Ste. Marie Aux Mines Show 2013 - 2

30 June 2013

ste. Marie street rain
...and still it rains. The tent lined streets of Ste Marie aux Mines on Saturday monrning.

For this, our second report from a very wet Ste Marie aux Mines, we’ll not just bring you mineral notes from more of the items we have in our own cabinets, but also information about other dealers and what they have on offer and a little about the 50th anniversary party held on Thursday evening in the open air. A great night was had by all who attended - and there were many!

To start here are a few more minerals from our cabinets, some classic British and European specimens as well as colourful worldwide specimens:

linarite, Caldbeck fells
A very rich blue Linarite specimen from the Red Gill Mine, Caldbeck Fells, Cumbria, England.
A desirable example for any collector of British minerals.

Liroconite, Cornwall
Next, another fine example of a Cornish classic mineral – Liroconite.
This is probably the finest one of a few we have recently acquired.
From Wheal Gorland, St. Day district, Cornwall, England.

In our previous report we showed you some Cerussites and a Hemimorphite that we recently acquired from Iran. These were not all we obtained. We also procured a number of brightly coloured Wulfenite specimens and very interesting Mimetites.

Globular orange Mimetite balls scattered across matrix from Anarak District, Esfahan Province, Iran.

Wulfenite, Iran
Bright orange (almost Red in some light) tabular wulfenite crystals scattered across white matrix from Anarak District, Esfahan Province, Iran.

Wulfenite, Iran
Another of these fine Wulfenite specimens from Anarak District, Esfahan Province, Iran.

Olmiite, N'chwaning
A superb Olmiite Ball from the N’chwaning Mines, Kuruman, Kalahari Manganese Fields, South Africa.

Parisite, Zomba, Malawi
Pagoda shaped Parisite crystal perched on Smoky Quartz and Aegirine from Mount Malosa, Zomba, Malawi.

Pyromorphite, Les Farges
Fine crusts of mustard coloured pyromorphite needles together with Wulfenite on Quartz  from the Les Farges Mine, Ussel, Correze, Limousin, France.

Pyromorphite, Les Farges
Another Pyromorphite from Les Farges, France.

…and a close up of the crystals of the above specimen.

Pyromorphite, Asprieres
A Pale lime green globular Pyromorphite from Asprieres, Decazeville, Aveyron, France.

Rhodochrosite, South Africa
A Rhodochrosite crystal spray from the Kalahari manganese fields, South Africa.

Rhodonite, Franklin
Rhodonite crystals in association with modified crystals of Franklinite from the Furnace Mine, Franklin Mining district, Sussex County, New Jersey, USA.

Rhodonite, Franklin
Another Rhodonite crystal standing on matrix again from the Furnace Mine, Franklin Mining district, Sussex County, New Jersey, USA.

Native Silver, Batopilas
Crystallised Native Silver from Batopilas, Chihuahua, Mexico.

 Native Silver, Batopilas
A closer look at the Silver crystals on the specimen above.

Native silver, Native Copper, Michigan
Another Native Silver specimen, this time associated with Native Copper from Houghton County, Michigan, USA.

sphalerite, St. Marie
Sphalerite crystals on Quartz from Ste Marie-aux-Mines, Alsace, France.

sphalerite, St. Marie
Detail of the above Sphalerite specimen from Ste Marie aux Mines.

A partial ball of Stilbite from the la Lauziere Massif, Savoie, Rhone Alpes, France
A partial spherical aggregate of Stilbite from La Lauziere Massif, Savoie, Rhone Alpes, France.

Terminated Witherite crystal from Alston Moor, Cumbria, England.

Smithsonite, Kelly mine
Exquisite pale blue Smithsonite aggregates on matrix from the Kelly mine, Magdalena, Socorro Co., New Mexico, USA.

Rich cluster of Wulfenite from the Erupcion Mine, Los Lamentos, Mexico.

Well that’s it for my selection of some of the goodies in our cabinets.
Remember these are all for sale - if you see any that you like please do not hesitate to get in touch as soon as you can as someone at the show might beat you to it! 

Here is a little of the activity that took place at the 50th anniversary celebrations on Thursday evening – “the Party”.
Many people, dare I say hundreds, attended the celebrations with hot BBQ food and drinks all available, all evening.  Tables and benches were laid out in orderly fashion partially under cover and a stage for the band and dancers complete with P.A. and lighting system all set up and ready for when we arrived. All this was laid out in a football playing field partially covered with wooden boarded areas for dancing beneath the stage. The weather was a little chilly and so many sat and chatted with overcoats on to keep warm but none of this seemed to dampen spirits. A good time was had by all and it wasn’t long before the dance floor was crowded.

A nice touch – all the beer beakers were marked with this logo. Worth keeping one of these in your collection for future years?

A view of the proceedings from the other end of the playing field.

The queue for the BBQ along one side of the playing field.

The stage with the band and the musicians.

…and then came the dancers.

Wayne, Ian and Dona counting cups as best they can!

Dona Leicht with Dave Hacker enjoying the celebrations.

Now, what shall I do with this??

The Kristalle / Crystal Classics table. Dona Leicht at the front on the left with Dave Hacker behind and Peter Schlegel in red at the back with Katrin Schlegel and Ed Loye opposite him. Dave Spiller and Liz Hacker on the right towards the front.

John Veevaert joined us for the evening.

The dancing begins. Wayne and Dona Leicht, Ian Bruce, Liz Hacker and Ed Loye all showing how it’s supposed to be done!!
This was just the start – soon the dance floor was full.

Was this not enough fun??

The start of something big!!

...then bigger!!


Beaker donations began to come in. Were we going to reach the roof??


Diana counting  the beakers.

Dona, Ian and Diana.

Wayne and Dona Leicht
Wayne and Dona on the dance floor.

Liz and Dave Hacker
Liz and Dave Hacker.

It was time to see some of the activities that went on outside in the tent lined streets. We needed to find out what some of the other dealers were selling and see if there were any exciting new minerals available.

Here are some of the things we came across:

One Russian Dealer came to us with some pieces of the recent Chelyabinsk meteorite fall which got extensive TV coverage a few weeks ago. It was great to have the opportunity to see and handle some of these amazing objects.

Chelyabinsk Meteorite
A few complete meteorite fragments from the Chelyabinsk fall.

Chelyabinsk Meteorite
A section cut through one of the meteorite fragments showing the internal structure.

Dona, meteorites
Dona sorting through the Chelyabinsk meteorites - choosing the best.

One of the many Chinese dealers at the show.
Notice there are no labels or prices with the specimens.

Gilles Emringer, Sophie
Gilles Emringer and his assistant Sophie doing their best to keep warm in their tent.

Gilles cabinet
One of Gilles cabinets displaying some of his finest collection specimens.

Malachite, Congo
One of many trays of specimens from the D. R. Congo that Gilles had on display.
Fine velvety fibrous malachite specimens.

Hemimorphite, Mindouli, Congo Gilles Emringer
Another fine specimen on display in Gilles tent  - this rich blue Hemimorphite from Mindouli, D. R. Congo

Rarely do I pass by Luiz Menezes tent at St marie. He always has some amazing rarities from Brazil. Here are just one or two of the things he had that I had not seen before.

luiz menezes
Luiz' glass display stand with many Brazilian Goodies.

Luiz Menezes
Luiz at his "office"

Hematite, Brazil
Large Hematite "Rosette" from Coluna Mine, Miguel Burnier District, Ouro Preto, Minas Gerais, Brazil.

Hematite, Brazil
Another of these fine Hematite specimens - from the same location.

Andalusite, Brazil
Luiz also had a flat of these great Andalusite crystal groups from Jenipapo District, Itinga, Minas gerais, Brazil.

Haweeite etc Brazil
Rare uranium mineral Haiweeite with Uranophane and other minerals from Teofilo Otoni, Minas Gerais, Brazil.

Wandering around I came across a new Peruvian Dealer - Minart Peru.
It turned out they were in Ste. Marie aux Mines for the first time.
They had Rhodochrosites, Huebnerites and other well known examples of fine Peruvian minerals but of a high quality and reasonably priced.

Minart peru
Yrene and Juan of Minart Peru in their tent.

Huebnerite, Peru
A superb spray of Huebnerite crystals with Quartz from Pasto Bueno District, Pallasca Province, Ancash Department, Peru.

Rhodochrosite, peru
Rhodochrosite from Ancash, Peru.

Rhodochrosite, peru
A closer look at the Rhodochrosite on the above specimen.

Rhodochrosite with Fluorite, Peru
Another great Rhodochrosite lined pocket, this time with associated Fluorite, again from Ancash Dept. Peru.

Nearby I found an old friend from the Burhouse team in England, Niko, in a tent filled with minerals from Trepča.
The dealer, Vojlo Pavcic, was happy to show me some of the great specimens he Had.

Vojko with Niko and a table covered with minerals from Trepča valley, Kosovska Mitrovica, Kosovo.

Trepca minerals
More of the minerals from Trepča.


Sphalerite Trepca
A large Sphalerite from the Trepča valley, Kosovska Mitrovica, Kosovo.

Lewi, The Opal People
Lewi of "The Opal People" with his stand of Australian Opal, some rough and some polished pieces. Lewi based in the UK cuts and polishes all his own opal.

Lewi, The Opal People - bookends
A pair o brightly coloured bookends cut from Australian Opal.

polished opal
A selection of Lewi's polished Opal pieces.

Opal Lightning Ridge
A polished freeform cut from Lightning Ridge Opal.

Just a quick note for all collectors and dealers to be aware of:
We were forwarded some information by a well known mineral dealer about the following Fake Moroccan Wulfenite specimen being sold at the show. These will undoubtedly turn up at future events as we know there were around 50 or so of these speimens on offer. The following images show what happened to this specimen when treated with acetone. Buyer beware!!!

Fake wulfenite, Morocco
Moroccan Wulfenite specimen as purchased.

Fake wulfenite, Morocco
After treatment in acetone.

Fake wulfenite, Morocco
After treatment in acetone.

Well that's it for this year at Ste Marie aux Mines.
A great show despite some of the poorest weather any of us have experienced here in many years.

We'll all be back next year with just as much enthusiasm hoping to find those treasures to add to our collections.

Be sure to join us in 2014.

flowersm at the Kristalle/ Crystal classics booth
Orchids at the Kristalle / Crystal Classics Booth.


Author: Dave
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