We had an opportunity to take in a little bit of the huge and impressive Gem, Mineral and Bead Show in Tucson. This takes place over a period of 2 weeks. It is spread all over the city in warehouses, tents, hotels, convention facilities, etc. We only went to three venues, and were amazed. We didn't have time for more venues, but would love to come another year with our own vehicle.
The minerals in this building were all shipped from India. The merchants were lingering around. Wholesale prices - this is a wholesale show and some of the venues require an application process, etc.
These amethyst geodes were selling by the pound. Amazing. We were very tempted. The biggest obstacle - getting it home on the plane.
I find it hard to imagine that stalagtites can be sold like this! According to the salesman, a road construction project in China was routed through this cave, so they harvested the stalagtites and stalamites for sale.
The fossils were amazing - the ones above are some sort of seaweed. The pink geode below came from India. It was about 4' across.