Ste. Marie Show 2018

18 July 2018

The European summer only starts for us with the show in Sainte-Marie-Aux-Mines. This is one of the few major events in this town and it is the second largest show in Europe. It draws in people from all over France, Europe and the whole world.

This show takes place in one of the many valleys of the Alsace Region in France and it has its own special climate, which is known to everybody who has attended this show before.

If you haven't visited this show already; it is a nice mix between the classic shows that are being held in halls and tents that are out on the streets. The minerals, fossils, gemstones and jewellery are nearly everywhere and the whole town is helping in making this a success.

It was the first time that UK Mining Ventures had a tent to show the fantastic Rogerley and Diana Maria fluorites to the European audience.

The truck was very elegantly filled at our offices with the minerals, showcases and some extra luggage.

The first members of the Crystal Classics team (Pavel, Dan, Debbie and Tom) arrived early to welcome the truck. (Becky was taking the photo)

Our showcases in Le Theatre.

We had a lot of help with unpacking from Liz and Dave Hacker.

And our progress was delayed by Katrin and her amazing sandwiches.

Setting up the UK Mining Ventures tent was a bit of a puzzle.

Soon the tent was ready for folks eager to see the new fluorites.

Ian and Dave were on hand to answer all your questions. 

A little overview of some of the best fluorites in the tent.

We even had a visit from the miners from The Black Forest area in Germany.

We were kindly invited to the evening event of the French museum curators.


Let us take a better look at the Crystal Classics showcases and some interesting specimens in closer detail

A honey coloured French fluorite from Valzergues, Aveyron, Occitanie, France

A showcase mainly based on lead minerals such as pyromorphite

An big pyromorphite cluster from El Horcajo Mine, Minas de Horcajo, Ciudad Real, Castile-La Mancha, Spain

A specimen of yellow pyromorphite from Les Farges Mine, Ussel, Corrèze, Limousin, France

This cabinet shows the best specimens from our workings in Rogerley & Diana Maria Mine, UK; Rocklands Mine, Australia and Volodarsk, Ukraine.


Copper from Rocklands Mine, Cloncurry, Cloncurry Shire, Queensland, Australia.

Fluorite from Rogerley and Diana Maria Mine, Frosterley, Weardale, Co. Durham, England

These Rocklands Mine Coppers dendrites are extremely well crystallised.

Rocklands Mine, Cloncurry, Cloncurry Shire, Queensland, Australia

A nice specimen that came in just the month before the show; brochantite from Goulmina, Er Rachidia Province, Drâa-Tafilalet Region, Morocco.

This bicoloured elbaite with cleavelandite from Stak Nala, Haramosh Mountains, Skardu District, Baltistan, Gilgit-Baltistan, Pakistan.

A magnificent wulfenite from Mežica (Miess), Slovenia.

It isn't very easy to find well-defined crystals like these from this locality.

A great piece of Sicilian bright yellow sulphur.

Cozzo Disi Mine, Casteltermini, Agrigento Province, Sicily, Italy

One of the greatest English classics around

A bright blue liroconite with strashimirite from Wheal Gorland, St. Day United Mines, Gwennap, Cornwall, England.

A wonderful combination of emerald green fluorite with white aragonite

from the Snowdrift Pocket, Diana Maria Mine, Frosterley, Weardale, Co. Durham, England.


We also had some really good historical pieces with us like this German purple apatite from the collection of the Archduke Stephan of Austria.

Ehrenfriedersdorf, Erzgebirge, Saxony, Germany

An extremely good specimen for a somewhat rare mineral

A big specimen of Sylvanite from Baia de Arieş (Offenbánya), Alba County, Romania

Let's go for a walk and see what else the fair has to offer.

An Namibian cuprite with an amazing colour and some green malachite from Merveilles de la Terre.

A great Chinese sphalerite from Saphira.

These new fluorites from Madagascar where all over the show.

The organisation of the fair had found something to draw the attention of the public for the new rooms for the fossil booths.


A magnificent classic in the exposition

A box of siderite with quartz from the Virtuous Lady Mine, Devon, UK

The Natural History Museum collection in London

And also from the exposition

A big cube of boleite and a large cumegeite epitaxy on the right. Both from the El Boleo Mine in Mexico

Collection MINES ParisTech.

After a hard day, everything tends to turn quiet.

Ian and Diana Bruce

The Crystal Classics team has enjoyed the atmosphere and temperatures of the Sainte Marie show and we are looking forward to next year.


The next show we will be attending will be Denver in September.

As always we will bring a whole range of new and classic specimens with us and we hope to have a chat with all of you there.


Author: TC
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