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Lwówek Śląski Crystal Days - More Photos

Last Updated: 19th Oct 2010

By Jolyon Ralph

Back in July I visited the Lwówek Śląski Crystal Days Festival in Poland.

I took a lot of photos, and Asia from Spirifer took a lot too, which she kindly sent me. I didn't have time to put everything online then, but now I have had a chance to upload them all.

The opening ceremony of the mineral show involved traditional costumes, the town mayor, and giving slices of bread and some salt to all the exhibitors.

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Opening Ceremony


Here's a view of the town where the festival is held.

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View of the town


Various mineral dealers from poland and surrounding countries were exhibiting.

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Mineral dealers


More minerals being displayed...

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More mineral dealers


Some dealers had local agates.

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Agates


Some artificially grown copper sulphate crystals.

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Fake minerals


and a dinosaur guarding the side entrance to the Town Hall.

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Dinosaur


Outside there's a demonstration of agate cutting, and they also cut some of the small agates that I found while I was there.

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Agate cutters


Then, as I showed in my last report, there was a huge parade through the town.

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Town parade


including cars...

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Parade


... belly dancers...

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Belly dancers


Agata, from Spirifer, and a dinosaur on a Land Rover

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The 'Jurapark' Land Rover


Local police...

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Police


And of course, a mining band.

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Band


A brass band, of course.

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Brass band


However, I haven't the faintest idea what this is meant to be.

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?


Especially as this lady kept watering it. If you know, please tell me!

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??


I showed photos from the Płóczki Górne agate exhibition previously, here's a few more:

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Agate Exhibition


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Agate display


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Płóczki Górne agate


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Płóczki Górne agate


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Płóczki Górne agate


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Płóczki Górne agate


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Płóczki Górne agate


There was one display case of comparative agates from other polish and worldwide localities. There was one agate from Płóczki in this case, and there was a competition to guess which was the local agate.

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Worldwide agates


Back in the town hall, another dinosaur guarding the fossil exhibits.

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Ok, yes, I know Dimetrodon isn't a true dinosaur. Big scary lizard then.


Here are some fossils. I'm not really qualified to tell you what they are (other than the one on the left is a crinoid, and the other two are starfish), but they're very nice.

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Fossil thingies


Here I am (right) with Rainer Bode, from the Bode publishing company in Germany (left) and Tomasz Praszkier, from Spirifer Minerals and one of the organizers of this event - he worked very, very hard to make it all come togther.

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Rainer, Tom and Jolyon


Later, we announced the winners of the mineral display competition. The first place went to Andrzej Korzekwa, for his excellent Strzegom display, which I showed in my previous report.

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On stage


but here's an epidote from his display.

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Epidote


And a bow-tie Stilbite

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Stilbite


And a lovely smoky quartz.

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Smoky Quartz


Back in the town hall, I've managed to claim a free desk within the organizer's office. Very handy for taking a quiet break and doing my show reports.

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Rainer Bode (right) talking with me


On Saturday night, there was a large party for exhibitors and polish collectors. And foreign guests. Here I am, sitting next to Rainer Bode.

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Saturday Night


I'm not always keen on getting my photo taken!

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Paparazzi, No!


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No more Vodka, please!


And me, I woke up the next day on the floor of my hotel room, with two bottles of sparking water and a very large loaf of bread.

Sunday evening, and the celebrations draw to a close with a major rock/pop concert.

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Concert


Only to be interrupted by me going on stage to tell the crowd what a wonderful time I'd had. Which they seemed to appreciate!

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Me


And this is the crowd listening to me. Wooh.

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Here's what I saw


Ending with a spectacular firework display.

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Fireworks


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More fireworks


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More fireworks


And yes, another party. This time in the Town Hall, with the mayor. A small party just for the show organizers and, somehow, me.

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End party


Here I am, in what I can only imagine is my attempt to deliberately look sober. Obviously it wasn't working.

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Asia and I


Here's Rainer helping himself to more beer.

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Beer


There was only one way to survive the Polish alcohol, you had to eat their food, which was essentially bread covered in grease with bits of meat. It worked, this gruesome mixture lined the stomach and prevented the alcohol killing you dead.

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Survival Instincts


So, after partying till gone six in the morning, I got back to the hotel (thank you, Asia!), slept a little, and surprisingly by 11am was up and ready to go, and decided it would be nice to walk the 3km back to the town.

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My hotel


Once there, everyone became seriously addicted to 'Angry Birds', a game I have on my iPad. Left to right, Asia, Tom, Agata and Andrzej.

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Ipad fun


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Agata and Andrzej


After the show, we went on a little local tour. First stop was Karkonoski Park Narodowy, where we went to see the waterfall.

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Waterfall


Andrzej gets distrated on the way up to visit the waterfall - by a pegmatite vein in the granite!

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Andrzej finds a pegmatite


The next stop was a small local, private, mineral museum in Szklarska Poręba.

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Muzeum Mineralogiczne


There was lots on display

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Lots on display


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Citrine from Texas? Hmmmm


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Polish banded flint


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Agate


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Galena from Bulgaria


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Polish Amethyst


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Pimelite


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A large pegmatite plate from Strzegom


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The corridors in the museum


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Photographer at work


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Polish Celestine


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Brannerite from Austria


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Agates


The next day, we visited another museum with a mineral collection, at the Regional Museum in Jawor.

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Museum entrance


Here we are walking through the mineral gallery

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Walking through


They had a good display of minerals from Strzegom.

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Strzegom minerals


Next, we went to visit the granite quarries at Strzegom. Here's Andrzej at the offices in one quarry posing next to a large boulder with pegmatite minerals.

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Andrzej with a boulder


The granite quarries are massive, they are carved rather than blasted, and the sides are sheer drops - equipment has to be lowered in by crane.

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Granite Quarry


A view of one of the quarries.

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A quarry


Here are some of the cranes used to lift equiment in and granite out.

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Cranes


The blocks are cut by hand, not blasted. This has the great side-effect that mineral cavities are generally not shattered.

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Mining granite


And, the pegmatite cavities are waste rock for them, useless for their finished stone materials, so they discard them. Great for us!

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Examining pegmatite.


A cavity showing fluorite and stilbite

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Fluorite and stilbite


Here's a close-up of a pegmatite cavity.

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Close-up


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and another!


Close up of quartz and felspar in a graphic-style parallel growth
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Parallel growth


So, why not come next year to the Lwówek Śląski Crystal Days. There's a very good reason to do so, because as part of the Crystal Days celebrations, mindat.org will be hosting it's first international conference. July 10th-July 17th 2011.

Collecting in Strzegom and other localities, mineral shows and three days of conferences with speakers (in English) from around the world. Come join us for an excellent 2011!

And thank you to Tom and Asia from Spirifer who were my hosts for the visit!




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Discuss this Article

15th Sep 2010 23:07 BSTNathan Grosse

Wow! These are some great photos! It seems like you had a really interesting trip! And those cavities in the discarded quarry stones were a great find. (By the way, Angry Birds is a very addicting game!)

15th Sep 2010 23:31 BSTDana Slaughter

Great report and photos! I love the way the entire town seems to be involved. And it looks like an absolutely charming town. The Polish agates are magnificent!

Dana

16th Sep 2010 13:30 BSTMichael Adamowicz Expert

Nice article Jolyon! Its good to see how quarries in Poland look.

17th Sep 2010 02:06 BSTStephanie Martin

Thank you Jolyon! An excellent report showcasing Polish minerals and agates. Sounds like next year will be even better!

14th Nov 2010 10:52 GMTØyvind Idland

Nice post, I am considering the conference in 2011, and this shows what to expect :D

Oyvind
 
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