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Bologna Mineral Show February 01, 2016 04:07PM
Hello everyone, we are pleased to announce the imminent appointment with the 47th edition of the Bologna Mineral Show, to be held this year within the UNIPOL ARENA in Casalecchio di Reno (BO), Via Gino Cervi 2, days 4-5-6 March 2016.

Exhibition of mineralogy-malacology-gemology-paleontology, is confirmed as the mineralogical event most anticipated in Italy and among the most important in Europe, a meeting point for enthusiasts, collectors and lovers of this wonderful world that Mother Nature has created in its infinite manifestation of forms and colors.

The 47th Bologna Mineral Show confirms the formula that has gained much consensus in all these years is the high level of cultural and commercial content, both for the quality of services offered.
Particularly rich supply of minerals and fossils of the highest level from all over the world, made by the best collectors and dealers.

The cultural section offers two unmissable events, with four thematic exhibitions in mineralogy of high thickness, exposed, as a tradition, in an area specially set up for the purpose and two issues of paleontological type.

This year has confirmed the coincidence with the Bijoux Expo, successfully reached its 13th edition; an indispensable opportunity to admire, give as a gift a valuable object and design, elegance and convenience.
In the Bijoux Expo there will be for the third year the Show Topics on Artistic Jewel, set up with the works of the artisans of the "Company of the Jewel" and developed on "Atlantis", submerged continent protagonist of stories and research at the boundary between historical truth and imagination, and whose people remember as the depositary of superior knowledge, including the crystalline energy use of minerals.

Bologna Mineral Show and BijouxExpo.

Two events, distinct but at a single price for a double result for visitors and exhibitors. A wonderful opportunity to share with these events from year to year does not cease to fascinate more and new visitors and exhibitors.

opening hours to the public 9:00 to 19:00

For more information, consult our website

so follow us in this month preceding the event to learn more about all that we have arranged for you.
Bologna Mineral Show February 01, 2016 04:09PM

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.

Bologna Mineral Show February 04, 2016 02:42PM
"ATLANTIS" Submerged the Continent

Again in this edition, LA COMPAGNIA DEL GIOIELLO (The Fellowship of the Jewel) will make precious the Thematic Area with a new exhibition about Art Jewellery, following the Philo "Myths, Tales and Legends".
The Artists will focus their creative inspiration on "ATLANTIS", The Submerged Continent protagonist of tales and research at the limit between the Historical Truth and Fantasy, and whose People is remembered as the depositary of superior knowledge, including the use of Crystalline energy of minerals.
Bologna Mineral Show February 09, 2016 05:27PM

Luigi Bombicci (1833-1903) left a deep imprint in the city of Bologna – his mineralogical studies made him a well known personality, also controversial for some of his theories. To him is dedicated the Mineralogy and Petrography Museum of the Bologna University, of which he was the first director.
A path within the Bologna Mineral Show shall help us to know better this scientist, important for mineralogy as well as for the city where this show takes place.

Bologna Mineral Show February 13, 2016 11:31AM

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 Bologna Mineral Show 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 the runner-world fishing gold which is also a well-known researcher of the Canavese who devotes all his free time to the discovery of gold-bearing alluvial deposits along the rivers and streams of the Piedmont. Visitors who stay will be explained about all of the various research techniques, from traditional "batea" the more complex "channel."

Bologna Mineral Show February 13, 2016 12:08PM

Bologna Mineral Show February 15, 2016 12:11PM

Continues the series of fossil specimens from the sediments of the formation of clays Blue emerging along the banks of the River Tanaro, near the town of Asti. A roundup of the most important and rare fossils of these sediments Asti from the Pliocene clay dating back to 5 million years ago piritizzati includes corals, sea urchins from the exceptional preservation with the shell still rare and cuttlefish bones. And yet the strange shellfish such Xenophora, characteristic for agglomerating on the edge of the other shell shells, present with rare species and the exceptional preservation; the vermetids, strange gastropods with the tube shell from performing irregular, large and rare gastropods like Charonia lampas and Ranella olive oil.
In addition to these marine fossils a section is devoted to finds of fossil woods with various types and conservation make these findings typical of this area. Among these, as well as portions of logs more or less "processed" by the waters of the river that shaped the forms, stand out a sample stored for silicification with formations of blue chalcedony and another that keeps the galleries of shipworms, mollusks marine feed on the woods that end up in the sea.
Finally, an interesting novelty consists of lenticular gypsum crystals found in isolated marl fossil, which constitute a real natural connection between the mineralogy and paleontology.
A corollary of this returns the reconstruction of the jaw of the giant megalodon shark Carcharocles, ruler of the seas Miocene 20 million years ago also of our parts.
Bologna Mineral Show February 18, 2016 06:27PM

Many psychologists have investigated the different forms and motivations of all types of collecting, that has been defined “a gentle madness”. It is a generally accepted fact that people who are collectors by nature, frequently collect different categories of objects, often (but not always) related to each other.
Also, mineral collecting can expand to include sub-collections centered on different geographic areas, on different classes of minerals (e.g. native elements, sulfides, etc.), systematic or esthetic specimens, single crystals or collections of just one mineral in its different forms and associations (e.g. fluorite, calcite etc.). Also, it can include mineralogical instruments, mineralogy books (probably the most cultural of these variations), stamps, postcards with a mineral theme, mining memorabilia and so forth.
An unusual form of this passion is “a collection of collections”. We refer to sets of objects orderly assembled for a specific purpose: didactic, documentary, of souvenir etc. and including minerals, gemstones, crystal models etc. This theme is very wide, but the collections worth of being included are not easy to find, except for those more recent and trivial.
A “collection of collections”, assembled during many decades by Adriana and Renato Pagano, probably unique and rich of curious and interesting items, will be shown at the 47th Bologna Mineral Show and it will not fail to entertain the visitors.

Bologna Mineral Show February 18, 2016 06:28PM

The Greenlaw Mine and its beautiful fluorite crystals. This mine is located in England, in Weardale, an area well known to collectors of minerals for the splendid CRYSTALS extracts fluorspar especially during periods of increased mining activity. Now that the area of the mines are inactive, the possibility of finding all'altezze samples of those extracted in the past is a dream for most of the collectors. The Greenlaw Mine, however, is an exception; thanks to the work of a team of enthusiasts, the mine was re-opened in order to extract mineralogical specimens for collectors and a archeominerario recovery of the structure. This has allowed in recent times, the recovery of crystallized specimens of absolute importance of fluorspar, showing that, even in the field collecting, at the base of a success, in addition to some small dream there is often a valid project.

Bologna Mineral Show February 24, 2016 03:19PM

All mineral collectors at least once in their life went into a tunnel of the mine to search for some samples to add to their collection and exploration have definitely seen the work of the miners who had worked there previously.
In Bologna Mineral Show has recreated a small historical path of the centuries as the mines have been developed and evolved. The various environments they want to understand how the mining and the lives of those working inside was tough and way of extracting changed over the centuries.
There will be a play of mine of the Middle Ages with the work tools and extraction until you get used to the tools and the gallery of the 60s and 70s.
Minerals are served and serve the development of our civilization, without them we would not have anything of what today we own and use, and the setting of the mining history wants to think about how much work, effort and risks involved, and involves extracting all minerals.

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Bologna Mineral Show February 24, 2016 03:26PM

The success of last year on the fossils of Bolca, convinced us to continue to prepare, in collaboration with Massimo Cerato, a new extraordinary exposure to the Bologna Mineral Show 2016. The beauty and importance of these samples is recognized worldwide for the variety the rarity and the perfect preservation of the specimens.
Commitment Cerato family and especially Massimo Cerato is to show to a wider audience as possible, wonders of the world fossil Italian, known to professionals but also to visitors. our commitment, as always, to combine culture and entertainment in the mineralogical and paleontological field, will set up a worthy presentation for this event important paleontological.
On top of the issue, will be equipped area where Massimo Cerato bring small stone slabs of Pesciara and children who want to challenge themselves in this fascinating research with a hammer will look small lagoon petrified fossils of Bolca dating back to 50 million years ago and experience the thrill of becoming a day for young palaeontologists ...
E 'for over 200 years that the family Cerato is committed to patient, tiring but equally exciting job of extracting the fossils from Bolca.
Below, for information and documentary leave a description on fossil site.

Bolca of Vestenanuova is a small village on the eastern Lessini mountains at about 850 m of altitude.
Near Bolca, there are numerous fossil deposits including Pesciara and Mount Postale. These two sites are the best known and most important in the world because of the number, variety, and the state of preservation of the fossil finds.
In fact, Bolca with its deposits, is a unique example in the world for the richness of fossil finds, mainly fish and plants, but also crustaceans, jellyfish, insects, bird feathers, etc.. dating back about 50 million years ago.
This is the most important fossil area attributed to the Eocene, which has returned such an abundant variety of animal organisms (insects and crocodiles) and plants (from Rosaceae to palms) in perfect condition.
The uniqueness of the fossils of Bolca area also consists in the fact that many of the findings also have an incredible aesthetic value due to the evidence of characteristics of the fossils and for their peculiarity: just think of the famous “angel fish” which are of incomparable beauty and scientific value for . Bolca, thanks to its deposits of Pesciara and Mount Postale, as well as its unique history and scientific reality, is for the national and international community a legacy of inestimable value.
Other important fossil deposits are those on the Monte Purga of Bolca - Monte Vegroni, where until after World War lignites have been subject to extraction and marketed as fuel while, during the work of cultivation, which took place mainly in galleries, were found numerous and beautiful palm trees (Latanites, Phoenicites, etc..), several meters high and with a fan that pinnate fronds, as well as turtles (Trionyx, known as "soft-shell turtle") and crocodiles (Crocodilusvicetinus).
Fossils of Bolca are known since long time even though it is not known when it was discovered the fossil deposits. The earliest records date back to a document by Andrea Mattioli in 1555, while in 1571 the important collection of the pharmacist Francesco Calzolari from Verona, who, in his museum (the first known natural history museum in the world), has been setting out, among other natural materials, including some fish from Bolca. The fossils, although known since classical ancient times, acquire their modern meaning only in the seventeenth century when, recognized their organic origin, are identified as the remains of organisms that lived in the past.
It’s more than 200 years that the Cerato family is engaged in the patient, laborious but equally fascinating work of extracting fossils from Bolca area. This work is difficult and requires a special technique of excavation that involves the separation of the various limestone plates that hold the remains of fossilized organisms. Within the mining operations, research and restoration of the fossils, the Cerato’s have always been specialized professionals as well as the best ones in-depth knowledge of the area. This specificity also derives from an oral tradition of the family, a tradition that has been perpetuated for generations. During all of these years of research it is estimated that from Pesciara have been extracted from over 100,000 fish perfectly fossilized.

An interesting Exhibition of some of these fish fossils, will be on display at the 47th BOLOGNA MINERAL SHOW on 4 - 5 – 6 March, 2016 at the Unipol ARENA, Gino Cervi avenue, 2nd , Casalecchio di Reno , Bologna.

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Bologna Mineral Show March 01, 2016 06:40PM

From the Roman ages to about 1500 AC, underground lighting used primitive instruments like oil lamps, torches and candles. Later, the lamp evolution proceeded hand-in-hand with the development of mining technology, that brought men deeper and deeper in the entrails of the earth. There one of the greatest mining risks appeared: the gas called “grisou”, often cause of explosions, rock collapses and many victims among miners. The presence of this gas in many mines made necessary the development of safer and more effective lamps, according to various solutions indicated by mining engineers who addressed these problems.
The lamp is also a symbol of the hard mining labor, often carried out in terrible and almost desperate conditions; a dark colored social picture, sometimes illuminated just by the lamp light.
A selection of the lamps from the Giovanni Belvederi e Maria Luisa Garberi collection, exhibited at the Bologna Mineral Show, shall introduce us to this interesting aspect of the mining history.

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