Ste. Marie Show Report 2019

19 June 2019

With the weather getting better and warmer we can feel it is time again for another show in Sainte-Marie-aux-Mines, France. People from all over the world come together in this idyllic little town, hidden in a valley in the French Alsace region to share their passion for beautiful and rare minerals.

The weather has been predicted as very warm, so we are all very happy that this show partly takes place outside where one can enjoy the sun. This together with the excellent atmosphere provided by all the townsfolk make this into one of our favourite shows.

This report is going to be a bit different to what you are used to normally. We are going to try to provide you with a daily update on the activities of this show, so keep an eye on our website and check the report daily!

The sleepy village of Sainte-Marie-aux-Mines starts to prepare for a stampede of mineral and fossil collectors.

But everything is still quiet... for now

It is a bit of a challenge to find a parking spot for our lorry,

but we found one and are all ready to start unloading.

It takes a bit of manpower to get everything out of the truck and set up, 

but once the cabinets are there then we can start displaying the minerals.

Debbie and Diana can start displaying with the help of Liz Hacker.

While the rest of the team starts building the racks in the UK Mining Ventures tent,

for the Fluorites from the Diana Maria Mine and Rogerley Mine.

Joe Bruce, Ian's son, is joining us for the first time on a show.

And before we knew it the Crystal Classic's displays in "Le Theatre" are ready.

Let us have a look!

We are first taking a look at the thumbnail cabinets with some lovely little cute specimens.

A lovely single specimen of Acanthite from Fresnillo, Zacatecas, Mexico.

A gorgeous little bicolour Zoisite var. Tanzanite from

Merelani Hills, Lelatema, Simanjiro, Manyara Region, Tanzania.

A big specimen of crystallised Native leaf Gold from

Round Mountain, Nye Mountain, Nevada, USA

A fantastic historic specimen; a Galena pseudomorph after Pyromorphite from

Krautenbach Mine, Traben-Trarbach, Hunsrück, Rhinelan-Palatinate, Germany.

Some lovely Mimetite on Malachite from

Tsumeb Mine, Tsumeb, Oshikoto Region (Otjikoto Region), Namibia.

A fantastic new specimen of Zincolivenite with Ferrilothameyerite from

Tsumeb Mine, Tsumeb, Oshikoto Region (Otjikoto Region), Namibia.

A big single and perfectly positioned Wulfenite from

Tsumeb Mine, Tsumeb, Oshikoto Region (Otjikoto Region), Namibia.

Three lovely German Native Silver next to each other;

From left to right; -Freiberg District, Erzgebirge, Saxony, Germany

-Weißer Hirsch Mine, Neustädtel, Schneeberg District, Erzgebirge, Saxony, Germany

-Himmelsfürst Mine, Freiberg District, Erzgebirge, Saxony, Germany.

Another European classic; Euchroite from L'Ubietova (Libethen), Banska Bystricq County, Slovakia.

A proper French classic a lovely gemmy Axinite with Quartz and Epidote from

Bourg d'Oisqns, Isère, Rhône-Alpes, France

An interesting Pyromorphite from

Kabwe Mine (Broken Hill), Kabwe Province, Central Province, Zimbabwe.

A great new specimen, a tapering Quartz var. Amethyst from

Mun. Las Vigas de Ramírez, Veracruz, Mexico.

We still have some really interesting specimens left from our project in Volodarsk, Ukraine.

Here you have a gorgeous  big bi-colour Topaz segment.

We have some gorgeous Fluorites on display from all over the world.

An extreme spinel law twinned fluorite from

Erongo Mountain, Erongo Region, Namibia.

One of the best specimens that came out of the pocket.

Fluorite with Chalcopyrite from Neu Straßburger Glück adit, Niederschlag, Bärenstein,

Niederschlag-Bärenstein district, Erzgebirge District, Saxony, Germany.

And of course a Fluorite with Calcite from our own Diana Maria Mine,

Rogerley Quarry, Frosterley, Co. Durham, England.

A perfect freestanding lovely penetrating twin of Fluorite from the 

Diana Maria Mine, Rogerley Quarry, Frosterley, Co. Durham, England.

Maybe from a new pocket....

Back at the UK Mining Ventures tent things are starting to come together.

We have a slightly different setup to last year, but it works better!

The "Baggies" we had last year have found a new life as "Tubbies".

Single crystals and chunks of Fluorite are great for decorative or cutting purposes.

We are also offering a new find of purple Fluorite from the Purple Haze pocket.

That was it for today!

Author: TC
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