Ste. Marie Aux Mines Show 2013
29 June 2013
Welcome to the first of our reports from the Ste. Marie Aux Mines Mineral and Fossil show 2013.
Another year has quickly passed and for the first time in years the team arrived here on Monday morning greeted by a wet and overcast Ste Marie. A shock to most of us since we are all used to warm sunny weather here in this ancient mining town.
Undeterred we all set to work unloading the cabinets and equipment with intermittent breaks to avoid the rain and by late afternoon the tables, cabinets and all the lighting had been configured.
Early Tuesday Morning - One of the tent lined streets of Ste Marie Aux Mines before most of the dealers have begun to arrive.
More unoccupied tents (Tuesday morning). The main entrance with steps leading to the theatre building on the right hand side.
This year Crystal Classics and Kristalle were lucky to have not just our normal stand in the theatre at Ste. Marie, but also our own private showing room up on the stage behind our main booth. Here we are able to lay out rows of boxes of minerals for our customers to browse through at leisure. In this area as well we were able to put some of the Gilles Emringer collection of fine French minerals specimens. Gilles had his own tent just outside the main theatre so folks visiting our booth could go and meet the man himself to see what else he had there and chat with his colleagues, Gael and Sophie.
Boxes of minerals stacked in our Stage room in preparation for our customers.
Dave Whipp and Gael unloading one of the six crates that arrived from Gilles Emringer's home.
Flats full of great French mineral specimens.
Sophie and Gael unloading another crate.
View of the theatre hall where many of the top dealers at Ste. Marie exhibit.
All we needed now was the minerals and later that day our second vehicle arrived with the specimens for the show.
Here are some of the specimens in our show cases after they had all been set up.
A small selection, mostly Cerussite specimens, of some of the Iranian minerals we have recently received.
Here are some of the minerals we have on display at the show. We’ll show you more in our second report.
First a great Aragonite specimen lightly tinted blue from Arrigas, Le Vigan, Gard, Languedoc-Roussillon, France.
One of the richest and brightest specimens of Axinite with Adularia I have come across.
From the classic French location Le Rocher d’Armentier, Bourg d’Oisans, Isere, France.
A really aesthetic British Baryte specimen from Frizington, Cumbria, England.
Another British specimen – Boracite with Hilgardite from the Boulby Potash Mine, Loftus, North Yorkshire, England.
A remarkable specimen from the Czech Republic – well defined and really bright Cassiterite crystals intergrown with Quartz.
From Horni Slavkov, Karlovy Vary Region, Bohemia, Czech Republic.
A small selection of some specimens recently acquired from Iran.
The two specimens on the left and the one at bottom right are Cerussite groups with classic reticulate form. The specimen in the top right is a pale blue Hemimorphite.
Here is a closer look at one of the Cerussites.
From the Nakhlak Mine, Anarak District, Iran.
And here’s a closer look at the Hemimorphite.
From Nehbandan, South Khorasan Province, Iran.
Here is a rich turquoise bluish coloured Chalcophyllite from Wheal Gorland, St. Day, Cornwall, England.
These rare British Classics are becoming more and more difficult to obtain.
Another classic from France - intergrown lenticular shaped Siderite crystals accompany near pure white Dolomite and a little Quartz.
From La Mure, Isere, Rhone-Alpes, France.
From South America this superb Beryl (var. Emerald) set in matrix and measuring around 3.5 cm from La Pita Mine, Boyaca Department, Colombia.
A richly coloured purple Apatite crystal on matrix from
Ehrenfriedersdorf, Erzgebirge, Saxony, Germany.
Here are a few specimens of Fluorite:
First, an impressive cluster of transparent lilac colour zoned cube crystals from La Collada, Asturas, Spain.
A nice large cluster of Fluorite cubes with Galena from The Boltsburn Mine, Rookhope District, Weardale, North Pennines, Co. Durham, England.
A large crystal group of Fluorites ranging from colourless to pale blue from the Le Beix Mine, Herment, Auvergne, France.
An attractive cluster of composite Fluorite crystals on Celestite from the Tule Mine, Melchor Muzquiz, Coahuila, Mexico.
A closer look at the Fluorite crystals on the specimen pictured above.
An octahedral Pink fluorite in association with Adularia and Smokey Quartz from the Mont Blanc Massif, Chamonix, Rhone Alpes, France.
Rich purple interlocking Fluorite cubes with Calcite from Tounfit, Boumia, Meknes-Tafilalet Region, Morocco.
A rare German specimen.
Greenockite with Pectolite from the Andesite Quarry at Kreimbach-Kaulbach, Rhineland Palatinate, Germany.
A lovely stellate group of twinned Gypsum crystals from Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada.
Red Quartz Crystals (“Eisenkiesel”) scattered over a concave surface of Hematite.
From Cleator Moor, Cumbria, England.
Two examples of the classic “Lady Slipper” Siderite specimens from the Virtuous Lady Mine, Buckland Monachorum, Devon, England.
Lanarkite with Leadhillite from the Sussanna Mine, Leadhills, Scotland.
An impressive example of a rarity from Mexico.
Legrandite sprays on matrix from the Ojuela Mine, Mapimii, Durango, Mexico.
…and a closer look at the central spray of Legrandite crystals on the above specimen.
Well that’s just a taste of what you can see if you visit the Kristalle/Crystal Classics booth in the main theatre at St. Marie this year. Remember we have a room at the rear of our booth up on the stage this year where there are hundreds more minerals to be viewed. Please just ask one of the staff at one of our counters and they will show you through to this bonanza.
We’ll bring you a few more examples from our cabinets as well as information about what other dealers around the show have in our next instalment.
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