Munich Show Report 2017

7 November 2017


Welcome to our short report for the Munich show 2017.

The Crystal Classics team arrived in good shape on Monday evening
ahead of the show, having had a very early start from Heathrow.
The stock and showcases were already at the venue having been prepared and loaded into the truck a few days prior.

Inside the hall we get the first glimps of the Crystal Classics Booth.

As the exhibitors arrive space becomes more and more a valuable commodity.

This gives an idea of the space at the Munich show - and this is just one of the four exhibition halls.

Once again the truck was loaded to the brim and it took a few hours to get all the flight cases with the show cases
and minerals into the show room in preparation for the setup.

The Crystal Classics booth as the flight cases arrive and the first of the showcases are put into Place.

The display begins to come together

Dave and Martin taking one of the last few flight cases from the truck

Dan begins preparing the glass shelves that go into some of the show cases

The main entrance corridor into hall A6.

Debbie with Diana fitting the LED lighting to the showcases.

Some of the Crystal Classics team.
L to R - Dave, Debbie, Pavel and Martin.

Ian talking to Crystal Classics team member Veronica and Alan Hart of Gem-A

Show organiser Christoph Keilmann together with Diana Bruce and Peter Schlegel

Liz and Dave Hacker

Ian and Diana with Bryan Lees of Collectors Edge Minerals.

Part of the booth at the end of two days of preparation on site.
We are now ready to show all the great new minerals we have to offer.
Here are some of the pieces on offer from the Crystal Classics booth this year in Munich.

One of our showcases filled with specimens of Fluorite from Boltsburn West mine
and from the relatively new find of fluorites from Ireland.

A fine example of the Fluorite from Larkin's Quarry, Costelloe, Connemara, Co. Galway, Ireland.
The specimen shows the initial octohedral growth with its corners tipped by cubes modified by the dodecahedron.

A nice example of the bluish grey Fluorite cubes from the Boltsburn West Mine, Rookhope,
Weardale, North Pennines, Co. Durham, England


Some of the great little thumbnail twin crystal groups that Crystal Classics have recently mined
from the new Diana Maria Mine, Frosterley, Weardale,Co. Durham, England.

Two more fine British specimens in our showcases:

Liroconite from Wheal Gorland, St. Day United Mines, Gwennap, Cornwall, England.

Fine bronze yellow twinned crystals of Chalcopyrite with Quartz
from Wheal Kitty, St Agnes, St. Agnes District, Cornwall, England.

A rich example of Clinoclase from the renowned deposits at 
Majuba Hill Mine, Antelope District, Pershing County, Nevada, USA.

Turquoise green platelets of Chalcopyllite on matrix fromm the 
Potrerillos Mine, Potrerillos, Diego de Almagro, Chañaral Province, Atacama Region, Chile.

Three great Aragonite specimens from Austria:

Pale lemon colored Aragonite in stalagmitic growth from
Flatschach, Knittelfeld, Styria, Austria

A very unusual form for Aragonite again from
Flatschach, Knittelfeld, Styria, Austria

A more familiar habit of Aragonite known as Flos Ferri
from Styrian Erzberg, Eisenerz, Styria, Austria.

A great specimen of Pyromorphite from
Les Farges Mine, Ussel, Corrèze, Limousin, France.

Another Pyromorphite from a classic European locality - bright yellowish green
hexagonal prismatic crystals on matrix
from Príbram, Central Bohemia, Czech Republic.

Almost spherical white Calcite aggragate from
Baia Mare (Nagybánya), Maramureș County, Romania.

A fine and rich example of Proustite
Alberoda, Schlema-Hartenstein District, Erzgebirge, Saxony, Germany.

Pyrargyrite with Native Arsenic and Argentopyrite from
St. Andreasberg, Harz, Lower Saxony, Germany.

Detail of the above specimen

Rob Sielecki of Ausrox shared a showcase of his minerals within the Crystal Classics booth.
Here are one or two of the items he had to offer

Some of the fine opal specimens on display in Rob's showcase.

A fine Euclase from Ouro Preto, Iron Quadrangle, Minas Gerais, Brazil
also on display in Rob's selection.

Out side the hall the usual display of replica dinosaurs was available
- this year the creatures were all marine animals.

A model of the largest known Turtle to have existed in our seas

More details of the giant turtle.

Each year at Munich there are always attractions for visitors to see as well as all the Mineral specimen dealers.
he main exhibition of exceptional specimens this year was as enticing as always.
Entitled "Masterpiece Mines, From Mine to Mine" the exhibition covered anumber of the most famous localities for minerals worldwide. here are just a few of he items that were on display.


Colorado - this superb rhombic crystal of Rhodochrosite on a bed of Quartz crystals from
Sweet Home Mine, Alma District, Park Co., Colorado, USA.

Another fine Colorado Piece - elongated Amazonite together with Smoky Quartz 
from the Crystal Peak Area, Teller County, Colorado, USA

From the Himmelsfürst Area a selection of fine silver minerals

Wire Silver specimen from the
Himmelsfürst Mine, Freiberg District, Erzgebirge, Saxony, Germany.

A fine Galena specimen in association with Baryte
from Churprinz Friedrich August Mine, Großschirma, Freiberg District,
Erzgebirge, Saxony, Germany.

A large example of Cavansite crystal lining a cavity in Basalt from the
Wagholi Quarries, Pune District, Maharashtra, India.

Superb Tourmaline crystal group with some Smooky Quartz
from Paprok, Nuristan, Afghanistan

A well developed sharp crystal group of Scheelite crystals
from Mt. Xuebaoding, Pingwu County, Mianyang Prefecture, Sichuan Province, China.


 On display in some of the other booths were some amazing minerals, some from specific locations
and others from various parts of the world.

Crystal Classics were proud to have been helping this dealer who had some fine examples of
Topaz and Heliodor from the Volodarsk mines in the Ukraine:

A transparent crystal of Heliodor from the 
Volodarsk-Volynskii mines, Zhytomyr Oblast',Ukraine.

A large section of a transparent, bicoloured Topaz crystal from the same mine

A facetted example of the Bicoloured Topaz from the Ukraine.

More Topaz from the Ukraine. This time a matrix specimen with
mica plates and Cleavelandite in association

 Valere berlage usually has some nice examples of minerals from the Congo.
Here are one or two.

Valere showing us one of his fine Malachite specimens from the Congo.

A sharp crystal of Carrollite from The Kamoya district, Dem. Rep. of Congo

A rich Shattuckite specimen from
The Tantara Mine,  Near Shinkolobwe, Katanga Copper Crescent,
Dem. Rep. of Congo.

 peter Ward showed off some of the great specimens of Fluorite that he has retrieved
from the greenlaws mine over the last couple of years

Some of Pete's Fluorite specimens in the showcase

Pete showing us one of the nicest of his Greenlaws Fluorite Specimens

A closer look at that Fluorite specimen.

 Well that's it for another of the Munich shows.
As ever we cannot show all that the show has to offer, there is just so much to see and hopefully some of what has been put into this report will encourarge those that have never been to the show to come and see it for the first time.
It is without doubt Europe's premier show and gives an insight to all that is the mineral, gemstone and fossil world.

Munich 2017 was a great event and it was so nice to see so many of our friends again.
We hope to see all of you again this time next year for Munich 2018 and some of you perhaps sooner.



Author: Dave and Dan
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