Ste. Marie Aux Mines 2016

21 June 2016

Ste. Marie Aux Mines

With the opening of our new showroom and our new website going live a distant memory,
the Crystal Classics Team moved their attentions to the preparation work for the Ste. Marie Mineral Show.  
Using the bespoke flight cabinets made pack up a lot easier this year.

Dan and Wayne sorting the flight cabinets ready for loading

The lorry was loaded and left East Coker on Thursday evening and the team flew out to meet it on Saturday.  
Sunday was the big set up day with everyone hands-on attempting to unload the lorry
before the forecasted rain storms reached Ste. Marie.

The Crystal Classics Team busy with the set up of the show electrics

Dan climbing behind the cabinets to access electrical sockets

Diana arranging the minerals in our 6 display cabinets

Dave Hacker handling one of our most technical instruments - ("Hettie" the Hoover), carrying out a final tidy up and clean
(notice the anxiety!)

By the end of Sunday most of our booth was ready to go

Here are just a few of the great minerals on display in our cabinets this year at Ste. Marie aux Mines
Please be sure to come and see all the other fine pieces

A superb example of lustrous, bright yellow Sulphur crystals on a bed of creamy white Aragonite
from the classic 
Cozzo Disi Mine, Casteltermini, Agrigento Province, Sicily, Italy

A great example of naturally etched, gem quality Beryl Var. "Aquamarine" from
Volodarsk-Volynskii, Zhytomyr Oblast', Ukraine - a location more commonly known for the "Heliodor" variety of Beryl

An unusual specimen - white translucent Celestite with bright yellow Ettringite crystals
from the 
N'Chwaning Mines, Kuruman, Kalahari Manganese Fields, Northern Cape Province, South Africa

Another Ettringite from the N'Chwaning Mines, Kuruman, Kalahari Manganesen Fields, Northern Cape Province, South Africa.
Here the two terminated crystals appear to delicately fade from a pale lemon yellow colour towards near white at the base of the specimen.

One of a number of superb Ludlamite specimens acquired by Crystal Classics over the past 12 months.
These ludlamites are in many instances found associated with impressive examples of Vivianite.
Here the individual Ludlamites reach in excess of 1cm in size
Cabeza do Cachorro Mine, Floresta Amazonica, Amazonas, Brazil

Another of these fine Ludlamite specimens
from the Cabeza do Cachorro Mine, Sao Gabriel da Cachoeira, Amazonas, Brazil.
Here the rich green crystals are a little more closely packed.

Good crystals of Beryl var. Morganite are hard to come by these days, particularly from Brazilian locations.
This is a particularly impressive example from Minas Gerais.

Our display cases show the great range of colour  and form that the mineral world has to offer
- surely enough to inspire any collector

Some of the other great mineral specimens from around the show

A bed of Malachite crystals from Sonora, Mexico

Bright Amber coloured sub parallel grown scalenohedral and twinned crystals of Calcite
on limestone matrix with tiny crystals of Sphalerite.
from the Central Tennessee Ba-F-Pb-Zn District, Smith Co., Tennessee, USA.

Pale lilac coloured Fluorite crystals from the 
Huanggang Fe-Sn deposit, Hexigten Banner, Ulanhad League,
Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region, China

Terminated prismatic crystal of Zoisite Var. Tanzanite with it's characteristic purple and blue hues.
From the Merelani Hills, Lelatema Mts, Simanjiro District, Manyara Region, Tanzania.

Ste. Marie 2016 turned out to be a very hot show and even the dogs found an easy way to travel.

Our next show in Europe is Munich in October.
We look forward to seeing all our friends and customers old and new at this event


Author: Debbie Boyer
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