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Munich Mineral Show 2010

Last Updated: 25th Sep 2015

By Jolyon & Katya Ralph

Munich Mineral Show 2010

It's that time of the year ago, my sixth annual visit to the Munich Mineral Show.

The Munich Show

A growing problem at the Munich Show is the increasing number of 'No Photography' signs. Here's one...

No Photos please!

.. and another ..

Dave Hacker

Luckily, this time I had a press pass. I was stopped by security several times telling me not to take photos, even with this Pressekarte they were not entirely happy for me to continue! But, for the good of mindat.org, I did.


Now, our main reason to be at the show was to promote the mindat.org Conference in July 2011, and our posters were distributed far and wide throughout the show. And if you had been at the Munich Show, you could have taken one of these posters for free.

Mindat.org conference poster

Here's another one, in Rob Lavinsky's booth.

Rob Lavinsky

Rob had this fabulous matrix specimen of tanzanite for sale.

Tanzanite from Merelani Hills, Tanzania - Rob Lavinsky specimen

Also from Rob, a new tourmaline find from Montepeg Village, Kaptelgado area, Mozambique

As usual, the most fancy booth in the Munich show was the booth advertising the Bologna mineral show. I really should try to get to this show next year!

Bologna Mineral Show booth

Munich is a place for meeting with friends. Here are three of them, Will Larson (Pala International), Mike Rumsey and Alan Hart (Natural History Museum, London).

Two of these people are British, one is American. Can you tell which?

Over at the Kristalle/Crystal Classics booth, Alan Hart's daughter Briony had been remodeling Dona Leicht's hair.

The Spider hat

And over at the MINERALIEN-Welt booth, they have given us a huge display for our posters, and for our roll-up banner. Thank you!


October 2010 was the 10th anniversary of the launching of mindat.org, and to celebrate this, MINERALIEN-Welt and Spirifer Minerals cooperated to arrange a fabulous birthday party, attended by over 50 people, where Vodka, Beer and Russian Champagne flowed freely. And Kristina Bode baked us a cake!

Rainer Bode, myself and Kristina Bode with the 10th Birthday cake

Cutting the cake

Jesse Fisher and Joan Kureczka

Chatting minerals and drinking beer and vodka

Vodka and Cake being enjoyed

John Veevaert, creator of the original online Munich Show reports, and Moni Obodda

Mark Wrigley, myself, Tom Praszkier, Rob Sielecki and Ian Jones

Back to the show. I like to feature things that other show reports don't focus on. Such as these very nice and very large blue apatite crystals in matrix from Slyudyanka, Russia (Karp Minerals)

Apatite from Russia

The best of the small displays was this of fluorite from the Strzegom region in Poland. Of course, I am a little biased saying this, because not only was this display put on by my good friends at Spirifer, it's one of the localities we are going to collect in during the Mindat.org Conference next year.

Fluorites from Strzegom, Poland


More Fluorite

Mikhail from Russian Minerals had more of the fantastic Russian cuprites

Cuprites from Russia

The Alpine mineral display had an interesting interactive exhibit. Some large toblerone-chunk-shaped pieces of ice with minerals embedded in them. Those who weren't afraid of frostbite were trying to melt holes into the ice with their fingers to pull out the specimens.

Next year they should try it with chocolate

Embedded treasures - yes pink fluorite!

A new find from the Alps - blue beryl

Blue Beryl

And some excellent pyrite with magnetite.

Pyrite with magnetite

And cut and rough pink fluorite

Fluorite from the Trient Glacier, Switzerland

Another display of old minerals, manuscripts and documents from the Paris School of Mines excited those of us interested in historical mineralogy:

From the Paris School of Mines

The new find of Crocoite crystals from the Adelaide mine in Tasmania was appearing around the show, here are a few select pieces from Christophe and Brice Gobin.

Crocoite from Tasmania

Appropriately enough for Halloween, here's a cerussite from Crystal Classics that was previously owned by a Were-fox.

Cerussite from Pentire Glaze mine, Cornwall

And a lovely, ugly, but exceptional Tsumeb specimen, hydrocerussite.

Hydrocerussite from Tsumeb

Lóránth Csanád from Hungary was one of several dealers of systematic minerals.

Lóránth Csanád

Here are some of the new species he was offering.

New species

And when it comes to new species, few are as unusual as ammineite, a new copper mineral found and being sold by Gunnar Farber of Germany, from a locality on the coast of Chile where a copper vein intersects a guano deposit! This gives a very unusual mineralogical result - the first mineral containing an ammine complex. The blue crystals are found on a halite matrix.

Copper + Guano = ?

Jordi Fabre had some new things as always:

Axinite from Morocco

Jordi also had some of the new ilvaite crystals from Changzhou, China

Celebrations carried on at the show, with a small party to promote a new exhibition called 'Goldrausch' in the Poppelsdorfer Schloss in Bonn, Germany from 7 Nov 2010 to 10 July 2011.

Renate Schumacher from the University of Bonn Mineralien Museum is here, dressed in gold along with Mike and Alan from the Natural History Museum London, myself, and Ed Loye with the gold face paint (hasn't he seen what happened in Goldfinger?)

Alan is behaving impeccably as usual.

The Girls celebrating the Gold-themed party.

As is now traditional, I have to insult Tom Praszkier in the Munich Show report, so what better way than to show him next to three really tall people. Of course, out of kindness, I waited until the tall people had sat down.

Tom Praszkier with Rainer Bode, Kristina Bode and Bryan Lees

And finally, the theme of the show was Brazillian minerals. I'll let the photos do the talking:

"Pioneer" Aquamarine

Aquamarine floater from Pedra Azul, Minas Gerais, Brazil - about 25cm


Bryan Swoboda filming a section for a forthcoming "What's Hot in Munich" DVD

Diamond-rich placer sand

Artistic gem creation

A collection of Cats-eye Tourmaline Cabochons from Paul Wild Lapidary

Heliodor from Minas Gerais, Brazil

An incredible kunzite from the Urucum Mine, Minas Gerais (approx 30cm)

Hematite 'Iron Rose'

"Fishtail" amblygonite twin

'Brazilianite' from Minas Gerais

An incredible Brazilian emerald

Robin Hansen taking photos of tourmaline for a project she's working on

Fabulous elbaite on matrix

More elbaite on matrix

And so ends the Munich show. As usual, German hotels have a habit of either charging a ridiculous amount for internet access or offering it for free and it mysteriously being "out of order" when you check in, so I apologise for having to wait until my return to the UK for this report!

My next report will be from the Hayward's Heath show, here in the UK, in 2 weeks time!


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Jolyon, thank You for your great report!

Marco Barsanti
3rd Nov 2010 8:51am
Joylon, thanks for your report! It was great meeting you in person finally.

Just one thought about the "brazilianite sixling": first I think what we see is THREE crystals and not six, and secondly I think that this specimen was misslabeled, and is really chrysoberyl! I spent quite some time looking at this specimen, because it immediately caught my eye, and I believe it is an orthorhombic and not a monoclinic mineral, which would rule out brazilianite.


Branko Rieck
3rd Nov 2010 10:51am
I wondered if anyone would comment about that one :)

Jolyon & Katya Ralph
3rd Nov 2010 11:03am
Grat report! Thank you. I suggest copies of that calender be sent to all military personnel on isolated duty around the globe.


Joseph Polityka
3rd Nov 2010 9:57pm
I forgot to thank Bryan Swoboda who helped rescue all my Friday photos from a corrupted SD card. Thanks again Bryan!

Jolyon & Katya Ralph
3rd Nov 2010 10:46pm
It's amazing!I am from Galileia Minas Gerais Brazil but i don't know this kunzite with 30cm.Is very amazing.
Thanks for report.

Rickson Bicalho
4th Nov 2010 3:02am
It's amazing!I am from Galileia Minas Gerais Brazil but i don't know this kunzite with 30cm.Is very amazing.
Thanks for report.

Rickson Bicalho
4th Nov 2010 3:27am
A nice report from a great show! I had the opportunity to talk to you about mineral identification based on chemistry - please take my gratitude for a great mineral site!

Harald Oskar Folvik
5th Nov 2010 10:48am
Great report !

Nauroz Nausherwani
5th Nov 2010 3:53pm
Too bad that I was too busy to attend (like always at this time of year) but you made a nice report once again, thanks.
I fully concur Branko with chrysoberyl; probably the label you see in the background was the correct one. Well, happens.

Christian Auer
9th Nov 2010 1:09pm
Re: Were Foxes

Robert Were Fox was (not: were) an early 19th century geologist. I remember him because he was the one who discovered a gold-bearing vein in North Devon (primary gold occurrences in Cornwall and Devon are rare).

See: footnote on page 239 in: De La Beche, H.T. (1839): Report on the Geology of Cornwall, Devon and West Somerset. HMSO Publications (London), 648 pp.

Peter Haas
10th Nov 2010 8:55pm
Nice report for me remained in Italy. The Bill Larson Brazilianite: it is clearly a (brazilian) Chrysoberyl! Thank you Joy.

Simone Citon
12th Nov 2010 12:38pm

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