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NaMineral 2017 - Namur, Belgium

Last Updated: 28th Nov 2017

By Tom Costes

This is a LIVE report, keep this page loaded for live updates - new images will appear as they are added.

And we’re off again, this time in Namur! It is still early and everybody is still setting up.

A smashing new find for Belgium. Galena from Lompret - Francis Van Troyen

There is a tombola where you can buy a ticket for a very very low price and always win! A great way to entertain the kids

At least they know how to treat the mineral dealers... Free drinks and snacks

I just love these Brazilian apatites - Geonic Mineral Collection

First time I’ve seen a piece from Ethiopia - Gérard Philippe

A whole box of nice cinnabars from China - Marc Jauniaux

Some interesting galena’s from Oumjrane, Morocco with Jacques Deblandre

If you know your history then you know that this is a classic piece for Belgium. Malachite from RD Congo - Aksel Minerals

The token ugly, yet interesting mineral of the report....
Scarbroite from Scarborough, UK and yet no fair... - Pierre Rosseel

A splendid inesite with hubeite from China - Daguin Mineraux

I don’t know if they are know all over the world, but I get happy when I spot a random Barbapapa - Interkristal

A great perovskite from the Slatoust, Ural Mountains, Russia

This is it for today! Tomorrow we are going to visit the exhibition about fluorite.

Everything is still quiet before the public is allowed to enter

Its is always fun to go looking with collectors who sell from their own collection - Rene Minet and Marc Jauniaux

If you are looking for a well organised booth that sells fossils. Look no further, Luc Van Bellingen is your guy

Trilobites are one of the cooler fossils around in my humble opinion - Luc Van Bellingen

And the crowd is starting to enter

Let us take a look at the exhibition!
The mineralogical association of Namur - L’Escargotite - has put it together with the help and pieces of the Natural History Museum of Luxembourg (the country, not the Belgian province)

Visitors are immediately greeted by a big Fluorite with Baryte and Sphalerite

First some Belgian Fluorites. One from Foisches which is strangly in France, but on the border with Belgium

Purple fluorite from Lavaux-Sainte-Anne

Now some French ones; from La Beix with a nice coating on the faces that are orientated in the same direction

Another French one, but from L’Avellan

Of course some UK specimens. Going clockwise starting from the top: Rogerley Mine, Weardale, Blackdene Mine with Galena

One of the best pieces for me: fluorite from the Clara Mine

It would be a shame to skip Dalnegorsk, Russia with his very clear specimens

A big octahedral fluorite with an intergrowth of quartz from Kazachstan

The ultraviolet cabinet is always a popular item

The organisers of the 4M are here too! They brought the amazing news that that their swap fair will be 2 weeks later next year! That means I will finally be able to visit the fair in Liège an md their swap fair next year.

Let us continue the exhibition with 2 fluorites from Chenzhou, China

A fantastic skeletal fluorite with calcite from Cave-In-Rock, USA

Deep green octahedrons of fluorite on quartz from Malmberget, Sweden

A beautiful pseudomorphosis of quartz after fluorite

Faceted fluorite and 2 chunks from Seilles, Belgium

Some of the uses of fluorite

And as a closure on the exhibition: some photos of micro fluorite from all over the world. Some avid MinDat users will recognise them from the 4M fair.

Erin, here you have the aquamarine. A floater with an interesting structure.

The tombola is looking quite barren after 2 days of looting

This is the end for today.
Next week on sunday we are going to visit the fair in Harelbeke.

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Discuss this Article

25th Nov 2017 12:19 GMTMarc Jauniaux

fantastic Tom !
A lot of minerals and fossils from all over the world !!
Marc (MJX)

26th Nov 2017 07:28 GMTErin Delventhal Manager


I notice there is no aquamarine - are you feeling well?

26th Nov 2017 07:55 GMTTom Costes Manager


There are two days...
The aquamarines will strike again!

26th Nov 2017 11:36 GMTJolyon Ralph Founder

But only briefly, I assure you

26th Nov 2017 19:47 GMTErin Delventhal Manager


I do think if you did some diligent research, you would find that it is just not possible for aquamarine to be interesting. However, a number of the fluorites you've included certainly make up for that.

I'm glad to hear you are in good health. I look forward to continuing this banter next week.

27th Nov 2017 12:39 GMTLuc Van Bellingen

Super Tom! A superb report that reflects the warm and relaxed atmosphere of our stock market. Your photos also show the exceptional quality of the pieces of our thematic exhibition dedicated to the fluotite (A big thank you to the Museum of Natural History of Luxembourg, the Museum of Natural History of Belgium and the members of the club who opened their collection) and the beauty of the minerals and fossils proposed by the participants coming from Belgium, France, Netherlands, Morocco, Czech Republic, Madagascar ... As you underline it, we received the visit of the members of the 4M but also of a large delegation of the club of Grenoble!
See you soon at a meeting, in a stock exchange or in the field!

28th Nov 2017 11:15 GMTGerard Declercq

Nice report & comments
See you next time

29th Nov 2017 21:40 GMTMarc Jauniaux

again, very nice report on our annual show in Namur (Belgium ? you this very small country full of very interesting locations for intersting minerals)...Hope to see you again reporting the next show in November 2018 !!
The exhibition of fluorites was exceptional with superb specimens from the National Museum of Natural History of Luxemburg (another small country...).

30th Nov 2017 21:00 GMTCed Van Hove

Happy to see report from this great event in Belgium on !
For me also, The perovskite was one of the masterpiece we could see, especially the sample we don't see in picture, a single cristal about 3cm width, which is really huge for the species (I've never seen bigger).
This event is always the place where we can see some really good samples from the Luxembourg museum thanks to good contact the have with.

30th Nov 2017 21:19 GMTTom Costes Manager


That single crystal was really impressive, but I tend to prefer pieces with a little bit of matrix left.

18th Feb 2018 16:50 GMTMarc Jauniaux

will you be present and make the same report for the next NAMINERAL 2018 ? even if the exhibition theme will be "remarkable fossils of Belgium" ? I will be surely with pretty new minerals...All info on and !!!
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