2009 S.Marie Aux Mine Show
This is our 9th participation to the S.Mine aux mine show the second largest European show , that transfers in visitors and exhibitors a sort of Tucson feeling. The show seem to grow every year more in estenson than in quality for the minerals shown here . Many of the minerals exibitors that previously were in tents now have reduced their space like us to tables in the mineralogie halls. The theatre is now a show in the show where most of the vip dealers are present and for a part of the visitors this is the main hearth of the show.
The tents are mostly occupied by Chinese and Morocco dealers that here in s. Marie have a large presence and by many wholesale dealers. S. Marie is the show where to make bargains with small or large lots of material, even if the quality is very often low to very low and it is not easy to find mineral specimens of high level at reasonable prices.
Also this year the visitors spread in the whole period of the show...the most excited with more budget to spend visit the show starting from tuesdays and friday the go home ..all the others with a smaller budget visit te show in the weekend going home in sunday mornig. As a result for the exibitors this is becoming almost a 6 day show!
|Genaral shots from the show|
There were not many interesting mineralogical news in the show as we are seeing also in others recent international shows. Some new find from Morocco : in the Bou Beccker area there was an interesting strike of Develline covered by gypsum and included in it forming colorfull and aesthetic pieces , another novelty was some nice pieces of cobaltoan calcite over dolomite and calcite
|Develline included in gypsum||Cobalton calcite on calcite|
From china there wasn't many exciting things but anyway some quality pieces were available mostly from other dealers than chinese ones
Another new find were some nice demantoid from Canada that looks like the ones from Malenco Valley. From Brasil there were some pieces of the new purple topaz that we saw in Tucson and some new piece or purple apatite in association with bertrandite
|Nice pyromorphyte from China||purple apatite and bertrandite|
|Nice fluorite from M.Blanc||Mimetite from Australia|
From France a nice
selection of pink flourites flound last summer by a group of 3 crystalier
that are following teh same vein from 6 year and they found a nice
pocket with loose crystal and over calcite till 5 cm edge ...the only
problem the price!
From Pakistan and Afghanistan there were many choice of gemmy minerals and amomg all a nice selection of Indicolite tourmalins and watermelon color tourmalined from Langhman afghanistan, both in matrix and loose crystals
|Pink Flourite from Alps and Green Flourites from South Africa||Rhodocrosite from South Africa|
|Loose pentagonite from India||Nice old silver from germny and Norway|
In the Theatre the organization set up some display cases with the best French Flourites coming out from private collection and Museum ....there are no word to describe the piece especially the blue ones
|Fluorite from Puy de Dome||Fluorite from Puy de Dome|
|Mont Blanc||Pink flourite over calcite|
Obviously for our team the
show of Saint Marie, further to be a moment of sale and verification of the
international mineralogical market it’s above all a moment of purchasing new
items to offer in our website . From this point of view we can say to be
satisfied and we hope for also for you …
Stay tuned for the new updates were we’ll present a selection of the new purchases…..
|Wulfenite from China||Cobatoan Calcite Morocco|
|Cuprite fro Kazakhstan||Acquamarine from Pakistan|