The Tucson Tour, 2003
This years show, as usual, was the mineral specimen event of the year. Most of the usual dealers showed and many had new material from their respective countries. Some of the new materials generated interest, but, I did not witness any of the typical "feeding frenzies" that often occur when this happens. Quantities of new material were better than in past years. The dealers had to be competitive to sell specimens this year. As a result, my impression was that the atmosphere was one of a buyers market. Good deals could be had if you were willing to buy in quantity and do some serious haggling.
As a practice my Father and me only attend the wholesale show on the first weekend of February. My involvement is only for a long weekend so I make the rounds quite quickly. I was very happy with the materials we found and the purchases made.
Go directly to the New Specimens for Sale.
Here I am with a killer amethyst cluster. The hotel staff would not allow me to take this one home.
In this shot my Father poses with a nice quartz point offered by one of the dealers.
The first weekend of the show seemed a bit slow according to most of the dealers we spoke with. They did however seem happy with the sales they were making.
Camping is one of the ways we try to keep our (in turn your) cost down. That way we can purchase more minerals for your consideration... such as these superb Chinese specimens.
Inestite, hubeite and quartz on quartz.
Pyromorphite crystals over and inch in size.
Fluorite with convex faces and tetrahedrite inclusions.
Large cabinet sized fluorite on quartz.