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The Munich Mineral Show 2013

Last Updated: 30th Oct 2013

By Jolyon & Katya Ralph

The Munich Mineral Show (Mineralientage München) 2013

Show Entrance

The Munich Mineral Show is the largest single-venue mineral and gem show in the world. Spread across four huge halls in the Munich Messestadt, it is probably the second-most important mineral event of the year after the Tucson Show.

View over hall A6

Unseasonably warm weather (over 20° C on occasions) did not seem to put off the crowds.

Visitors arrive before the official opening time.

First off, we visited Mikhail Ansonov at Russian Minerals to see what new interesting things were appearing from Russia.

Russian Minerals

This specimen was from a new find (September 2013) of malachite from a gold mine in the Zarinskiy district, Altai, Russia.

Malachite from Russia

Marco Tironi had a great selection of Sicilian sulphur and aragonite specimens.

Sulphur from Sicliy

Aragonite from Sicily

Rob Lavinsky had a selection of classic minerals, and some newer pieces.

Kongsberg silver

Minerva Fluorite

Brazilian Aquamarine

San Francisco mine Mimetite on Wulfenite

A newer find, blue prehnite from Merelani, Tanzania

Wendel Minerals always have an interesting selection of classic European minerals, but they also had a new find of the rare cadmium copper sulphate, Niedermayrite, from Lavrion, Greece.

Niedermayrite from Villa Mine, Lavrion, Attica, Greece

Chloanthite from Schneeberg, Germany

Mimetite-M (formerly known as clinomimetite), from Johanngeorgenstadt, Germany

Cerussite from Lescure Mine, Rhone-Alpes, France

Pyromorphite from the Rosenberg Mine, Bad Ems, Germany

Stibnite from Romania

Luiz Menezes had samples of Almeidaite, a new member of the Crichtonite group. Mistaken for a long time with hematite, Luiz noticed that the material did not have epitaxial rutile, as hematite from the deposit invariably did, leading to the discovery of this new species.

Almeidaite from Novo Horzonte, Bahia, Brazil

Crystal Classics decided to dress for the occasion of the Munich Show.

Here are Diana, Liz, Dave and Ian

They had some new minerals from Iran:

Calcite coating wulfenite from Iran

Hemimorphite from Iran

Large Alabandite crystal from Merelani, Tanzania

And from Cyprus, this slice of wooden mine timber partially replaced by copper.

Tom Praszkier from Spirifer Minerals had his usual fine and inexpensive selection of minerals, including fine Moroccan material.

Moroccan 'hour-glass' amethyst

Vanadinite from Morocco

Zircon from Norway.

Wladimir Jermolenko had some new vivianite specimens from the Urals,

Vivianite from Svetlinkskoye, Urals

Jaroslav Hyršl had some good crystalline clinoatacamite from Peru.

Clinoatacamite from the Lily mine, Ica dept, Peru

Jordi Fabre always has new things to show me at Munich, and this show was no exception.

Jordi's booth

Scheelite from Greece

A rare octahedral fluorite from Panasqueira, Portugal

Hydroboracite from Kohnstein Quarry, Niedersachswerfen, Germany

Stibiconite from Mexico

Marcus Budil had some great minerals, but this hematite (which was NOT for sale), amused me the most.


The Watzl brothers have split up their partnership and Rudolf Watzl is now operating as Saphira Minerals, with some excellent minerals on show:

Stephanite from Zacatecas, Mexico

And Anton Watzl Minerals, a short distance down the hallway, also has some excellent minerals:

Sperrylite from Talnakh, Noril'sk, Russia

Szenicsite from the Jardinera No.1 Mine, Chile

Cuprite from the Santa Rita Pit, Hurley, New Mexico

For those of you who didn't see it, this year Katya and I visited the Altyn Tyube mine in Kazakhstan, the type locality of dioptase, and you can read all about it here.

It's good to see that better quality dioptase, some of it starting to rival Congo material in quality, is now coming to the market. Here were some specimens straight from the mine, brought in to the show by Stepan Balabaev of Rarestone.

Selection of dioptase specimens

'Cinderella's slipper', dioptase on matrix

Hammad Gems had some nice spodumene crystals from Afghanistan, and some sizable cut stones too.

Spodumene from Afghanistan

The floor was filled with dealers from around the world. Here is a dealer selling Afganistani Lapis

Lapis dealer

Some of the overseas dealers were in a section marked 'Guests from Overseas', but a good percentage of dealers outside of this area were from overseas. I also suspect there may be land routes possible to Germany for some of the dealers who were in this section ;)

Guests from Overseas

Chinese mineral dealer

During the Conference, the Society of Mineral Museum Professionals held its annual European meeting. Here Peter Davidson and Federico Pezzotta chair the meeting.

SMMP meeting

Spirifer Minerals also very kindly hosted the Mindat.org Meeting at the Munich Show on Friday, and a large number of people attended.

Mindat meeting

A hastily-prepared donation box added $200 and €140 to our fundraiser.

Donation. Thank you!

On Friday evening, a party was held to celebrate 50 years of the Munich Show

Museum curators at the party

The theme of the show this year was GOLD!

An unbelievable display of specimens from around the world was put on, only marred by terrible labeling. Named nuggets had their names scribbled in pen on the labels, and hardly any information about the specimens (not even weights). The show really does need to work harder on this for next year.

You're indestructible. Always believe in, because you are...

Gold medals from Magalena Neuner, famous (retired) professional biathelete from Bavaria

Gold from Wright Creek, British Columbia, Canada (NHM of LA County)

Brazilian Gold (NHM of LA County)

Mojave Nugget (note name scribbled in pen - NHM of LA County)

Wire gold, Breceknridge, Colorado (Siber Collections)

Octahedral gold, British Columbia, Canada (Lloyd Twaites)

Gold, Shore Mine, California (James Zigras)

The famous 'Dragon', Colorado Quartz Mine, California (Houston Museum of Natural Science)

Wire gold (Harvard)

Gold from Colorado Quartz Mine, California (The Mineral Trust)

Gold from Peak Tank Gold Field, New South Wales, Australia (Miner's Lunchbox)

Gold nugget from Peru (Museum National d'Histoire naturelle de Paris)

Cubic gold from Transbaikal, Russia (Hubert Ismer)

Along with the large display, smaller invited displays were worth browsing through.

Bratislavaer mineralogischer Klub

Euchroite from Lubietova

Kermesite from Pezinok

I met Dániel Kövecses-Varga from Transylvanian Minerals as he was putting in a last-minute replacement display to cover for someone who didn't attend (he also had a second display in the same hall).

Daniel with his display

Calcite(?) pseudomorph after Gypsum with small laumontite crystals associated.

Rhodochrosite. The small black dot was a spider that I helped rescue from the cabinet.


That's all from Munich this year. Next year I'll be back for my 10th Munich Show report. Next show - Tucson 2014!

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Well done Jolyon & Katya!
So many nice things to see in Munich, and your report gives a good idea of the highlights of this show,thanks !
I do appreciate your pictures. However, since this is an open thread to give one's own opinions, I still cannot understand how one can glue a 1/4 million euro specimen (the price of a reasonable home in my parts) to such a thick transparent plastic base ? Can we call that "macromounting" ? :-))
Travelling quite often to Tucson since 1995, and having attended the Munich show every year for around 20 years, I agree with you that Munich is indeed today the first single-venue mineral show in the world.
The organizers of the Munich show did quite well this year too, and I wish them 50 more years of success!

Georges Favreau
31st Oct 2013 6:57pm
Jolyon, Thanks for showing the stunning photo of copper replacement in a mine timber. I study copper inclusions and replacements and this appears to be a great example of low temperature, low pressure copper replacement. I hope that you will allow me to show it in an article that I am working on.

Larry Maltby
1st Nov 2013 1:13am
Larry - please feel free to use any of my photos! Make sure to credit this as a Crystal Classics/Kristalle specimen.

Jolyon & Katya Ralph
1st Nov 2013 7:24pm
On the third picture from the back the specimen is not calcite pseudomorph after gypsum, but simply gypsum.

Bela Feher
2nd Nov 2013 1:53pm

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