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One of the people I met at the show and have known for some time now was Dan Balan from Canada.  You may recall that Dan was the guy known for shooting laser light through minerals to see what happened.  Back in 2001 at Tucson Dan approached me with an idea he had for creating holograms of exceptional minerals.  Well 4 years + since Dan has gone on to work with another group to develop realistic holography by taking mineral specimens and using lasers to generate perfect 3D images of the specimens in full color. It is stunning to see these in person.   Dan brought several type specimens of his latest work and allowed me to prepare several .wmv files which give a crude sense of what these are.  I have to tell you that these look like the real rock! The crystal surfaces even reflect light as if they were the real thing!!

Dan's website is Cosmosoid is in its early stages but it presents a little of what he is doing with this commercial project.  If you visit the site above give it a few minutes to get past the locked door.  It will open in a few minutes on its own.


This is a shot of dan and a close up of the tanzanite from the F. John Barlow Collection.


The above are linked to .wmv files that demonstrate the holograms.  I apologize for the reflection of myself while filming these but not much choice with the way things were.  There is also a bit of chatter in a few of these.  Still you will get the idea.

Set up in Hall A5 was German dealer Gerd Wiedenbeck.  What caught my eye were several travertine formations he had on display.  These formed in old abandoned Richelsdorf mine.  Gerd explained that the ground water seeping through the mine produced these small pool formations.  If there were any subsequent fragments of wall rock or dust that entered the pool and were not swept away they became encased in aragonite and continued to grow while rolling around loosely in the small "nest". Gerd found several of these and I bought one for the future Munich Show update.  They look just like little loose eggs in a nest. 


A shot of Gerd on the left holding two of the nests he found and a close up one of the nests - the one I bought.
 


Gerd also had special mineral labels made for some of his favorite wine.
Wein und Stein = Wine and Stone.  I sampled some and can say it was quite good!

The group of Italians who manage Webmineralshop.com were set up in Hall A5 and I found several very good specimens of helvite from the now famous Fujian spessartine locality.  Another example of some of the interesting things coming out of China these days.  Helvite is an interesting mineral with the chemical composition of: Mn4Be3(SiO4)3S.  The crystals of these are fairly uniform in size at about 1 cm across and occur as text book examples of the hextetrahedral isometric crystal form.


This specimen has abundant crystals of spessartine and one 
helvite crystal just below the large spessartine at the top.


Here's the gang from Webmineralshop.Com.
You can see some of their items available for auction at Mineral-Auctions.com
 


This is the booth where you could get information on the Bologna Show and also sample some great 
Parmesan Cheese from Parma. Colleen and I are planning to attend this show next year in mid March.


I saw several dealers with these specimens of carbonate-apatite from Brazil.  These are from the Sapo mine in Brazil.  Luiz Menezes had specimens from this locality here at munich last year so I did not opt to pick any up.  I did note that these all seemed to have come from one dealer in Hall A4.  I also noted that these were heavily oiled - another reason to pass for now.  There was some talk that these might in fact be a new species based on water content. Time will tell. 


A 15 cm specimen of the carbonate-apatite with crystals to 2.5 cm across.

I spent some time visiting with Jordi Fabre.  Jordi is quite knowledgeable about minerals and has a great sense of humor. We had the chance to have supper one night at the Bauer Hotel near the show.  Lots of good discussion about the state of the mineral hobby over a draft Pilsner beer and bowl of pumpkin soup.  The pumpkin soup is incredible and almost worth the trip across the Atlantic on its own!  Jordi was selling specimens from the Jan Buma Fluorite Collection.  I found two off the wall Argentinean specimens which will make their way to the web when I get back home. 


Here is "El Bandido" Fabre engaged in a stick up with a loaded finger pointed right at me.

The International Mineral Pavilion was where some of the best known dealers in the world were to be found.  What a remarkable array of minerals! It was well worth the time to see what was in this area of the show as some exceptional specimens from around the world were there to be seen.


This halo was visible from anywhere in Hall A5 to lead you to the Pavilion.

I took several photos to portray some of the specimens that caught my eye in this area.  Needless to say the prices for many of the pieces were up there though there were some very good deals to be had if you looked for them.


This 1+ meter specimen of stibnite from China was available from Marcus Budil for 120,000 Euros ($145,000).
 


I caught a kneeling Bill Larson in Budil's booth looking at something of interest.
 


Bryan Lees (Collector's Edge) is now associated with Wayne and Dona Leicht of Kristalle and Ian Bruce of
Crystal Classics. This 20 cm specimen of Fluorite from Hardin County was available for 4,200 Euros ($5,100)


This 15 cm tall stalactite from the Argentina was once part of Marty Zinn's Collection.
It was available for 2000 Euros ($2,400).


This enormous 30+ cm specimen of reticulated cerussite was in the Crystal Classic's booth. I did not see a price for it.


German dealer Andreas Weerth had a booth in the Pavilion.  He had some nice lustrous, 
yellowish green specimens of sphene from Pakistan available that were reasonably priced.
He had numerous other fine specimens from Afghanistan and Pakistan available also.

Just outside the Pavilion was where you could find the various periodicals such as Rocks & Minerals, Le Regne Mineral, and Lapis set up. Among this group was Renato and Adriana Pagano. Renato had some fine specimens of rare species from Madagascar that I could not pass up including specimens of  fersmite, schiavinatoite, and rynersonite - all tantalum bearing species and all quite rare.  It is always quite enlightening to have the opportunity to speak with renowned people like Renato who are quite knowledgeable in the mineralogical sciences. 


Here is Renato (blue sweater) working up the total for me to pay
for my purchase.  Looking on from the far left is Terry Huizing.


Here is Renato (center) with his wife Adriana and John White.
 


As for the weather here in Munich?  Go figure... Absolutely beautiful!!
A scene between Halls A5 and A6.

More to come! 

Past Shows & Reports
PLEASE NOTE: The minerals that were offered on these pages are all sold
1999
Munich Show
2000
Sainte Marie Show
Munich Show
2001
Sainte Marie Show
Munich Show
2002
Tucson Show
Sainte Marie Show
Denver Show
Munich Show
2003
Tucson Show
Sainte Marie Show
East Coast Show
Denver Show
Munich Show
2004
Tucson Show
West Coast Show
East Coast Show
Denver Show
Munich Show
2005
Tucson Show
West Coast Show
East Coast Show
Denver Show
Munich Show
2006
Tucson Show
Bologna Show
Sainte Marie Show
East Coast Show
Munich Show
2007
Tucson Show
Dallas Show
East Coast Show
Denver Show
Munich Show
2008
Tucson Show
West Coast Show
East Coast Show
Denver Show
Munich Show
2009
Tucson Show
West Coast Show
East Coast Show
Denver Show
Munich Show

2010
Tucson Show
San Francisco Show
East Coast Show
Denver Show

Munich Show

2011
Tucson Show
San Francisco Show
East Coast Show
Denver Show
Munich Show

2012
Tucson Show
West Coast Show
East Coast Show
Denver Show 
Munich Show

2013
Tucson Show
Sainte Marie Show
Crystal Days (Poland)
Munich Show  

 

 
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