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Mineral ShowsPeterborough Mineral Show

3rd Mar 2013 13:02 GMTMaggie Wilson Expert

Saturday we went to the Peterborough mineral show. We were up at 5:15 and when Tim Jokela arrived at 6, we hit the road. Arrived in town well before doors open. We were almost first in line and joked with the gatekeepers that it was like waiting for the bar to open. A long dry spell and here is the first show of the year! We got pre-ticketed and pre-stamped and stood at the entrance of the hallway. I, like the brat that I am, kept nudging Reiner to scoot down the hall toward the dealers. Finally, like a trio of runaways, we got in about 38.974 seconds before the official opening!

It was soon very busy. Shuffling-room only most of the day. Not too much by way of new material, but plenty of socializing. All the usual suspects mineral-wise and collector-wise, but a few notable exceptions. We met John Montgomery and plugged up the aisle-way for a good while gabbing.

As for the notable minerals, here's what I thought fit that category.

Brad Wilson showed us the most exquisite faceted stone... (Tim please correct any detail errors) a 6-carat sperrylite from the new Broken Hammer find. About a centimeter or so. It was a thing of beauty - it made me gasp and clutch my heart. (I'm channeling an Oscar winning actress here). It seemed to shimmer and shimmy like mercury, it was so unbelievably glossy and bright.

Bob Beckett was there with his stunning gemstones from Canada. Unbelievable! I regret that I did not have a camera, but I understand Bob will be at the London show in the fall - I will be prepared then!

Michael Bainbridge had nicely crystallized, cinnamon-coloured clinohumite from Wilberforce. Under the scope, you can find gemmy bits. We picked up TN for the collection. It was exciting to see new material in such great quantities from our own stomping grounds. I got a few pieces from an old collection from the Quadville folks: a decent-sized graphite ball from Gooderham and a diopside from Birds Creek and palygorskite from Marmora.

The weather and traffic cooperated, too. All in all a very good day, I'd have to say. The show continues today.

3rd Mar 2013 17:52 GMTRob Cook

Thanks for the update Maggie - I usually go to Peterborough as the first show of the year but just read your post and it appears that I didn't put it in my calendar. Fancy way of saying 'I forgot!' Your summary was a good tease to what I missed.
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