David K. Joyce Minerals

Recent Activities -Tucson Gem and Mineral Show, 2012 -A Little Bit of It!, Page Two

Here are some more specimens that were on display at the 2012 Tucson Gem and Mineral Show.

 

Recent Activities -Tucson Gem and Mineral Show, 2012 -A Little Bit of It!, Page Two

One of the first mineral specimens that I owned many years ago from the USA was a sceptred quartz from the Fat Jack Mine. Here is a very dramatic specimen of quartz crystals, owned by Marshall Suffman, featuring such a sceptre. About 10.0cm across.

Recent Activities -Tucson Gem and Mineral Show, 2012 -A Little Bit of It!, Page Two

This spectacular copper specimen, from the Ray Mine, was featured in the 1997 Tucson Show Poster, in this image, behind it. Great copper! Ray Mine specimen about 20.0cm tall.

Recent Activities -Tucson Gem and Mineral Show, 2012 -A Little Bit of It!, Page Two

A selection of choice crystals of copper from the Ray Mine. The spinel-law twinned crystal on the right, owned by Paul Harter, from the Pearl Handle Pit of the Ray Mine, is about 15.0cm tall! The specimen in the middle is owned by Evan Jones.

Recent Activities -Tucson Gem and Mineral Show, 2012 -A Little Bit of It!, Page Two

Wow! Wouldn't it be something to find a copper crystal cluster like this?! This piece, owned by Bryant Harris, from the Pearl Handle Pit of the Ray Mine, is about 23.0cm across.

Recent Activities -Tucson Gem and Mineral Show, 2012 -A Little Bit of It!, Page Two

I don't think of "silver" when I think of Arizona minerals but here is a magnificent silver specimen from the Stonewall Jackson Mine. It is about 8.0cm across and is owned by Evan Jones.

Recent Activities -Tucson Gem and Mineral Show, 2012 -A Little Bit of It!, Page Two

What a great, 10.0cm tall wire silver from Mineral Park! Sorry about the glare on the glass! Again, owned by Evan Jones.

Recent Activities -Tucson Gem and Mineral Show, 2012 -A Little Bit of It!, Page Two

This 19.9 pound nugget of silver is affectionately known as "The Silver Dog" for obvious reaaons. It was found in 2006 by Doug McDow while metal detecting in the Sierrita Mountains near Tucson. It is still owned by Doug McDow.

Recent Activities -Tucson Gem and Mineral Show, 2012 -A Little Bit of It!, Page Two

There was one cae of non-Arizona specimens that also deserves mention. Chris Stefano brought a mind-blowing display of crystallized copper specimens from, I believe, the University of Michigan. We've seen many of the great Michigan copper specimens from many other great institutional collections but not from this one! The specimens were amazing! This piece was about 28.0cm across and had very sharp copper crystals on the left hand side.

Recent Activities -Tucson Gem and Mineral Show, 2012 -A Little Bit of It!, Page Two

You have to admit that this specimen from the University of Michigan copper display case is really quite something! Donated to the Museum by L.L. Hubbard with just Keweenaw Peninsula as the location. The specimen is about 15.0cm across.