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Hannut Mineral Fair 2018 - Hannut, Belgium

Last Updated: 4th Mar 2018

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 back again. This time in Hannut. It is my first time here and to be honest, I’m impressed. There are a lot of dealer I have rarely seen on other fairs and a lot of quality pieces. I’ve took a quick glance at the exposition and we’re going to spend quite a lot of time there because it is really worth an extensive visit.

The organisers and mayor are opening the fair officially with a speech

It has been busy as hell, but I promised an overview of the exposition. The central theme is France and boy I’m going to have a lot of work.

A massive calcite from Glageon

Two amazing deep purple fluorites from Foisches

A splendid hematite from the Brezouard Massif. I just noticed that the cabinets are themed by region. The previous were Nord-Pas-de-Calais and this one is the Vosges region and the Hauts-De-France

Two splendid chalcedony geodes from Normandy

A magnificent psuedomorphosis from pyromorphite to galena from Huelgoat

A magnificent colour from autunite from Bourgogne

Some razor sharp axinites from Bourg-d’Oisans

A vibrant green pyromorphite from Ussel.

Some hollow pyromorphites from Ussel

A large piece of Yvonite from Salsigne

A well lit bicolour fluorite from Valzergues

For some reason I think that this calcite is very cute - from Hérépain

Some very sharp galena crystals from Planiolès

A purple ball of fluorite on quartz - Fontsante mine

A big yellow fluorite from Valzergues

A big hedgehog like cluster of baryte from Mine de Maine, Bourgogne

Gold samples from different localities in France

On a Belgian fair there is always a chance to find a lot of Congolese material. - Francis Coune

So the fair is over for today, my droogies. It was one of the busiest fairs in a long while.
Now we are On The Road Again and we’ll meet again in two weeks on the Nautilus-Gent fair.

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Hi Tom,

Very good report, thanks.
Found some amazing specimens.
Will upload them soon.

Best regards to you and Jean-Claude.

Paul De Bondt
4th Mar 2018 1:54pm
Thank you for this. I particularly enjoyed seeing the Huelgoat galena after pyromorphite..

Ru Smith
4th Mar 2018 3:21pm
Merci pour le reportage.
Magnifique expo offerte grace a des passionnés.

Mikael Gonzales
4th Mar 2018 8:39pm
Thank you so much for this nice report

Simon Philippo
5th Mar 2018 10:22am
Very nice pictures, thanks for the good report!

Kristoffer Thoresen
6th Mar 2018 6:16am
Some more pictures and videos here:

For scale, keep in mind that labels are about 9 cm wide.


Iván Blanco

Iván Blanco (PDM)
6th Mar 2018 8:07pm
Good job, Tom :-)

Harjo Neutkens
6th Mar 2018 8:11pm
the nicest exhibition of minerals from France I've ever seen !
Thanks Tom ! And thanks to the CHAMP organisation !

Marc Jauniaux
7th Mar 2018 8:14am
Thank you all for the lovely comments.
If there is anything you would like me to focus on more in future report, don’t hesitate to ask!!

Tom Costes
8th Mar 2018 12:34pm

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