The 2019 Denver Gem & Mineral Show is officially "on the books." We hope everyone else enjoyed this year's show as much as we did, and we want to extend a big thank you to all our friends and customers who came and saw us during the show week.
This year we kicked things off at the Crowne Plaza Denver Airport Hotel where the annual Colorado Mineral and Fossil show was in full swing on September 6th, with over 160 great dealers from around the world. We switched things up a little this year and had a combined 50% off "keystone" display as well as many tables of wholesale mineral flats in one large booth in the wholesale area in the hotel convention center.
We had lots of great new minerals to offer for sale at the Crowne Plaza this year, including beautiful wulfenite and mimetite specimens from the La Morita mine in Mexico, wholesale flats and keystone specimens of rhodochrosite and associated minerals from new production at the Detroit City Portal of the Sweet Home Mine, and much more. It was a busy show and we enjoyed seeing many of our customers, both collectors and dealers, at this show.
Our next show venue to open was our Golden, Colorado showroom and gallery, where we premiered the first new retail specimens of rhodochrosite and associated minerals from new production at the Detroit City Portal of the Sweet Home Mine. We opened on Tuesday morning September 10th, and attendance was good, with folks coming by all week to see these wonderful new specimens. We also had our walk-in vault showroom set up with fine minerals from around the world for sale, including a special display of stunning wulfenite and mimetite specimens from the La Morita Mine, a case of vibrant red rubellite tourmaline crystals from the Malkhan District in Russia, and some exceptional bournonite specimens from the Machacamarca District in Bolivia.
Here are a few photos of the special case of new specimens from the first 9 months of mining at the Detroit City Portal at the Sweet Home Mine. There were lots of empty spaces in this showcase by the end of the week!
Another popular offering we had at both our Golden showroom and the Denver Fine Mineral Show this year was a batch of fantastic pyromorphite specimens from the classic Bunker Hill Mine in Kellogg, Idaho. These specimens were collected by Bob Hopper Sr. and his family, and were part of the Hopper Family collection for years. Like the above specimens (photographed by Annette Slade), the best pieces from this locality feature vibrant crystals with great color and complex crystal growth. We will be featuring more of these American mineral classics on our website in the coming weeks.
The stunning new wulfenite and mimetite specimens from the La Morita mine which we had on display in our Golden showroom were a big hit with collectors from around the world. The above photos (by Annette Slade and Riley Owen) show a few different styles we had of these gorgeous specimens.
Our next show venue to open was the Denver Fine Mineral Show at the Denver West Marriott, a great hotel located just a few miles from our offices in Golden, Colorado.
We were set up in room 229 with a very nice display of fine minerals from around the world, including some of the exciting aforementioned new finds.
The unrivaled "star of the show" at our Denver Fine Mineral Show room, however, was the fabulous "Trident" tourmaline from the Malkhan District in Russia. A few showgoers admire this amazing specimen in this photo by Annette Slade.
Richard Jackson (R) chats with a visitor about the "Trident" specimen. Annette Slade photo.
Our good friends Robert Snyder (L) and Daniel Ulibarri (middle) chat with Richard Jackson at the Denver Fine Mineral Show.
Colorado School of Mines PhD student Caleb Chappell admires a case of beautiful minerals at our room at the Denver Fine Mineral Show. Annette Slade photo.
Several visitors admire the gorgeous new wulfenite and mimetite specimens from the La Morita Mine which we had on display at the Denver Fine Mineral Show. Annette Slade photo.
The "Grand Finale" of the annual Denver show week is the Denver Gem & Mineral Show at the Merchandise Mart. This year the theme was "Canada Unearthed", and there were some fantastic exhibits of minerals from our northern neighbor from both prominent museums and private collectors.
"Mr. Bones", a perennial favorite of the Denver Gem & Mineral Show, was seen captivating our youngest CE team member, Zane (as well as his mom).
This year we changed things up at our longtime room in the J aisle of the Denver Merchandise Mart by featuring a select group of 50% off "keystone" minerals instead of our usual retail inventory.
The reaction to this change from collectors was very positive, and we had a broad selection of inexpensive and attractive minerals from around the world. This case full of wulfenite and mimetite specimens from new finds at the La Morita mine proved to be very popular with collectors. Annette Slade photo.
We also had a full display case of gorgeous pyromorphite specimens from the Bunker Hill Mine in Kellogg, Idaho, at attractive prices. (Annette Slade photo)
Phil Persson (R) shows a customer some of the new production from the Detroit City Portal at the Sweet Home Mine at the Denver Gem & Mineral Show. (Annette Slade photo)
A case of beautiful keystone minerals from around the world in our room at the Denver Gem & Mineral Show. (Annette Slade photo)
A view of the exhibit area and main hall of the Denver merchandise mart.
Rod and Helen Tyson are leading Canadian collectors and dealers, and this case of outstanding specimens from their personal collection greeted visitors at entrance of the show and was not to be missed.
This unique large (~6 cm!) twinned cubanite crystal from Quebec was one of my favorites in the Rod and Helen Tyson collection case.
Dan and Dianne Kile are well-known Colorado field collectors and put in this outstanding case of amethyst from the well-known Thunder Bay region of Ontario Canada. They also wrote a great article on this district for a recent issue of Rocks & Minerals Magazine.
George Thompson is another prominent Canadian collector who put in a great case of minerals at the Merchandise Mart this year.
The Young Mineral Collector's group was well-represented in Denver this year with this case of wonderful Canadian minerals from it's members.
This was just one of three fantastic cases of Canadian minerals displayed by well-known Colorado collector and former show promoter Marty Zinn.
The Royal Ontario Museum won the 2019 Donna Chirnside Memorial Award with this great case of minerals (with amusing label details!)
While not strictly Canadian, John Warn's great case of tourmaline from six continents did contain some Canadian elbaites!
Another great Canadian case by the Canadian Museum of Nature and Science, this time featuring minerals from the Canadian Arctic.
Another shot of our room at the Denver Gem & Mineral Show this year.
Phil Persson (L) with Phil Gregory (aka Phil the Elder aka older Phil) on the right, in front of Phil P's case at the Denver Gem & Mineral Show.
The Mineralogical Association of Dallas put in a great case, as usual!
Looking at minerals with friends... what mineral shows are all about! :)