Munich Show 2017Author: Zbynìk Buĝival
Munich show is probably the most important European mineral show. Munich 2017 was well worth it, many new mineral finds, many interesting mineral deals and offers.
I've dedicated whole 3 days to Munich show in 2017. However, it was still not enough and I have to plan better next year. I am very grateful to Lyudmila Cheschko from Mineralogical Almanac to help me with the show visit and overall hospitality.
This display of the fine amazonite and rhodochrosite specimens from Colorado was one of the highlights of the Munich 2017 exhibition.
I've tried to compile some overview of Munich show 2017. Despite of 60+ photos in this article, it was not possible. Selection of photos is quite personal and I admit it is quite dominated by pegmatites and Alpine minerals. I did not notice some interesting specimens and some nice were not possible/allowed to photograph. You can also check out previous reports from Munich show 2015 and Munich show 2016.
Selection of fine minerals for sale.
As usually, some new mineral finds were available at the Munich show. Very widespread were bright yellow brucites from Balochistan, Pakistan. Quite interesting were also blue cap elbaite-dravite crystals from Mwajanga, Tanzania. My attention cought also nice botryoidal chrysocolla from Katanga, Congo, nice blue apatite on cleavelandite from Golconda Mine, Brazil, and very dark vanadinites from Mibladen, Morocco. One of the highlights were new finds from pegmatites in Volodarsk, Ukraine - bicolor topaz, heliodors, and almost totally black morion. Nice were also dark green fluorites with white aragonite coatings from Diana Maria Mine, UK. Also various new interesting finds from Rubtsovsk, Myanmar, Peru and Brazil were available.
Dark tourmalines with blue caps from Mwajanga, Tanzania.
Nice botryoidal chrysocolla from Katanga, Congo.
There still were plenty of minerals popular last year - amethysts from Las Vigas, Mexico; alexandrites from Tanzania; wolframites and cassiterites from Peru. Unfortunately, alpine minerals were in my opinion not that good as last year.
Big cluster of bicolor topaz crystals on cleavelandite from Volodarsk, Ukraine.
Very dark smoky quartz (left) and huge topaz (right) from Volodarsk, Ukraine.
Big piece of bicolor gemmy topaz from Volodarsk, Ukraine.
Same bicolor topaz as above - faceted.
Faceted heliodor from Volodarsk, Ukraine.
Rough aquamarine and heliodor from Volodarsk, Ukraine (left). Necklace made of gems from Volodarsk, Ukraine (right).
Top amazonite and smoky quartz clusters from Colorado, USA. Nothe the amazonite twinning on the right picture.
Selection of killer specimens from LCT pegmatites of California, USA.
Sixpack zoned tourmaline from San Diego area, California, USA.
Great quality and gemmy elbaites from Brazil.
New blue apatite on cleavelandite from Golconda Mine, Brazil.
Gemmy rubellite on big quartz crystal from Cruzeiro Mine, Brazil.
Very nice smoky quartz with spessartine from Tongbei, China.
Big garnet crystal on white albite (not orthoclase) from Skardu, Pakistan.
Great aquamarine specimens from Pakistan.
Very interesting cluster of feldspars, quartz, topaz and green herderite from Dassu, Pakistan.
Beryllonite and albite sitting on the huge K-feldspar from Kunar, Afghanistan.
Nice pink kunzite (spodumene) crystal coverad with green elbaite from Afghanistan.
Great elbaite and spodumene specimens from Afghanistan.
Truly killer elbaite and aquamarine specimens from Afghanistan.
Selection of nice Alpine minerals for sale.
Big cluster of pale smoky quartz with hematite from Cavradischlucht, Switzerland.
Nice amethyst and hematite clusters from Cavradischlucht, Switzerland.
Smoky quartz closed gwindel from Goms, Switzerland.
Display with specimens from famous find at Planggenstock, Switzerland.
Big smoky quartz and fluorite from Planggenstock, Switzerland.
Gemmy quartz and big fluorite from Planggenstock, Switzerland.
Great titanite cluster from Habachtal, Austria.
Interesting mix of emerald and aquamarine from Habachtal, Austria.
Great skeletal quartz and epidote on albite from Hohe Tauern, Austria.
Selection of big gold specimens from Brusson, Italy.
Gold from Brusson, Italy (left) and layered malachite and azurite (I still think its chrysocolla!).
Very famous piece of azurite and malachite from China.
Big cluster of wulfenite from Mezica, Slovenia.
Malachite after azurite from Tsumeb (left) and azurite after tetrahedrite, Isere, France (right).
Dioptase and calcite from Tsumeb, Namibia.
Nice descloizite specimen from Namibia.
Big snowflake cerussite from Tsumeb, Namibia.
Cuprite crystals on green smithsonite from Tsumeb, Namibia.
Huge stibnite cluster from China.
Selection of big gold specimens from Eagle's Nest Mine, California, USA.
Rhodochrosite with fluorite, chalcopyrite and tetrahedrite from Sweet Home Mine, Colorado, USA.
Perfect color of rhodochrosite from N'Chwaning Mine, South Africa.
Amethyst from Las Vigas, Mexico.
Amethyst geode with calcite crystals from Uruguay.
Deep violet amethyst from Goboboseb, Namibia (left) and gemmy feldspar (orthoclase or sanidine) from Madagascar (right).
Very nice green andradite from Madagascar.
Excellent gemmy diopside from Merelani, Tanzania.
Selection of fluorites from Italy.
Typical green fluorite from Rogerley Mine, UK.
Herkimer diamond (quartz!) from Bransom Mine, New York, USA.
Calcite (and probably baryte or pseudomorph of baryte) from Mexico.
Interesting natural calcite "vase" from China.
Diamonds from China are quite interesting.
Two big faceted scheelites from China.
Huge analcime from Tunguska, Russia (left) and double japan law twin of quartz (right).
Gemmy hessonite from Jeffrey Mine, Canada
Big imperial topaz on matrix from Brazil (left) and big crystal of fosgenite from Sardinia, Italy (right).
Precious opal pseudomorph (after calcite?) from White Cliffs, NSW, Australia.