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Crystal Days - Luban, Poland

Last Updated: 4th Dec 2018

By Jolyon Ralph

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



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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!



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



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Booths are set up around the town centre



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Geo-trader are here.



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Interesting turquoise from Armenia



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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!



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Native copper from Czech Republic



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Jaroslav Hyrsl is here too.



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Rare and interesting minerals



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A Szenicsite with a genuine Terry Szenics label



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Street musician and town hall tower



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Geology department of the University of Wroclaw



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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!



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Activities for kids



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



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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.



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



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EShop minerals



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Nice old German fluorite



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New fluorite from Namibia



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Some walking tower thing



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It's Ricardo!



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Entrance to the display area



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I know that Zlota is gold...



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Round Mountain gold



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Gold from local rivers.



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More local gold.



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Old share certificate



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Dietrich Mayer's agate collection



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Stunning Polish agate



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Moroccan agates



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Exhibition of butterflies matched against minerals



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Schalenblende



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Also some other types of bugs.



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Iridescent bugs and rock



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Opalescent butterfly



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Another agate exhibition from Slawomir Bladek



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This exhibition is upstairs



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Dolina Bobru



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Bystrzyca



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One of four cabinets of Ploczki Gorne agates



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



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Roman digging treasures



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Washing his calcite



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Cutting agates



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North Korean minerals from minerals.cz



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Amazonite



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Peridot



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Corundum



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I'm giving my presentation



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Dr Marini from Nimeral Minlab talking about modern mineral preparation



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Spirifer have their own brewery now



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Lava lager. Quite good!



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General street market stuff at the edge of the town centre



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Parade starting



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And we are ready



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We will see more of this tower tomorrow



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Off we go to the party



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The guys in red



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Party in a basalt quarry



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Just a guess but some kind of historical reenactment?



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Pyrotechnics



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



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Living the VIP life here



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Pyrotechnics upgrade



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I’m pretty sure they shot down a pigeon.



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Tom wearing a very fine tshirt



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Today we are up in the tower



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Lots of wooden stairs



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Inside the tower is a little mineral museum



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Some local agate



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Quartz and feldspar



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And Calcite



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Tour group to the basalt quarry leaving



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Entering the quarry



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Explaining the history in polish of course



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



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Andresz selling mostly self collected Strzegom minerals



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Beautiful plate of Feldspar



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Chabazite



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



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Super microcline



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Back at minerals.cz with some hot black things



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Uraninite from Pribam, Czech Republic



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Intermission



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Mark Mauthner talking about mineral photography



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Explaining his photographic set up



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Competitive displays in the town hall



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Polish minerals Andrzej Bezkorowajny



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Moroccan minerals - Grzegorz Bijak



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Przemslaw Budzynski



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Minerals of the Slezy massif - Tomasz and Filip Dzielniccy



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Joanna Gajowniczek-Praskier



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Minerals from the pegmatites of Pilawy Gornej - Mariusz Gardocki



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Agates - Hannes Holzmann



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Minerals of Madan, Bulgaria - Dariusz Jonczy



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Jelenogorskiej Quartz - Josef Kawalko



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Strzegom minerals - Andrzej Korzekwa



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Lucasz Kruszewski



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Luban calcite - Lukasz Tekiela and Piotr Lejczak



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Emanuele Marini



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Strzegom massif minerals - Ireneusz Niemczyk



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Tsumeb, Namibia minerals - Mariusz Oleszczuk



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Bartoz Pieterek & Mateusz Szczepanik



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



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Piotr Sarul



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Malachite - Jacek Szczerba



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Janusz Zajdel



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



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A party for the show organizers, exhibitors and guests



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Official speeches



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Watching the Birman cat drinking from the water feature



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Great musical accompaniment from Rafal Hologa (LLAVallon)



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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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Discuss this Article

13th Jul 2018 12:05 BSTKeith Compton Manager

I think that's two rocks not like the others

Thanks for the reporting.
Cheers

13th Jul 2018 15:17 BSTTom Costes Manager

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!

13th Jul 2018 18:38 BSTPaul De Bondt Manager

Jolyon, it seems they prepared the pillory for you !

Enjoy.

Paul.

14th Jul 2018 13:35 BSTJohn Rakovan Manager

Best of luck, I hope it is a great success!

John

15th Jul 2018 00:38 BSTKeith Compton Manager

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

19th Jul 2018 20:28 BSTRiccardo Modanesi

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.
 
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