Saturday, February 02, 2008

2008 Tucson Gem, Mineral, and Fossil Showcase opens

The 2008 Tucson Gem, Mineral, and Fossil Showcase "officially" opened in 44 locations (probably more if including unregistered) all over Tucson. The quotation marks on the word officially imply that brisk trading, selling, and buying occurred in the days prior to February 2, 2008.

Our inside informants, keen petrified wood, fossil, seashell, and ceramic collectors, told us that some dealers have sold enough inventory even before the opening to cover their Show costs. One petrified wood dealer was said to have sold $18,000 in one day, his best ever. Apparently, the best customers are the dealers themselves.

Our visit to the Arizona Mineral and Fossil Show at the InnSuites Hotel didn't fail to impress us, as usual. This Showcase is composed of a total of 450 dealers located also at Quality Inn-Benson Hwy., Ramada Ltd., and the Mineral and Fossil Marketplace.

At the InnSuites Hotel show

News from the grapevine revealed that the U.S government may be canceling or has canceled some leases to PW-rich sources. Second, there is strong market demand for the very colorful Arizona and American petrified wood, especially from China. Third, the falling value of the U.S. dollar should have some impact on prices. It seems prices have increased.

Beautiful Arizona petrified wood

Which one should be bought? Arizona petrified wood equals colors, colors, and colors!

Another favorite is the cubic pyrite from Spain. It sometimes make you wonder at the "intelligent design" of these beautiful specimens.

Cubic pyrite from Piritas de Navajรบn, Spain

polished ammonites from Nord Fossil, Germany

A dentist's dream case of polished mammoth molar fossils
from LowCountry Geologic, Charleston, South Carolina

The Tucson Citizen reported that an amber dealer lost $120,000 worth of amber jewelry from a rental truck at the 3600 block of West Placita Del Correcaminos, near the JW Marriott Starr Pass Resort in the Tucson Mountains. This single theft tops the 2007 total of 34 reported thefts with a cumulative value of $111,574.

More to come in the coming days! Hopefully, good news not thefts.

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