Sunday, February 13, 2011

Big WOW factor at Tucson gem & mineral show

The public may be most dazzled by the 51 lb gold nugget from Australia, but the mineral community is agog over the "Emperor" and "Empress" rhodochrosites from China on display in the Collector's Edge booth at the Tucson Gem and Mineral Show (TM).

My inside source, code-named Deep Shaft, says the asking price for the Empress is $1.8 million while the Emperor, while not technically for sale, might be acquired for a reported staggering $8 million.

Rumor has it that Emperor is returning to China where it could fetch $15 million.

Get your offers in now.


  1. Anonymous12:24 PM

    The TGMS is amazing!!!! And so much fun to go through. Thanks for the photos and stories!!!

  2. Anonymous4:23 AM

    kind of gives new meaning to that $25 I spent for a phenakite specimen

  3. Anonymous5:42 AM

    Fantastic. I have what is called Sand Cystals from Morocco which are pale beige and beautiful shapes but these are out of this world.

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  5. Anonymous3:34 PM

    Beware those commie pinko's. May be dyed!

  6. Wonderful! The masterpiece in any collection!

  7. jason7:59 AM

    LOL..good point..coming from china they are probably glued on or dyed..LOL

  8. Anonymous10:24 AM

    Impressive crystals by their size. But when seen in person, they are far Under the quality of Peruvian, Sweet Home or South Africa rhodochrosites