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1st Blaton Mineral Fair - Blaton, Belgium

Last Updated: 24th 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.

For the first time the club from Bernissart is organising a mixed mineral fair. Swap and selling. There are a lot of collectors clearing out parts of their collections, so I’m curious what today might bring. By general request, I’m going to try to make more photo’s and keep the report moving.

In comparison to other fair there are a lot of fossils to be found on here today.

An unusual azurite from Kimbwe - RD Congo

An interesting new form of baryte from Lompret, Belgium. Christophe Samyn

These are the normal pieces we know from Lompret

Last year there was a new find of galena in Lompret and apparently they were quite abundant

A big Congolese dioptase. The majority of the dioptase is hidden beneath the quartz. Maybe a lot of HF might help this piece a lot

And even on a small fair like this you can find some interesting Pakistani aquamarines

Some great blue barytes from La Union, Spain - Andre Demory

A very nice marcassite from Cap Blanc Nez, France. A classic specimen with a classic disease. He is already falling apart

And now a piece from the other side of the channel. An unusual looking baryte from the Isle of Sheppey

An Italian clinochlore, Mina Calamita, Elba, Italy

I just exchanged a cute quartz from Kazachstan

I have to keep an eye at my table while my father is searching the town for some lunch

Some collectors are here just to have a rest - Francis Van Troyen

I don’t know a thing about them but I’ve always tought that fossil sea urchins are very fun

Some of the best Polish gypsums I’ve seen in a long time

A lot of old oillamps from the coalmining days of the region

A classic from Belgium: flint tools from Spiennes

An interesting growth of a calcite, Landelies, Belgium - Luc Van Bellingen

It is getting rather quiet over here. I think the best is over for today. I have bought a nice piece and exchanged several other. If there is anybody interested let me know and I might show them.

I must admit that this is the fair with the best surroundings I have ever seen

I’ve just exchanged several cute coppers from Chili. I have my doubts about their legitimacy

And we’re going back home. It wasn’t the best fair I have ever attended but it was very cosy. Tomorrow we’re going to an exchange fair in The Netherlands so we’re looking forward to several hours on the road. Talk to you again tomorrow!!!

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Ooooh, more photos - this is starting to sound like actual competition!

Great report so far! Keep it coming!


Erin Delventhal
24th Mar 2018 10:14am
I just noticed that my reports were slacking a bit compared to yours. So I learned and I’m being more active like you!!

Tom Costes
24th Mar 2018 10:40am
Thanks for the report. It is encouraging to see a new show being launched.

Frank Ruehlicke
24th Mar 2018 2:01pm
Now, if only everywhere had as good coverage on mindat at New Mexico and Belgium!

Jolyon & Katya Ralph
24th Mar 2018 2:49pm

I think so too. The organisers see this as a test for collectors to sell and exchange their extra’s and not for real dealers. It will depend from their evaluation if they will organise it again next year. But it is fun to see that there are still people trying to find a new context for minerals and not just sticking with the old established values

Tom Costes
24th Mar 2018 2:51pm
if the exchange fair you suggest tommorow in the Netherlands is the fair in Mersseen, we likely to meet us :-)

Elmar Lackner
24th Mar 2018 8:19pm

It most certainly is.
See you Tomorrow!

Tom Costes
24th Mar 2018 8:58pm
Nice report.
Congratulation and thanks for this report & comments ...
See you again
member of CGH - 4M - Nautilus - AMI (Italy)

Gerard Declercq
28th Mar 2018 7:53am

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