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The Munich Mineral Show 2011

Last Updated: 8th Nov 2011

By Jolyon & Katya Ralph

Munich Mineral Show 2011

For the sixth year running, visits the Munich Mineral Show in Germany. The Munich Mineral show is the biggest single-venue mineral and gem show in the world.

Munich Mineral Show 2011

French dealer Alain Martaud was displaying some classic worldwide specimens

Pierre-Jacques Chiappero at Alain Martaud's booth

One of his specimens, a wonderful pyrrhotite from Guanajuato, Mexico


And another, a great specimen of Scheelite coated with Tungstite on Quartz, from Mundo Nuevo, Peru.

Tungstite on Sheelite

Next stop - visiting Giuseppe Siccardi and his wife, owners of YourMineralCollection from Italy.


They had a very attractive Dioptase from the Congo.


Bruce Cairncross had another specimen from the same locality, but more mysterious, Dioptase with Plancheite pseudomorphs after an unknown mineral. Possibly Calcite?

Plancheite after ???

Bode Publications (here is Reiner Bode and his daughter Kristina) were at the show promoting their magazine and launching their latest book - AGATE III - which will be reviewed shortly on mindat.

Reiner and Kristina

Jordi Fabre from Spain always has interesting new minerals for my reports - this time he had a whole suite of minerals from the Huanggangliang Iron mines, Chifeng, Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region, China - this is a Genthelvite on matrix.

Genthelvite from China

And a large garnet from the same locality.


As the theme of the show was "European Classics", it was nice to find a true English classic specimen from Simon Hildred (who was with Wendel Minerals at the show) - a lovely jackstraw Cerussite from the famous Pentire Glaze mine from the northern coast of Cornwall.

Pentire Glaze Cerussite

Wendel Minerals had this absolutely stunning Hessite from Romania.

Hessite from Botes, Romania.

Of course, the best part of the show is meeting up with friends. Here are Justin and Brandy Zzyzx, owners of, over in Munich for the show.

Justin and Brandy

Another romanian mineral, Gehlenite, from Gabor Koller, who had a good selection of similar pieces.

Gehlenite from Romania

This impressive Sugilite crystal (about 8mm) was offered by Kalahari Old Classics - any crystals of Sugilite are rare, and this is outstanding.

Sugilite crystal

More mindat friends - left to right - David Eicher, Mike Rumsey, Frank De Wit

More friends

Crystal Classics and Kristalle had their usual superb booth. Here are Ian and Diana in front of their cabinets.

Diana and Ian

Spirifer minerals had the exclusive on specimens from the 2011 workings at the Rogerley mine in England at the show - as the majority of pieces are still in the USA being prepared for Tucson. This summer, an excellent new pocket (called 'Penny's Pocket') was discovered and worked, and Tom was able to get some of these pieces. (Note the purple fluorite in the middle is from Morocco!)

Spirifer minerals - Rogerley mine specimens

Here's one of these pieces.

Penny's Pocket fluorite

From outside of the Rogerley mine in the quarry comes this yellow fluorite, found last year (while I was visiting with Tom), from the 'Sutcliffe Vein'.

Sutcliffe Vein fluorite



A great selection of cobaltian calcites from Morocco at the Spirifer booth.

Cobaltian calcites

In the display section, Spirifer were showing some excellent erythrite specimens from Morocco. These are the sorts of minerals that we will be collecting this time next year during the Mindat Conference 2012.

Moroccan display

And part of my work at the Munich show was preparation and planning for our conference this time next year. Here I am with Mohammed (one of our local experts), Tom and Rashid (the owner of the hotel we are staying at).

Conference Planning

Back to the spirifer booth for drinks. Here Krystoff is pouring a drink for Asia with Chris Mavris in the background.

Chris looking wistfully at the alcohol.

And this is what they were drinking - Old Krupnik! A mixture of honey and grain alcohol.

This stuff is dangerous

We weren't the only ones drinking. Here are Robin Hansen and Audrey Lloyd from Crystal Classics.

More drinkers

Robin and Audrey were probably celebrating the success of the themed exhibition for this year's show, "European Classics" - containing the most incredible specimens of European minerals from museums and private collections. This was organized by Ian Bruce of Crystal Classics who, with his team and the institutions and private collectors involved, worked tirelessly for many months to put this together. The Natural History Museum in London alone brought 59 specimens for display - including many true UK classic specimens.

The European Classics display

It was, without doubt, the best exhibition I have seen so far at Munich. Many were comparing it to the "American Mineral Treasures" display at the 2008 Tucson TGMS show. - and although I wouldn't quite go that far, it was certainly awe inspiring.

Here are a very few of the many wonderful specimens on show:

Baryte - Carriere des Redoutieres, Indre, France (Museum national d'Historie naturelle de Paris)

Cabinet of european minerals from Wayne and Dona Leicht collection.
Calcite - Malmberget Mine, Sweden (Peter Lyckberg collection)

Pyrargyrite - Samson Mine, Germany (Erika Pohl-Stroher collection)

Pyrargyrite - Samson Mine, Germany (Natural History Museum London)

Euchroite - L'ubietova, Slovakia (Naturhistorisches Museum Wien)

Fluorite on Quartz - Moritz Mine, France (Gilles Emriger collection)

Calcite - Malmberget Mine, Sweden (Peter Lyckberg collection)

Pyrosmalite-Fe - Nordmark, Sweden (Swedish Museum of Natural History)

Siderite - Wheal Maudlin, Cornwall, England (Simon Lawrence collection)

Silver - Kongsberg, Norway (Museum national d'Historie naturelle de Paris)

This is just a small taste of the specimens involved. I hope that with the aid of other visitors we can put together a complete photographic record of this incredible exhibition. If you have a good photo then why not upload it and post a link in a reply below!

Next year's theme will be "African Minerals" - if you have truly exceptional specimens in your collection and you'd like them displayed next year, please contact Ian Bruce.

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Nice report! I didn't do many photos but I would like to share 3 of my favorite minerals that I took a chance to photograph.

The last one was not on the exhibit but for sale. The dealers were very kind and let me take a few photos of this unique specimen. Of course, meeting with friends and having fun was an equally important part of the show, especially around Halloween time.

Albert Russ
3rd Nov 2011 9:37am
The person photographed as "Alain Martaud" is, in fact, Pierre-Jacques Chiappero from Musee National d'Histoire Naturelle de Paris.

Anatoly Kasatkin
6th Nov 2011 8:58pm
Just now saw this show report. We are now the proud owners of the Genthelvite on matrix above. Nice to see it in your show report Jolyon!

Gail Spann
7th Nov 2011 2:09am
Great report!
Peter made a big contribution to the exhibit bringing the cream of his calcite suite! An amazing story of this legendary Swedish speciments!
About Congolese pseudomorphs, only a wery few speciments are going out from time to time, the pockets opened in the first half of 2011 is the first major find since the legendary finds of 1925-1926 described in the mineralogical record. The style is completely new! The first sample I am aware of was seen in the first half of April while in Tantara.
Most of the replaced crystals were first calcite, typical calcite shapes and faces (other faces than the 3 faces usually seen) are present on several of my speciments. A large typical calcite shape, empty inside is also present.
The majority of the pseudomorphs are plancheite/shattuckite after dioptase after calcite. No pseudomorphs present on my speciments (about 45 of them, from 2 to 30 cm...)present the typical dioptase shape or caracteristics of Tantara dioptase.
These will require study, at least 5 kinds of pseudomorphs are present:
1) blue pseudomorphs after calcite (plancheite or shattuckite, to be confirmed)
2) dioptase after calcite
3) a white mineral after? after calcite (to be analysed, might be a triple pseudomorph!)
4) green replacements after calcite (malachite and others?) to be analysed
5) tiny blue octaedrons (plancheite or shattuckite after cuprite?)
Of course, many samples present the mix of pseudomorphs on the same crystals showing the sequence and order in the replacements. One speciment presents large calcite casts on its back!Several speciments have large or smaller dioptase crystals of a new generation covering the first generation of crystals, sometimes covered by a tin layer of quartz crystals
If anyone have or see speciments showing other features or exceptionnal quality I missed during the following of the pocket, please contact me to be able to document well this exceptionnal find before publication.
All the best to all
Valère, Belgium

Valere Berlage
7th Nov 2011 7:42am

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