Munich Show Report 2018

1 November 2018

Welcome to our report for the Munich Show 2018.

This show is the largest in Europe and among the most important shows we attend.

This year both Crystal Classics Fine Minerals and UK Mining Ventures had booths.

It takes a lot of people to set up and man both booths.

When we arrive in Munich both our booths looks quite barren, but we quickly get the cabinets in and start setting up.

Tom takes care of the electrics.

And the rest the team arrange the cabinets as quickly as possible to fill with our specimens.

It takes a lot of planning and careful instructions to get everything up in the right place.

But with all of the team working together we are able to do it within one day.


Thanks to all the hard work of the entire team our booths looked amazing.


We have some exquisite minerals on display. Let us go through a small selection of them.

A beautifully sharp big scalenohedral crystal of Rhodochrosite from

Uchucchacha Mine, Oyon province, Lima Department, Peru.


Some wonderful bright sprays of Legrandite with Paradamite from 

Ojuela Mine, Mapimi, Mexico.

A big specimen of watermelon coloured Tourmaline from

Pederneira Claim, São José da Safira, Doce Valley, Minas Gerais, Brazil.

A marvellous specimen of a thin layer of Calcite within the centre a bright pink spot of Cobaltoan Calcite from

Fronhau, Annaberg-Buchholz, Annaberg District, Erzgebirge, Saxony, Germany.

A lovely group of Andradite crystals from

Kayes Region, Mali.

A perfect double terminated hexagonal crystal of amber coloured Sturmanite on matrix from

N'Chwaning Mine, Kuruman, Northern Cape Province, South Africa.

Some very nice big flat tabular crystals of Wulfenite from 

Zelidja Mine, Touissit-Bou Beker District, Jerada Province, Oriental Region, Morocco.

A fantastic piece of double terminated Azurite crystal which is partly a pseudomorph to Malachite from

Perkin Sams Pocket, Tsumeb Mine, Tsumeb, Ojikoto Province, Nambia.

2 generations of fluorite, but with clear differences.

The first generation is the watergreen type with only little recognisable crystal structures, but the bright purple fluorites look like they are bursting open and go by the name of "Ochs Eye".

This particular specimen featured on the front of the Lapis magazine of March 2014.

De'an Mine, Wushan, De'an Co., Juijiang, Jiangxi Province, China.

A complex Namibian Cuprite cluster which has formed a thin layer of Malachite.

Onganja, Seeis, Windhoek District, Namibia.

A couple of very pale yellow Ettringites from 

N'Chwaning Mines, Kuruman, Kalahari Manganese Field, Northern Cape, Province, South Africa.

A closely related mineral to the previous Ettringite; Charlesite from 

N'Chwaning II Mine, Kuruman, Kalahari Manganese Field, Northern Cape, Province, South Africa.

Another piece from Southern Africa with a nice orange spray of Mimetite with small green groups of Bayldonite on Dolomite from

 Tsumeb Mine, Tsumeb, Oshikoto Region, Nambia.

A sizeable specimen of highly lustrous Mimetite crystals from 

Pingtouling Mine, Liannan Co., Qingyuan Prefecture, Guangdong Province, China.

A large single crystal of the maganese rich mica Bannisterite. It is very rare to find such big, well defined crystals of this mineral.

Zinc Corporation Mine, Broken Hill, Yancowinna Co., New South Wales, Australia.

This specimen of Epidote really came to its full potential in our cabinets.

From Kimmeria, Xanthi Prefecture, Thraki Department, Greece.

Two wonderfully sharp minerals from Mexico together.

Left are three crystals of Cumengeite on Atacamite and Anglesite from Amelia Mine, Santa Rosalía, Boleo District, Mun. de Mulegé, Baja California, Mexico.

On the right a rare and well developed pinkish group of Manganoan Adamite from Ojuela Mne, Mapimi, Durango, Mexico.

A single crystal with interesting terminations of Heliodor from

Catugi, Padre Paraíso, Jequitinhonha Valley, Minas Gerais, Brazil.

A great elongated single crystal of Proustite from

Dolores I Mine, Chañarcillo, Copiapó, Atacama Region, Chile.

This specimen doesn't look one of our best, until you know that those crystals are actually Hessite!

From Anna Mine, Botesti, Zlatna, Alba Co., Romania.

A real European classic; Titanite from

Schiedergraben, Felbe Valley, Hohe Tauern, Salzburg, Austria.

Two very different Elbaites combined with some frosted Quartz from Barra do Salinas, Coronel Murta, Minas Gerias, Brazil.


One of our cabinets had a lovely range of new Diana Maria Mine Fluorites.


And here are a few pictures from the UK Mining Ventures booth 

Dan, Iain and the rest of the team were always ready to help with Fluorite or Native Copper.



We have made a new and fabulous design for the outer walls of our booth.

You could also find a table on our booth with the new book by Roy Starkey about the Minerals of the English Midlands.

A must have for everybody who is interested in British minerals.


Sfranzl and Dan are ready to help you.

Debbie, Diana and Ian are happy with the way the booth turned out.

As usual, we had a visit from Bryan Swoboda from "What's Hot in Munich 2018" and the host for the day Alan Hart.

They came to have a look at all the new interesting minerals we had brought with us.

David Lucas, Jesse Fisher and Ian Jones are paying us a visit to look at the newly found fluorites.


Pavel, Tom and Martin

Robert Sielecki from Ausrox came along and gave us a hand.


During the show we found some interesting minerals with our colleagues that we didn't want you to miss.

Here is a selection of some nice pieces.

Blue Halite from Kerr McGee Mine, Carlsbad Potash District, Eddy County, New Mexico, USA.

A cute Jeremejevite on Foitite from Farm Ameib 60, Erongo, Namibia.

A rarity to find these kind of specimens on show; a big Kongsberg Silver.

Kongsberg, Buskerud, Norway.


The organisers of the Munich show always take a lot of time to organise a wonderful themed exposition.

This year the central theme was "Elements".

Here are just a few pieces from the exhibition.

A gorgeous Malachite from Mine de l'Etoile, Lubumbashi, Katanga, DR Congo. 

Mario Pauwels Collection.

An exquisite German Silver from Himmelsfürst Quarry, Saxony, Germany.

Mario Pauwels Collection.

Some very nice crystals of Native Sulphur on Aragonite from Cozzo Disi Mine, Agrigento, Sicily, Italy.

Marco Tironi Collection.

A real classic; a triplet of Alexandrite from Girdlestone Farm, Masvingo, Zimbabwe.

NHM Luxembourg Collection

A nice intricate growth of calcite from Yaogangxian, China.

Oliver Konczer Collection.

A wonderful calcite specimen that formed on ropes.

Wenshan, Yunnan, China.

Mario Pauwels Collection.

A wonderful deep orange coloured Scheelite from Rauris, Salzburg, Austria.

Naturhistorisches Museum Wien Collection

A great specimen of Native Bismuth from Gang Opal, Schlema-Hartstein District, Erzgebirge, Saxony, Germany

Paul Stahl Collection.

A lovely long elongated aggregate of Acanthite after Agentite fromSegen Gottes Quarry, Gersdorf, Saxony, Germany.

TU Bergakademie Freiberg Collection.

An interesting specimen of Wulfenite with secondary growth on the pinnacoidal faces of the crystals.

Mezica, Slovenia.

A lovely set of old Russian Native Gold crystals and their different habits going from cubic to skeletal octahedrons.

Bodaibo, Irkutskaiya Oblast, Russia.

MHM Gmbh Collection.


After the show on the Friday we had a little gathering at our booth to thank the people of the show and everyone that had been helping us.

Mal and Angie Southwood have been a tremendous help during the whole show.

Dan and Sabine

Liz and Dave Hacker have been helping us for many years and of course they were at their posts again this year.

Alan Hart from Gem-A, Paul Pohwat from the Smithsonian and Eloïse Gaillou from Mines ParisTech.

Adam Pacey and Mike Rumsey from The Natural History Museum, London.

Ian is thanking the show organiser Christoph Keilmann and Catia and Leonardo Scarpelli from Scarpelli Mosaici.

Of course Peter and Katrin are here to assist wherever they can.

Ian and Veronica


Jesse and Joan Fisher entertained us the whole evening with their fantastic folk music.

Katrin and Diana with Bryan Lees from Collectors Edge.

Becky and Lizzie

Diana, Ian and the whole show team would like to thank you for visiting us and we are looking forward to seeing you all in Tucson at the beginning of 2019!

Author: TC
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