Ste. Marie Show Report 2019 - Exposition

28 June 2019

Before we head down to the exposition, let us have a look a couple of new additions to our show cabinets.

A gorgeous lime-yellow specimen of Adamite

from Ojuela Mine, Mapimi, Durango, Mexico.

A very clear, transparent Fluorite cube 

from Clara Mine, Rankach Valley, Oberwolfach, Black Forest, Baden-Würtemberg, Germany.

In general there where some interesting new finds to be seen;

One of them was Dioptase from the Democratic Republic of Congo.

They consist of small Dioptase crystals coating semi spherules,

which gives them an interesting extra dimension.

The Prestige exhibition this year is themed around lead minerals. 

The Show Organisers managed to have a large number of museums and collectors contribute specimens for these temporary showcases. Some of them where focused on regional minerals from parts of France or larger parts of the world, others cases let the collectors themselves express their fascination with the lead para genesis.

The main culprit: Native Lead from Langban, Sweden.

The purpose of the exposition was to give people the idea of the diversity of minerals that can occur because of the presence of lead. To achieve this they could rely on several well known museums with cabinets focused on a certain geographical area and several private collectors with a specific interest in the lead para genesis who were so kind to show the focus of their collection.

An electric yellow group of Anglesite from Touissit, Région L'Orientale, Morocco.

Collection: Christian Mondeilh.

A big Bournonite from Les Malines, Saint-Laurent-Le-Minier, Gard, France.

Collection: Michel Perraudin.

The Binn Valley is especially well known for his rare sulphosalts with micromounters,

but is is a massive Dufrénoysite is really an amazing specimen.

Collection: Musée de Minéralogie Mines Paris Tech.

Some of the best Phosgenites we've ever seen from

Monteponi Mine, Iglesias, Caronia-Iglesias Province, Sardinia, Italy.

A really special wing of Cerussite

From Touissit, Région L'Orientale, Morocco

A real English Classic can't be missing from our report;

The gorgeous contrast of Mimetite on Plumbogummite from 

Roughton Gill, Caldbeck Fells, Cumbria, England.

Collection: Muséum National d'Histoire Naturelle de Paris.

A nice French Cerussite flanked by 4 amazing Stolzites, all from the same mine.

From Sainte-Lucie, Marvejois, Lozère, France.

Collection: Louis-Dominique Bayle and Muséum National d'Histoire Naturelle de Paris.

Presented for the first time worldwide: Smamite!

It was give the abbreviated name of the little French town we are in right now, 

due to its constant relationship with mineralogy, first with the mines, now with the show.

Author: TC
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