Denver Fall Show 2018 Report

Where has the Summer gone? Fall is officially here with snow reported falling in the high country!  And with Fall comes our own local mineral show here in Denver every September! 

We recently exhibited at three separate venues during the Denver Fall Show - two booths at the Colorado Mineral & Fossil Show from September 7-15th at the Crown Plaza Hotel DIA in Denver, the Fine Mineral Show at the Denver West Marriott from September 12-15, and the main Denver Gem & Mineral Show at the Merchandise Mart from September 14-16. Though spread out across the Denver metropolitan area, traffic was brisk at all venues, and the 2018 Denver show was an enjoyable experience for all. We want to express our thanks to our friends and customers who came and saw us, and remind us of how large and vibrant the mineral collecting community is here in the Denver area. 

This year we brought minerals from our Collector's Edge Wholesale ("CE Wholesale") division, which included half-priced "keystone" minerals, as well as wholesale flats for dealers, to the Crowne Plaza Hotel DIA and included a lot of new minerals received since the Spring shows in Denver and on the East Coast. The new material was a hit, with both collectors and dealers commenting on the variety and quality of what we had for sale.  The same could be said for our retail division showcasing selected minerals from the Gerhard Wagner collection and the recently acquired Dr. Stephen Neely collection.

The overlapping shows started on September 7th and ended on the 16th.  We saw many familiar faces, as well as some new customers and it was great to see some out-of-town folks who flew in for the show. 

The show opened with our wholesale (above) and keystone (below) booths out at the Crowne Plaza Denver Airport Hotel, conveniently located right off I-70 in east Denver. The hotel is a nice venue and this had proven to be a great location to showcase some of our extensive wholesale inventory.

 

On September 12th, the annual Denver Fine Mineral Show opened at the Marriott Denver West Hotel, conveniently located just a few miles from our Golden Colorado offices.

 

A case of exquisite acquisitions from Dr. Stephen Neely collection on exhibit at the Denver Marriott West Fine Mineral Show.

Zengzeng from our China affiliate posing with a case of beautiful minerals at the Denver Fine Mineral Show.

A gorgeous case of minerals from the Gerhard Wagner collection at the Denver fine mineral show.

A great case of assorted worldwide minerals at the Denver Fine Mineral Show.

Featured minerals from the Gerhard Wagner collection for sale at the Denver Marriott West Fine Mineral Show.

Beautiful case of minerals including a shelf of stunning crystallized Gold specimens from the Proctor Family Trust Collection. 

A list of the excellent dealers exhibiting this year at the Denver Fine Mineral Show.

Phil Persson gave a talk on the last day of the Denver Fine Mineral Show on Colorado minerals- you can also catch it on 'Minerals Live'!

Collector's Edge retail exhibit at the main Denver Gem & Mineral Show at the Denver Merchandise Mart.

Most of the Collector's Edge crew together at the Denver Merchandise Mart. From left to right: Yida (Patrick), Greg, Richard, Tina, Craig, Safaa (holding Zane), Steve, Jennifer, and Bryan. 

Beautiful vase of flowers with a poster advertising the Hopper Family Pyromorphite Collection in the background.

Busy day at the Denver Merchandise Mart booth. 

Zhengzheng (left) and Tina (right) helping advertise the Gerhard Wagner Collection at the Denver Merchandise Mart Show. :) 

A stunning display of Bunker Hill pyromorphites and other fine minerals at our booth at the Denver Merchandise Mart Show.

 

The theme this year at the Denver Gem & Mineral Show was Mexican minerals and they were in both abundance and diversity.  In addition the perennial and ever-popular "Mr. Bones" was on the prowl to the delight of children and adults alike!

 

Mr. Bones making new friends!

Mr. Bones is known to bite!

Well-known Denver collector and friend of the company Phil Gregory put together two outstanding cases highlighting early Denver mineral dealer Arthur Pohndorff, who operated a store near the modern 16th street mall in downtown Denver, offering fine mineral specimens for sale to collectors and museums. Phil's hard work on these cases was evident, and they were a delight to aficionados of Denver's mineralogical and collecting history. 

 

Well-known Colorado collector Marty Zinn had numerous cases featuring superb Mexican minerals from his collection, including this  colorful case of quartz and other minerals.

Gorgeous Mexican wulfenites from the Marty Zinn collection.

 

The MAD group (Mineralogical Association of Dallas) always puts in a fine display, and they had some outstanding Mexican minerals on exhibit this year.

Lauren Megaw, daughter of well-known Tucson geologist and collector Peter Megaw and a serious collector in her own right, put together this great case of some of her Mexican minerals, highlighting the "human story" behind each specimen! 

A case of great minerals from one of Mexico's most famous localities, the Ojuela Mine.

A nice case of Colorado amazonite and smoky quartz, collected by and in memory of well-known Colorado field collector Ray Berry, who passed away recently.

A superb case of worldwide fine minerals from well-known Oregon collector Bruce Carter.

Safaa Yu (wife of Richard Jackson and a successful mineral dealer herself) with our youngest CE team member Zane in front of Cal & Kerith Graeber's fine case of Mexican minerals. 

A killer cumengite "sixling" from Boleo, Mexico in Peter Megaw's collection.

The Smithsonian put in an outstanding case of Mexican minerals, featuring an outstanding large San Pedro Corralitos mimetire and a rare large matrix Legrandite from the collection of Washington Roebling.

The American Museum of Natural History in New York also exhibited some of its outstanding Mexican mineral treasures.

As a collector of Keweenaw Peninsula minerals I especially enjoyed this case of absolutely outstanding  U.P. Copper, Silver and associated minerals.

 A wonderful selection of Mexican minerals from the collection of Ed Huskinson, Kingman, Arizona.

A wonderful assemblage of Mexican minerals from the collection of Jim and Gail Spann.

And for those attracted by the unusual - an aragonite "epimorph" of a snake skeleton!

 Overall, the 2018 Fall Denver show was a great success.  The weather was unbelievably warm for this time of year which added to the attendance.  We are already looking forward to doing the show again next year and plan on having some new and exquisite minerals for all collecting levels!  See you next year!


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