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SMLS - Haywards Heath Mineral Show 2011

Last Updated: 19th Nov 2011

By Jolyon & Katya Ralph

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

Display 2

Aluminite from Newhaven, Sussex

Pyrite from Beachy Head

Cabinet 3

Rhodochrosite from Durnford Quarry, near Bristol, UK

Rhodochrosite pseudomorphs after calcite

Calcite and Prehnite, Loanhead Quarry, Scotland

Malachite on Chalcopyrite, Llynclys Quarry, Wales

Cabinet 4

Calcite after laumontite, Croft Quarry, Leicestershire

Vesignieite, Malachite, Chrysocolla - New Cliffe Hill Quarry, Leicestershire

Cabinet 5 - Fluorite from Hilton Mine

Cabinet 6

Fluorite from Heights Mine, Co.Durham, England

Ivor Thurgood (left) presenting award to Alastair Napier for the best display (number 3)

Fossil display

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

Liz Hacker

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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