Here we are at our 4th Munich show as exhibitors . Attending this show is always a source of excitement for us that starts several days before when we start preparing the specimens . As it's difficult to play the role of exhibitors & visitors at the same time, the result is that in 3 days even if four of us were present at the exhibition we couldn't systematically cover all the show to see what's new, for this reason this report might not be fully comprehensive of the show, but we try to do our best .
It' always a pleasure to meet the customers who ordered in the past on our website and to have the possibility of a direct contact with them.
Our general impression is that the 2004 was a very good and well organized show.
There was a new area in A5 reserved for the Top dealers called International mineral pavilion. Here and in the surroundings there were some new dealers coming from overseas and the minerals offered were of high quality with prices for every pockets . Visitors were many and present especially on Saturday & Sunday.
Our table A5.456
General view of the show during setup
In our opinion the main news of the show were the Chinese Epidotes on amethyst quartz ( the quartz remembers those from Thunder Bay in Canada) and other discoveries from China such as the Barite on Manganite .
International mineral pavilion
As last year many samples of Pezzottaite were offered by several dealers . Among the new occurrences there are gemmy yellow calcites . There were also new gemmy rhodizites in pegmatite's geodes. Some very nice tourmalines were present but with not at the same level of the ones from Brazil and Pakistan
The Show theme was minerals from China , and from there a lot of dealers were present , chinese minerals were the main show theme and among the new find we point out several nice amethyst and ematoid Quartz with green epidote. Other new things were of systematic interest like some celestine in association with small wulfenite. From Fengshuan there were several top quality spessartine with dark smoky quartz . Looking among the many tables of chinese dealers we saw also some good helvites in association with quartz . Another interesting new occurece were some Barites crystallized on manganite.
From this country there were not new things but several nice pieces of Tourmaline and interesting pieces of pink crystallized quartz , herderite and some very good but few brasilianites .
From this area the new pieces coming from the Alpine fissures zone are the Brookites in brown crystals up to 4- 5 cm in association with quartz . From the pegmatites we noticed very nice pink apatites from Chumar Bakoor area and very good morganite in dark pink crystals. Of course we don't mention the many exceptional pieces of tourmalines and aquamarine. Few pieces of xenotime in matrix from Zagga. Some very gemmy quality spessartine were also present.
In hall A4 and A5 there was the usual presence of morocco dealers ....but only few of them have some interesting pieces of good quality , above all some samples of nice cobaltocalcite from Morocco in dark color and the new fluorites from El Hammam and Guercif. From South Africa there were nice samples of colored cactus quartz as well some new yellow ettringites.
From Namibia a new find of dioptase crystals and amethyst together with some boltwoodites , shorls and aquamarine from Erongo
From Europe there were many classic specimens on display with some good german pieces of fluorites from severals localities and silver on arsenic from Saxony. From Romania we noticed only some nice semseytes and fluorite from Cavnic. From Slovakia a new find of interesting Variscite and Wavellite. For those who like uranium minerals there were some very good pieces of metautunnite from Portugal
From Alps some classic scepter amethyst and new very good emeralds from Habactal . There were some classic smoky quartz from several area in Alps starting from M. Blanc and Switzerland area. In particular we point out a new find of smoky gwindel from Goshener Alp.
From Russia there were not many dealers .. but with some good pieces ..... here we highlight a new find of arsenopyrite on quartz from dal'nergosk area. A very good quality pieces of Baikal rubellite s and from Kola some museum quality bobbierite but too expensive. From Slatoust Urals some new perowskite. From Siberia no new findings, only some interesting colorless fluorite from dal'nergosk and 'fat ' red quartz from the same place. Finally gemmy heliodor from Ukraine.
North & South America
From USA no news but many exceptional pieces were showed by various dealers. We notice very good samples of benitoite and neptunite showed by Lawinsky , as well as good crystallized gold and copper. From Peru' a local dealer had many good red rhodocrosite that were swapped quickly during setup. A really new find from Mexico was the amethyst quartz on damburrite crystals that were very nice and unusual even if in few and little samples.
Glück Auf !!
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