Munich Show 2014

30 October 2014


The Munich Show 

October 2014

This one's a little big to take for a walk!

This year the Munich show for Crystal Classics was to be our biggest and most ambitious to date with a booth double the size of last year and with yet more new additions to our display cabinets and fine new collections of minerals to offer. 
So much was the extra we had to bring to the show, we needed to hire a 7.5 Tonne truck as well as our normal van that we bring to the show. Both vehicles were fully loaded.

Dave driving the 7.5 tonne truck with the best part of the trip to Munich behind us.

Dave and Pos drove the large truck directly to Munich from Somerset while the other vehicle driven by Ian took a minor detour through France on route.

The Crystal Classics team arrived in Munich on Monday afternoon to rapidly deteriorating weather - wet with temperatures dropping.

Tuesday we were ready to go and the setup began.

Liz and Dave Hacker overseeing just part of our very large display for this year.

Debbie with Pos arranging and setting up our office area.

Folks were already keen to see what we had and the booth had not yet been completely prepared.

One of the most important areas on the stand - our Kitchen, where we keep food, drinks and snacks for the clients and the crew. Liz turning her hand to many a task!

Great friend and fellow mineral dealer John Veevaert settles in quickly with his PC and a coffee and christens our new cosy sofa.

Penny Williamson from the University of Wollongong, Australia, arrives to inspect the display with a smile.

Lizzy returns to tweek the displays in the cabinets.

Gilles Emringer with a smile on his face as well!
Here pictured with Diana and Katrin Schlegel.

Pos on duty
Pos on duty at one end of our booth.

The finished booth with enthusiastic collectors already keen to see what we have.

Ian inspecting one of our newest display cases (the "Fish Tank"), which housed a great selection of pieces from the Milton Lavers Broken Hill collection.

We still like to use our more classical style glass fronted cabinets - this one displaying a selection of our colourful worldwide mineral specimens.

Our new black frame cabinets with modern lighting to show the best from the great specimens on display.

The lounge and Bar!

Two regulars to the Crystal Classics booth admiring the cabinet with Broken Hill Specimens from the Milton Lavers collection. Phil Taylor and Clive Cornwall.

Well that's enough of the set up. I'm sure you'll all be wanting to see some of what's in the cases - here's just a taste: 

A fine and large, museum quality example of Cerussite from the well known Tsumeb Mine, Tsumeb, Otjikoto Region, Namibia.

cobaltoan Smithsonite Tsumeb
Well developed Cobaltoan Smithsonite crystal cluster - also from the Tsumeb Mine.

A superb cluster of Quartz needles with bright Pyrite and Tetrahedrite from the Huanzala Mine, Huallanca District, Dos de Mayo Province, Huánuco Department, Peru.

Another South American piece - a very clear and rich green coloured twinned crystal of Phosphophyllite from Potosi Department, Bolivia.

Beautiful group of Amethyst crystals from the Goboboseb Mts, Brandberg Area, Erongo Region, Namibia.

A rich aggregate of dark green Libethenite crystals from the N'Changa Mine, Chingola, Copper Belt Province, Zambia.

One of my favourite pieces - a lilac blue coloured tabular crystal of Fluorapatite in association with Muscovite from the Panasqueira Mine, Covilhã, Castelo Branco District, Portugal.

A classic - "coralloid" growth of near pure white Aragonite from Styrian Erzberg, Eisenerz, Styria, Austria.

Rich lilac coloured, interlocking cubes of Fluorite on Calcite from Emilio Mine, Loroñe, Obdulia vein, Colunga District, Caravia mining area, Asturias, Spain.

Emilio Mine, Loroñe, Obdulia vein, Colunga District, Caravia mining area, Asturias, SpainEmilio Mine, Loroñe, Obdulia vein, Colunga District, Caravia mining area, Asturias, Spain.

Golden Yellow lustrous crystals of Baryte from Pöhla, Schwarzenberg District, Erzgebirge, Saxony, Germany.

Many will be aware that Crystal Classics recently acquired the coveted collection of Milton Lavers Broken Hill specimens. The collection was without doubt the finest collection from these mines in Australia. Here is just a selection of the fine pieces we were able to put on display in Munich - the display case has attracted a great deal of attention.

The glass showcase with specimens from the Milton Lavers collection.

Perhaps the Broken Hill district is most well known for its Rhodonite specimens, here are a couple to get your enthusiasm rolling. The one above is from the North Mine, Broken Hill, Yancowinna Co., New South Wales, Australia.

Paler pinkish prismatic Rhodonite from the Zinc Corporation Mine.

Deep red "gemmy" crystals of Rhodonite buried in crystalline Galena matrix from North Mine.

Rare black Bannisterite with a little Rhodonite from the Zinc Corporation Mine.

Scattered pale greenish blue Baryte aggregates on pale pink Calcite from the Zinc Corporation Mine.

A closer view of the Baryte on Calcite.

Stunning "hoppered" crystals of Pyromorphite on Coronadite from the MMM Mine.

Rare Marshite and Miersite with Cuprite from the Broken Hill Proprietary Mine.

A super cluster of Brown prismatic Pyromorphite crystals from the MMM Mine.

Reticulated white "Jackstraw" Cerussite crystals filling gaps created by Coronadite growths from the Broken Hill Proprietary Mine.

Tiny pearly tear-drops of Smithsonite on Coronadite from the MMM Mine.

A closer view of the tear-drop Smithsonite pictured above.

Crystals of Native Copper from the Broken Hill Proprietary Mine.

Along with the collection came a few of these intriguing Pseudomorphs.
Goethite completely coating sharply formed Cerussite after Anglesite. The shape of the original Anglesite is clearly defined but if the thin Goethite coating is removed the criss-cross pattern of Cerussite crystals is revealed.
From the MMM Mine.

A similar specimens with one of these Pseudomorphs clearly visible to the left.
In this case the specimen has a subsequent growth of Cerussite crystals perched at the top of the piece. Again from the MMM Mine.

Another Rarity - A black radiating aggregate of Alabandite from The Zinc Corporation Mine.

Very sharp translucent green Johannsenite from the North Mine.

Pretty radiating pinkish orange sprays of Inesite from The New Broken Hill Consolidated Mine.

The Meteorite Display

Each year at Munich there is a theme for the show.
This year the theme is Meteorites and as ever there was a display devoted to the subject.
Here are just a few of the items that were on display in the Meteorite exhibition:

Fragments of Meteorite from one of the most recent meteor showers to hit the Earth - the Chelyabinsk Meteorite which struck the Earth in February 2013.

A photo of the Chelyabinsk Meteorite as it penetrated the Earth's atmosphere as seen from the cockpit of and Airbus A320

Looking particularly "Alien" a fragment of the well documented Gibeon Meteorite.

A large polished slice of a Stony Iron Meteorite or "Pallasite"

A closer look at the Meteorite slice above showing the "Gems" of transparent yellow Peridot (Olivine) separated by the nickel iron host which makes up the majority of the weight of the Meteorite.

There are many other attractions for visitors to the Munich show and as ever we did not have enough time to visit and describe all - but there were a couple worthy of mention.

Each year there is a section devoted to the minerals of the Alpine regions of Europe where fine Alpine specimens can  be bought and sold from various dealers. Normally there is a special display put on and this year the display was devoted to the Rauris valley, Hohe Tauern, Salzburg, Austria

The Quartz crystals from Rauris are renowned amongst Alpine mineral specimen collectors but there are other fascinating minerals from the area as well.

Superb large crystals of Quartz from the Rauris valley, Hohe Tauern, Salzburg, Austria.

Fine radiating needles of Rutile with Calcite and Clinochlore.

A large Alpine Cleft showing the minerals in-situ


A closer look into this Alpine "Cleft" reveals the complex assemblage of at least four mineral species - fine yellow to green twinned crystals of Sphene (Titanite) with white Albite Feldspar (Var. "Pericline) together with Adularia (another variety of Feldspar), black needles of Tourmaline and towards the bottom of the picture a prismatic Quartz crystal. All of these dusted with fine dark grey-green Chlorite. A great example of how these minerals are found in these cavities in the mountains.

Outside the "Rauris" special exhibit dealers had a few exciting Alpine mineral specimens for sale.

A selection of Alpine Quartz crystal groups - many superb smokey "Gwindel" Quartz, mostly from Switzerland.

A fine specimen of well formed dodecahedral Almandine Garnet crystals, scattered through schistose matrix. This piece from Passeiertal, Italy.

Near pure white Albite (Var. Pericline) crystals with a little Adularia again dusted with Chlorite - from Switzerland.

 ... and a closer look at the Pericline above.

As well as dealer's tables there were a number of great show cases filled with specimens owned by private collectors:

Fine polished Condor Agates from Argentina.

Detail of the banding in a pair of these colourful Agates.

A display of Copper Minerals.

A comprehensive display of great mineral specimens from the Assunção Mine, Aldeia Nova, Ferreira de Aves, Sátão, Viseu District, Portugal.

 .......and displays of old crystallographic memorabilia - crystal models etc.

A table filled with bright blue Lapis-Lazuli pieces, from large polished spheres to free-form ornamental items.

Another area, usually dedicated to old mineralogical instruments was this year again displaying fine old Petrological microscopes:

A well cared for and rare petrological microscope complete with universal stage for examining crystals within rock samples, sliced into thin section.

More rare and unusual accessories used for petrological studies.

At then end of a hard working day at any mineral show it's almost obligatory for the Crystal Classics team to relax in style - and what better way than to invite some of your best friends to the stand to carry on the mineral talk.

Jessie Fisher, Ross Whittaker and Peter Ward enjoying the ambiance.

George Stacey, Paul, and Rob Sielecki making full use of the lounge and bar.

Dave Hacker with Simon Harrison and Katrin Schlegel.

Katrin with Pos.

Gilles Emringer with Debbie.

Ian Bruce with Debbie and Penny.

Dave Hacker enjoying the show.

Kevin Schofield admiring a specimen that was about to become one for his collection.

Gilles with Sophie.

Well that's nearly it for a most enjoyable Munich show for 2014. We'll be back here for 2015. Many thanks go to the organisers of the show who year in and year out set new standards and create an atmosphere unseen at any other mineral show worldwide.

We look forward to next years event.

In the mean time Crystal Classics look forward to seeing all our old Friends at our next open day to be held at our showrooms in Somerset, England on Saturday 29th November 2014


Before I close the book on this report many of you will have heard that our Lizzy had an unfortunate accident towards the end of the show as we were all packing down the stand.
Lizzy fell and broke her leg close to the hip and had to be taken to hospital in Munich on Sunday evening where she later underwent surgery.
Lizzy would like us all to know that the operation went well and she is beginning her recovery and will be returning to the UK Store within the next few days..
In fact I believe one of the first things Liz wanted after coming round was a pint of beer!

Thanks to all who have expressed their concern and best wishes for Lizzy.
We all wish you well Lizzy and hope to see you fit and well soon.
From all of us at the Crystal Classics HQ - get well soon!

Author: Dave
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