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44th Nautilus Show - Ghent

Last Updated: 17th Mar 2019

By Tom Costes

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

In a couple of days it is that time of the year again... The show report of the Nautilus Show in Ghent, Belgium.
Since i’m one of the co-organisers, I have to abuse my MinDat power to provide a show report.
I’m kicking things of earlier (the show is on Sunday) because we have a visit. The Sussex Mineral and Lapidary Society (SMLS) have arranged a trip to Ghent and our show and we have organised some events to make them feel welcome.

So last night we had our club meeting and the SMLS president, Nick Hawes gave a talk about The Isle of Sheppey where a strange fellow sometimes pops up.

A part of the group decided to visit the Royal Museum for Central Africa in Tervuren and we’re getting a tour from Florias Mees, who’s a curator of the mineralogical collection.

This collection is harboured in a massive palace that was built especially for this museum.

The whole museum was renovated and just reopened in december 2018. And I am very happy that they saved most of the old showcases.

Right let’s have a look at some of the minerals.

A lovely lusterous Calcite from Tshala, Kasaï, RDC

A gorgeous blue Hemimorphite from Mfouati, Bouenza, Congo-Brazzaville.

Really big dark Cerussites from Mfouati

A massive Wulfentie also from Mfouati. This specimem is at least 6cm on the edge!

Sadly they couldn’t display the radioactive minerals but they replaced it with the scientific important works for the region and and interactive screen with photos made by Eddy Van Der Meersche.

A Heterogenite with an incredible lustre from Étoile Mine, Haut-Katanga, RDC

A really rich Kolwezite from Musonoi, Lualaba, RDC

You can’t say Congo without thinking about Malachite

Some really big Dioptase crystals from Tantara, Haut-Katanga, RDC

A true Congo Classics: Cornetite from Étoile Mine, Haut-Katanga, RDC

Talking about a classic! Buttgenbachite from Likasi Mine, Haut-Katanga, DRC

One of the favorite specimen: Baryte with partial encrustation of Malachite from Shinkolobwe, Haut-Katanga, RDC

Or a Plancheite pseudomorph after Baryte from Shangulowe, Lualaba, RDC is also a favorite.

One of my personal favorites: Varlamoffite from Maniema, RDC. Apparently it is impossible to distinguish it from Cassiterite through analysis.
And it is ugly mineral of the show report as well... here you go Erin.

Some lovely Cassiterite twins from Tanganyika, RDC

A big Goethite pseudomorph after Pyrite from Kolwezi, Lualaba, RDC

A cabinet dedicated to the minerals named after locations in the Congos and after some people that have been very important to the development of the region

And even the publications describing new minerals

The article that described Buttgenbachite by Alfred Schoep (Schoepite)

And a final cabinet dedicated to the exlorers of the ore deposits like jules Cornet

The central part is dedicated to the different ores that were found in the Congos

I love these old diorama’s. We are now being guide behind the scenes by Florias so I’ll show you some more of the non mineralogical part of the museum later

We’ve left the museum for now and are heading towards the reseach center

This is the way you get a lot of mineral collectors very giddy

It gets worse when you get out the British Specimen

It gets worse when you get out the British Specimen

If you hunt sharks in this boat, you won’t be in need of a bigger boat...

We went to the basement and had a quick look at the geological specimen collection

And we had a look at a lead door

The mandatory group photo in front of the museum

No museum yet...
First we’re having a sit down in the restaurant above the entrance

Now some other highlights of the museum... they got a wonderful collection of masks

A big room dedicated to the animal kingdom with a lot of mounted animals but with a big general message that we have to look after and preserve animals in the wild

A cabinet mounted with old advertising specimens with whom they would advertise the minerals, rubber and ivory riches of the region

While our Sussex guests are visiting town, we’ve started setting up the show

And some of the dealers are already mounting their booth.

I’m part of the early crew to welcome and inspect the dealers

Things are coming along

Mr Schiettecatte from the city council opened the show for us

And show is on its way

Ivan Blanco from PriceDownMinerals is great to give you a lot of geological background with your specimens

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Thanks for the ugly and/or pseudomorphous things! :)

Erin Delventhal
15th Mar 2019 11:30am
Ah yes, Isle of Sheppey. I took my drone out there to harrass the SMLS members as the collected, I seem to recall...

Jolyon & Katya Ralph
15th Mar 2019 7:14pm
At least you didn't tell everyone I was holding a fossil in that photo. The shame.

Jolyon & Katya Ralph
15th Mar 2019 7:15pm
Looks like an Otodus shark teeth, Jolyon.

Paul De Bondt
16th Mar 2019 12:46pm
Don't know who the really young guy is with the glasses and beard..........Tom hope you are having a mineral intense trip.

Steve Rust
16th Mar 2019 2:09pm
Nice report, Tom!
But, "couldn't display the radioactive minerals"? How about a fundraiser to buy them a sheet of lead or barium glass?

Alfredo Petrov
17th Mar 2019 12:03pm

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