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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.


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 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 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 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 $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


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



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 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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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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