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Posted by: Raymond McDougall on 08.01.2020 | Filed under: Latest, Mineral Shows

Rochester 2020! Whoo hoo! The arrival of spring and our annual fun times in Rochester! True, we had no choice and had to cancel the Rochester Mineralogical Symposium in Rochester April 23-26, 2020. But It turns out that the spirit of Rochester is not so easily defeated…

Posted by: Raymond McDougall on 04.29.2020 | Filed under: Latest, Mineral Shows

It’s hard to believe how different the world was, only a few weeks ago. Who imagined then, all the ways in which our lives would be impacted in the weeks after Tucson. It will be a while until all of us are once again together at a large international show, which makes it all the more important to enjoy show memories and stay connected online. In that light, let’s travel back to Tucson…

Posted by: Raymond McDougall on 06.12.2019 | Filed under: Latest, Mineral Shows

The Rochester Mineralogical Symposium is one of the best mineral events of the year. Here’s my report from RMS 2019, with lots of great mineral photos.

Posted by: Raymond McDougall on 02.27.2019 | Filed under: Latest, Mineral Shows

The report from Tucson 2019, with great new specimens. Also a few views of the winter wonderland to which I returned back home…

Posted by: Raymond McDougall on 02.23.2018 | Filed under: Latest, Mineral Shows

I’ve just added a post with my report from the Tucson shows, 2018. Some new finds and lots of excellent new mineral specimens!

Posted by: Raymond McDougall on 07.26.2017 | Filed under: Latest, Mineral Shows

In the heart of France’s Vosges Mountains, each June, Mineral World assembles at Sainte-Marie-aux-Mines, for what is always a great mineral show. This post gives a glimpse of some of this year’s finds, including gorgeous red zircon crystals, bi-coloured spodumene, clinochlore crystals and some classic French hematites from just outside of Sainte-Marie-aux-Mines.

Posted by: Raymond McDougall on 06.13.2017 | Filed under: Latest, Mineral Shows

The Rochester Mineralogical Symposium is one of the best annual events in Mineral World. This post about RMS 2017 includes lots of great mineral photographs, with many from prominent mineral photographers Jeff Scovil and Michael Bainbridge. And hopefully, if you missed this year’s RMS, this will help you catch up – and plan for next year…

Posted by: Raymond McDougall on 02.22.2017 | Filed under: Latest, Mineral Shows

The Tucson Gem and Mineral show was great this year! This report includes photos of mineral specimens from many new finds.

Posted by: Raymond McDougall on 09.02.2016 | Filed under: Latest, Mineral Shows

Every summer, for a few days, the quiet town of Sainte-Marie-aux-Mines transforms into a bustling mineral and gem extravaganza. This is the most beautiful major mineral show setting, and attending is a great experience. This year’s show included some excellent minerals, including some great new finds.

Posted by: Raymond McDougall on 08.06.2016 | Filed under: Latest, Mineral Shows

There really is no event in the Mineral World year exactly like the Rochester Mineralogical Symposium. It may sound scientific and formal, but Rochester is perhaps the most welcoming and inclusive mineral gathering I know. The 2016 RMS featured great talks and photos from excellent speakers on a range of subjects.

Posted by: Raymond McDougall on 02.23.2016 | Filed under: Latest, Mineral Shows

Tucson: urban field collecting at its finest! Some years are better than others, and this was a great year at the Tucson shows – many excellent mineral specimens and good fun with mineral friends. This post includes interesting news from Tucson, with glimpses of Tucson specimens to be posted on the website over the coming weeks.

Posted by: Raymond McDougall on 08.14.2015 | Filed under: Bancroft, Ontario, Latest, Mineral Shows

This is a great time of year in Bancroft. The woods are full of deep green, the lake is warm enough that it’s no longer only the dog who thinks swimming is a good idea, and… it’s our mineral show season. Every summer, on the last Sunday of July we host the Bancroft Gem and Mineral Club Show, and the following Thursday marks the beginning of the four-day Bancroft Rockhound Gemboree.