We, Wendel Minerals of Wolfgang and Karin Wendel, have been a mineral dealership which started over 40 years ago with mineral collecting as our passion. We both started collecting minerals,independently of each other,at a very early age. We have started collecting in the nearby Black Forest. We have assembled through the years an impressive collection of local minerals. Beginning in 1982, both of us but independently of each other, could be found at local mineral shows as exhibitors. It does not come as a surprise that we met at a mineral show in 1995 and got married almost two years later. Since that time, our mineral business has evolved dramatically and took more and more over our lives. Numerous publications in German and American magazines on Lavrion and mineral localities of the Black Forest followed. Furthermore, the mineral business expanded and we attended the shows in St-Marie-aux-Mines, France and Munich, Germany. Minerals took an increasing portion of Wolfgang’s professional live and in 2006, he successfully ventured a step from a master craftsman to a full-time mineral dealer. Next logical step was to establish ourselves also on the U.S. market and within a short period of time, Wendel Minerals started to participate as a dealership dealer at the three most important mineral shows in Tucson, namely at the Tucson City Center Hotel (formerly Inn Suites Hotel), at the Westward Look Resort and at the Main Show of the Tucson Gem and Mineral Society®. In 2012, Karin quit her day job and joined the Business since it became too much work for Wolfgang to handle it alone. In 2013 we added the Denver Gem and Mineral Show® (Main Show), organized by members of the eight mineral, lapidary and fossil clubs of the Greater Denver Area Gem and Mineral Council to our busy schedule.