Munich Show Report 2015

4 November 2015

Welcome to Munich for the

Munich Mineral and Fossil Show 2015

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The Crystal Classics Team and many of our followers have been waiting with eager anticipation for this years Munich Show. 

With many great new collections having been acquired in recent months we have all been tirelessly working right up to the last minute to bring you our best ever display and most eclectic assortment of fine mineral specimens to date.

With our largest booth in the Mineral World International Pavilion (Hall A6) the team here at Crystal Classics had to consider a new approach to how we were going to get all our great specimens to the show.

A four month project to house all that we need in Munich in flight cases and different logistics, together with an increasingly growing flow of mineral specimens through our offices in Somerset, England, has meant a need for an increase of manpower and given us all a great deal to think about.

Well, We're Here.

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This year we needed an 18 Tonne truck to get things from Somerset to Munich.

Five Guys loading the truck.
(Left to right: Dan, Wayne, Dave, Peter and Ian)

We arrived in Munich late Monday and started unloading from our allocated position early Tuesday Morning.
It wasn't long before the Crystal Classics "look" began to take shape at the booth.

Cases of display equipment and mineral specimens filing most of the space at the booth.

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Lifesize (?) replica of a Giant Sloth outside the A6 hall at Munich.

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Hall A6 before the dealers arrived.

Katrine Schlegel with Liz Hacker wheeling components needed for setup.

Recent recruit to the Crystal Classics team Wayne Cooper (Left) showing collector Mario Pauwels some of the great new specimens we have.

Dave Hacker taking the weight off his feet!

Debbie setting up her office.

Debbie with crystal Classics friends Tim and Mike

Peter Schlegel sorting detail at the top of one of our show cases.

Diana putting the finishing touches to our large show case.

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Wayne pouring Debbie a little pick me up.

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Olga getting to grips with one of our Gem Mineral display cases.

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Debbie bringing in essential supplies with the help of Dave Hacker (Surprised?)

Diana checking the glasses are the right size?

Completed showcase filled with worldwide Fluorite specimens.

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Part of the Crystal Classics display nearly completed.

The theme of the Munich Show this year is


In keeping with this theme Crystal Classics has put on special displays with Gem crystals for all to see.

Showcase filled with top quality Tourmaline, Aquamarine and other gem crystals.

Here is a closer look at some of the Gem Minerals and crystals we had to offer:

Parallel grown smoky Quartz crystals with rose Quartz crystals developed around the outside from Taquaral, Itinga, Jequitinhonha valley, Minas Gerais, Brazil.

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Rich lilac-pink "Kunzite" from Urucum mine, Galiléia, Doce valley, Minas Gerais, Brazil.

Blue Sapphire crystal from Ratnapura, Sri Lanka.

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Perfectly terminated and transparent yellow Beryl Var "Heliodor"
from Volodarsk-Volynskii, Zhytomyr Oblast', Ukra

Sharp, bright yellow Brazilianite crystal from Córrego Frio mine, Linópolis, Divino das Laranjeiras, Doce valley, Minas Gerais, Brazil.


A large and fine example of Baltic Amber

Lilac Lepidolite clusters encrusting deep red Tourmaline crystals
from the Malkhan Pegmatite Field, Krasnyi Chikoy, Chitinskaya Oblast',
Transbaikalia, Eastern-Siberian, Russia.

Lilac Lepidolite clusters encrusting deep red Tourmaline crystals 
from the Malkhan Pegmatite Field, Krasnyi Chikoy, Chitinskaya Oblast', 
Transbaikalia (Zabaykalye), Eastern-Siberian Region, Russia.Lilac Lepidolite clusters encrusting deep red Tourmaline crystals from the Malkhan Pegmatite Field, Krasnyi Chikoy, Chitinskaya Oblast', Transbaikalia (Zabaykalye), Eastern-Siberian Region, Russia.

Golden terminated Topaz Crystal from 
Ouro Preto, Iron Quadrangle, Minas Gerais, Brazil.

Well developed, terminated prismatic crystal of "Heliodor"
from Medina, Jequitinhonha valley, Minas Gerais, Brazil.

Another Beryl Var. "Heliodor" from Volodarsk-Volynskii, Zhytomyr Oblast', Ukraine, this time showing characteristic surface etch markings.

Deep red Spessarting crystals on white Feldspar from
Navegadora claim, Penha do Norte, Conselheiro Pena, Doce valley, Minas Gerais, Brazil.

Undamaged sharp crystal of Spodumene from
Mawi pegmatite, Nuristan Province, Afghanistan.

Golden coloured Hessonite Garnet crystals from 
Jeffrey Mine, Asbestos, Les Sources RCM, Estrie, Québec, Canada.

Pale blue Topaz crystals together with Smoky Quartz from 
Sherlova Gora, Adun-Cholon Range,  Nerchinsk, Chitinskaya Oblast', Transbaikalia,
Eastern-Siberian Region, Russia.

Regulars to the Crystal Classics booth will be aware we always have a great selection of specimens from Tsumeb and other African localities.
Here are just a few.

A very well formed, reticulated growth of Cerussite crystals from the Tsumeb Mine, Otjikoto Region, Namibia.

Lovely translucent Calcite crystal growth from the Tsumeb Mine, Otjikoto Region, Namibia. 

Delicate pink intergrown crystals of Cobaltoan Smithsonite from the Tsumeb Mine, Otjikoto Region, Namibia.

Rich green Dioptase crystals with yellow Wulfenite from Tsumeb Mine, Otjikoto Region, Namibia.

A polished section through Vanadinite coated with Descloizite from Abenab Mine, Grootfontein, Grootfontein District, Otjozondjupa Region, Namibia.

Crystallised Rhodochrosite from 

Globular, two coloured Rhodochrosite aggregates on Manganite crystals again from 
N'Chwaning Mines, Kuruman, Kalahari Manganese Field,
 Northern Cape Province, South Africa.

Near spherical Rhodochrosite from 
N'Chwaning Mines, Kuruman, Kalahari Manganese Field,
 Northern Cape Province, South Africa.

Crystal Classics recently acquired The Huber Collection
- a comprehensive collection of fine European mineral specimens.
Many visitors to the stand this year had come primarily to see some
 of the items that belonged to this collection.

Malachite from Lubietová (Libethen), Banská Bystrica Co., Slovakia.

Well developed silvery metallic needles of Stibnite from
Kremnica (Kremnitz), Žiar nad Hronom Co., Banská Bystrica Region, Slovakia.

Colourful and rare - a combination of Fluorapatite crystals with dark blue Fluorite from
Horní Slavkov (Schlaggenwald), Karlovy Vary Region, Bohemia, Czech Republic.

Green Euchroite from Lubietová (Libethen), Banská Bystrica Co., Slovakia.

Hexagonal mustard coloured crystals of Pyromorphite from
Príbram, Central Bohemia Region, Czech Republic.

An impressive spray of Kermesite crystals from
Pezinok, Pezinok Co., Bratislava Region, Slovakia.

Proustite with Dolomite and Chalcopyrite from 
Jáchymov (St Joachimsthal), Krušné Hory Mts (Erzgebirge), Karlovy Vary Region, Bohemia, Czech Republic.

Fine brassy Millerite needles in matrix from 
Kladno III Mine (Ronna Mine), Kladno, Central Bohemia, Czech Republic.

Clusters of twinned Cassiterite crystals in association with Topaz from
Horní Slavkov (Schlaggenwald), Karlovy Vary Region, Bohemia, Czech Republic.

Here are some of the items other dealers had to offer at this years Munich show:

One Russian Dealer had these new Azurites from 
Altai Mts (Rudnyi Altai), Eastern Kazakhstan Province, Kazakhstan.

A closer look at one of these Azurites.

More new Russian Azurites and some new Russian Fluorite specimens we found in another dealers booth:

Azurite nodules from Mikheyevskoye Deposit, Chelyabinsk Region, Russia.

New Fluorite specimens from Huraiskoye Deposit, Buryatia, Transbaikal, Russia.

Fluorite from Huraiskoye Deposit, Buryatia, Transbaikal, Russia.

Another Azurite, this time associated with the rare mineral Miersite from the
Rubtsovskoe Cu-Zn-Pb deposit, Rudnyi Altai, Altaiskii Krai, Western-Siberian Region, Russia.

Jordi Fabre always has a good selection of great minerals - this year he had one or two new things to offer.

Jordi Fabre's booth at Munich this year.

Just one of a number of brightly coloured Phurcalite coatings with Autunite from Assunção Mine, Aldeia Nova, Ferreira de Aves, Sátão, Viseu District, Portugal.

Jordi also had this attractive specimen of Orange Baryte on Chrysocolla after Gypsum from Mashamba West Mine, Kolwezi District, Katanga Copper Crescent, Democratic Republic of Congo (Zaïre).

Peter Ward who operates the Greenlaws mining project in the North of England has been producing some great Fluorites from the site over recent months. Here are some of the pieces he had to offer at Munich:

One of the remarkable Fluorites Pete and his team have recently recovered from
Greenlaws Mine, Daddry Shield, Weardale, North Pennines, Co. Durham, England.

Rare Yellow Fluorites from Great Limestone Flats, Greenlaws Mine, Daddry Shield, Weardale, North Pennines, Co. Durham, England.

Ian and Diana and Katrine with Brian Swaboda filming for "What's Hot in Munich 2015"

The exhibition Display this year had a number of spectacular Gem mineral specimens on show. Here are some of them.

A stunning example of Elbaite with Feldspar from Elba Island, Italy.

Classics flat topped, Blue cap Tourmaline crystals with Quartz from the tourmaline Queen Mine, Pala, California, USA.

Lustrous and richly coloured pink Morganite From Aracuai, Minas Gerais, Brazil.

A great rarity - Pezzottaite from Ambatovita, Mandrosonoro, Madagascar.

Fine Gemmy Aquamarine crystals with Muscovite and Feldspar form
 "The Crown Of Shengus"
From Shengus, Gilgit-Baltistan area, Pakistan.

Large Ruby Crystal  " The King of Mogok"
From The Mogok Stone tract, Myanmar (Burma)

Large Aquamarine crystal from Marambaia, Minas Gerais, Brazil.

That's just a small insight into a few of the great things on offer at this year's Munich Show. There is so much there to see every year.
So if you were not able to visit this time around, make sure you make a date for next year's show and come and visit the Crystal Classics Team.

Author: Dave
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