Crystal Classics at Ste. Marie 2014 - 2

29 June 2014

Ste. Marie Aux Mines 

June 2014

Welcome to the second part of our Ste. Marie aux Mines report for 2014.

The special exhibit and theme of this years show is

Copper Minerals

A show room devoted to top quality Copper mineral specimens was a delight to look around.
Copper minerals from all around the world were on display and some were the amongst the finest known.
Alas, we can only show a few of our favourites.

The entrance to the Copper Minerals Exhibition.

The Gallery.

Here are just a few of the specimens that were on display.

A row of Malachite Pseudomorphs after Cuprite descending in size. Characteristic specimens from the Chessy copper mines, Chessy-les-Mines, Le Bois d'Oingt, Rhône, Rhône-Alpes, France.

Split Azurite Nodule with Malachite from
Chessy Copper mines, Chessy-les-Mines, Le Bois d'Oingt, Rhône, Rhône-Alpes, France.

Azurite Nodule from Chessy copper mines, Chessy-les-Mines, Le Bois d'Oingt, Rhône, Rhône-Alpes, France.

Two superb Cuprite crystals from
Chessy copper mines, Chessy-les-Mines, Le Bois d'Oingt, Rhône, Rhône-Alpes, France.

Chalcophyllite sprays from Cap Garonne Mine,
 Le Pradet, Var, Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur, France.

Fine blue radiating tufts of Cyanotrichite from Cap Garonne Mine,
Le Pradet, Var, Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur, France.

Tetrahedrite with Chalcopyrite and Siderite from Saint Etienne-de-Baigorry, Pyrénées-Atlantiques, Aquitaine, France.

Native Copper crystals from Houghton County, Michigan, USA.

Superb deep blue needles of Connellite from Bisbee, Arizona, USA.

Dense grey Bornite crystals from Bristol, Connecticut, USA.

Red Cuprite (Var. Chalcotrichite) needles embedded in clear Calcite resting on Native Copper from Bisbee, Arizona, USA

Fine Turquoise blue to green needles of Brochantite from Shangulowe, Katanga
Dem. Rep. of Congo.

Rich, sparkling, dark olive-green Libethenite crystals from
M'sesa, Katanga, Dem. Rep. of Congo.

Fine Cuprite (Var. Chalcotrichite) filaments filling cavities in matrix from
Kolwezi, Katanga, Dem. Rep. of Congo.

Intergrown globules of Malachite and Chrysocolla from
L'Etoile du Congo Mine, Lubumbashi, Katanga Copper Crescent,
Dem. Rep. of Congo.

A Large specimen of Shattuckite from the Tantara Mine, Katanga,
Dem. Rep. of Congo.

A beautifully contrasting specimen - dark green Malachite sprays
perched in a cavity lined with bright pink Cobaltoan Calcite Crystals
from Musonoi, Katanga, Dem. Rep. Congo.

A large boxed Cuprite crystal from  
Chessy-les-Mines, Le Bois d'Oingt, Rhône, Rhône-Alpes, France.

Chalcophyllite plates lining cavities in matrix from
Salsigne, Mas-Cabardès, Carcassonne, Aude, Languedoc-Roussillon, France.

A rich Liroconite from Wheal Gorland, St. Day, Cornwall, England.

Well defined crystals of Chalcocite also from Cornwall, England.

Clinoclase with Liroconite from Wheal Gorland, Cornwall, England.

Nearby the special Exhibit showroom are the two main indoor halls.
These are always full of dealers at Ste. Marie who set up their displays on tables and you never really know what you might find in amongst the shelves and bright lights. Many a bargain I suspect, if you keep your eyes peeled.

View of one of the main dealer halls.

Flat of Cassiterite and Demantoid Garnet specimens on one of the tables.

Outside in the streets the sun was shining for most of the week.

Some very large Calcite crystal groups from China mounted on purpose made bases.

One of the many stalls selling Indian Zeolite specimens - outside in the streets.

Back at the Crystal Classics booth in the theatre Ian Bruce describes the attributes of a particularly fine Wulfenite from Los Lamentos with cameraman Brian Swaboda and Christophe Gobin which had many a comedy out take! 

One interesting exhibit in the theatre was this cabinet of Mining ephemera.
A selection of antique mining lamps.

A closer look at some of the frog lamps in one of the cabinets.

This amazing Epidote from Austria was with the lamps.

Many of our regular readers will know that here at Crystal Classics we work hard to put on the displays at every international shows. But we are not afraid to enjoy our selves as well.
This Year for the second year running the town put on a great open air party for dealers, collectors and visitors to the show with food, drink and entertainment which went on into the dark hours of the evening.

Crowds of visitors on the open lawns.

Mayor of Ste. Marie aux Mines Claude Abel addressing the scores of people who attended the festivities. Crystal Classics were one of the official sponsors for the Ste. Marie show.

Hard work at the BBQ keeping up with the orders from the tables.

Ian and Diana with Malcolm Southwood.

Liz and Dave Hacker

Katrin and Peter Schlegel.

Mayor Claude Abel enjoying the festivities.

Debbie and Trevor.

Angela and Malcolm Southwood partying late.

Ian Bruce with Christian Egeler

The silly games had to start at some point.

The look of disapproval from Debbie.

Many thanks again to Mayor Claude Abel and Christy and all the team for their hard work in once again making the Ste. Marie aux Mines show such an enjoyable and successful event.
We look forward to it every year.

Crystal Classics have been successful in acquiring a number of great collections recently and many fine specimens will be heading for our web site and our showcases. Please watch for our regular updates to see some of these great new additions to our inventory.

The Crystal Classics team will soon be heading back to Somerset, England and it won't be long before we all get stuck into preparations for our next event.


Hope to see you all there.

Author: Dave
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