the NEW Tucson Fine Mineral Gallery
– Events –
The Tucson Fine Mineral Gallery is Tucson’s brand new ‘go to’ venue for fine quality mineral specimens, gemstone carvings, mineral specimen preparation and mineral films and broadcasts.
The year 2022 marks the 67th annual Tucson Gem & Mineral Show and with this, the opening of the Gallery, the concept of Ian and Diana Bruce, known worldwide as proprietors of Crystal Classics Fine Minerals and UK Mining Ventures.
The Tucson Fine Mineral Gallery proudly brings together many of the very best in the business, making this a one stop experience for the mineral enthusiast, from respected amateur to consummate professional.
The new premises at 465 West St Mary’s Road features individual showrooms for dealers Crystal Classics, Collector’s Edge, Graeber & Himes, Nicholas Stolowitz Fine Minerals and The Focal Crystal.
Also present are Dreher Carvings of Idar-Oberstein fame; MCP (Mineralogical Collection Professionals), internationally recognized for their mineral specimen preparation and BlueCap Productions, whose very own Bryan Swoboda has become a household name through the ever-popular Mineral Talks Live.
The Gallery offers you the perfect setting in which to relax and enjoy a stunning selection of the world’s finest mineral specimens with an on-site refreshments in our Courtyard Café and Bar.
Friday, 27 January 2023 – Sunday, 12 February 2023
Friday, January 27, 2023: FIRST DAY OF ‘TUCSON 2023’ AT THE TUCSON FINE MINERAL GALLERY
Sunday, January 29, 2.00pm: KERITH GRAEBER TALK – ‘Mexican Minerals’
Monday, January 30, 2.00pm: TBC LARRY FRENCH TALK – ‘The Life of Gianmaria Buccellati’
Tuesday, January 31, 2.00pm: MCP SPECIAL EXHIBIT – By Federico Pezzotta
Join Federico Pezzotta as he shares the discovery of a world class gem crystal pocket and the years of preparation of specimens in this once in a lifetime unveiling! This will be a continuous story from extraction, preparation and bringing specimens to market. Limited seating and not to be missed.
Wednesday, February 1, 2.00pm: FEDERICO BARLOCHER TALK – ‘Burma’
Join Federico Barlocher as he shares the mysterious gems from Myanmar, an underground journey not to be missed! This is a rare opportunity to understand the mines and minerals and people the most historic location for gem crystals in the world.
Friday, February 3: BOOK DAY AND PRESENTATIONS
11am-12.30pm – Roy Starkey – ‘Making it Mine’ – Sir Arthur Russell and his Mineral Collection
Roy Starkey-Making it Mine, Sir Arthur Russell and his Mineral Collection- The story of Sir Authur Russell building the finest collection of British Minerals, now housed in the Natural History Museum. Roy will share the story of passion and determination and copies of the book will be available
1.30pm-3pm – Patrick Dreher – Dreher Masterworks
Patrick Dreher will share five generations of family carvings known the world over. Dreher Carvings trace the history as well as a phenomenal photo journey not to be missed. Come early to see what Patrick has carved for this year!
3.30pm-5pm – Richard Hughes – Jade, A Gemologist’s Guide
Richard Hughes will enlighten the audience with a journey all about Jade, a Gemologist’s Guide. Richard’s presentations always enspire and enthral the audience and this will be no exception. From the artistic beauty, history and worldwide occurrences, this volume should be on everyone’s coffee table.
6pm-9pm – Harvard Evening
Sunday, February 5, 1pm-5pm: LADIES AFTERNOON
Sunday, February 5, 6.30pm-8pm: AMERICAN HERITAGE MINERAL AWARD
Monday, February 6, 1.30pm-4.30pm: TSUMEB DAY
2pm – Malcolm Southwood (via Zoom) – “Tsumeb: some green surprises!”
Malcolm Southwood will be joined by Zoom for a talk on Tsumeb: Some Green Surprises. Mal will share some interesting minerals, green in color, we think we understand, or do we? Plenty of time for Q&A to really propel our celebration of Tsumeb Day!
Tuesday, February 7, 2.00pm: DAVID JOYCE TALK – ‘Red Lake Gold’
David Joyce will share his experiences of mineral specimen recovery at Red Lake Gold in Canada.In addition to his expertise on Canadian mining and minerals, David is an accomplished singer-songwriter. Come early to enjoy a few tunes relaxing on the patio. Be sure to ask David what his mining day job was!
Wednesday, February 8, 2.00pm: CHRIS OSTERMAN TALK – ‘AZ Silver Nuggets’
Chris Osterman will share the story of finding modern day Silver while metal detecting in the desert of Arizona. By Day, Chris is an exploration Geologist working many classic mines around the world. Have you see the 400 pound nugget, currently on display at the UA Alfie Norville Gem and Mineral Museum. Learn the story here in February.
Wednesday, February 8, 6.30pm-8.30pm: MINERAL CLUB COMPETITION
Friday, February 10, 6.30pm-9pm: YOUNG COLLECTORS EVENING
Sunday, February 12: FINAL DAY OF ‘TUCSON 2023’ AT THE TUCSON FINE MINERAL GALLERY