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Mineral Shows43rd EUROMINERALEXPO Torino 03-04-05 October 2014

4th Sep 2014 19:20 BSTBologna Mineral Show

Hello everyone, the 43rd edition of Euromineralexpo come to life in just over a month, exactly during the weekend of 03-04-05 October 2014 in Hall 1 Lingotto Fiere in Via Nizza 294 Turin.

Show the international market of minerals, fossils, precious stones, gems, jewelry, and accessories malacologia, in the second year of the new management BMS.

The goal is always to offer an event that is of quality, offering high standard cultural issues, complementary events more playful but still very interesting and instructive, and a distribution of tables and exhibition stands for a development of more than 1,500 ml. (8,000 sqm.).

The presence of 260 Italian and foreign exhibitors is a guarantee to offer the widest choice of material collecting and crafts jewelry and trinkets to an audience of collectors, or just visitors.

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Exposures of native gold within mineralogical exhibitions are certainly not new, and have gave prestige in many events with thematic exhibitions of high impact.

These shows have always been focused on primary deposits with the displaying of fabulous and very showy samples.

Gold of secondary deposits, except in rare cases is much less striking and with this exhibition we want to show the search for gold on Piedmont rivers, which are very rich in this precious element.

The target is to show as main subject the gold sampling, but in a modern and current context that should arouse new interest to the audience and within collecting.

No ancient equipment will be exposed almost excluding the description of the traditional working methods, rather it promotes the natural features, suggesting itineraries in which the only common thread is the ability to find the precious metal. So one can experience the morphological characteristics of watercourses, with samples of various kinds. From those "rocks" that examined more carefully reveal precious stones, to some paleontological evidences; from rusty old iron that tell ancient stories, to the abundance of lead fragments which show, unfortunately, also traces of a pollution more extensive than can imagine.

The Piedmont region can be split into four main areas of evidence of alluvial gold, according to well-delineated watersheds, due to its morphological characteristics, as many districts where the primary deposits are known. The Canavese, Biella, Verbano-Cusio-Ossola and the Alexandrian. The settings, will treat only some among the most well-known waterways, while other ones will be introduced for the first time, as in the vast bibliograph

The waterways affected into the exposure will be:

The Orco creek,
The Canavese creeks - Soana streams, Malesina, Chiusella Boriana, river Baltea
The Biella creeks - Elvo, Deer, Viona
The river Ticino
The streams in northern Ticino - Segnara streams, Rancina, rio Creves
The streams of the Alexandrian - Orba, Stura, Sod, Gorzente, Rio Secco


MINA, the popular thematic exhibition which over the years has dealt with various aspects of mineralogy, will tell, within the edition of 2014, about Alfonso Cossa (Milan 1833 - Turin 1902), italian chemist, petrographer and mineralogist.

Director of the Technical Institute of Udine in 1866, in 1872 he founded the High School of Agriculture of Portici, at Naples.

In 1873, director of the Agricultural Station in Turin and teacher of agricultural chemistry at the Royal Industrial Museum.

From 1877 to 1881 professor of inorganic chemistry at the University of Turin and then, of chemistry in the Application School for Engineersin Turin.

His wide scientific work includes chemistry, mineralogy, petrography and medicine. Cossaite is dedicated to him: that’s a rare mineral species discovered in 2009 at Vulcano.

Cossa is especially famed for the production of many hundreds of thin sections of rock in large format, prepared for macroscopic analysis of the structure of the different rocks collected during the drafting of the Geological Map of Italy.

Recently rediscovered, are now part of the Geo Mineralogical collections in the Polytechnic of Turin, kept at the Dept. of Environment, Territory and Infrastructure of the Polytechnic of Turin.


Since always people ventured underground to cultivate minerals and fossil fuels, and since always LAMP MINING is the inseparable companion: to better organize his work certainly, but also and above all to take security and courage to face the darkness of an unknown and full of pitfalls world. MINING LAMPS belong to mining culture of every age and country. The lamps that will be on display will show the evolution of this tool of illumination and documenting the different aspects and developments of this culture.

This very interesting exhibition is organized by the Museum of Traversella Mine in collaboration with the Mineralogical Group Valchiusella.

...updates soon :-)

8th Sep 2014 17:36 BSTBologna Mineral Show


Quartz is a real enigma. To solve it we must learn its anatomy, looking from different points of view. Just this way you can find the differences between two specimens and look for a classification.

It can be single or in company.


First observation: finding its forms.

535 have been described well but the most important are only 5. PRISM which is the body, the two RHOMBOHEDRONS which create the head, TRAPEZOEDRO and TRIGONAL BIPYRAMID which occupy the space of the axilla.

Second observation: Examine the surface, the skin.


Third observation: the habit.

They say that the quartz has more Armani suits. The best known include: Dauphiné, MUZO, EQUANT, CIPO ', MATA, TICINESE, SHELL, CITADEL, Babylon.

Fourth observation: deformations.

THE FRACTURE, which can be made up, broken, cracked. Outcomes of Trauma, by cutting, or by bending. Remember quartz with central narrowing, cudgel, the sfalloide and recrystallizations


Our repertory has several crystals that can be:





Among the SORTED BY CASE we find the SCEPTER, the SKELETAL, the CAP, the FADEN, the GWINDEL, the TWINNED and the FIGURED ones, the SPECIAL growths, the EMBEDDED.

Among the ORDERED TO LAWS we find the TWINNING of Dauphiné, JAPAN, and BRAZIL.

Taking a virtual autopsy of the crystal we can find a PHANTOM or inclusions of other minerals, WATER or more else.

The quartz crystal can be transparent (hyaline) or of various colors.

The enigma of quartz for each chapter of observation has several subchapters that are often in conflict with each other.

To complete what should be said at the outset. According to the structure there are two types of quartz: FRIEDLAENDER or macromosaic and BAMBAUER or lamellar.

The first is due to a growth of small blocks that have assembled like a mosaic. The second is due to a growth of many lamellae in a concentric direction like the coats of an onion.

8th Sep 2014 17:38 BSTBologna Mineral Show

...updates soon :-)

12th Sep 2014 18:44 BSTBologna Mineral Show

With regard to the issue of Alfonso Cossa, we show you a preview of a picture of one of his famous thin sections

12th Sep 2014 18:53 BSTBologna Mineral Show


Many localities of Piedmont and Valle d'Aosta are now considered among the greater classics of Italian mineralogy, but not only. From these locations have been extracted extraordinary specimens which have enriched, over the years, the collections of prestigious Museums and important private collections.

The exposure, which will be developed within 10 cabinets, will show some particular aspects of regional mineralogy. The choice is made according to geographical locations or types of rocks. Are well represented alpine rodingites -classic samples of which are located in Valle d'Aosta at Bellecombe and in Piedmont in Val d'Ala and Val di Susa- with exceptional specimens of garnet, vesuvianite, epidote and diopside, cut as gem too.

Alpine gneisses and amphibolites have, with Monte Cervandone and, more generally, Val devero (Val d'Ossola) a unique example of mineralogical combinings of exclusive and rare species such as cervandonite, asbecasite, cafarsite, deveroite, sinchisite- (Ce), chernovite- (Y), etc ..., in addition to other more common and beautifully crystallized quartz and hematite.

The Val d'Ossola is present also with pegmatites and albitites from Val Vigezzo that, beside other mineral species, provided considerable samples of beryl, even as the precious varieties of aquamarine and emerald.

Mont Blanc is another strenght of these regions; for centuries has been field of research of spectacular crystals of smoky quartz by Italian, French and Swiss “Cristalliers”. Despite exploitation, in recent times this area has still gave exceptional crystallizations, come to light thanks to the work of skilled "mountain-climber seekers" who venture into really inaccessible spots, but also thanks to the retreat of the glaciers, which is gradually uncovering portions of rock never explored before.

The mineralogy of these regions is not only linked to the classic Alpine areas, but also to quarries and mines set on the territory. Thus we find the splendid crystallization of quartz and orthoclase in the granite of Baveno, sometimes matched to extremely rare minerals as bazzite, kristiansenite, kainosite-Y, etc. ..., or the famous discovery of amethyst quartz inside of Traversella mine (Ivrea city), already well known for crystallization of dolomite, magnetite and scheelite, or the nearby mine of Brosso, which together with beautiful samples of common minerals, such as pyrite, siderite and barite, also gave rare or absolutely new mineral species such as canavesite.

From the mentioned places as much as from many other lesser-known ones. some of the minerals coming have been found for the first time in the world, and whose Piedmont and Valle d'Aosta are Type-Locality; in many cases the recovery of these species is recent and linked to the work of discerning devotees who have brought to the attention of scientists "strange" minerals which later turned out to be new species. It is a fine example of how collaboration between the academic world and the collecting world, if properly structured, can lead to significant benefit to both parts.

Euromineralexpo, which gives weight and enhances the cultural aspects related to mineralogy, wanted to give importance also to this aspect, less flashy than the pure aesthetic of most beautiful crystals, but certainly richer as content.

This exhibition was made possible thanks to the collaboration of the Natural History Museum of Milan and the Regional Museum of Natural Sciences of Turin, of A.M.I. (Associatione Micromineralogica Italiana) and of numerous private and enthusiast collectors, including Claudio Albertini, Tiziano Bonisoli, Davide Caresio and Franco Chianale.

12th Sep 2014 19:01 BSTBologna Mineral Show

some specimens on display in thematic Alps.

Foto: Roperto Appiani

12th Sep 2014 19:03 BSTBologna Mineral Show


12th Sep 2014 19:06 BSTBologna Mineral Show


...updates soon :-)

16th Sep 2014 12:04 BSTBologna Mineral Show


In the collective imagination when it comes to fossil is immediately associated with AMMONITES. Indeed, it is perhaps the best known fossil, it has the typical spiral-shaped shell.

These creatures lived in the sea between 415 to 65 million years ago, when they became extinct along with the dinosaurs.

Belong to the group of molluscs-cephalopods, which today includes animals such as octopus, squid, cuttlefish and nautilus. The name "Ammonite" comes from a greek aries-God called Amon-Ram.

The thematic exhibition "EVOLUTION OF THE AMMONITES" will give an overview of a group of fossil molluscs among the most important, studied and collected ones in the world. The Ammonites were molluscs that have populated seas and oceans between Paleozoic and Mesozoic Age, and became extinct along with the great environmental crisis which caused the mass extinction at the end of the Cretaceous, which also led to the disappearance of Dinosaurs . This extinction led to the eventual disappearance of 76% of plant and animal species of Cretaceous including Dinosaurs. In addition to the dinosaurs disappeared ichthyosaurs, pliosaurs and all marine reptiles except crocodiles and turtles.

The shells of ammonites were extremely complex as shape. This factor gave input also to collectors, attracted by all over this wide variety of forms, not only for the thirst for knowledge but also because of the aesthetics of many of them. The shells in fact could be measuring from a few millimeters up to 2.6 meters in diameter.

They’ve became extinct along with the dinosaurs, who shared with these gigantic animals over a long period of Earth's history, and then mysteriously disappear with them 65 million years ago, presumably due to the impact of a meteorite or a climate change due to various factors.

Within the Thematic Exhibition will be possible to see several cephalopods from all over the world. To name a few countries: Indonesia – Timor, Nigeria, United Kingdom, Russia, Germany, Morocco, Madagascar, Japan, China, Greece, Australia, Peru, United States and France.


The Museum of Natural Sciences Don Bosco in Turin ( is represented in two exhibition showcases with a sampling of the more than 5000 specimens for about 2000 species of its collection on display at the headquarters of Viale Tovez 37 in Turin.

The samples exposed at 43° Euromineralexpo come from various localities among whose Italian ones and from other parts of the World, and shows a meaningful overview of the crystallographic shapes and colors of the minerals findable in Nature.

...updates soon :-)

19th Sep 2014 17:57 BSTBologna Mineral Show


In the Camissinone mine, in the municipality of Zogno (BG) at the time of mining were discovered magnificent fluorite crystallizations but, unfortunately, almost all have been destroyed in the hoppers, so little has been preserved.

After the abandonment of industrial activities, mineral collectors, working in the "tails" of the remaining veins, still managed to find some crystalized cavities.

Authors of a beautiful discovery are three mineral seekers from Viarago, a town located in Trentino region, Italy: Federico Morelli, Ugo Zampedri and Sandro Zampedri.

The fluorite specimens are deep purple colour and with large sizes.

An interesting sample has been donated to the Natural History Museum of Milan.

Beautiful and huge specimens of this Fluorite find from Zogno, will be displayed at Euromineralexpo 2014.

...updates soon:-)

22nd Sep 2014 12:46 BSTBologna Mineral Show


Alfio Tomaselli will catalyze the attention of visitors with a demonstration on how prehistoric man worked stones and bones for weapons and tools; as well as the colors obtained by pulverizing the various minerals found in nature; and also light the fire using various techniques. He will explain life in a Neolithic camp with a lot of skins stretched on the ground with all the visitors sat in a semicircle around him, and after the half-hour demonstration many people will be fascinated by his words and will remain for the next demonstration.


For those who have never experienced the thrill of venturing into the bowels of the earth has been rebuilt a section of mine tunnel excavation along with rails, with a cart load of ore and its miner pushing it. The reconstruction is so true that you have the sensation of hearing in the distance the sound of jackhammers and the noise of rock that falls to the ground.


Given the great success of public collected by the demonstration of alluvial gold panning sifting through the sands of the rivers, this year at the Euromineralexpo will be set up again the diorama that recreates the bed of a river to allow all visitors to try their hand in search of the precious metal with the discovery of real gold flakes.

The demonstration will be carried out by a well-known researcher from Canavese who has devoted his whole life to the discovery of gold-bearing alluvial deposits along the rivers and streams of Piedmont Region. Visitors who stay will be explained about all of the various research techniques, from traditional "batea" the more complex "channel."

Alfio Tomaselli and Silvio Bianco at the Bologna Mineral Show 2014

25th Sep 2014 11:42 BSTBologna Mineral Show

The project Presenze Longobarde is part of the association ARES-Archeologia, Reenactment e Storia, and his target is the study of the lombard culture in Piedmont between the end of 6th and the 8th century AD; the project uses experimental archeology, reenactment and living history as instruments for scientific research and divulgation.

In particular, the intention is to take up the methods of experimental archeology, almost always used for prehistoric research areas, and to extend the study of the italian Early Middle Ages: documenting the steps required to create a material product starting from a hypothesis and verifying its validity through comparison with historical informations and archaeological data. In those years, the project took different themes: clothing, food, craft activities.

During Euromineralexpo 2014, we’ll present the results of a recent archeological experimentation doing in the Experimental Area of Massello (TO): the extraction of silver from galena, using early medieval methods. To describe the metallurgical process and the adopted methodology, we’ll present the reconstruction of a kiln and materials, pictures and archeological comparisons.


The National Parks Entity of Asti manages the protected natural areas of the province of Asti in which the peculiar notable feature is the presence of fossils of marine organisms, and to enhance these findings it’s realizing the Paleontological Museum of Asti.

In the exhibition space dedicated to the event of Euromineralexpo, through a series of descriptiving panels will be explained about the world of fossils and the paleontological reality of the central Piedmont.

It will be exhibited also the reconstruction of the jaw of a gigantic Megalodonte shark fossil, which dominated the seas of most of the world about a 20 million years ago, along with numerous shell fossils dating back to about 3 million years ago, extracted from areas of Asti.


For the first time in Euromineralexpo 2014 there will be a space dedicated to holistic disciplines, and within the alternative remedy field, will be processed the theme of Pyramidology which plays a particularly important role as part of it. The pyramid in scale with the proportions of the Cheops, has the prerogative to give comfort and rebalance our parts imbalance. These feelings you can try at the Euromineralexpo of Turin, where it will be available for free trials a pyramid of 2 meters in size.

29th Sep 2014 13:12 BSTBologna Mineral Show



A very special exposure space within the exhibition, will host, for the first time at EUROMINERALEXPO, the Group of Artists and Goldsmith Artisans popular as "THE FELLOWSHIP OF THE JEWEL."

For the first time in Turin, Sarah Sudcowsky, Giorgio Borghi, Giovanna Bellini and Marilisa Parodi, will present Artworks which match the World of Mineralogy with that of Precious.

The main feature of this innovative Company of Artists is, in fact, the creation of “One of a Kind” Jewelry entirely handmade (sculpted, molded, wrought, welded, woven, knotted), but not only: to stand out on their Creations, developed from time to time on different and original Themes, protagonists will not only be the usual cut gems, how much more out-and-out Minerals, showing the beauty and uniqueness of each stone in its intact and original crystal habit.

For EUROMINERALEXPO2014, the FELLOSHIP OF THE JEWEL attend the Show with the Thematic "THE FOUR SEASONS", where will come to life, shape and color, Jewels which tell about the perennial Cycle of Nature, which crosses, over each Solar Year, three four Periods that trace the Birth, Development and Death, within an endlessly expanding time and becoming incessant evolution.

Spring, Summer, Autumn and Winter will be originally portray by the 4 Artists, who will choose the most inspiring Crystals and Gems for every Season, mounting them among sheets ofcurled and wrought metal, mergers of burnished silver and gold drops, pastes made of natural fibers carved and shaped by hand, ropes and fibers woven and knotted to complex works of macramé.

"The SEASONS represent the Cycle of Life: birth, adaptation, reproduction, development, death and inevitable re-birth, as in a Universal Circle travelled to Infinity that is endlessly in a constant state of becoming."

Thus introduces the topic of the impending Thematic Show on ARTISTIC JEWELRY, SARAH SUDCOWSKY ("Fairies's Gems"), Founder and Coordinator of the Group:

"With the Solar Year’s Seasons, our work has the aim of resuming and deepening, in a contest still more connected to Nature and Terrestrial Life, Theme previously touched at Edition 2014 of BOLOGNA MINERAL SHOW: " THE FOUR ELEMENTS. "

Spring, Summer, Autumn and Winter are actually the material and “earthly” manifestation of the Four Elements that make up the Manifest Universe: Water, Fire, Earth and Air.

The completeness of the Year Solar - symbol of the Full Cycle of Life itself- observe fulfilling the harmonious fusion of Principles YIN and YANG, essential components of Duality that shape the Earthly Dimension: we live between the Hot and Cold, between Light and Darkness, Rest and Activity, Sleep and Wakefulness, Sowing and Harvest.

Seasons give us shades of color, shapes, climate, gently chained to each other, offering every aspect of Existence in a large "loop" face to infinity, while the same every Season it is a minor one that takes place entirely as enhancing four phases of the salient features.

We just think like flowers in bud, and the emerald green of nature in full bloom immediately remind us of the Spring; or as golden fields of wheat, the waves of a crystal clear sea and red hot sunsets let suddenly the heart fly at the thought of Summer; or even to what some gardens cloaked in melancholy rugs of yellow and red leaves make us back to the classic imagery of Autumn; and finally, who would be able to imagine expanses of a white, pristine icy mantle of snow crystals of perfect geometry, without immediately thinking to Winter?

What the FELLOWSHIP OF THE JEWEL aims to realize for THE FOUR SEASONS is just that: to give shape, color, LIFE, every single Season to materialize in form of Jewel, the complete Cycle Life does in Nature.

As always, every Element of the Company will work according to their most distinctive prerogatives, styles, techniques and sources of inspiration.

We want our work to be as homogeneous as possible in the development and collaboration, as much as varied and polyhedral in the final result.

We are four we too, such as the Elements, such as Seasons themselves, such as the solidity of the Square that, stronger of its any corner, depicts the primary foundation of Earthly Creation.

Each of us is different and recognizable among others, yet our work, close to each other inside the cabinets of the Exposure, do not contradict, but rather they support and complement each other. "

Again for THE FOUR SEASONS, SARAH SUDCOWSKY uses sculptural techniques where matter is pliable and malleable for shaping Dreams and Wishes of Crystals, Dragons, Fairies and enchanted geometries, where sometimes stands out the sparkle of silver wires, between torchons of Precious Yarns and fantasies of shapes and colors.

GIOVANNA BELLINI ("Jewels EtiChic") introduces herself in the Group and in the issue of THE FOUR SEASONS telling:

"The idea that inspired me in the creation of these jewels is to represent, as well as with the colors of crystals and metals, the energy of Life in every Season, through shape and movement of the Metal.

At Spring Energy of Life pulsates and pushes, buds pushing to get out of the ground, as the springs ready to shoot, as far as possible; Spring is growing, developing, moving, tender but firm to the renewal of Life.

In Summer Energy is Light, Heat, Color, Reverb, rays of Sun, blue sky, ice in drinks that refresh, Green Meadows, Red Ground burned by the Sun.

In Autumn colors light up with warm colors, while Life slowly gives way to Death. The forms shrivel, fold back on themselves, fly off course by Wind.

In Winter Energy is Static, the ice takes rigid and pointed forms, Cold freezes Movement. Geometry and Rationality inspired shapes.

In the creation of my Jewelry I only use recycled metals, which are made from disused objects or industrial waste: brass, copper and silver take on a new life and form, showing their ability to morph in time and eternity. I also do not use any type of welding or adhesive, leaving that both the structure and the elasticity of Metal to gently wrap each single Crystal.

Also MARILISA PARODI (“Elementerre”) talks about her work:

"The macramè, mostly known as" lace nodes "is a technique in which a series of wires are variously twisted and knotted to form a substantial lace from geometric design. The origins of this technique can be sought in the Arab countries, but through trade, spread throughout the Mediterranean area.

The same twists and knots that were once precious to form fringes with towels and curtains are kept alive today in current and creative fashion accessories, such as necklaces, bracelets, earrings and handbags. This is how unique pieces and small collections, evolving, interweaving past and present, technique and Creativity.

With this ancient Art, through skilful and precise gestures, wires create complex textures that retain an intuition then be released again, welcoming every time new materials. They are like little journeys that tell little stories.

This time the invitation to journey is into the World of Crystals and Stones, to tell of the Seasons, which with their succession mark the Time of Life.

I will try through the plots of my wires, their colors and materials, to bring out the story that, from a look on the outside, will enter to a deeper level, to tell about the personal Seasons interiors.

Concludes GIORGIO BORGHI (Vulca), still pictorial, incisive and metaphysical:

"Four Elements

Four points of Energy

four Seasons

Four the number of madness and visions "

Vulca frames strong opposing of Ethics; mergers in Silver and Gold made entirely by hand with Crystals in their pure essence.

All that remains is to wait for the 3 - 4 - 5 October to access the EUROMINERALEXPO 2014 and, through the Thematic Show "THE FOUR SEASONS", enter, through the Creations of THE FELLOWSHIP OF THE JEWEL, in the sphere of interpretation of the Artists for travel with them through Spring, Summer, Autumn and Winter, and discover what Minerals, Gems, Materials, Shapes, Symbols and Colors, will have been chosen to give the matter the Essence of this Representation of the Cycle of Life for excellence.

29th Sep 2014 13:15 BSTBologna Mineral Show

Moment of creation for Giovanna Bellini: a cluster of white Calcite to be set in the Jewel for WINTER.

Jewelry in 925 burnished sterling Silver and Gold, natural Pearl, Aquamarine, Opal and a central Crystal of Heliodor from Brazil. By VULCA Creation.

Time of creation on macramé by Marilisa Parodi, with mother of pearl shells.

29th Sep 2014 13:19 BSTBologna Mineral Show

VULCA (Giorgio Borghi) ar work.

Close-up of a bracelet with 925 sterling silver wire, resin, Piedmont Hessonite Garnet and “Diamond” Quartz from Selvino (BG), Sarah Sudcowsky Creation.

Jewel by Sarah Sudcowsky in 925 sterling Silver, tubular web, resin and fine yarns, with Adularia of Mont Blanc and Labradorite from Madagascar.

29th Sep 2014 13:22 BSTBologna Mineral Show

Jewel by Marilisa Parodi, macramè technincs with Amethyst Quartz on Calcite, from Osilo (SS).

Jewel by Giovanna Bellini for SPRING, recycled handmade Brass, with a central plate Dioptase from Congo.

Ring for the AUTUMN, made of Brasswith plate of Hessonite Garnet from Val di Susa (Piedmont), by Giovanna Bellini.

2nd Oct 2014 11:41 BSTBologna Mineral Show

The staging of the event is almost finished.

We are waiting for tomorrow Friday 03/10/2014. :-)

Please note that the site is downloadable and viewable catalog of Euromineralexpo in 2014.

2nd Oct 2014 11:43 BSTBologna Mineral Show


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