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The Munich Mineral Show (München Mineralientag) 2007

Last Updated: 6th Nov 2007

The Munich Mineral Show Report 2007


by Jolyon Ralph

Welcome to my new-style show report for the Munich Mineral Show 2007. I'll try and give a taste of what the largest single-venue mineral show in the world is like to visit, and if you visited the show you have the option of adding your own comments and photos below to expand on what I've reported. Did I miss something interesting? Tell me and everyone else below!

There are three distinct types of dealers who sell at the Munich Show, and it is almost unique worldwide in having all three types cohabiting the same venue. The three types can be identified by how they display their specimens:

1. On individually-labelled perspex bases in locked cabinets.
2. In white card boxes.
3. Strewn randomly across the tablecloth.

I've tried to not just concentrate on the first category, as many show reports do, but instead to give an idea about specimens at all levels. Of course, not all things photograph as nicely as others, and there is a bias towards 'pretty' specimens. But I've thrown in a few photos of the rare things that I know many of you love.


Alfred Petrov viewing the Munich Show through ametrine-tinted glasses



Barras-Gaultier Mineraux



Click on the play button on the videos below to view two of the minerals that Barras-Gaultier Mineraux were displaying at Munich 2007.





Crystal Classics/Kristalle



Crystal Classics and Kristalle had the largest booth of the 'locked-cabinet' dealers at the show, and they were offering a mixture of material from the Philadelphia Academy collection along with other material from more recent purchases, including some brand-new and very attractive calcite crystals from the Dalen-Kjørholt Mine in Norway.


A beautiful Erythrite spray from Schneeberg, Saxony














And some other samples from their cabinets...

Ogonja Cuprites

Strengite from Sweden

Euchroite from Libethen

Pyromorphite from Bad Ems

Cuprite and Cuprian Smithsonite from Tsumeb

Pyrargyrite and Argentopyrite from Samson Mine

New Calcite find from Norway. Click for details.

Bournonite from Horhausen, Germany

Freiberg Fluorite

Austrian Emerald

Gemmy Orthoclase

Nickel-Skutterudite


Mineral Classics



The Kosnar Brothers had a great selection of minerals, but the two that stood out for me were firstly this super Bournonite:


A superb large (11cm wide) Bournonite from Les Malines, France


And also this huge and impressive Teallite (I had seen this previously at Denver, but the photo I took then didn't come out well enough for the show report).


Enormous Teallite specimen


Jordi Fabre


Jordi had some interesting Corundum crystals from Madagascar that had interesting crystal morphology - here's a quick video of one of these (you need broadband to view this):



And another video, this one is an Ilmenite crystal with expitaxial Rutile.



Some other photos:


'Apatite' from Sapo Mine, Brazil

Epididymite from Mt Malosa

Eudidymite from Mt Malosa


Gunnar Färber



Gunnar was showing off large and heavy pieces of native silver he had recently brought back from Bolivia.


Gunnar holding a lump of silver


Cristophe and Brice Gobin






The big Feldspar/Aquamarine

Macle-twin Fluorite on Mica

Beryl and Apatite on Mica


Rob Lavinsky - The Arkenstone




New Azurite & Malachite from the Milpillas Mine, Mexico






And more things from Rob Lavinsky...

A nice Chinese Wulfenite

An enormous Parisite-(Ce)

Columbite from Brazil

Rhodochrosite from Sweet Home





And finally from Rob, a huge plate of Benitoite and Neptunite


Francois Lietard



Francois had a Bastanasite-(Ce) for sale every bit as good, if not better, than the specimens on display in the Himalayan Mineral display (see below).


Bastnasite-(Ce) from Zagi Mts, Pakistan



Mineralien





Ottens Mineralien


Berthold Ottens had a good selection of good quality Chinese minerals, including these that struck me as interesting:


Two Molybdenites from different localities

Another Molybdenite

Euclase from Dayu

Nice Scheelite from Xuebaoding


Alfredo Petrov



Alfredo had some slices of natural Ametrine which, although not new to this show, were interesting enough to be noted. The curious thing is how they can be formed - how part of the crystal can be Amethyst and the other part turned to Citrine. Click on the photo below for one possible explanation.


Ametrine Slice from Bolivia


Ricardo Prato




A large group of green tourmalines










Dan Weinrich


Dan had brought a selection of great pieces over from the US for the show, here are a few short video clips of some of these pieces:









Wendell Minerals












Nickeline from Schlema

A great Los Lamentos Wulfenite

Bismuth crystals from Schemla

Dashkezan Andradite with Epidote

Pino Solo Epidote

Elbaite from Himalaya Mine

Silver from Pohla

The Guard Dogs!


Other Dealers


One of the many Chinese dealers (unfortunately I did not manage to get their name) had some very large and impressive samples of Wulfenite from China. Here are some of the pieces - note that these are large - sitting in standard mineral flat boxes! Apparently at least one of these pieces had already been offered (at a higher price!) at the Ste Marie show, but they are certainly new to me:

A large Chinese Wulfenite Group

With secondary growths

Natural Cavnic Quartz


The Displays


The theme for the show this year was Alpine-type minerals, with two excellent displays in opposite ends of the show - in hall A6, an exhibit of Himalayan minerals (with particluar reference to Afghanistan and Pakistan), and in hall A4 a selection of displays relating to Alpine - particularly Swiss - minerals.


The "Rose of Asia" - a 30cm tall Elbaite from Afghanistan



The world's largest Viitaniemiite crystal (17cm). From Paprok, Afghanistan








More photos from the displays:


A Kunzite from Nuristan

Beryllonite from Nuristan

Clinohumite from Tadjikistan

Bastnasite-Ce from Pakistan

Fluorite from Pakistan

Apatite from Pakistan

Elbaite from Afghanistan

Aquamarine from Shigar


Rogue's Gallery




Friday's Rogues

Later on Friday

On Saturday




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Comments

Great stuff.

Bill Gordon
8th Nov 2007 5:12pm
Thank you for taking the time to make up this outline.
Rob

Robert Colianni
20th Nov 2007 3:20am

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