Welcome to the Ste. Marie-Aux-Mines Mineral and Gem Show 2013, and the first of our reports from the show.
Another year has gone by and for the first time in several years the team arrived on Monday morning greeted by a wet and overcast Ste Marie. A shock to most of us since we are all used to warm and sunny weather here in this ancient mining town. Undeterred we set to work unloading the cabinets and equipment with intermittent breaks to avoid the rain, and by late afternoon the tables, cabinets and all the lighting had been configured in our booth.
This year Kristalle and Crystal Classics were lucky to have, in addition to our normal booth in the Grand Theater, our own private showing room up on the stage behind the booth. Here we set out rows of boxes of minerals for our customers to browse at leisure.We also displayed some of the Gilles Emringer collection of fine French minerals specimens. Gilles had his own tent just outside the main theatre so folks visiting our booth could go and meet the man himself to see what else he had there and chat with his colleagues, Gael and Sophie.
Here is a taster of the displays in our booth…
French minerals were of course one of the highlights of our booth this year, with many from the famed Gilles Emringer Collection:
We recently received some superb minerals from Iran, including reticulated Cerussites, bright orange Wulfenites and Mimetites, and pale blue Hemimorphite, and had a great selection on display.
And of course we always have some wonderful British minerals:
And a few other Fluorites:
And elsewhere around the world:
Well that’s just a taste of what you can see if you visit the Kristalle and Crystal Classics booth in the Grande Theatre at St. Marie this year. Remember this year we have a room at the rear of our booth up on the stage where there are hundreds more minerals to be viewed. Please ask one of our team and they will show you through to this bonanza. We will bring you a few more examples from our cabinets as well as information about what other dealers around the show have in our next installment from the show!