Tucson Gem and Mineral show 2017

Amazing Uruguayan Amethyst
Amazing Uruguayan Amethyst

Well folks, I’ve finally returned from the 2017 grind that is the Tucson Gem and Mineral show and I’m ready to share some pictures and news from this years show.  Some of the highlights for us this year included:

Amethyst from the Barrios Mine in Uruguay:  The Barrios family has been in the mining business since 1992 traditionally specializing in Agate.  However, as of the last two years they have established themselves in Tucson as some of the highest quality Amethyst producers in the world.  I’ve included some pictures of some of the pieces we acquired from them to create into sculptures.

One of the amazing Amethysts Specimens from the Barrios mine
One of the amazing Amethysts Specimens from the Barrios mine

Leo Atkinson Studios/Atkinson Studios: Aside from “The Geode Guys” business Leo and Dusty’s main focus for much of the year is the sculpting of one of a kind Fossil and Mineral sculptures.  Specializing in semi-precious stones/fossils such as Amethyst, Malachite, Jasper, Lapis Lazuli, Ammonites, Orthocerus, and many more.  Attached are a few pictures of some of the sculptures we brought to Tucson this year.

Another Malachite Sculpture by Leo Atkinson
Another Malachite Sculpture by Leo Atkinson
Malachite Sculpture by Leo Atkinson
Malachite Sculpture by Leo Atkinson

New Geodes for 2017:  For the first time ever we were able to locate the incredibly rare and beautiful Septarian Concretions from Utah.  These concretions which hide incredibly unique yellow crystals inside are almost always found (bought) already opened.  The reason for this is because the Miners can almost always sell them for more money after they cut them open and polish them up.  However, this year I was able to track down a miner who was willing to sell a few of them un-opened to me.  See pictures above for an example of what they look like wrapped in the chain and upon opening.

Septarian Concretion all ready to be split
Septarian Concretion all ready to be split
Inside of a Septarian Concretion
Inside of a Septarian Concretion

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