TUCSON GEM & MINERAL SHOW REPORT 2014 -
by Chris

our 2nd time out to TGMS (1st was 2012?)
me and Yasi were joined by Kate, Mike and Abby - a bigger crew than last time -
but missing show veterans Kusum and Gamini who were already on their way back to the East Bay.

we met them briefly along the 10 freeway
(Cottonwood Springs exit near Chiriaco Summit)

they had a good time - Kusum found lots of radioactive material
they gave us badges for the Holi-dome, leftovers (beef curry) and a bit of information on the local plants.



anyway a lucky start to our adventure!



this is where we stay



but first we head to Inn Suites

we stumbled upon petrified logs




and lots of fellow rock-hounds
trading information,





mining stories,




searching for the beautiful and unusual





these guys were looking through piles of opals from Ethiopia under the sunlight
their dog got loose and ran into the food stand



it was nice and hot
people relaxed in the shade of orange trees




and back at their rooms



this community spends about 2 weeks here i think.



Yasi didn't waste much time when we got here




we followed him to Carion Mineraux of Paris



he was looking for meteors




little bits of ones:



the 'Hammer of Thor'



one in a book at Rocks of Ages:





we made some new friends and saw lots of old ones..

like Paul Willam Bell



a connoisseur of rough diamonds
and early music




we also met John Greenfield (right) who makes sculptures inspired by the the microscopic geometric forms he sees in rocks -





and also straight from his imagination-


so cool!!



I was happy to see fellow Dead-heads at TGMS:



with pyromorphites in many kinds of green






here was a great exhibit at the Inn Suites:



Kate and I spent lots of time talking with them in their darkened hotel room
they were happy to talk about fluorescents







below is speckled cement from Franklin NJ
made before people knew what this material would do under UV light

Way Too Cool also sells small UV flashlights which, if you brought them to Franklin NJ at night, you could use to see the sidewalks glow!



or if you have $100,000






rooms at TGMS hotel shows are transformed as well



you almost can't tell at first that people are living in them







Great Basin Minerals has a lot of great before and after photos of their room setup from years past for example


Friday the Main Show began at the Tucson Convention Center -
we were there at 10am for John Koivula's talk on diamond inclusions
(theme for 2014: "60 Years of Diamonds, Silver and Gold")






John used lots of hand gestures to illustrate how these microscopic wonders form



and speaking of small things -
here's another John, a micromounter



micromounters trade or give each other these small specimens
i liked this little sliding microscope.

John led me down a hall into a little room where micromounters were drinking coffee and passing boxes around like these:




later Friday night, another phase of the gem show began -

at Tucson's Solar Culture Galactic Center with musician Steve Roach



there was a meditation cave




then after this the Park Detail's crew headed to another cave- about 45 min north of Tucson -
'Peppersauce'



3 miles' hike under the full moon






we camped and made a second trip up to the cave in the morning with Mike and Abby -
but then sadly had to head home for work the next day.

until next year !

come visit Park Detail's Band at Gamini Ranatunga's booth at Executive Inn-
where we hope to have beautiful boxes to display minerals in, as well as Geiger Counters!

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