As promised, here is our second installment from the Denver show, this time from the Denver Gem and Mineral Society show. We set up a much larger display at the Merchandise Mart, along with over 140 other dealers of minerals, fossils, gems and jewellery and more. There are also always superb displays, this year was the 45th Denver Gem and Mineral show with the special theme of Copper and Copper minerals.
We began with all hands on deck on Thursday. The guys were ready for the lifting and pushing to get the showcases into place and the electrics wired in.
On Friday at 10am the doors opened and soon our room was filled with regular friends, passionate first time viewers and customers from all around the world, each searching for the elusive specimen to fill that gap in their collection.
Once the initial influx of visitors was over, it was time to disappear into the crowds and have a look at the special displays. The theme of this year’s Denver Gem and Mineral show was Copper and Copper minerals.
One of the nicest and most colourful showcases was assembled by the Mineralogical Association of Dallas (MAD), with a selection of top quality, colourful and aesthetic specimens.
Here are just two in more detail.
Another great friend of ours, Penny Williamson from the University of Wollongong, Australia, had a display of Copper minerals from the Southern Hemisphere from the University’s collection.
One really stunning case was from the Cincinnati Museum Center, pictured below:
Here are a few closeups:
Another favourite friend is Renate Schumacher from the Mineralogical Museum at the Steinmann Institute in Bonn, Germany in Poppelsdorfer Schloss, here with Ian in front of her display cabinet:
Gloria Staebler of Lithographie was promoting the new extra Lapis/Mineral Monograph edition “Amethyst”. Gloria shares a booth with Colorado mineral dealer Dave Bunk:
Returning to our booth, who should I find…
We would like to now show you some of the specimens we had on display in our booth. Kristalle and Crystal Classics have been busy between shows, jetting around the globe to bring you some of the finest specimens we could lay our hands on. We held back lots of new mineral specimens to be put on display at this show only. Here are some of our most recent acquisitions – enjoy!
We would like to feature a few specimens from a recently acquired Quartz collection. The majority of specimens from this collection will be available in a few months at the upcoming Munich show (25th to 28th October).
We hope you have enjoyed all the minerals at the Denver Gem and Mineral show as much as we have. In a few short weeks we will all be at it again, meeting our friends at the next major event – The Munich Show in Germany, from which we will bring you news of exciting new mineral discoveries and current events from the mineral world. From all of us in the Kristalle and Crystal Classics “Dream Team” we look forward to seeing you there!