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2nd Changsha Mineral and Gem Show, China 2014

Last Updated: 19th May 2014

By Jolyon & Katya Ralph

2nd Changsha Mineral and Gem Show, China 2014



This year I was unable to travel to Changsha for the show, so Peter Megaw kindly volunteered to send photos from the event. Here are his photos and his (mostly unedited) comments.

Set-up



Pollution was very high on arrival with strong smell of smoke in the air. Fortunately we got torrential rains from 4-9 pm and the air was rinsed clean


Set up was much more timely...the shipping fiasco of last year was rectified and folks had their goods on time


A LOT more small material in evidence...apparently the organizers made a plea for smaller and beginner materials that was heard. Nonetheless, there are a LOT of big specimens everywhere


Usual suspects in evidence...only a few major dealers from last year not here, replaced by more European and Chinese dealers. Floor full of dealers...no exhibits competing for space.


Customs issues also largely resolved (picture is of Collector's Edge getting their inspection...took 15 minutes)


Set up went down to the wire regardless...like any big show


General shots of big rocks and booths in progress


General shots of big rocks and booths in progress


General shots of big rocks and booths in progress


General shots of big rocks and booths in progress


Cases with carefully selected light sources to enhance appearance...clearly deceptive and visible 50 meters away


Huge "mystery" rock...turns out to be "the bull" (see below)


General shots of big rocks and booths in progress


Huge amethyst scepters (specimen 30 cm across)


Monster pyritic concretion


Group of nailhead calcite...25 cm across


45 cm group of purple fluorite very reminiscent of El Filo, Mexico


12 cm fluorite cube with strong incipient cleavage


10 cm scheelite group


1.5 m specimen of the nailhead calcite


Peacock base on calcite fan


One of a reduced number of speleothem booths. (Good to see this trend...let's see if it lasts)


One of several dinosaur exhibits


Overview of floor late in day


Interesting zoned barites...new material, huge range in asking prices


Opening Day (Thursday)



Huge rainstorm late on set up day washed the air clear, so the day dawned clear and MUCH cooler. Overall the weather has been much kinder than the muggy hot conditions for the 2013 show. We are told this year's weather is the exception.


Opening ceremony much like 2013 but the crowd was awash in red hats in contrast to last year's white hat. Mercifully only 3 people made welcoming speeches and one was Federico Pezzotta, so the confetti cannon got fired quickly and the politico-heavy VIP crowd headed inside. (Reports are that over 300 politicians got involved this year in contrast to fewer than 40 last year...not hard to figure out what that means!)


Media scrum following the Governor of Hunan Province


International dealers and collectors at the opening


International dealers and collectors at the opening


International dealers and collectors at the opening


Forum was much better paced than last year


Federico gave a good talk on Elba


Views of the Ex Hall...note "Minerals of Latin America" as theme for 2015


Another view of the hall


Volunteer translators etc. at least as good and friendly as last year...these kids again MAKE this show for foreign visitors!


Mexican geodes ready for cracking...at $40-$100 a pop!


KC Pandey's booth unwrapped...big zeolite geodes continue to roll out the door.


Chengzhu Pavillion was moved upstairs...and everything is for sale this time


Jade continues to draw the biggest buyer crowds. Worker is cutting a window or thin slice off side of boulder and this is then shown to the crowd who bid on the boulder.


Dinosaur and fossil area greatly expanded...some may be exportable in a year or two.


Grammatically interesting greeting at the hotel entrance


Fluorite abounds... New green find with peculiar pitted botyoidal surfaces but wonderful color (20 cm)


Quartz coated from several locations...first removed physically avoiding HF burns. (10 cm)


Second untouched showing sharp dodecahedra beneath (12 cm)


Hollow "skull" of purple cubes (30 cm)


Beautifully zoned cubes (crystals 4 cm)


LOTS of Chinese emeralds this year...most frozen in matrix but a few worked out nicely like this one (20 cm)


Cute manganoan calcite balls (8 cm)


Sharp clean white poker chip calcites are pretty common...and some are very aesthetic (10 cm)


Big new find of wulfenite...the crystals are thin but up to 5 cm. Unfortunately these were coated in calcite which has been removed with HCl, destroying the luster


Hand-carved bases continue to proliferate, some showing great imagination like this malachite stalactite turned into a centipede


Mao's reconstruction continues apace...there is an entire booth devoted to gold effigies of the dear departed leader


"The Bull" was revealed as it's wrappings were removed (see earlier). A huge lump of fairly ordinary purple fluorite that an active imagination perceived as a bull...but the image needed help so a yoke and plow were added. Bulls are symbols of luck and prosperity and I'm guessing the vendor is counting on someone increasing his by taking this monster off his hands.


Spectacular boulder of "turgite" (1.5 m) One of a kind and really quite pretty


Friday



Activity was high


New exhibit area on second floor


Exhibition Hall from the street


Cases in exhibit area


Banner ads all over town...this at least 5 km from the show


Mogok King poster


The Mogok King got constant visits - and a guard


Opal exhibit that was so badly lit last year is back...with better lighting but still leaving a lot to be desired


2013 and 2014 Poster Golds and kunzite case


Collector's Edge SweetHome case


Killer 1.5 cm spinel crystal


2.5 m fluorite group


2m Uruguayan Amethyst Mount (Fine Minerals International)


1.5m Chinese Emerald Group


1.5 m Group of multiple generation fluorite pseudomorphs after huge calcite rhombs


1.5m Malachite vug


60 cm calcite on calcite cave formation


Group of three Chinese golds...biggest is 8 cm


30 cm group of quartz covered dodecahedral fluorites


10 cm Moroccan barite


1.5 cm spinel crystal


5cm stilbite (?) bowtie on babbingtonite


Ichtyosaur


Pterosaur


Huge Cretaceous Archelon


Information about the Cretaceous Archelon


Framed crinoids (these were everywhere)


1m group of opalized clams


3m crinoid plate


Saturday & Sunday



Mega Malachite poster


Sunday crush of humanity...by far the busiest day of the show


Saturday activity on the floor


Mega posters on front of Convention Center


Proof the show is now REAL...a genuine tailgater selling along the side of the access road


Children's activity...fossil hunting. Love the little girl in the party dress with the rock hammer and goggles!


Thank you Peter for your hard work in capturing the show for us.




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Comments

Great article Jolyon and great photos Peter!
But that smog....... oh my!!

Paul Brandes
20th May 2014 12:11am
I tottaly agree with Paul !

Wayne Corwin
26th May 2014 6:48pm

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