Tucson Coming Attractions

Kathi and I were happy to be able to make it to Tucson this year after missing out last year due to my severe illness. We were on the road for 12 days this time, and came home with lots of wonderful treasures.

Many things about Tucson are usually a crapshoot, and this year was no different.

Due to the long ongoing strike/slowdown at the docks in Los Angeles, many dealers’ containers arrived later than expected, so we did not get to see everything that we would have hoped to, but it still was a hectic, sometimes chaotic, and tiring but rewarding experience.

Among the things that we will be listing from our Tucson trip are…


We have mentioned for years the one Madagascar dealer who has had a large supply of very old stock Ocean Jasper. She has finally processed about all of the material, and told us that this year would be the last when they would have their normally incredibly high quality items made from this amazing mineral that was the rage of the mineral world in the mid- to late 90s until the mine was depleted.

We came home with over 100 incredible palm stones and are eager to get them sorted, priced, and listed in the store.

From this same dealer we also got a small number of gorgeous Red Hematoid Quartz Pebbles, some beautiful soap shaped Chalcedony stones in many different colors, and more of the ever popular Black Moonstone Palms.

From a different dealer from Madagascar we acquired some amazing Peach Moonston Palm Stones with tons and tons of shimmer. This gentleman also provided us with a few Kilos of very nice Aragonite stones, most of which are translucent in nature.

Other new Palm Stones include Rainforest Rhyolite, Garnet, Yellow Aventurine and White Jade soap shaped stones, and 10 amazing White Quartz stones with Green Tourmaline inclusions.

For the first time we got a bag full of Malachite stones that are as close to Palms as we have been able to find in 8 years.

Shungite for the first time….

…and we upped our stock of Emerald and Crazy Lace stones.

Tumbled Stones

We came home with a large list of incredible tumbled stones, including:

Dumortierite, Ruby Zoisite, Hematite, Pink Tourmaline in a Lepidolite Matrix, Amazonite, Blue Lace Agate, Carnelian, Golden Feldspar, Rhodonite,

Crazy Lace Agate, K2 Stone with both Azurite and Malachite spots, Botswana Agate, Petrified Wood, Blue Chalcedony, incredible Tourmalinated and Rutilated Quartz, Blue Topaz and Silver Topaz, Charoite, Turritella Agate,

Amazing Pyrite in Quartz, Dendritic Agate, Tree Agate, Mugglestone (Tiger Jasper), beautiful dark Citrine, and absolutely outstanding Leopardskin Rhyolite.


Ocean Jasper beauties from the same dealer mentioned above, both Peach and Black Moonstone with great shimmer, and Smokey Quartz for the first time.

Worry Stones

As mentioned in my previous post, we have already listed our amazing new Arfvedsonite Worry Stones and some nice new Multi Tiger Eyes.  We also came home with some gorgeous Golden Tiger Eye and Red Tiger Eye Worries.

We will be working over the next few months to get these treasures up on the site. In the meantime, if you have a particular interest in anything that I have mentioned, please don’t hesitate to ask for more information or some photos.

The Fall Denver Rock Show

Kathi and I recently attended the big rock and mineral show that takes place here in Denver each September.  It is considered to be the second largest show in the country (after Tucson), and gets bigger every year.

We are very fortunate to live only about 40 minutes away from the general area of the action, which is really a combination of five major shows for the most part. The longest running of these shows now covers nine days.

We came home with a load of amazing acquisitions, and will be getting them up on the website as quickly as we can. Things to look forward to include:

  • Ocean Jasper Drusy specimens. We have been out of these for some time and are really glad to have them again.
  • Polished Quartz, Amethyst, and Green Fluorite Points.
  • Stunning large Silver Sheen Obsidian Palm Stones.
  • Stromatolite Palm Stones.
  • Yellow Feather, Royal Sahara, Sarape, Owyhee Picture, and Imperial Jasper Palm Stones.
  • Brazilian, Condor, Durango, Montana, Nebraska Prairie, Mozambique, and Red Moss Agate Palm Stones.

Of particular note is a selection of over 140 hand-picked pieces of Iris Agate. This is an Agate from Brazil that has a diffraction grating structure and shows full spectrum rainbow colors when light shines through the stone. We recently placed one of these at auction on eBay and had more page views and watchers than we have ever had on any stone.

  • Snowflake and Mahogany Obsidian Palm Stones.
  • Zebra Stone Palm Stones.
  • Smaller Pyrite Crystals.
  • Rainbow Fluorite Slabs.
  • Rainbow Moonstone Spheres.

Also worth special note is a huge selection of drop dead gorgeous perfectly clean and beautifully polished Puffy Hearts in several varieties that we have never seen as nice before.

  • Petrified Wood Palm Stones/Slabs.
  • Green, Blue, and Rainbow Fluorite, Sardonyx, and Apatite mini-Palm Stones.
  • One of the best finds was a large bunch of hand-picked Arfvedsonite Palm Stones that appear to have traces of Astrophyllite in them.

We also acquired some beautiful rough specimens.  These include Rose Quartz, Chevron Amethyst, and Holly Blue Agate with beautiful drusy crystals.

Our local friends will be glad to know that we brought home more of the incredible Enhydro Geodes from Brazil. If we can ever figure out how to ship them without the risk of freezing, they will make a great addition to the website.

Many clients have asked when our new treasures will be up in the store, and all that we can promise is that we will add them as soon as possible. It is a tedious process that we have to fit in between eBay auction cycles, shows, direct sales, and life. We appreciate your patience, and history has shown that the end result is almost always worth the wait.