Munich Show 1998.
The new Messe buildings are quite spacious and unlike the old location; and there is plenty of parking. The show has been consolidated from six halls at the old location to three at the new facility. Everyone seemed happy with the new arrangement, which made for less "social stratification." At the old location, the showiest and most expensive dealers were generally in halls 1 and 2, closest to the entrance. As you got farther from the door, the booths became less and less expensive. By the time you got to the farthest hall you felt you were in a third-world enclave. (This was not necessarily a bad thing, because that is where many of the sleepers could be found.)
Johannes Keilmann, who runs the show, has always been bold and innovative. This year nostalgia was the order of the day, and he recreated an eight-room block of the old Desert Inn Motel from Tucson! The lobby featured a bar, which was always busy, as well as numerous photos of Desert Inn denizens and visitors from years past. The latter provided a lot of amusement for those who used to frequent the now-infamous motel. There was a cactus garden in front of the DI, and Keilmann had even salvaged the original Desert Inn sign from above the main entrance. On opening night he actually managed to produce a real mariachi band to play while the crowd downed champagne!
The theme of the show had everyone seeing red, as that was the theme. Exhibits from private collectors, museums and dealers from around the world were truly amazing. There were proustites and pyrargyrites beyond compare from both Chile and Germany. One case was devoted to just crocoite and another to the finest kammererites (= chromian clinochlore) I have ever seen. Of course, what would the show be without rhodochrosites from South Africa, Peru, Argentina, Germany and Colorado? Bryan Lees of Collector's Edge brought several cases of superb material from the Sweet Home mine, as well as photographs of collecting underground. Fossil collectors were not left out in the cold, having impressive (though not red) exhibits of dinosaur skeletons, fish and many other fossils to peruse.
There were many fine minerals to buy in all price ranges. Truly new things were a little scarce, as always, but they could be found. Peter Korbel of Eastern Minerals has been working closely with a source in Madagascar for new material. During the show he received a new shipment of fine, large titanite crystals coming out of Vohemar. These have been out for a while, but what is interesting is their association with fluorapatite. These latter are pale yellow prisms to 5.6 cm with pyramidal modifications. Crystals often show a roughly parallel orientation with the foliation of the gneissic matrix. The latest find was made in July.
Superb Minerals India had the fluorite collectors excited with a new find of hemispherical fluorite from Nasik, India. The yellow, gumdrop-like hemispheres to 2.5 cm occur on drusy quartz.
Marcus Grossmann always has interesting material, this time including parisite crystals from Mr. Malosa, Malawi. The rough, tan-colored crystals to 2.4 cm occur on microcline with aegerine (for which the locality is already famous). The classic locality of Virgem de Lapa, Minas Gerais, Brazil, may once again be producing hydroxylherderite. Marcus had several of the purplish crystals up to 7.5 cm long. (But perhaps they are actually from the recent find near the Morro Redondo mine, Coronel Murta.)
I am glad that several people keep their eyes open and bring me things that I would otherwise miss. John White found some loose schorl crystals with uncommonly steep pyramidal terminations. They are from the Shigar Valley in northern Pakistan; the larger of the two crystals is 2.7 cm long. John had also found a dealer who had recently collected a number of fine barites from the old Clara mine, Oberwolfach, Schwarzwald, Germany. This mine is best known for its phosphate mineral suite. The crystals are brownish and wedge-shaped, up to 9.6 cm long.
A new locality for okenite has been found on the Vanidindari Road, Maharashtra, India. The white puff balls are atypical in that they look as if they had become matted during washing. The spheres, up to 2 cm across, are attractively perched on amethyst and were sold by Krystal Ocean Exports.
Ian Bruce of Crystal Classics had quite a rarity in cannizzarite ([Pb.sub.4][Bi.sub.5][S.sub.11]). It is a volcanic sublimate mineral from Vulcano Island, in the Eolie Islands, Sicily, Italy, occurring as gray/black microcrystals on matrix.
Although not truly new, the beautiful hematite of the Cavradi, Switzerland, region is hard to resist. Teodozi Venzin is the premier Strahler of the area, and had a very impressive display from his private collection, as well as superb material for sale (such as an 8.3-cm-hematite crystal on matrix with the usual epitaxial rutile).
An impressive find from Chamachu, Baltistan, Pakistan, are diopsides to 9.1.cm in length and quite gemmy. Francois Lietard was selling them, as well as the new laden quartz from Waziristan, Pakistan, that he had at the Sainte Marie Show. These quartz crystals have now found their way into several dealers' booths.
A surprising new find from Dal'Negorsk, Russia, is zinkenite. Unlike the well known crystals from France, which are more stout, the Russian material is very finely acicular, flexible and delicate. The specimens (the largest of which was 8.8 cm across the spray) were being sold by Jordi Fabre.
One of the truly impressive new finds were the amazing anatase crystals from Valdres, Norway. Instead of being on quartz crystals like the old material, the new crystals are on a brecciated matrix coated with adularia microcrystals. Individual crystals are up to 2.5 cm long, incredibly sharp and truncated by the pinacoid. Collecting has been going on since at least summer of 1996, with the best material being sold by Budil & Risse.
That is the end of this show report. I am sure I missed some material, and can't be all-knowing and everywhere at once; but I try. Until next time, gluck auf!
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|Title Annotation:||What's New in Minerals|
|Publication:||The Mineralogical Record|
|Date:||Mar 1, 1999|
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