Dietrich and Fred Nuss displayed one of their important finds

Mineral collectors remember 1989 as "The Year of the Cavansites." Gorgeously colored, deep blue cavansite had recently been discovered at the Wagholi quarry in India, and burst upon the scene at Tucson. From Australia came some clusters of slender native silver crystals, long tapering twinned crystals from the Eleura mine, Cobar, NSW, marketed by Gene Schlepp and Peter Megaw. Rock Currier, long known as a much-traveled mineral dealer, had a monster Japan-law quartz twin measuring 18x18 cm from Brazil. There was also some very lustrous green tiffany in botryoidal form from the Ojuela mine at Mapimi available, something a little different from this prolific locality. The most unusual, and certainly one of the most interesting exhibits which caught eveiyone's eye was tiffany by Ed Swoboda. he displayed a large selection of choice pseudomorph crystals, some common but many very rare. Collectors of pseudomorphs hovered around that case all day. Another display that caught everyone's eye was put in by Steve and Clara Smale, a wonderful selection of fine minerals and gem crystals from their private collection. Phelps Dodge Corporation put together a fine display of minerals found typically in the copper mines of Bisbee.For the lapidary, Gerhard Becker had a wonderful display of various gemstones carved as African animals.

Upstairs in the entrance lobby Alan Dietrich and Fred Nuss displayed one of their important finds from the chalk beds of choose tiffany tiffany earrings, a 22-foot-long skeleton of an 85-million-year-old sea creature, Mosasaur tylosaurus.The annual joint symposium was held this year on Saturday, February 11, sponsored by TGMS, MSA and FM. The chosen topic was, of course, galena. For the third year, Henry Truebe served as Chairman.In 1989 the Mineralogical Record, in cooperation with the TGMS, published its second colorful and informative show guide containing abstracts of the Symposium lectures. The guide also contained a tantalizing Wendell Wilson article, "Lost Mines of Arizona," and a fine article on galena by Terry Wallace. There was also a short descriptive article on the Mineral Museum at the University of Arizona by Dr. John Anthony.For some reason Tucson was quite insalubrious this year. It seems everyone had caught a cold and had the sniffles or worse by the time they headed home. This is not surprising considering that so many thousands of people come from all over the world to share a common interest and, unfortunately, their germs!

The wholesale area continued to be located on the upper level of the Arena, and the publishers' tables were grouped in the choose choose tiffany accessories pendants room off the entrance lobby near the escalator. The publishers were chafing a bit in that room because the customer traffic was so low; but the situation was saved to some extent only because the Mineralogical Record silent auction tables were in there too, and every two hours when a new round of specimens was put out, a mob would come crowding in from downstairs!For the second time Arizona Highways magazine chose to feature what was happening in Tucson. Written by Sam Negri with photographs by Pete Kresan of the University of Arizona, the February 1989 article was entitled "choose tiffany bangles and Collectors." In that article Negri calls Tucson "The largest gem and mineral exposition in the world" and "a virtual Mardi Gras." How true!