Between the two Tucson 'shows' of 2021, I received a phone call from a prospector from the Globe, AZ area. He had been metal detecting in the area of old silver mines north of Globe for the last year and had found silver specimens. We arranged a meeting and I was fortunate to acquire his collection. At the time I was pleased but had no idea how rare such pieces are. There is a fine article in the Mineralogical Record by Les Presmyck on the Arizona silver deposits  from Silver Hill to McMillanville. While there are photos of choice specimens from Silver Hill, there is are few  of specimens from the McMillanville, where these were found.

          I later learned that no specimens from this are had been come to market since the 1930s, with the exception of three 'nuggets' up to 400 pounds! that were on display at the 2020 Tucson Show (TGMS). Those are now on loan to the new U of AZ's Norville museum. I was able to process most of my purchase in time to spread the word to Arizona collectors and display them at Mineral City. in 2021 They were well received by the locals, to say the least, but because I acquired over 100 specimens, there are excellent choices remaining. Sizes range from thumbnail to small cabinet and I will have them display in Tucson 2022 some at Mineral City and others at Tucson Fine Mineral Gallery.

Many of you know me from my early days dealing from Florida as Minerals America. I started my business selling what I dug around the US and still love American locality specimens. I was working in my storage areas and came a cross the remains  (pretty nice ones)  of a large purchase Cal and I made when the Philadelphia Academy collection was disbursed. Here are some of the classic pieces we have for sale. These are excellent quality and very hard to come by, particularly with he museums display labels. ​I remind you that my labels are 2 inches wide at the borders, for a size  reference. 

                            My galleries show specimens that are currently available for purchase.

      I advertise regularly in Rocks & Minerals and sometimes in the The Mineralogical Record and other publications. My ads show either exceptional specimens from my inventory or excellent specimens that coordinate with articles in the current issue. Please support these journals with your subscription if you don't already. It will enhance your mineral knowledge. You can contact them at www.tandfonline.com/vram and www.MineralogicalRecord.org. I know that most serious collectors take the MR but I'm surprised at how many do not subscribe to R&M. If you haven't for a while, you should give it another look, over the past decades it has become a very good publication, frequently rivaling the MR for content and it is often more readable for non-scientists. Let me know if my encouragement caused you to subscribe and I'll credit you with your first-year subscription amount on your next mineral specimen purchase of over $200.

      Here are my recent and current Rocks and Minerals ads.  The featured specimens were available at the time the ad was submitted. However, specimens often sell prior to the magazine's publication due to the long lead time for ad submissions, but it never hurts to ask if they are still available. Predicting when a specimen will sell is impossible!

                    Note that because ads must be submitted months in advance, show information might have changed.

Leonard Himes     Dealer in Fine Mineral Specimens

     November-December 2021                                               January-February 2022

Opal-AN (Hyalite Opal) from near Rio Verde, San Luis Potosi, Mexico

Specimen Galleries

​I have just received and am still cleaning a nice lot of Chrysoberyl, variety Alexandrite, from Zimbabwe. Most are sharp thumbnail sixlings but there are a few miniatures. Their first public outing will be in Tucson at Mineral City and the new

Tucson Fine Mineral gallery. They show nice color change and some translucency.

                 On the left are photos of a large thumbnail and on the right is a miniature and a close-up of its top.

                                                                The pairs are shown in in LED and Tungsten light.

Something a bit different has shown up too. Hyalite Opal (now properly labeled Opal-AN) from Mexico and other localities has been around for years, in fact the first flat of minerals I ever bought for my fledgling business was topaz from San Luis Potosi, Mexico and some had hyalite on them. Well in recent years more has been mined and I have just had the opportunity to high-grade some of it. Fluorescent minerals are part of the TGMS Show theme this year. below are two photos of the same specimen in SW UV and Daylight with my hand for size reference. The specimens are rosettes and cups of transparent colorless opal on chalcedony. I have miniature to cabinet-size specimens that are fine in their own right, but also have wonderful fluorescence. See them at Mineral City and Tucson Fine Mineral Gallery.

        Contact me directly to learn more about available specimens. I have many more specimens than can be shown here, so if you are seeking something in particular, ask. I often have other specimens of the species shown, but in different sizes and prices. I enjoy getting to know my customers and believe that learning about you and your collection will help me find specimens that will enhance your collection.
        I accept PayPal, credit cards, and checks on US banks. Payment is required prior to shipping. Insured shipping within the US is free. Prompt insured returns of unaltered specimens (at your expense) will result in full immediate refunds. Due to current transportation problems, we are not shipping out of North America
       Cabinet specimens are larger than fit into a 5-inch cube. Small cabinets (s-cab) are under the 5-inch cube but larger than miniature. Miniatures (min) fit within a 2-inch cube,  Toenails fit within a 1.5-inch cube, and Thumbnails (TN) fit within a 1-inch cube.
       Many of my best specimens come with custom bases by The Sunnywood Collection, the industry standard. For information about having your collection mounted contact them at www.sunnywood.com.

                                                            Here is some eye candy as I work on Tucson plans

Legrandite, Mexico                                  Azurite, Tsumeb                               Spinel. Burma                              Torbernite, Zaire