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Crystal days - Luban Show Poland 2019

Last Updated: 6th Jul 2019

By Jolyon & Katya Ralph

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

I'm back in Poland for the annual Crystal Days festival in the picturesque town of Luban.

Town officials announcing the show open.

A young mineral show fan

Let's look around.

Minerals from Strzegom

And some better pieces too. All at Spirifer Minerals

Whole cavity with feldspars and smoky quartz from the previous table

And this fabulous Chabazite from Strzegom

Strzegom fluorites are amongst the most desirable things from the quarries there.

New book on the minerals of Grabiszyce, Poland.

The streets are closed off in the town centre for the event


Grand Reef linarite, unexpected US classic. Earth Elements specimen

Green halites from Lubin mine. Dariusz Majcher specimens

From the same locality and dealer this marcasite and baryte.

Super Greek fluorite - Orion Crystals and Minerals

Calcite with pyrite and siderite coating from Vyshkovo, Ukraine.

Various radioactive minerals from Towarzysto Alterstollen

Alfredo Petrov and his usual mix of odd minerals.

Incredible cronstedtite from Wadi Beht, Morocco.

Botryogen from the Alfredo Pit in Andalusia, Spain. Apparently Alfredo has nothing to do with the locality's name, which means if he ever digs his own pit near there it would need to be called The Alfredo (2) Pit.

Vanadinite from Turkey!

Martian and Lunar meteorites - Meteoryty.org

Some samples from the first lithium pegmatite found in Poland, Pilawa. -

Closeup showing tourmaline and spodumene. Eligusz Szeleg specimens.

Armstrongite from Mongolia

Galena on pyrite/sphalerite from Lubin.

Finally from here calcite pseudomorphs after fluorapophyllite also from Strzegom

Back for the start of the first full day of the show.

Jaroslav Hyrsl from the Czech Republic is here with a large number of unusual species and other specimens

Some examples

He has just returned from Brazil with these Topaz crystals

Some inexpensive Czech classics

Microscope display from the Institute of Geology, Krakow Poland

They have many thin sections of terrestrial rocks and meteorites, but this is a meteorite they made a section of. The structure looks good, but the noble gas isotopes analysed proved it was entirely terrestrial in origin!

Kopalnia Podgorze is a tourist attraction at an old Uranium mine

Books. Including some old ones

Books dating back to the communist era.

More recent books on polish geology

There will be another mineral show in Wroclaw Poland 16-17 November

Roman looking at thin sections courtesy of the University of Wroclaw

Roman went collecting in the children's mineral digging area.

Here's what he found.

Now I'm starting to judge the competitive exhibits. Because of this I will not post any photos or comments about them until the results are announced.

But I can show you the main exhibition, three themes, Agates, Calcite from Grabiszyc (relatively local) and 'Mineralogic Discotheque'

First display, Agates from Johann Holzmann

Agates of Madagascar

Argentinian agates

Mexican agate

Chinese agate.

More agates this time Australian Agates

Some Turkish agates from his collection.

Some of his Chinese agates

And some Mexican.

Some agates from the US

Now the Calcite from Grabiszyc

Orange calcite crystals found in Basalt cavities.

These greenish yellow balls are also characteristic of the calcite there.

The next display is Poland - a mineralogical eldorado

Halite and Gypsum with various copper mineral inclusions. Lubin mine.

Incredible Topaz find from Strzegom in 2018

One of the pieces

Another incredible find there last year. Smoky quartz and Fluorite

Incredible fluorite on feldspar

Baryte with pyrite coating from Lubin, also found 2018

Fantastic specimen

And another

This chap is guarding the display

Back outside looking at what the dealers have to offer. Halite stalactites from Lubin, Katarzyna Wojtanowicz specimens

Minerals of Peru

Splendid hubnerite.

Large Peruvian epidote

The Museum Ziemi is here with a large meteorite

262kg mass

Distribution of finds of the meteorite around the town of Morasko

The usual bizarre ceremonies with guys dressed in red

Afghanistan and Pakistan minerals - Zafar Matteen

Fluorite from Afghanistan

Ending the day with a private party in a 15th century Basalt quarry with beer, live music and polish barbeque.

And today I'll carry on with the displays. Here is 'Mineralogic Discotheque'

A selection of worldwide aesthetic minerals.

Elmwood Calcite

Malachite and Azurite

Roselite beta

Celestine and Sulphur from Poland

Hemimorphite and Cerussite from Congo

Spectacular tourmaline and fluorite specimens from Morocco

Fantastic pink Strzegom fluorite

Or perhaps you prefer a blue one

Aragonite from Lavrion, Greece.

Calcite from Mexico

Fluorite and aragonite from Rogerley mine, England

Malachite from Morocco

And now we will look at the competitive exhibits which I helped judge yesterday.

First display is a decorative rock called 'mariacyt' - from Pawel Andrzejewski

Showing the internal structure

Display 2 is 'flames enchanted in agates' by Slamowir Bladek

A flaming agate.

Case 3 is the minerals of Przedgorza Sudeckiego by Tomasz and Filip Dzielniccy

Map showing the region


Quartz and Albite



Case 4 - Polish banded flint. By Robert Girulski.

One of the polished pieces

Case 5 is the minerals of the Strzegom pegmatites by Witold Goral.

Smoky quartz

Albite, smoky quartz, microcline, stilbite and axinite


Chabazite on microcline


Epidote with stilbite, smoky quartz with bavenite inclusions

Case 6 - Polish minerals from the collection of Andrzej Korzewka


Microcline from the Rudolph Wappler collection.

Galena on marcasite from Pomorzany mine


Case 7 - minerals of Grzed by Grzegorz Krupa.


Smoky quartz

Calcite on quartz pseudomorphs after Baryte

Case 8 - Garnet by Marcel Mendocha

Melanite from Morocco

Pyrope from Sredniogorze, Czech Republic

Melanite from Kazakhstan

From the San Antonio mine, Mexico

From Tsumeb, Namibia

Kelly mine New Mexico

Also from Tsumeb

Somehow the photo for this display, got lost. It's case number 9, Smithsonite, by Mariusz Oleszczuk

Case 10 - Karkomoskie skalenie by Roman Piatek

Graphic intergrowths in microcline


Very nice large microcline feldspar

Case 11 - Corundum from Kruczych Skal by Roman Rybski.

A particularly good crystal


Location map.

Case 12 is Polish agate by Piotr Sarul

From Rozwidlenie

From Nowy Kosciol

Case 13 - 'sulphur - Tarnobrzekie gold' by Jakub Sauermann

Fabulous sulphur

Celestine with sulphur


Case 14 - Zinc and Lead - by Mateusz Szczepanik and Bartosz Pieterek

Galena from Pomorzany

Marcasite on Sphalerite, Pomorzany

Galena from Trzebina

More Galena from Trzebina

Case 15 - quartz from Jaroszowa by Wojciech Wieckowski


And finally, case 26 - worldwide quartz by Sebastian Zylkowski

And I'll leave it to Talkative Agate from Sebastian's display to announce the winner of the competition

'Case 9, Mariusz Oleszczuk's Smithsonite!'

Not entirely sure what this artwork in the exhibition hall is all about but it seems they're having a whole lot of fun.

Back outside, Alfredo is still playing with his rocks

Tomasz Oglaza from meteoryty.org, I showed some of his Martian meteorites earlier.

This lunar meteorite slice us 8.9g in weight and ~5cm wide.

Does anyone know where this might be from? Grossular with pyrite and some copper secondary possibly Malachite or brochantite? All that's on the label is AM (which we believe might be a country code for America by the previous collector) Alfredo Petrov mystery piece. Answer below and I'll tell him!

Scottish agates. Bartlomiej Jurkowski specimens

Russian elbaite - Witold Goral specimen.

Various worldwide tourmaline specimens for sale from the collection of Bartlomiej Jurkowski

As I showed last time I was here there's a mineral exhibition in the old tower.

It's really worth a visit but I'll let you look up the 2018 report to see more photos as I don't want to repeat myself.

Some details for those who can understand Polish.

And the other side.


Next year we are planning something really exciting. A European mineral bus trip starting at the Ste Marie aux Mines mineral show and then crossing Europe visiting fantastic museums and some exclusive collecting opportunities and finally arriving here in Luban for the Crystal Days show. A great opportunity to view some of the best classic localities and collections across Europe in one easy trip.

If you're interested in being kept informed about this email katya@mindat.org and ask to be put on the 2020 bus tour notification list and you'll be the first to be informed when the event is open for booking.

Note: not this bus, this bus is just a random bus here. But probably something similar.

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Great report Jolyon
wish I was there


Keith Compton
5th Jul 2019 1:30pm
The smithsonite display immediately caught my eye. Good choice! Thanks for the report Jolyon.

Chris Rayburn
6th Jul 2019 1:29pm
The orange-brown smithsonite is really impressive!

Kevin Conroy
6th Jul 2019 2:01pm

The mariacyt decorative stone has patterns similar to the Picture jasper from Utah used for cabochons.

Tony Albini
6th Jul 2019 3:29pm
Hey Jolyon,

Thank you for taking pictures of the show! Every time you post photos of shows I feel happy as I cannot attend these shows.

I have some possible localities for Alfredo's mystery specimen, through looking mostly on Mindat's existing database. Since I gathered these possibilities on the existing database and there might be missing information, there is a chance these localities are inaccurate. I will link my references to the mine, not the photos, as I'm worried I will be infringing copyright and make someone unhappy.

Most Likely to Least Likely (out of all localities I found that might be it)

1. Perla Mine, Concepción del Oro, Concepción del Oro Municipality, Zacatecas, Mexico (Photo: The one with grossular and malachite) - The color of the grossular shown approximately matches the one shown in Alfredo's picture, and even has malachite. The only thing missing is pyrite, though at the bottom of the specimen there is a blurred-pyrite looking mineral, presumably covered with another mineral, probably limonite or goethite. Knowing in mind that the Mindat database could be unfinished, I put this as a possibility. The color of the grossular and the malachite matches best with Alfredo's specimen, and also had a "pyrite" looking mineral, so this was chosen as number 1.

2. Úškrtová Valley, Kopanice, Hodruša-Hámre (Hodritsch), Žarnovica Co., Banská Bystrica Region, Slovakia (Photo: Macro photo of malachite with grossular and calcite) - Though I am unsure about the calcite, the color of each match with Alfredo's specimen. The only problem is that even though pyrite is listed in the locality, there is no picture to reference, so this is why it comes in number 2.

3. Sa Duchessa Mine, Oridda, Domusnovas, Carbonia-Iglesias Province, Sardinia, Italy (Photos: Antique looking Brochantite with "Garnet Group") - Listed in the locality is malachite, brochantite, "garnet group", grossular, and pyrite. Though there are no pictures for grossular and pyrite there is for malachite and brochantite. There is even a picture for brochantite with "garnet group", so this might be a possibility.

4. Memphis Mine (Roos shaft; Ross shaft [?]), Organ District, Organ Mts, Doña Ana Co., New Mexico, USA (Photo: Basically all the malachite photos) Now this is probably the vaguest one because there are almost 0 photos are any of the minerals that are needed to be found. There are only photos for brochantite and malachite, but the brochantite (based on a photo), seems to be unlikely to be found at this locality and that is why I'm crossing it out from the "important minerals" leaving only malachite, pyrite, and grossular as contenders for this locality. There isn't even grossular, but "garnet" which is very vague. This is the lowest possibility because of the many variables that need to be right.

Since I'm assuming that the green material is either malachite or brochantite and that the existing Mindat information should be correct and missing, there might be more possibilities. I would take this with a grain of salt as I'm only an amateur. Hopefully, I helped!


Barron Nguyen
6th Jul 2019 6:18pm
Jolyon, It is good to see you posted the smithsonites just for me.
Thanks, Tom

Tom Klinepeter
11th Jul 2019 9:29am

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