Bologna Mineral's Show 2006
- 37° edition -
The Bologna mineral show is the first of Italian show and the bigger after Tucson so here you can have a taste of what's new after Tucson. It's an established appointment for that no italian collectors can miss for the participation of bigger mineral dealers from Italy Europe Pakistan China : in this edition about 290 exhibitors to represent all the sectors of mineralogy, paleontology, gemmology and malachology. To underline the characteristic of this show is to not admit polished and carved materials and jevellery that makes it a really ‘professional’ event.
|Different general view of the mineral show|
Inside the show each year
is organized special exhibitions with interesting
specimen from museum and private collections that allowed the public to view
treasure that normally is very hard to see… In this edition the main thematic
exhibition was: ‘Minerals fom Mont Blanc’ with fantastic alpine specimens from
the Italian and French side mainly smoky quartz ,gwindel , pink flourite chabasite
stilbite bissolite and faden quartz
Another interesting special exhibitions inside the show was dedicated to 'Imitation' or 'False' specimens also to help the collector to recognize this kind of specimens
|Some view and samples Phosgenite , Demantoid, Tourmalines Gold....|
In this edition of the show we haven’t see many new minerals or finding, the most important new things were same classic specimens that same big dealers present after Tucson Mineral Show mainly gem minerals tourmaline and beryls in all variety From Italy very nice pieces from old collection and some from Tuscany among these there where a new find of prasio quartz from Elba island and some new tourmalines from the pegmatite of monte Capanne Elba. Other classic old pieces of demantoids , boulangerite from Bottino mine. From Alps some collectors with nice quartz and some more rare minerals like cervandonite, synchesite and anatase. and nice chabasite from M Blanc. Other interesting samples where offered from sardinia with some old phosgenites, flourites of nice colors barite and anglesite. From Sicily a couple of rare haureite crystals and nice old sulphurs pieces Another news where as rarities for systematic Tourmaline in green brown needles from Carrara marble presented by Granai
From China was possible to see many transparent green fluorite from Xianghupau - Hunan with still hight prices and some good old pyromorphytes. A very intersteing pieces where crystalized molybdenite in association with quartz. From Pakistan showy specimens of the classic gems minerals and some nice bastnaesite in single crystals and yellow xenotime from Zagga For systematic collectors, some interesting italian minerals from Tuscany like peretaite , ceteinite and above all a nice sample of Silver and Argentite from Sarrabus Sardinia.
From Rumania there where many pieces of the new realgar but generally in poor samples with many damages and glued crystals.
Exibithion was impressive for the first time in Italy, we admired some
exceptional specimens of red and rose fluorite, of several centimetres
long, smoky quartz with “Gwindel” crystallization, of quite big dimensions, all
coming out from the French collectors Eric Asselborn and Denis Boel.
Further specimens of crystal druses of “Gwindel” fume quartz will be shown also by some friend of us who personally collect in M.Blanc massife Rocco and Davide. Moreover we'll have the pleasure of admiring some very rare specimens of the private collection of Roberto Ferronato and Franco Lucianaz. ialine Quartz coming from the Miage glacier, with inclusions of bissolite needles and extraordinary crystals of sferoidal stilbite and cubic chabasite
|Some samples of the special exihibition ...|
General speaking we can say that this edition of the show was very good for quality and quantity of mineral specimens, there were also a good selection of Italian and Alpine minerals . While from abroad there where not many news less Chinese dealers that in the other years some Morocco Dealers but with with no novely.
About the public we can say that there was an hight participation (mainly on Saturday and Sunday, less on Friday ) even if many of them had only a general interest for minerals and the mineral collectors were only a small part of the total.
|Silver Argentite Sarrabus||Amethyst from Las Vigas|
|Molybdenite on Quartz China||Prasio from Elba|
|Blue Flourite from Sardinia||Bastnaesite and Xenothime from Pakistan|
|Ettringite from South Africa||Exceptional tourmaline from Elba 4 cm hight|
See you in 2007
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