Turin Mineral's Show 2005
This year the show has been held for the third time in the new Congress Center Lingotto A nice location central to the town with and very confortable to reach. The Show started friday morning with exibithors setup and the first visitors arrived around noon . Saturday was quite busy with severals collectors looking around and thinking how to spend their budget which in general has become shorter than in past years. on Sunday there where many visitors too but more curious than minerals collectors. Anyway we have to remenber that teh majority of this show is dedicated to bijoux , lapidary and various objects and about 1/3 to minerals. This is a general trend we see in the shows .
Among visitors also some foreign mainly french collectors but also japaneese infact we say also Key's minerals people walking around for the 2 days.
|Above Apatite from Brasil , Topaz from China||Wulfenite Los Lamentos , Goethite after Pyrite val Gesso|
The exposed minerals were mainly international specimens, aesthetic and of medium to good average quality. We saw some interesting minerals from ,Brasil such as a new find of Apatite. From China a remarkable Topaz sample and the usual fluorite, spessartite and so on .
From Italy there was a new find of Goethite after Pyrite from an old mine in val Gesso Cuneo . Those were pentadodecaedric crystals with a size till 7 cm on a yellow etched matrix or loose. From Alps samo nice samples of quartz, pink flourites , Hematite ...and so on.
From Carrara a nice honey yellow sphalerite and several good quartz on white marble.
In several tables there were many pieces coming from old collection suc as ,nice perowskite from Val Malenco , an impressive Los Lamentos Wulfenite, Titanites from Aurina Valley all very attractive.
Among other systematic minerals some nice alpine
damburrite from Val di Susa , a new mineral Scheuchzerite, Fianel Mine
Grigions Switzerland in limited samples. Nice Kola material and
interesting chilean specimen too.
Many special exibits were presented. Turin Natural History Museum showed some old samples from Sardinia mines while some private collectors or Mineralogical groups organized little exhibiths on thematic subject such as Traversella mine , Brosso mine , and above all a nice showcase of quartz with bissolite and pink fluoritefrom Miage glacier
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