Our second report from the very wet Mineral & Gem à Sainte-Marie-aux-Mines 2013 brings you information from around the show, and a little more from our own booth.
The Sainte Marie-aux-Mines show is spread through out the small mining town, both indoors in areas such as the Grand Theatre, and outdoors with tents lining the street. The dealers are split into Mineral and Gem Zones. Out and about into the show we went in search of new finds and interesting minerals.
Rarely do I pass by Luiz Menezes tent at St Marie. He always has some amazing rarities from Brazil. Here are just one or two of the things he had that I had not seen before.
Wandering around I came across a new Peruvian Dealer – Minart Peru, who were exhibiting in Ste. Marie-aux-Mines for the first time. They had Rhodochrosites, Huebnerites and other well known examples of fine Peruvian minerals of a high quality and reasonably priced.
We dropped by to visit Gilles Emringer to see the fine French mineral specimens that he had on display (don’t forget we have many of Gilles’ specimens from his personal collection on display in our booth at the show this year).
Nearby I found an old friend from the Burhouse team in England – Niko – in a tent filled with minerals from Trepča. The dealer, Vojlo Pavcic, was happy to show me some of the great specimens he had for sale.
One Russian dealer came to us with some pieces of the recent Chelyabinsk meteorite fall which got extensive TV coverage in mid February earlier this year. It was great to have the opportunity to see and handle some of these amazing objects.
Just a quick note for all collectors and dealers to be aware of: We were forwarded some information from a well known mineral dealer about the following Fake Moroccan Wulfenite specimen being sold at the show. These will undoubtedly turn up at future events as we know there were around 50 or so of these specimens on offer. The following images show what happened to this specimen when treated with acetone. Buyer beware!!!
Back inside to our booth here are a few more goodies that we had on offer – if you are interested in any of these specimens, please do not hesitate to contact us, and we can let you know more about the specimen or similar ones we have for sale.
And a few more French beauties to finish off:
As you know, Mineral Shows are not just about the rocks, but also about the socialising with mineral friends. The Sainte Marie show organisers put on a large party for the mineral dealers on the Thursday night, this year with a celebration to the upcoming 50th anniversary of the Munich Show Mineralientage. Many people, dare I say hundreds, attended the celebration with hot BBQ food and drinks available all evening. Tables and benches were laid out in orderly fashion partially under cover and there was a stage for the band and dancers complete with P.A. and lighting system. It was held in a football playing field, with a wooden boarded area for dancing beneath the stage. The weather was a little chilly so many sat and chatted with overcoats on to keep warm but none of this seemed to dampen spirits. A good time was had by all and it wasn’t long before the dance floor was crowded.
Well that’s it for this year at Mineral & Gem at Sainte-Marie-aux Mines. A great show despite some of the poorest weather that any of us have experienced here in many years. We will all be back next year with just as much enthusiasm hoping to find those treasures to add to our collections. Be sure to join us in 2014.