The 41° edition of the show was caracterized by the presence of about 800 dealers , 130 of which located in a new exhibition area called Euromineral-2. The visitors were almost all the same as last year concentrated in the first day of the show ( the specialists) and on Saturday the maiority.
As a difference from last year there were very few visitors from overseas , expecially from USA , probably due to the bad exchange rate of the USD.
We arrive for set up on Wednesday morning on our place on the Thetre stage and as a differrence from last year we saw less confusion than in past years also because the entrence were controlled and permitted only to exibithors and the others have to pay 30 euro to enter . (click here to see a movie of the Theatre 1700Kb)
A part from these considerations, every year the show is growing: new areas are set up and the feeling is to be really inside a huge stone market,with a grest deal of business dedicated to wholesale and to other activities.(teaching,meetings)
About the really new stuff offered at the show , we think the most important news for this edition were the Rutile on Hematite from Brasil and from China we point out some pieces of creedite and fluorites and new sphalerites in association with galena and quartz. Finally from Madagascar some new Chiavennite specimens from the same mine of Pezzotaite . From Morocco the new purple flourites on barite
As the past year in the show there were some exibitions and conferences for all the 4 days , the main was ' Du Brut à la pierre taillée ..' showing all the process , technique and instruments for cutting stones.
Our impression is beside the grown , the show is going to be more a commercial stuff show than a collector show and the prices are growing from year to year this due also to the cost of supplying new material. Anyway we noticed after speaking with some dealers friend that the business was better than last years... we hope the trend will continue.
Another consideration is the effort to education that the Organizers are putting towards general understanding of minerals and fossils.There was the area dedicated to clean and reproducing fossilss , space for crystal healing and therapy,meeting on gemmology and atelier for artisans. Interesting to see and welcomed by the visitors.
For us S.Marie show is always a good experience and trip not only for buy & Sell but also to meet friends , know some of our web customers , have good food in a friendly atmosphere.