Bob Lavinsky - Arkenstone’s entrance.

Herb Obodda display, with outstanding pegmatite minerals. Also note the aragonite on top left.


Dan and Diana Weinrich also had impressive specimens, including top class rhodos from Colorado.

The Stonetrust display with a suberb Calcite that already deserved a cover.

All the specimens here are very selected and remarkable for aesthetic quality, rarity, locality. Some specimens are affordable for average collectors, but the peculiarity of this show are the museum pieces. A visit here is quite an experience and a good piece of mineralogical culture.

These aragonite from Podrecani  (Slovakia) is probably unrivalled worldwide. Crystals are up to 15 cm, clear, sharp and mostly undamaged. Beautiful indeed.

Bournonite recently found in Peru.  Crystals up to four cm, with typical twinning.


Giant Elmwood Calcite with Sphalerite. The biggest of those gemmy lustrous scalenoedra is about 20 cm.


Cerussite twinned crystals from Tsumeb on the left and Deep Orange Creedite from Mina Navidad on the right.

Amazonite, smoky Quartz and Rhodocrosite.  A real “Colorado” (colored)  mix.


Epidote from Northern Areas, and Peridote from Supat Gam (both localities in Pakistan).


Spectacular Ettringite from the Kalahari Manganese mines. Crystals exceed ten cm!

Top level fluorite specimens are coming from different sources: green octaedra from South Africa (left) and violet complex crystal from China (right). The latter needed quite a long preparation.

“Alpine” deep pink Fluorite from Himalaia. About ten cm individual!

Old classic Fluorite with violet ≈five cm cubes with barite from Barbes, Spain.

Gold crystals on Quarts from Bolse Co., Idaho. Really beautiful and…just one of many. Look what’s next.

Gold from Nye County, Nevada.

Also this is from Nevada (Olinghoure Mine). Delicate “leaves” and  “ferns” originally included in calcite. The specimen is about 20 cm.


Mesolite with apophyllite from the prolific Indian quarries. They usually come with a purpose-selected box  that already guaranteed a safe trip to US.


Classic Mimetite from Mexico

The recently described mineral  Olmiite is available in beautiful specimens. Most of the “old” poldevaartite  are actually Olmiite.

The now closed Sweet Home Mine produced very much liked specimens. There are still several pieces available, but the quotation are pretty high.

Another Rhodocrosite specimens from sweet Home Mine.


Rhodonite from Huanzala area in Peru. Spectacular!

Scheelite from China and a very classic Serandite from M. St. Hilaire (Canada).


Anthropogenic silver on the left: an ingot from the famous Atocha shipwreck in Tucson for sale and native silver wires from China



Huge lustrous Tantalite from Mozambique pegmatites.



The top specimens displays are a sort of “jamboree” for the tourmalines: aboverepresentatives from Paprok, Santa Rosa and Paprok again. 

Great find from Paprok! You will see those specimens in the next issues of the main magazines and in books later on. The quality of this material is absolutely impressive. Color and shape self explaining from the pictures. The crystals diameter is a couple of inches.



Another couple of wonders. No comment.


A magnificent wulfenite from Los Lamentos. A beauty.



I close the fifth and last report with the sunset view from Westward Look.

The visit in Tuscon was very positive, with the chance to meet many friends, exchange opinions, improve the mineralogical knowledge. The atmosphere is also very positive, also supported by the location in a place with a climate much milder than most of Europe and US. 

A final comment: it was a privilege to take pictures at and to the show and in particular to the top specimens you saw above. It was like surfing in Mineralogical Record pages, but with real stuff instead of pictures. Thank to the dealers for their kind availability. Good bye.

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