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Crystal Days - Luban, Poland

Last Updated: 15th Jul 2018

By Jolyon & Katya Ralph

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



We are back in Poland for the Crystal Days mineral show and displays. Rapidly evolving into Poland's answer to the Ste Marie aux Mines show this combination of open mineral market, exhibitions and town festival has moved from its previous venue to the larger town of Luban in the southwest of Poland. The organizers of the show have covered all expenses for our attendance here. Thank you!



Kamor booth. One of the many street vendors set up here.



Booths are set up around the town centre



Geo-trader are here.



Interesting turquoise from Armenia



Zeiringite from Slovakia.

This is my first report using my new Android phone so if there are problems with photos please let me know below!



Native copper from Czech Republic



Jaroslav Hyrsl is here too.



Rare and interesting minerals



A Szenicsite with a genuine Terry Szenics label



Street musician and town hall tower



Geology department of the University of Wroclaw



This looks interesting but I don't understand enough polish to know exactly what is going on. I'm assuming some kind of uranium mine as there's a collection of uranium glasses and a photo with an atomic bomb in the mine!



Activities for kids



And no Polish mineral show would be complete without the obligatory wicker baskets



Broomstick flying is illegal without appropriate hi-vis clothing here.

More seriously the town is doing a great job keeping the place nice and tidy.



One of these rocks is not like the others...



EShop minerals



Nice old German fluorite



New fluorite from Namibia



Some walking tower thing



It's Ricardo!



Entrance to the display area



I know that Zlota is gold...



Round Mountain gold



Gold from local rivers.



More local gold.



Old share certificate



Dietrich Mayer's agate collection



Stunning Polish agate



Moroccan agates



Exhibition of butterflies matched against minerals



Schalenblende



Also some other types of bugs.



Iridescent bugs and rock



Opalescent butterfly



Another agate exhibition from Slawomir Bladek



This exhibition is upstairs



Dolina Bobru



Bystrzyca



One of four cabinets of Ploczki Gorne agates



Nice a polish chrysoprase (mostly) from Orion Crystals and Minerals



Roman digging treasures



Washing his calcite



Cutting agates



North Korean minerals from minerals.cz



Amazonite



Peridot



Corundum



I'm giving my presentation



Dr Marini from Nimeral Minlab talking about modern mineral preparation



Spirifer have their own brewery now



Lava lager. Quite good!



General street market stuff at the edge of the town centre



Parade starting



And we are ready



We will see more of this tower tomorrow



Off we go to the party



The guys in red



Party in a basalt quarry



Just a guess but some kind of historical reenactment?



Pyrotechnics



They are very animated but I can’t understand a word of it



Living the VIP life here



Pyrotechnics upgrade



I’m pretty sure they shot down a pigeon.



Tom wearing a very fine tshirt



Today we are up in the tower



Lots of wooden stairs



Inside the tower is a little mineral museum



Some local agate



Quartz and feldspar



And Calcite



Tour group to the basalt quarry leaving



Entering the quarry



Explaining the history in polish of course



So we came here yesterday but now in full daylight we get a much better view of the columnar basalts



Andresz selling mostly self collected Strzegom minerals



Beautiful plate of Feldspar



Chabazite



Quartz. Sorry I spelled Andrzej Korzekwa's name wrong before



Super microcline



Back at minerals.cz with some hot black things



Uraninite from Pribam, Czech Republic



Intermission



Mark Mauthner talking about mineral photography



Explaining his photographic set up



Competitive displays in the town hall



Polish minerals Andrzej Bezkorowajny



Moroccan minerals - Grzegorz Bijak



Przemslaw Budzynski



Minerals of the Slezy massif - Tomasz and Filip Dzielniccy



Joanna Gajowniczek-Praskier



Minerals from the pegmatites of Pilawy Gornej - Mariusz Gardocki



Agates - Hannes Holzmann



Minerals of Madan, Bulgaria - Dariusz Jonczy



Jelenogorskiej Quartz - Josef Kawalko



Strzegom minerals - Andrzej Korzekwa



Lucasz Kruszewski



Luban calcite - Lukasz Tekiela and Piotr Lejczak



Emanuele Marini



Strzegom massif minerals - Ireneusz Niemczyk



Tsumeb, Namibia minerals - Mariusz Oleszczuk



Bartoz Pieterek & Mateusz Szczepanik



Polished Polish minerals - Tomasz Praszkier. Sorry for the autocorrect error, I think they're mostly unpolished, except the agates :)



Piotr Sarul



Malachite - Jacek Szczerba



Janusz Zajdel



For those wishing to fire up Google Translate here are the full titles for each case.



A party for the show organizers, exhibitors and guests



Official speeches



Watching the Birman cat drinking from the water feature



Great musical accompaniment from Rafal Hologa (LLAVallon)



I was told it wasn't right for the report not to have a photo of me - so hello from Poland! Oh and hello again Ricardo!





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Comments

I think that's two rocks not like the others

Thanks for the reporting.
Cheers

Keith Compton
13th Jul 2018 12:05pm
I'm so happy you're doing the some reports again!
I always think your take on a show is extremely interesting.
You might need some more training on the close-ups with your phone. I think they look a bit blurry.

Great job!

Tom Costes
13th Jul 2018 3:17pm
Jolyon, it seems they prepared the pillory for you !

Enjoy.

Paul.

Paul De Bondt
13th Jul 2018 6:38pm
Best of luck, I hope it is a great success!

John

John Rakovan
14th Jul 2018 1:35pm
Jolyon

Thank you for providing some great shots of the displays. Holzmann's agate case - really outstanding, Joanna Praskier's miniatures - outstanding and Oleszczuk's Namibian minerals - some of those were to die for.

I'm not sure that Thomaz had to polish his mineral specimens, though I must say they came up well :-)) !!

Thanks again for the report


Keith Compton
15th Jul 2018 12:38am
Hi to everybody! It is always very nice to meet all of you at these meetings and parties! I hope once it will take place in Italy as well!
Greetings by Riccardo.

Riccardo Modanesi
19th Jul 2018 8:28pm

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