Munich Show 2016

2 November 2016



Mineralientage München is the largest mineral show in Europe.
Every year we at Crystal Classics put a little extra effort into our presentation in the premium area, right at the 
centre of the Mineral Pavilion.
This year was no exception and we went that extra mile for our customers and friends.
All the way from Somerset, England we carried more cabinets and more mineral specimens with us than ever before.
It had taken weeks of planning with new and improved logistics to 
organise the biggest displays we have put on
in the largest ever booth we have ever had.
But it was all worth it.

 A wet Tuesday morning greeted the Crystal Classics team as we entered the Munich halls.

So far, so good. 
Crystal Classic's banner towered above our booth in the centre of the hall.
So we knew we would be visible from every corner of the A6 pavilion.

It wasn't long before the team got stuck in.
The setting up process is as normal but with so much more to do this year. It might look chaotic but don’t be fooled by appearances. 
The team all knew exactly what we needed to achieve and all worked enthusiastically to that end.

30 glass shelves and 20 doors had to be spotless - just in the back section of the booth, not to mention the wiring, lighting.
Liz, Dave and Katrin wasted no time looking at the camera. Every minute was spent removing fingerprints while another team fitting the shelves simultaneously into the cabinets.

The preparations for the show had begun weeks before the event.
Because of the increasing scale of our displays, it has become necessary for each showcases to be prepared, displayed and photographed in advance back in Somerset. Here Peter made sure that everything was in it's right place in just one of the showcases.
Details is everything at Crystal Classics.

The final display - and this just the back of the booth!
The black showcases holding high quality specimens from all around the world, each showcase dedicated to a particular theme
- "Fluorite", "Tsumeb Mine", "Gems", "Quartz", "America" and "Africa" etc. with exquisite selections of miniatures through to cabinet sized specimens suitable for any
prestigious collection. 

Here are just a few of the nicer specimens on display in our showcases

One of the finest examples of Tourmaline of it's type that we have seen.
from the Antsikova Pegmatite, Manapa, Betafo, Antananarivo Province, Madagascar.
Deep crimson red terminated crystals on matrix.

Amethyst is well known from Brazil and commonly in association with Calcite.
Here, a well developed Calcite crystal predominates over the amethyst and displays an interesting array of inclusions.
From Rio Grande Do Sul, Brazil.

A fine aggregate of twisting Chalcedony forming a an intriguing "arch" shape.
From Jalgoan District, Maharashtra State, India.

A superb group of pale "Amethyst" crystals on a bed of matrix
from Banská Bystrica Region, Slovakia

A rich specimen. Dark inky blue interlocking crystals of Lazulite
from Rapid Creek, Dawson Mining District, Yukon, Canada.

A fine Bournonite specimen group showing classic "cog-wheel" crystal growth
from Machacamarca District (Colavi District), Cornelio Saavedra Province, Potosí Department, Bolivia.

Bluish purple crystals of Fluorite intergown between white prismatic Quartz crystals
from a classic locality Greifenstein, Ehrenfriedersdorf, Erzgebirge, Saxony, Germany.

 large irregular shaped nodule of "Antique" Amber from the Baltic coast.

From the famous Tsumeb Mine, Otjikoto Region, Namibia,
this undamaged fine calcite specimen attracted a lot of attention.

One of the less common Tourmaline group minerals, a rich example of Fluor-Buergerite
from Mexquitic, San Luis Potosi Mexico.
Specimen acquired from the Jesse Fisher and Joan Kureczka Collection.

Small vivid blue crystals of Sodalite scattered across matrix from 
Sar-e Sang, Kokscha Valley, Badakhshan Province, Afghanistan.

"Emerald" Specimens are a favourite in many mineral collections.
This is a particularly fine and distinctly coloured hexagonal prismatic crystal, aesthetically perched atop it's mostly Calcite matrix.
From Mun. de Muzo, Vasquez-Yacopí Mining District, Boyacá Department, Colombia.

Our wooden drawer units were a popular feature at Munich 2014 and 2015, so we brought more this year.
These units had minerals from various European countries including Germany, Romania, Czech Republic, Hungary etc. 
The drawers were packed with specimens so everyone would find that new special addition to their collection.

The Crystal Classics booth is always popular with visitors,
not least from the guys at Blue Cap Productions who wanted to film for "What'
s Hot in Munich 2016".
Ian talked about some of the interesting pieces we had on show.
Here (filmed by Brian Swaboda) Alan Hart of Gem-A talks to Ian about one of the fine new "Heliodor specimens
recently acquired from the Ukraine.
A selection of these were on display in one of our show cases together with
 a range of new Tanzanian Chrome Dravite.

Crystal Classics had the pleasure of holding a book signing event in our booth.
Exclusive to us, Desmond Sacco and Bruce Cairncross spent some time signing the latest edition of the book,
"The Kalahari Manganese Field’’ A great read for those interested in south African minerals.

Some of our younger visitors no matter how enthusiastic were unable to afford the book from their pocket money,
but we have something for everyone.
This young mineral collector enjoyed a few of our free drinks coasters.

Munich 2016 was special in so many ways, not least because we had an extra team member working with us. 
Veronica speaks 8 languages and her translating skills were well appreciated.

A view of nearly the entire A6 hall which hosted almost 200 exhibitors.
It took some time to have a good look around and take everything in.

The theme for this year's show was Museum’s hidden treasures. 
The Natural History Museum in London exhibited one or two fine specimens including this Siderite ‘"Box".
The box is actually an epimorph (overgrowth) after a Fluorite crystal that has subsequently dissolved away leaving the hollow box.
A very collectable item well known from the Virtuous Lady Mine, Buckland Monachorum, Tavistock Devon, England.

Another display by the Natural History Museum in London

This display showed a small specimen of "Amethyst" cut and polished to show the tiny fluid / gas inclusions
which are illustrated in the engraving at the back of the showcase.
The book to the right is a copy of an important volume that explains the importance of these inclusions
in helping us to understand modes of formation and geological conditions at the time of formation of the crystals. 

Dave is also treasure hunting but maybe for something much more affordable than museum pieces.

A remarkably thin slice of Ruby crystal in cross section showing it's rich colour embedded in green Zoisite
from Longido, Tanzania.
Note the colour /growth zoning in the Ruby.

Each year in Munich there is a display of Alpine minerals, held in one of the adjacent halls.
Accompanied a number of surrounding dealers all specializing in Alpine minerals,
the theme of this years display was Ticino - an area of the Alps that has become famous for it's fine Quartz specimens.

One of the fine specimens of Hematite that the exhibition had to offer. But this piece had a hidden treasure.
Not really visible in the image there was a tiny Bazzite crystal attached.
Bazzite is a rare 
Scandium Beryl.
From Fibbia, Fontana, St. Gotthard Massif, Leventina, Ticino (Tessin), Switzerland.

Also on display, this stunning specimen of Rutile in Quartz from St. Gotthard, Leventina, Ticino (Tessin), Switzerland.

The Rutile in this specimen is a distinct red colour and contrasts beautifully with the
coating of dark green Chlorite scattered across the back of the specimen. Very pleasing to the eye.

A closer look at the specimen pictured previously.

Very colourful exhibition of non-mineral collectable items.
A rainbow displays of snuff-glasses with mining themes (circa 1900).

Mineral collectors could find all sorts of items to please their eyes.
Who wouldn’t like to have a polished malachite elephant?

Something completely different in form and shape.
The clockmaker M. K. Braun from Switzerland combines mineral specimens with very traditional clocks.

Ian and Diana Bruce.
The Munich show is almost finished so we can all celebrate the success.

The entire team (almost, not all came to Munich) who worked so hard throughout the entire week. We were all responsible for different parts of this huge project. Starting from the left: Dave, Sabine, Mal and Angie, Dave and Liz, Martin, Diana and Ian, Debbie, Wayne, Katrin and Peter, Veronica, Dan, Chris and Shayne. We should also mention Holly who designed all the artwork, banners and leaflets and the other members of the team Ali, Steve and Martin who had to remain in Somerset to keep the offices running during our stay in Munich.

There is also one person missing - the one behind the camera: Olga.


Munich Show in numbers:

Among the team we could speak 11 languages

32-ton lorry brought to Munich:

11 black cabinets

12 brown cabinets

4 sets of drawers

23 banners

and around 2000 specimens

We had:

18 team members

96 metre square booth

987 photos taken

60 GB of photo and video files

many, many wonderful guests, customers, visitors and friends.

7 unforgettable days in Munich.

See you all next time. 

Auf Wiedersehen!

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