Haywards Heath Mineral Show 2011
A quick photo report of last weekend's mineral show at Haywards Heath organized by the Sussex Mineral and Lapidary Society (SMLS)
The main hall at the show
The mindat.org table. Selling some unwanted minerals and promoting the conference.
Crystal Classics cabinets at the show
Diana Schlegel from Crystal Classics
Bornite on Blister Copper from Cornwall, Crystal Classics specimen
Azurite from New Mexico - Crystal Classics specimen
Libethenite from Zambia - Nick Shaffer specimen
Mimetite Mt. Bonnie Mine, Australia - Nick Shaffer specimen
Ivor Thurgood gives a presentation about mineral museums.
This year the theme of the competition was 'Self-collected minerals', and the judge was Ivor Thurgood, who has been involved in the mineral business for many decades, and used to run the biggest mineral shows in the UK (up until the early 1990s).
Competition display 1
Aluminite from Newhaven, Sussex
Pyrite from Beachy Head
Rhodochrosite from Durnford Quarry, near Bristol, UK
Rhodochrosite pseudomorphs after calcite
Calcite and Prehnite, Loanhead Quarry, Scotland
Malachite on Chalcopyrite, Llynclys Quarry, Wales
Calcite after laumontite, Croft Quarry, Leicestershire
Vesignieite, Malachite, Chrysocolla - New Cliffe Hill Quarry, Leicestershire
Cabinet 5 - Fluorite from Hilton Mine
Fluorite from Heights Mine, Co.Durham, England
Ivor Thurgood (left) presenting award to Alastair Napier for the best display (number 3)
Close-up of fossil display
Austin Woodbridge helping at Richard Tayler's mineral table.
Some of Richard Tayler's more unusual minerals
And something for those with more limited budgets
Fluorite from Whiteheaps mine, Northumberland - Ian Jones specimen
Chalcocite from Geevor mine, Cornwall - Midland Minerals specimen
Haiweeite on Axinite, Teofilo Otoni, Minas Gerais, Brazil - Stone Corner specimen
Cornish mineral dealer Nick Carruth
One of Nick's specimens - wonderful Axinite from Botallack clfifs, Cornwall.
Visitors enjoying the show
one of David and Liz's specimens - Campylite from Dry Gill mine
The kids loved the lucky dip. Any odd number won a prize
Buying lucky dip tickets
"Hematite? I wanted a cuprosklowdowskite."
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