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Luca's Impression 

... to enrich our report on Munich Mineral Show, in this page we offer the point of view on the show of our friend: Luca Bertelli.

Munich   Show Report

 25-27th October, 2002  

The Munich Show his year was settled in three large exhibition halls and the public affluence during the three days of show was remarkable despite of the uneasy moment for the world economy. Luckely the passion for minerals and stones looks stronger than economic constraints also if budget available for most of us  may be somewhat reduced in these periods. The show  this year was properly  organised with large spaces available  between the exhibitors and  good visibility of all the exhibition areas. Also a proper reinforced security service was present that , in these days, it was, for sure, highly appreciated.    

Also this year more than 700 exhibitors, renowed traders and collectors from all the five continents still provided a pleasant atmosphere to the Munich event.

Close to the entrance the year  thematic show and special exhibition was devoted to : "Alpine miracle of nature". Most of the showcases were dedicated to Minerals from the "Alti Tauri". Outstanding Alpine Titanites, Periklins and Quartzs specimen were shown from different localities from  Austrian Tauren. The Museum of Natural History of Vienna had also some very nice showcases concerning the worldwide famous Kappenwand locality with finds of the famous Epidote. An additional alpine highlight this year were also the new find of Tourmaline from the Adamello Massif (Southern Central Alps, Italy) presented by the Museo Civico di Storia Naturale of Milan. A remarkable find for the 21st century in an area so heavily exploited as the Alps.

We will now try to provide a worldwide view of the main attractions also giving our feeling on how the output of the different localities is evolving .

From Europe, 

 nothing of outstanding new was present. Some German dealers presented some new remarkable cabinet and large cabinet Diskrasite specimens from Saxony. They were available at relatively high prices but quality was outstanding. 

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Also some  classic specimens from old collections were offered such as Pyrargirite, Proustite, Manganite etc.. Still form old collections we noticed two - three nice Nagyagyte and Petsite specimens from Romania as well as some nice small Romanian gold.  

Still from Europe we would like to report the availability of remarkable quantities of  Pras Quartz from Serifos Island, Greece. Pras xls are well developed of a quite deep green colour in large druses and nice association. Xls size can reach 5-6 cm and sometimes xls were associated in nice groups. Price of relatively high quality miniature specimen were acceptable also if the better specimens were priced over 1000 Euros.

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Still from Europe some nice Pink Alpine Fluorite from Swissertland (Grimsel Area), coming from a 2002 new find and offered at interesting prices. Good miniatures were available for 200-300 Euros.  

Sardinia offered some new find of the classic yellow tabular Barite xls from near Villamassargia. Quality of most of the material was not outstanding but it was offered at a relatively interesting prices. 

From Norway still  we report the remarkable Anatas supply from Valdres area. By the way the locality looks now producing at a reduced level and with lower quality when compared to 2-3 years ago. If someone has still to secure himself a good anatase it is probably the timing to do it,  since the good material is expected to become more and more scarce in the near future and consequently prices will go up.  The same concept can be applied to the famous Zirkon locality of Seiland that it is now almost completely exhausted. Still from Norway we report some rare material such as Thalenite xls from Nordland, Monazite from Kroderen , Gadolinite, Aeschynite and Xenotime xls from Iveland offered at interesting prices.Also available some classic Ilmenite specimens from Åmdal.

From CIS, 

 the most remarkable new find that we would like to report is that of Pink Apatite from  a pegmatite in Central Kazakhstan. Apatite xls are really transparent, of a deep pink colour and associated with black Quartz giving a really nice showing to all the specimens. Unfortunately really undamaged specimens were relatively few and highly priced. But some nice miniatures were available at price around 150-200 Euros.  

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Central Kazakhstan Mines also continue to provide some nice Bornite and Chalcocite specimens but really remarkable specimens are difficult to be found. 

Further of this form CIS we have to report also still the rare material from Kola Peninsula where some remarkable miniature where available at Laplandia and other Russian exhibitors. Laplandia also exhibits in a small showcase remarkable selected specimen of Lovozero and Kovdor Massifs. Among these we have to report really outstanding Villiaumite and Kovdorskite specimens. 

Still from the Polar Urals there were still available some remarkable specimens of Axinite from Puiva Mine but all comes from old finds and the mine looks now definitevely stopped. Also available in the show some nice Brookite specimen from Dodo mine priced at reasonable level (100-1500 Euro each).  

Melkhan deposit, Transabaikalia is producing some remarkable Rubellite and Elbaite xls but really good undamaged specimens are quite rare to be observed. This was not the cas in Munich. 

In the show were also available from the Central Urals remarkable Perowskite specimens embedded in calcit and serpentinite. Xls sixe  may reach 2 cm and they have a nice dark brown -black colour with nice luster and perfect shaping. We consider this find an interesting old-new classic of remarkable interest. 

Dalegenorsk mining district continues to provide high quality output as Red Quartzs, Datolite, Ilvaite and Pras Quartz as well as Pyrrothite. It looks instead that the output of the outstanding water clear Fluorite is now stopped and good specimens are difficult to recover.   

From Asia,

China Mines continues to produce a large amount of remarkable material. Among these we remember Fluorite, Antimonite and Quartz with Ematite. Some of the Antimonite specimens were really remarkable for the size and the luster of antimonite xls. Prices are much higher than three four years ago but the quality of some of the material worths the price.  Still from China we have to report a considerable amount of high quality supply of geminate Cassiterite xls of outstanding quality from the classic Scheelite locality.

Pakistan and Afghanistan were represented by a large numbers of dealers. Among the most interesting new find we would like to remember the Bastanaesite find near Peshawar. Bastnaesite xls are absolutely outstanding, dark brown in colour and sometimes with very fresh luster and may reach the remarkable size of  5-6 cm. Few nice specimens were offered on matrix. The some locality also offered some nice deep black rutilated quartz on matrix.

Another interesting new find was that of Nice Black Spinel xls in a classic association with Chondrodite and Calcite from Hunza Valley, Pakistan. Specimens are very attractive for the extremely well developed shapes of the Spinel xls and very aestehyc. Good cabinet specimens were offered at 150-200 Euros and large specimens were also available.

Pakistan is also supplying relatively few high quality Epidote specimens some of them really remember the famous Alpine Kappenwand find. Good undmaged specimens are expensive (over 1000 Euros) but absolutely outstanding in quality 

Chevkinite- (Ce) specimens were also still available in miniatur and cabinet size specimens.  

Still available remarkable Hackmanite xls specimens from Pakistan as well as some very nice yellow green Titanite on amphibolite matrix forming extremely attractive specimens.  By the way we have to remark some shortage in supply of remarkable Acquamarin, Topaz and Tourmalines.

Indian dealers continue to offer the Deccan Zeolites in large quantities. This year some remarkable Cavansite were available at reasonable prices such as Pentagonite. Some Powellites of white colour  were also shown. Xls are well shaped and developed (3-4 cm)  but luster and quality is far away from the original find of Nasik. 

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From Africa, 

 we have to report the usual Morocco output. Still nice Vanadinite from Mibladen were shown but the large part of the fantastic output of two years ago looks over . Really good specimens now are getting more and more rare and expensive. On the other side a large quantity of mid fair quality material was available. From Aouli still nice Yellow Fluorite with Quartz are available. Bou Azzer district still produce Roselite and Wendilsonite output but again really remarkable specimen were absent. Imiter  district still continues to produce  small red nice Proustite xls but  again no outstanding specimen were seen. Also Eritryte and Skutterudite specimens from Bou Azzer were available.

 Still one the the most remarkable actual output from Africa, are the fantastic Carrollite from Kamoya Mine Katanga where large well developed single  fresh crystals up to 7-8 cm in size were available. Also remarkbale minitaure  specimens  with Carrollite xls up to 2-3 cm in matrix were still available.   Also some remarkable new Dioptase specimens from Reneville area  were available also if quite highly priced.

Erongo Massif from Namibia still provides remarkable output of Blue Aquamarin on black Tourmalines. Acquamarin colour is sometime of a quite deep colour and relatively fresh. Despite the fact that rarely the quality of the Acquamarine can compete with the Pakistan and Afghanistan material some of specimens are extremely showing and attractive and prices for good quality specimens may be competitive. 

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The Kalhari manganese district is still providing to the world collectors nice surprises. The last one was the remarkable  Poldelvardeite discovery  Nice specimens were available at the show at least from 2-3 dealers. Good miniature and cabinet specimens were anyway expensive. Top specimens easily  overcome 1000-1500 Euros.

Malawi pegmatites (Mt. Malosa)  continues to produce remarkable material but despite of the average good quality of the offered specimens no new outstanding issues have outcome. In the show we can observe some nice Aegirine, Arfverdsonite and minor Parisite and Eudidymite.   

From South America, 

We just remark the presence of some (few) remarkable new  specimens of Rodonite  xls from the classic found in Peru' as well some really exceptional Hubnerite specimes (this were available at Luis  Fernado Burillo stand). Hubnerite xls were  small (2-3 cm) but absolutely perfect shining and spread over the classic white quartz xls sometimes with some Japan-twins. 

Brasil were represented by a remarkable find of the classic Tourmalines of  Pederneira Mine. Budil & Budil stand really shown some remarkable specimens for this find.  Top specimens were highely priced. Also available some remarkbale Brasilian Titanites . Xls are of a nice deep yellow-green colour, often twinned and  associated with white Albite xls. 

Other interesting items we can mention   were some nice transparent, gemmy Brasilianite xls on Cleevelandite from Minas Gerais as well as some nice Herderite xls. 

Some nice Hematite with  the curious skeleton growths association  were still available from Argentina as well as some nice Fluorites. 

Finally we report some remarkable Smaragd on matrix from Muzo, Colombia while we have to report a general lack of good material supply from the Bolivian Mines.   

From North America,  

we cannot report a lot of outstanding issues. Some nice crystallised Copper from  Quincy Mine, Michigan were available at interesting prices as well as few really remarkbale Vesuvianite from a new find in Asbestos, Canada. This  last occurrence has to be considered has an outstanding   one since Asbestos quarrys are expected to be definetely closed in a near short time. Vesuvianite xls are of pale-green, pale violet to deep green colour with fresh luster and may reach 2-3 cm in size. The best specimens were offered at prices over 1000 Euros .

Also available some good Californian Golds , highly priced.    

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