Munich Show Report 2019 - The Show

30 October 2019

Let's have a look at the special exhibition; this year's theme was titled 'Whoever collects, makes history'.

The exhibition emphasised the different ways in which people collect, what they focus on and how they write their names in history through their collections. It aptly showed some of the different and interesting ways of collecting.

The first collector to be put under the spotlight is Johann Wolfgang von Goethe. This classic German writer-statesman-scientist is extremely important to the German culture and is known for his mineralogical collection. He also has the mineral Goethite named after him.

The specimens from his collection in the exhibition were closely related to Goethite, such as this elegant specimen of

Lepidocrocite from Louise Quarry, Horhausen, Altenkirchen, Rhineland-Palatinate, Germany.


The next collector was Paul Stahl who focused on having aesthetic specimens of rare species.

It is obvious that he only collects one piece of each specimen, but it has to be spectacular.

Bultfonteinite from N'Chwaning II, Kuruman, South-Africa.

An incredible bright red Zincite with Franklinite from Franklin, New Jersey, USA.

A beautiful English classic of large bright green bladed crystals of Chalcophyllite from St. Day, Cornwall, England.


The next collector was Malte Sickinger who only collects specimens of thumbnail size.

Because he is a mineralogical photographer as well, he looks for specimens which are aesthetic as well as affordable.

Velvet-like Shattuckite from Kaokoveld, Namibia.

An overview of one of the cabinets.

To stay with the aesthetic, we now look at the collection of Mario Pauwels.

He is a well known Belgian collector who has a checklist for the minerals he wants to buy, to keep his standards up.

A new find of Chalcopyrite from Tong Lu Shan Mine, Da Ye, Hubei, China.

Goethite on Smoky Quartz from Lakeview Lode II mine, Steven's Ranch, Colorado, USA.

A well-known double spherical group of Malachite from Milpillas Mine, Cuitaca, Sonora, Mexico - with the Belgian stamp it on which it features.


An unusual view on collecting comes from Dr. Gene Meieran, who collects minerals with a hardness above 7 on the Mohs scale.

A massive and completely clear, lustrous deep pink Kunzite from Brazil.

This specimen is the showpiece for the 2020 special exhibition and features on next year's Munich show poster.


We have seen a collector that focuses on thumbnails, but there are also collectors that prefer the other end of the scale.

Adalberto Gianzotto has a collection of specimens averaging 30 cm x 25 cm and of a very high quality. 

A massive Baryte from Villa Massargia, Sardinia, Italy.

A multicoloured, large single crystal of Tourmaline from Pederneira Mine, Governador Valadares, Brazil.


The TU Bergakademie of Freiberg wanted to show a collection that was largely donated to them by Siegfried Flach.

He specialised in the deposits in Erzgebirge, Germany, the area around his birthplace.

A lustrous Beryl var. Aquamarine from Irfersgrün, Vogtland, Saxony, Germany.

This is the largest gem-quality Aquamarine from Germany.

Spherical Cassiterite with Fluorite and Muscovite var. 'Gilbertite' from Ehrenfriedersdorf, Erzgebirge, Saxony, Germany.

There was a booth showing a projected video about the fall of the Stubenberg meteor and meteorite.

This is one of the few meteors that has been observed while falling to Earth and was recovered after impact. 


Another historic collection from the TU Bergakademie of Freiberg that originally belonged to Abraham Gottlob Werner. 

This 18th century collector was well-known for the scientific value of his specimens.

Mimetite from Johanngeorgenstadt, Erzgebirge, Saxony, Germany.

Pyrargyrite on Calcite from St. Andreasberg, Harz, Lower Saxony, Germany.


His scientific interest really showed in his collection of 249 ceramic tiles (12 of which are displayed here) made using natural ore pigments, in addition to lead and wooden crystal models.

A completely different view came from Gail and Jim Spann, whose cabinet focused on pink minerals.

A wonderful bi-coloured Beryl var. Morganite and Aquamarine from Minas Gerais, Brazil. 

An incredible stalactite of Rhodochrosite with Pyrite from 

Santa Eulalia, Chihuahua, Mexico.

A rare variety of Adamite with a manganese content which turned the termination a pinkish hue.

These are incredibly rare, especially at this size.

From Ojuela Mine, Durango, Mexico.

The colour on this specimen is so intense and deep; Rhodochrosite with Fluorite and Kutnohorite.

From Wutong Mine, Guanxi Zhuang A.R., China.


Even more rare are those who limit themselves to collect only one mineral species.

The American collector Albert C. Burrage had a well-known collection of Native Gold. 

Near the end of his life he donated a large part of his collection to the Harvard Mineralogical Museum, USA.

Three amazing specimens of crystallised American Native Gold:

From left to right : Specimen Gulch, Columbia District, California, USA.

California, USA.

Irish Creek, Garden Valley, Kelsey District, El Dorado Co. California, USA.


Next are the most beautiful specimens from the collection of Fabian Wildfang.

This collection is noted for its extremely well-balanced specimens.

A well-known Calcite rose on Fluorite from Yaogangxian Mine, Chenzhou, Hunan, China.

An elegant group of Wulfenite crystals coated with Quartz from M'fouati District, Bouenza Department, DR Congo.

A perfect group of freestanding purple Fluorapatite crystals with Siderite.

From Panasquiera Mine, Covilhã, Portugal.

A very lustrous bi-coloured Tourmaline.

From Pederneira Mine, Governador Valadares, Brazil.

A very fragile looking specimen of Native Gold on a matrix of Quartz.

From Eagle's Nest Mine, Placer County, California, USA.


Some people take their interest of one locality to the extreme.

Dr. Federico Pezzotta is the curator of the mineralogical collection of the Museum of Milan and

has one of the biggest, if not the biggest, collection of Elba Tourmalines, all of an exceptional quality.

Elbaite from Filone Rosina, San Piero in Campo, Elba, Italy.

Elbaite from Filone dei Cechi, Grotta d'Oggi, San Piero in Campo, Elba, Italy.

Elbaite from Filone Rosina, San Piero in Campo, Elba, Italy.


And to conclude, we look at the minerals from the collection of Thomas Weiland.

He focused on one element: Copper and all its minerals.

A wonderful starburst Dioptase from Okazombo Mine, Kaokoveld Plateau, Kunene, Namibia.

Malachite with Cerussite from Van der Plas Mine, Kaokoveld Plateau, Kunene, Namibia.


Back to the main show during Friday...

Sam, Leighton Werschky and Dan in the UK Mining Ventures booth having a look at some

of the new Fluorites and the wholesale Crystal Classics specimens.


A more detailed look at Crystal Classics' most colourful miniature stands with the secondary lead minerals and Fluorites.

Tom is more than happy to help people with enquiries about the miniatures.


On the Friday evening Crystal Classics hosted a small party for all our mineral friends.

Let us give you a look into this social event.

Ian with Mitsumune Takahide who loves our Fluorite miniatures.

During the party there is still time to look at minerals.

Ian with Cal Graeber.

Debbie having fun with Gilles Emringer.

Joan Kureczka and Jesse Fisher are getting ready to play for us later.

Pavel Skacha with Lubos Vrtiska provided us with the beer for the party.

Spanish "Mineral Up" photographer Joaquim Callen with his wife Eloise.

Ian with Sabine who came to offer us some extra help during the show.

When the party started to quieten down, Jesse and Joan brought it back to life.

Martin looking for a way to jump the drinks queue.

Robert Bowell with Ian talking about our mining projects.


Sam, Ian and Diana were happy with the show results so far.

Even though it was an early start, you cannot watch the rugby world cup without a pint!

Thank you to everyone who attended our booth this year, and we look forward to seeing you all in Tucson 2020!

Author: TC
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