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Crystal Days - Luban, Poland

Last Updated: 4th Dec 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


Also some other types of bugs.

Iridescent bugs and rock

Opalescent butterfly

Another agate exhibition from Slawomir Bladek

This exhibition is upstairs

Dolina Bobru


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




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?


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


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


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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I think that's two rocks not like the others

Thanks for the reporting.

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 !



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


John Rakovan
14th Jul 2018 1:35pm

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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