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Wow! Incredible large size Ocean Kyanite in Black Mica from Harts Range Australia, available now....comment or dm for de...
02/18/2020

Wow! Incredible large size Ocean Kyanite in Black Mica from Harts Range Australia, available now....comment or dm for details.

Many of you may know this but I collect Flower formation minerals amongst other things. Such as this eye popping Fire Ag...
02/12/2020

Many of you may know this but I collect Flower formation minerals amongst other things. Such as this eye popping Fire Agate over Chalcedony from Slaughter Mt. Arizona polished by the incomparable TK Waddell.

I had the pleasure today of visiting with Russ Hage of the Little Gem Mine Montana and he shared this stunner of a v sha...
02/11/2020

I had the pleasure today of visiting with Russ Hage of the Little Gem Mine Montana and he shared this stunner of a v shaped Amethyst scepter cluster with me. I have to say one of the finest North American sceptered Quartz clusters I've had the pleasure of beholding.

Come see me at the new Mineral City Show building C (525 W. Plata St) here in Tucson with @samoraminerals in Hall 2 room...
02/08/2020

Come see me at the new Mineral City Show building C (525 W. Plata St) here in Tucson with @samoraminerals in Hall 2 room C10. Would love to see all you beautiful people and friends in Tucson!

Tucson's Hidden Gem Show is back for its 2nd year and better than ever, be as happy as this kid was and head to the Samo...
02/05/2020

Tucson's Hidden Gem Show is back for its 2nd year and better than ever, be as happy as this kid was and head to the Samora Amber and Mineral Warehouse at
707 N Main Ave, Tucson, AZ. To see what a small passionate group of mineral purveyors, miners and collectors can show you.

Picked up some INSANE huge black Calcites from the Sweetwater Mine, Viburnum trend Missouri today. This Dt piece with Ch...
02/02/2020

Picked up some INSANE huge black Calcites from the Sweetwater Mine, Viburnum trend Missouri today. This Dt piece with Chalcopyrite is pristine.

We are open for business officially today and the cases are looking amazing, if you are in Tucson come see me at the new...
01/31/2020

We are open for business officially today and the cases are looking amazing, if you are in Tucson come see me at the new Mineral City Show sharing space with Samora Minerals room C10.

Come see me tonight at room C10 with Samora minerals!
01/31/2020

Come see me tonight at room C10 with Samora minerals!

Our The Mineral City Show 2020 Opening Party starts today at 6 pm, don't miss it ๐Ÿ”ฅ๐Ÿป๐Ÿท๐Ÿฅ‚๐Ÿ”ฅ

We're on 516 W Lester Street & 525 W Plata Street, Tucson ๐Ÿ˜„

โ˜†New Red Fox Agates havelandedโ˜† This material I wait all year to see my friend from Patagonia to acquire these rare UV r...
01/30/2020

โ˜†New Red Fox Agates have
landedโ˜†
This material I wait all year to see my friend from Patagonia to acquire these rare UV reactive Hematite filled geodes from high up in the remote Andes. Truly a spectacular geologic oddity. Available now, comment or dm with interest.

The inclusions in this Chrysocolla Quartz from Peru remind me of the ocean.....this one in particular is so glassy and l...
01/28/2020

The inclusions in this Chrysocolla Quartz from Peru remind me of the ocean.....this one in particular is so glassy and lustrous. Available, comment or dm with interest.

I'm so excited for this absolutely ravishing parcel of Pyrite and Fluorite from Huanca, Peru.
01/26/2020

I'm so excited for this absolutely ravishing parcel of Pyrite and Fluorite from Huanca, Peru.

Another modest addition to my Fluorite collection,  a very fine Fluorite on Siderite from the Bairenbada Mine, Inner Mon...
01/26/2020

Another modest addition to my Fluorite collection, a very fine Fluorite on Siderite from the Bairenbada Mine, Inner Mongolia.

Dreamtime vibes. When you can't sleep because you are too pumped on Tucson energy.
01/25/2020

Dreamtime vibes. When you can't sleep because you are too pumped on Tucson energy.

Just finished unwrapping part of a new find of Garnets in Biotite Mica from River Valley Ontario, Canada.  Such beautifu...
01/24/2020

Just finished unwrapping part of a new find of Garnets in Biotite Mica from River Valley Ontario, Canada. Such beautiful lustrous pieces with great contrast and form. Garnets have always had a special place in my heart.

Check out the giant fully formed Barite blades included in this incredible large Blooming Flower Fluorite from the Yaoga...
01/23/2020

Check out the giant fully formed Barite blades included in this incredible large Blooming Flower Fluorite from the Yaogangxian Mine, China.

๐ˆ๐“'๐’ ๐“๐‡๐€๐“ ๐“๐ˆ๐Œ๐„ ๐Ž๐… ๐˜๐„๐€๐‘ ๐€๐†๐€๐ˆ๐!for the Tucson 2020 Gem and Mineral Show! In just ONE WEEK The Hidden Gem Show Show is back...
01/23/2020

๐ˆ๐“'๐’ ๐“๐‡๐€๐“ ๐“๐ˆ๐Œ๐„ ๐Ž๐… ๐˜๐„๐€๐‘ ๐€๐†๐€๐ˆ๐!
for the Tucson 2020 Gem and Mineral Show! In just ONE WEEK The Hidden Gem Show Show is back for a second year and we are so excited to see you all in the desert. Small tight knit shows are becoming the best way to shop in Tucson, you can come to our show and find a concentration of amazing mineral dealers and miners that are truly passionate with a great selection for your perusal. Join us from January 30th to February 14th every day from 10-6.

๐‘ถ๐‘ผ๐‘น ๐‘ญ๐‘ฐ๐‘น๐‘บ๐‘ป ๐‘ฌ๐‘ฝ๐‘ฌ๐‘ต๐‘ฐ๐‘ต๐‘ฎ ๐‘ฌ๐‘ฝ๐‘ฌ๐‘ต๐‘ป ๐‘ฐ๐‘บ ๐‘ฑ๐‘จ๐‘ต. 30๐‘ป๐‘ฏ!
We are having our first after hours event which will have refreshments for your enjoyment and a benefit mineral sale 7 PM Jan. 30th. Keep checking back because we are having a number of evening events and parties because we all need a place to relax after a long day of mineral shopping with mineral friends.

๐™๐™ƒ๐™€๐™๐™€ ๐™„๐™Ž ๐™‡๐™„๐™ˆ๐™„๐™๐™€๐˜ฟ ๐™Ž๐™‹๐˜ผ๐˜พ๐™€ ๐™๐™Š๐™ ๐™‘๐™€๐™‰๐˜ฟ๐™Š๐™๐™Ž!
Due to a few last minute cancellations there is limited space still for vendors.
Don't delay if you'd like the chance to get in on one of the best new shows in Tucson. There is a shift in the environment where more collectors are coming to small tight knit shows with an emphasis on mineral specimens and this is just that kind of show and we are on the shuttle route! Contact us at (971) 339-2965 or send us a message at www.tucsonshiddengem.com to secure your space today!

Blue on my mind, blue always looking fine.
01/23/2020

Blue on my mind, blue always looking fine.

Wow, just look at how beautiful this rare Wulfenite and Dioptase combo from The Congo is. Its just one of the amazing pi...
01/23/2020

Wow, just look at how beautiful this rare Wulfenite and Dioptase combo from The Congo is. Its just one of the amazing pieces you can find on display in Tucson this year where I will be presenting with Samora Minerals at the New Mineral City Show room C10. Cant wait to see you all there.

I am so excited to announce I will be sharing some space with Samora Minerals at the NEW MINERAL CITY SHOW In Tucson Boo...
01/21/2020

I am so excited to announce I will be sharing some space with Samora Minerals at the NEW MINERAL CITY SHOW In Tucson Booth C10, the best mineral show in Tucson! I can't wait to see everyone in the desert. Come by and see me or contact me to book a private showings anytime from JAN 27TH to FEB. 16th. I truly feel this is year is the best selection of minerals i've ever presented and can't wait for you all to see.

01/20/2020
OCEAN KYANITE TUCSON 2020

There is something so incredibly captivating about the electric teal blue color of the Ocean #Kyanite from Hart's Range Australia. The glow is otherworldly and the contrast with the black Mica makes these collectors oddities truly world class. I will have a limited number of these clusters to release for sale in Tucson this year and you wont find them anywhere else! You can find me at the ๐Ÿ’ŽNew Mineral City Show space C10 with Samora Minerals or call anytime toll free at 1-855-9-gembuy๐Ÿ’Ž

Going to have some INCREDIBLE examples of Fluorite on Pyrite, some with Sphalerite from Peru in Tucson! You won't want t...
01/20/2020

Going to have some INCREDIBLE examples of Fluorite on Pyrite, some with Sphalerite from Peru in Tucson! You won't want to miss out on these and you won't find better quality from Peru anywhere at the show mark my words.

A rose by any other name would be as sweet, like this flowery looking Imperial Royal Jasper half cut geode from Mexico.
01/18/2020

A rose by any other name would be as sweet, like this flowery looking Imperial Royal Jasper half cut geode from Mexico.

Can you tell it's a snow day here in New Mexico? I live at 6500 ft. elevation in the Galisteo Basin, so we are subject t...
01/16/2020

Can you tell it's a snow day here in New Mexico? I live at 6500 ft. elevation in the Galisteo Basin, so we are subject to all the elements here in the high desert. The perfect opportunity though to snap a Minerals in High Places Shot of this insane 18 CM tall Chrysocolla Quartz from Peru. #mineralsinhighplaces

When you can see the Chrysocolla through the Quartz......that's a win. This stunning 4" Quartz from Peru is just sublime...
01/16/2020

When you can see the Chrysocolla through the Quartz......that's a win. This stunning 4" Quartz from Peru is just sublime, available....comment or dm with interest.

Hows this for a display piece? A over 5 pound corner cut tower of a newly discovered Moss Agate with Quartz fortificatio...
01/15/2020

Hows this for a display piece? A over 5 pound corner cut tower of a newly discovered Moss Agate with Quartz fortifications from Idaho! I'll have this piece on display in Tucson and some slabs available for purchase. Due to the inclusions of Quartz veins the material polishes up beautifully and takes a nice sheen.

01/14/2020
OCEAN KYANITE

I will also have some world class medium large and a few smaller Ocean Kyanite from the now exhausted Australian find. If you hesitate these will all be gone for the foreseeable future.

Here's a special piece,  a giant "keyed" Amethyst root with Hematite covered in "record keepers". Thunder Bay Canada Ame...
01/14/2020

Here's a special piece, a giant "keyed" Amethyst root with Hematite covered in "record keepers". Thunder Bay Canada Amethyst comes from a geologic zone that's 12-20 million years old and the crystals have undergone extreme morphism in that vast geologic time. In highly weathered pockets they are dug in loose silt and clay making the exploration and potential for giant pieces very possible. This particular piece sat up against another point or was a cluster at one point, fracturing and leaving behind the geometric form of the crystal it was sidled up against or connected to. Over vast geologic time the entire fractured piece healed leaving a very attractive and abnormally shaped root Amethyst for our enjoyment. Available, comment or dm with interest.

Fantastic Pink Fluorite jumble of Octahedrons from the new Inner Mongolia find with Byssolite inclusions.
01/10/2020

Fantastic Pink Fluorite jumble of Octahedrons from the new Inner Mongolia find with Byssolite inclusions.

Wow,  stunning Red Quartz in a vug of Epidote from a new find in Peru,  what an amazing combo piece.
01/09/2020

Wow, stunning Red Quartz in a vug of Epidote from a new find in Peru, what an amazing combo piece.

Insanely eye popping good cluster of Chrysocolla Quartz from Peru with phantom inclusions. Available, comment or dm with...
01/08/2020

Insanely eye popping good cluster of Chrysocolla Quartz from Peru with phantom inclusions. Available, comment or dm with interest.

Here's a beauty of a Illinois Fluorite with Pyrite inclusions and Barite,  the color shows two distinctive generations o...
01/08/2020

Here's a beauty of a Illinois Fluorite with Pyrite inclusions and Barite, the color shows two distinctive generations of dark purple over blue. Available, comment or dm with interest.

I cant help but be amazed by how much these Blue Mt. Jasper slabs from Oregon look like the circling galactic planets. A...
01/08/2020

I cant help but be amazed by how much these Blue Mt. Jasper slabs from Oregon look like the circling galactic planets. Available, comment or dm with interest.

Gorgeous stacked phantom filled Fluorite in Wolframite amd Barite from the Yaogangxian Mine, Hunan China. Available,  co...
01/07/2020

Gorgeous stacked phantom filled Fluorite in Wolframite amd Barite from the Yaogangxian Mine, Hunan China. Available, comment or dm with interest.

Wow, beautiful Erongo Aquamarine cluster with Siderite and Schorl I acquired in a trade with Chris Johnston, a long time...
01/01/2020

Wow, beautiful Erongo Aquamarine cluster with Siderite and Schorl I acquired in a trade with Chris Johnston, a long time mineral dealer and miner living in Namibia.

This Peruvian Chrysocolla Quartz just kills me.
12/31/2019

This Peruvian Chrysocolla Quartz just kills me.

This edition of Minerals in High Places features a little piece of tabular DT Cali Blue Mine Quartz over the Cerrillos d...
12/27/2019

This edition of Minerals in High Places features a little piece of tabular DT Cali Blue Mine Quartz over the Cerrillos desert. Always love pieces from California, growing up in Oregon I took so many trips there...... it has the familiarity of home.

Incredible Chrysocolla and Quartz with trace gold from Peru are in now! Dont sleep and miss your chance at this uniquely...
12/23/2019

Incredible Chrysocolla and Quartz with trace gold from Peru are in now! Dont sleep and miss your chance at this uniquely beautiful and rare mineral combo, this piece and more available.....comment or dm with interest.

"Rockets are cool. There's no getting around that."-Elon Musk Here is a heavily Boulangerite included Fluorite with an a...
12/20/2019

"Rockets are cool. There's no getting around that."
-Elon Musk
Here is a heavily Boulangerite included Fluorite with an attached phantom Quartz rocket and Arsenopyrite star. From the Yaogangxian Mine, China.

The contrast in these Chrysocolla Quartz pieces from the La Tentadora Mine, Peru is otherworldly.
12/18/2019

The contrast in these Chrysocolla Quartz pieces from the La Tentadora Mine, Peru is otherworldly.

๐ˆ๐“'๐’ ๐“๐‡๐€๐“ ๐“๐ˆ๐Œ๐„ ๐Ž๐… ๐˜๐„๐€๐‘ ๐€๐†๐€๐ˆ๐!for the Tucson 2020 Gem and Mineral Show. I am doing some of the social media promotion for...
12/16/2019

๐ˆ๐“'๐’ ๐“๐‡๐€๐“ ๐“๐ˆ๐Œ๐„ ๐Ž๐… ๐˜๐„๐€๐‘ ๐€๐†๐€๐ˆ๐!
for the Tucson 2020 Gem and Mineral Show. I am doing some of the social media promotion for Tucson's Hidden Gem Show, one of the best upcoming mineral shows in Tucson with an eclectic blend of passionate purveyors of mineral specimens and related.

๐™๐™ƒ๐™€๐™๐™€ ๐™„๐™Ž ๐™‡๐™„๐™ˆ๐™„๐™๐™€๐˜ฟ ๐™Ž๐™‹๐˜ผ๐˜พ๐™€ ๐™๐™Š๐™ ๐™‘๐™€๐™‰๐˜ฟ๐™Š๐™๐™Ž!
Don't delay if you'd like the chance to get in on one of the best new shows in Tucson. There is a shift in the environment where more collectors are coming to small tight knit shows with an emphasis on mineral specimens and this is just that kind of show. Contact us at (971) 339-2965 or send us a message at www.tucsonshiddengem.com to secure your space today!

๐–๐ž ๐ก๐š๐ฏ๐ž ๐š ๐ง๐ฎ๐ฆ๐›๐ž๐ซ ๐จ๐Ÿ ๐ž๐ฏ๐ž๐ง๐ญ๐ฌ ๐ฉ๐ฅ๐š๐ง๐ง๐ž๐ ๐Ÿ๐จ๐ซ ๐ญ๐ก๐ข๐ฌ ๐ฒ๐ž๐š๐ซ, ๐ข๐ง๐œ๐ฅ๐ฎ๐๐ข๐ง๐  ๐ฌ๐จ๐ฆ๐ž ๐ž๐ฏ๐ž๐ง๐ข๐ง๐  ๐ ๐š๐ญ๐ก๐ž๐ซ๐ข๐ง๐ ๐ฌ ๐›๐ž๐œ๐š๐ฎ๐ฌ๐ž ๐ฐ๐ž ๐š๐ฅ๐ฅ ๐ง๐ž๐ž๐ ๐š ๐ฉ๐ฅ๐š๐œ๐ž ๐ญ๐จ ๐ฎ๐ง๐ฐ๐ข๐ง๐ ๐š๐ง๐ ๐ซ๐ž๐ฅ๐š๐ฑ ๐ข๐ง ๐ ๐จ๐จ๐ ๐œ๐จ๐ฆ๐ฉ๐š๐ง๐ฒ ๐š๐Ÿ๐ญ๐ž๐ซ ๐š ๐ฅ๐จ๐ง๐  ๐๐š๐ฒ ๐จ๐Ÿ ๐ซ๐ฎ๐ง๐ง๐ข๐ง๐  ๐š๐ซ๐จ๐ฎ๐ง๐ ๐“๐ฎ๐œ๐ฌ๐จ๐ง!

Stay tuned for further announcements and we truly look forward to seeing you all in the desert soon.

Wow, now that's what we call a Root Amethyst, from Thunder Bay Canada.  Looks like a regal Purple and Red Crown.
12/15/2019

Wow, now that's what we call a Root Amethyst, from Thunder Bay Canada. Looks like a regal Purple and Red Crown.

Wow!!! I don't know about you but I sure am excited about the next round of Chrysocolla Quartz and trace Gold from the L...
12/05/2019

Wow!!! I don't know about you but I sure am excited about the next round of Chrysocolla Quartz and trace Gold from the La Tentadora Mine Peru. All the last parcel sold so I managed to secure a very limited amount more of these, comment or dm with interest in adding one or more to your collection when they arrive.

Wow! Stupendous and unique combo of stacked platelet formation iridescent Chalcopyrites over a flower formation Calcite ...
12/01/2019

Wow! Stupendous and unique combo of stacked platelet formation iridescent Chalcopyrites over a flower formation Calcite from the Daye Mine, China. Available, comment or dm with interest.

Wow! Stupendous and unique combo of stacked platelet formation iridescent Chalcopyrites over a flower formation Calcite ...
12/01/2019

Wow! Stupendous and unique combo of stacked platelet formation iridescent Chalcopyrites over a flower formation Calcite from the Daye Mine, China. Available, comment or dm with interest.

Love the way the small perfect cubes cascade down the side of this Quartz with Green Mica from the Yaogangxian Mine, Hun...
12/01/2019

Love the way the small perfect cubes cascade down the side of this Quartz with Green Mica from the Yaogangxian Mine, Hunan China. I have amazing pieces from this locale available.

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LOOKING FOR COLLECTORS OF ARAGONITE (Pearl from the Clam) - excellent material for pearl Jewelry - For Jade Stuff like buddha and any other figurine characters - Aragonite has been successfully tested for the removal of pollutants like zinc, cobalt and lead from contaminated wastewaters. - PEARL is often considered a gemstone, although it is not a mineral. Rather, pearl is a composite of the mineral Aragonite (Calcium Carbonate) and the organic compound conchiolin (a protein). The combination is called nacre, or mother-of-pearl. In some cases, there is an admixture of the mineral calcite (another mineral composed of Calcium Carbonate). In pearl oysters and freshwater pearl mussels, nacre forms the inner lining of the shell. In most other molluscs the shell has an appearance more like porcelain, and lacks the luster and iridescence of mother-of-pearl.
I found this rock can any one tell me if the gold was formed in the rock or did it get washed in to it. It looks like it was formed that way to me because they gold nugget is in there so sold
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