2024 Tucson Show featuring Schauss and Sanabria Collection Premieres

Dec 7, 2023

The annual Tucson show season is almost here!

This year we are very excited to premiere two prestigious collections, Alex Schauss and Raul Sanabria, in addition to all our other new eye candy at our gallery in La Fuente de Piedras starting January 26th.


Photograph of the entrance to La Fuente in Tucson, AZ.


La Fuente (Lester St. patio entrance)
1735 North Oracle Rd.
Tucson, Arizona 85705


Friday, January 26, 2024 to Friday, February 9, 2024
10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Saturday, February 10, 2024
10:00 AM – 3:00 PM

Final Schauss Release Party

Saturday, January 27, 2024 from 4-6 PM

Closing Reception Party

Wednesday, February 7, 2024 from 4-6 PM

Alex Schauss Collection, 2nd (Final) Release Premiere:

Profile photograph of Alex Schauss

Last year, we were honored to feature the first installment of Dr. Alexander G. Schauss’s amazing thumbnail collection, many of which are incredibly rare, fine examples from worldwide localities. The second installment will premiere the second half of his collection which had not yet been released for auction or sale. Alex’s award-winning collection is known its for world-class aesthetics. Many of these outstanding thumbnail specimens were featured in the book Refined Elegance: The Small Treasures of Mineralogy by Wendell E. Wilson, Jim Houran, Alexander G. Schauss, and our own Robert M. Lavinsky.

To learn more about Alex Schauss: check out our interview with Alex from the first installment of the Schauss Collection Premiere on Vimeo, read more about Alex in a blog post, or browse through an article co-authored by Alex with Dr. Jim Houran and Jim Bleess called Little Wonders: Connoisseur Thumbnails in the Contemporary Collector Market. If you just cannot wait to jump in and see some of what Alex has to offer, you can view items available from the first installment of the Schauss collection on iRocks.com.

Raul Sanabria Collection of Spanish Fluorite, featuring Berbes:

The subject of the January special issue of the Mineralogical Record will be the famous fluorite mines of Berbes in Spain. We are fortunate to have acquired the lifelong private collection of one of the two co-authors (Raul Sanabria with Jordi Fabre) and the fluorite specimens (most featured in the book) will be released in Tucson. Raul grew up working and visiting the mines of Aliva and Berbes. He later became an exploration geologist and used his childhood and professional contacts to build important location collections of large specimens, without repair or restoration, for each over the decades. Our Tucson release will be the first public showing of the collection, although specimens were featured in both the Aliva and Berbes books by Mineralogical Record (both of which he co-authored), as well as in numerous Spanish publications over the years. 

Important release of Copper from a US locality:

Stay tuned for a special announcement on January 26 on our instagram account, when we will post videos showcasing an old find of world-class copper specimens – and they’re NOT from Michigan!

For further questions, please contact info@irocks.com via e-mail