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Mineral Treasures of the World - Beijing 2010

Last Updated: 25th Jul 2010

By Ida Chau

I was so excited to flying to Beijing on behalf of mindat.org to see the new mineral exhibition from Collector's Edge, in conjunction with the Geological Museum of China - “Mineral Treasures of the World”.
Mineral Treasures of the World


This is the first international mineral exhbition at a Museum in China, located at the Geological Museum of China in Beijing. This wonderful special exhibition is aimed at presenting advanced Western concepts and methods to the general public, demonstrating both the popularity of minerals and their collection of relevant knowledge, so that people can understand the economic value, as well as promote the rational development of mineral resources and effective use. The exhibition is for the domestic collectors, Earth Sciences enthusiasts, professionals and managers to provide a sumptuous visual and cultural feast. Planning and negotiations for this special exhibition began in September 2009. Creation of this special exhibition themes, related with all those display works, marketing and a host of the other activities were compressed into a tight schedule in order to open the exhibit in the summer of 2010 during China's World Fair Expo in Shanghai.

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exhibition area done beautifully


At this exhibition are over 100 "World Class" mineral specimens localities are displayed. The mineral specimens are in many cases very rare and are all super examples of their species. Here are some of those beautiful world class specimens:

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Rhodochrosite, Fluorite, Tetrahedrite - Locality: Millenium Pocket, Sweet Home Mine, Alma, Park Country, Colorado USA, Size: 16cmx18.5cmx6cm



Gold - Locality: Eagle's Nest Mine, Placer County, California, USA, Size: 15cmx24.5cmx2.5cm


Azurite
Locality: Malbunka Copper Mine, Areyonga, Northern Territory, Australia Teller Country, Colorado USA, Size: 22cmx20cmx6cm


Fluorite
Locality: Dal'negorsk, Primorskiy Kray, Russia, Size: 13cmx33cmx22cm


One of my all time favourite pieces – truly incredible natural fine art:

Sliver
Locality: Kongsberg, Buskerud, Norway, Size: 13.5cmx9cmx5cm


Pyromorphite from Daoping lead-zinc Mine, Guangxi Zhuang A. R., China, Size: 9cmx18cmx11cm


Malachite
Locality: Mashamaba West Mine, Kolwezi, Katanga, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Size: 19cmx30cmx17cm


Barite on Dolomite Locality: Frizington, West Cumberland Iron Field, Cumbria, England, Size: 10.5cmx13.5cmx12cm


Scheelite from China Mt. Xuebaoding, Sichuan Province, Size: 12cmx8.5cmx6.5cm


Beryl variety Emerald, Quartz from Kagem Mine , Zambia, Size: 12.5cmx13.5cmx6.5cm


From Little Green Monster Mine, Utah, USA – Variscite, Wardite (Polished Slab), Size:34cmx26cmx4cm


Gold
Tourmaline
Gold
Tourmaline
Gold
Tourmaline


Aquamarine
Cassiterite on Muscovite
Aquamarine
Cassiterite on Muscovite
Aquamarine
Cassiterite on Muscovite


nice display case
nice display case
nice display case
nice display case
nice display case
nice display case


Calcite on Barite
Liddicoatite(Polished Slab)
Calcite on Barite
Liddicoatite(Polished Slab)
Calcite on Barite
Liddicoatite(Polished Slab)


Both the Collector's Edge and the Geological Museum of China have made a huge wonderful efforts to put on this exhibition, the creation of the exhibit themes, display layouts boards, display cabinets were all done with great care, and a fascinating and enjoyable read in both Chinese and English Languages.

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There are some of those beautiful display layouts boards:
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exhibition room


This temporary exhibition was open until July 18th, 2010. Further detailed information can be found at http://www.collectorsedge.com and for this special exhibition they also published a wonderful book - " Mineral Treasures of the World" (in both chinese and english languages) and The Story of the Sweet Home Mine DVD (chinese version).

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I felt very happy that I could attend to visit and see this exhibition, and thank you so much again to both the Collector's Edge and the Geological Museum of China for doing all the hard works for putting it together to provide a brilliant successfully exhibition.

Hopefully coming future can see more and more fantastic minerals exhibition in the Asia area:)

Mineral Treasures of the World





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Comments

Thanks Ida, it looks great!!!

Robert Simonoff
25th Jul 2010 4:14pm
Nice job Ida !
Good clear pictures, with good captions !
Looks like it was a fun mineral exhibition !

Wayne Corwin
26th Jul 2010 4:43pm
Ida, Thank you for the wonderful report. The photos are beautiful as are the specimens.

Linda Smith
27th Jul 2010 1:14am
Well done, Ida!!
A super report and excellent photographs :-) Thanks!

Colleen Thomson
1st Aug 2010 10:42pm
OMG!

That Dal'negorsk Fluorite is AWESOME!

A very nice report

Steffan Giadach Axt
2nd Oct 2010 4:40am

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