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Roger Lang's Blog

Ste. Marie-aux-Mines show 2010 pt.1

29th Jun 2010

Time for this years "alternative" show report from Ste. Marie aux Mines, Vosges, France - for those who did not read my last years report: i will more give an impression of the flair and the people there than listing hundreds of minerals in pictures and "which was new" etc.

For convenience i will split the report (spare time is scarce) so you will have the impressions of day one here!

Wednesday 23rd of June 2009

Philipp Becker at his booth

This time we started Wednesday morning, fantastic weather and a good and easy drive from my hometown in the Saarland to Ste. Marie. We arrived at 3 p.m. to meet our hosts at the show as last year at Philipp Beckers booth.

Philipp had told me before that he had some nice new Mina Ojuela stuff and i was not disappointed at all. So i started picking some specimens while my this years companion at the show, Uta (formerly known as stonesister), had a beer with the Beckers.

It did not last very long until the first well known faces (at least for us ;) ) showed up. Michael Ochel and Max Richter came along to check the Ojuela Wulfenites too. After having selected some specimens Anderson Becker handed me a first (and only) beer of this show day and we made a plan where to go first. Before we left, Paul Bongaerts stopped by also.

Michael Ochel, Max Richter & Anderson Becker
Paul Bongaerts

We now headed to see Luiz Menezes with his brazilian minerals to say hello and to have a look at the new book "Minerals and Precious Stones from Brazil" by Carlos Cornejo and Andrea Bartorelli in which Luiz had contributed by writing parts of the texts. Luiz had also a nice selection of Apatites from Lavra do Sapo which i already had seen in 2009 but wasn´t able to buy one because my budget was gone on the notorious Rogerley fluorite ;) . The next stop was at Karp minerals to see if there was something new. They still were setting up some stuff but i did not find anything tempting this year although there were very nice Dalnegorsk specimens and the "usual" Myanmar Tourmalines and russian minerals i had purchased in earlier years.

Luiz Menezes
Karp, Czech Republic

Jolanda & Hans Vorstermans from Magma Minerals

Magma Minerals and Karel van Gool were the next station: Hans and Jolanda Vorstermans had as always a nice selection of aesthetic minerals. They are kind of specialized in Elmwood material and there were really nice specimens on stock. But there was also some newer stuff i had not seen before. First, some interesting mexican Calcites with Goethite from Charcas, then some curious Pyrite eggs, coming from a sedimentary deposit in Dongchuan district, Kunming prefecture, Yunnan, China and combinations of Calcite, Pyrite and Fluorite also from China which i found very interesting. But later more about the latter.

Karel had - beside some of the more known peruvian minerals he usually provides - very nice Hubnerites from Mundo Nuevo Mine, La Libertad Department, Peru. Later at the show i selected one for my collection.

Goethite & Calcite, Mexico
Chinese Azurite from a new find

Chinese Pyrite eggs
Karel van Gool with Hubnerite & Uta

Next planned stop was Spirifer Minerals at Cours Lehman, but Tom wasn´t there and we proceeded to the "Black Forest" booth of Ralf Ressel and Uwe Janouch. There we got some nice Badenweiler Mimetites from the last year find, some blue Fluorites from Hesselbach and nice miniatures of Pyrolusite from Gremmelsbach. One booth next there was a chinese dealer where i found a nice chinese Stibnite for my collection (and the next day i returned to get another one as the prices there were reasonable, they were written on the specimens (which is still the exception with chinese dealers) and the discount was really ok).

Ralf Ressel & Uwe Janouch
Black forest Fluorites

Now it was time to have a look at Asturmineral/Prominer where i had found something interesting all the years before. WOW! A large striking blue Fluorite on matrix specimen awaited us. It was accompanied by lots of large and in part excellent bluish to purplish Fluorites also from the "Geoda de Las Monjas" which had been found in Mina la Viesca, La Collada, Spain. This was really a highlight to see and the next day the pictured specimen was gone.

Incredible Fluorite from La Collada
The Fluorite from nearby
Another one from La Geoda de "las Monjas"

On the way back i said hello to Martin and Gunda (Schätzeken ;) ) van Meggelen. They had as usual a large killer specimen (this time a huge watermelon Tourmaline) but more interesting for me was a good selection of Fuxian Vesuvianites. These are not really new but there was a felt drop in supply before and it was the first time since some time that i saw larger quantities. Later i should get a nice specimen from Martin.

Martin van Meggelen
Gunda at work

Last stops for the day were Steffen Michalski (not at his booth as usual ;) ) and Wolfgang Wendel just to say hello before heading to our base. On the way we met Ralph Vetter from Krantz and finally came back for a cold mineral water (!, not beer). Quite fast we then got out of town to our accomodation, having good dinner at the restaurant Huhnerstall (again my recommendation) to be back just in time to watch Germany vs. Ghana soccer on TV (Ole!).

Our accomodation: Les 3 Pierres
Excellent french food
Checking the prey

To be continued soon ...

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Thanks for report Roger! You have really nice T-shirt :-)

Tomasz Praszkier
30th Jun 2010 10:48pm
Nice report Roger, thanks!
Time permitting I'll be there next time.

Harjo Neutkens
1st Jul 2010 7:50am

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