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Munich Show 2017 Live Report - Sponsored by Catawiki

Last Updated: 29th Oct 2017

By Jolyon & Katya Ralph

This is a LIVE report, keep this page loaded for live updates - new images will appear as they are added.

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Welcome to the Munich Show Live Report

And it’s that time of the year again to go to Munich for the “rocktoberfest”!

The Munich Mineral Show is the largest single-venue mineral event in the world. And although tonight I only have time for a brief wander into the Marienplatz as all tourists do, tomorrow the hard work of bringing you four days of live reports starts. I’m very excited that this year this report is sponsored by Catawiki - a great testament to how many of you read and take notice of what we do - thank you all!

And here I am at the show, this is my 15th visit here so everything is very familiar by now, but it’s still exciting to wait and see what lies in wait inside... today is the final day of set up so public aren’t allowed in until tomorrow. Want a sneak peak of what’s going on? Keep watching...

And here we are! Let’s look around.

Shall we start with some fine minerals? Yes, lets.

At Crystal Classics in the centre of the fine mineral area.

One of their 23 display cases of minerals - here are some German classics.

Beautiful Agrigento sulphur.

New fluorite from the Diana Maria Mine, Weardale northern England.

One of the pieces.

Tsumeb Minerals!

Marie at the Rocks & Minerals magazine table.

Mineralogical Almanac, with Stanislav Jelen, Mikhail Tsyganko, Ludmila Cheshko and Albert Russ.

What’s Hot in Munich are doing an interview with Ludmila.

And we can’t possibly miss out the Mineralogical Record.

Mineral Up magazine from Barcelona

And Le Règne Minéral magazine from France.

The Bologna Mineral Show always has the most impressive looking booth. It’s probably way overdue for us to go to this show. Maybe next year?

So back into the Fine Mineral enclave, starting with The Arkenstone and wandering mostly clockwise.

Golconda Mine Morganite with Cassiterite. - Arkenstone

Next stop Wendel Minerals.

What a magnificent Milarite!

Anton Watzl Minerals.

Purples (chalcedony, fluorite and amethyst) and yellows (Brucite) - Anton Watzl

Merveilles de la Terre.

Mexican calcite - Merveilles de la Terre.

Escault Minerals

Amazing legrandite! Escault Minerals.


Amazing Italian brookite - Cristalli

Marcus Budil

Azurite/malachite- Marcus Budil


Some great minerals from Kristalle.

Alain Martaud Minéraux

Cornish chalcophyllite with Tennant label - Alain Martaud Minéraux

Grossman Minerals

Lovely old Herodsfoot Tetrahedrite with Chalcopyrite on Quartz with German collection description. - Grossman Minerals.

Weinrich Minerals

Lapis - the German mineral magazine

Latest issue

Fabre Minerals

One of the historic Show posters decorating the walls.

And now into hall A5 to see what is on offer here.

Steinis Mineralienwelt

They have some great natrolite and calcite from... Uganda!

Jaroslav Hyršl with some great new clinozoisite crystals from Peru

Display of new fluorite from the Gastein valley, Austria.

Agates from Indonesia

Minerals from Wölsendorf

Did I mention the show is spread across five halls this year?

Pyrite from Antarctica- Alfredo Petrov always has things from the most unusual localities.

And for those who like rare dangerous things - also from Alfredo Petrov

I found an interesting cabinet of things at MinTreasure.

You don’t see good Hope’s Nose for sale often, and this is a great one - MinTreasure

Back at the show with some extra special help this morning.

One of the great mineral museums of the world - Terra Mineralia - exhibiting some minerals and promoting their museum.

And here is Tom Costes helping for the first time with the live report.

And obviously this is Jolyon helping Tom out with the live report

The Museum Reich der Kristalle München

Type locality crocoite from the Munich museum.

Roman using the microscope at Terra Mineralia.

Also at Terra Mineralia a brief reminder that Minerals aren’t just pretty crystal for display. Some wonderful ore vein sections.

More specifically these are samples from the Technische Universität Bergakademie Freiberg.

The kids are having fun... I hope the organisers aren't regretting

If you want something else than minerals... Why not have some sausages and cheese?

Roman is digging for minerals in the sand pit. I fear this may be a salted deposit.

Some fantastic fluorites from Camissinone, Italy

Those Knappenwand Epidotes always look amazing

Romans finds!

A great Aquamarine from Erongo. The inclusions give the crystal more depth than you would expect.

UK Minjng Ventures, now operating the Rogerley mine and mining in Ukraine. Note the two different uses of UK!

A nice big classic Pyrrhotite from Dalnegorsk. Sadly it had lost his lustre.

Volodarsk heliodor

Huge topaz

Grand Necklace of topaz and smoky Quartz - UK mining ventures

Huge beryl - I should probably mention these are also listed under the name of the Ukrainian company QuartzSamocveti - so credit should probably go to them in the first place for these pieces.

Welcome to (insert theme music) Jurassic Park

At Fine Minerals International

Tourmaline from Manoel Mutuca Mine, Brazil - Fine Minerals International

An amazing tabular baryte from Mega Livadi, Serifos, Greece

Monteponi Phosgenite - Fine Minerals International

A beautiful piece of Carnallite from Bleicherode, Germany from Norbert Stötzel

Cryolite, Chalcopyrite and Galena from Greenland - Norbert Stötzel

Lovely old Roughten Gill pyromorphite - Fabre Minerals

Some big white Analcimes from Tunguska, Russia - Saphira Minerals

Masterpiece Mines exhibit - but you’ll have to wait until tomorrows report update to see inside!

Tremolite with Azurite from Chelyabinsk region - specimens

A big aquamarine on quartz from Fine Art Minerals

Pumpellyite crystals from the same mine that the famous Russian uvarovite comes from -

A display of copper minerals from Andreas John

Some of Dietrich Meyer’s agates.

Saturday morning at the show and it’s time to go to work!

This morning I’m meeting up with the Catawiki team and some of their sellers. starting with Webminerals S.A.S. who are of course no strangers to mindat show reports.

First from Webminerals another pretty hot rock - schoepite and uranophane from Shinkolobwe

Also from Webminerals a new find of Bertrandite from Golconda, Brazil.

Globe minerals from India are another Catawiki seller. The owner is Dhanna and he has a very nice selection of Indian minerals.

It’s easy to forget how good Indian minerals really are. These are a very fine selection.

Calcite, stilbite on little stalactites

Pug Cart

Lets take a look at exhibition about the Alps

My favourite silver metallic mineral - sperrylite - KARP specimens

A nicely twinned Chalcopyrite from La Gardette mine, France

And these ones are especially for Erin to enjoy - Fluorites from Dalnegorsk - again from KARP

And here is the token Quartz from La Gardette, France

World of Fine Minerals

Crystalline talc from a new find in Austria - World of Fine Minerals specimens

Nice shiny Hematite from the Alps. Found in Cavradi-Schlucht.

Marco Tironi’s booth - with a huge selenite

Big (60cm?) impressive Chinese fluorite - Marco Tironi specimen.

Amazingly clear Quartz from the same locality of the pink octahedral fluorite from the Alps. Plaggenstock, Switzerland

Super German crocoite - Valere Berlage Minerals

Little boxes of cool rare gravel - Valere Berlage specimens

Italian Alpine Gold from Chamusira mine

I already showed you an Italian Fluorite yesterday

And to end the Alpine exhibition... Wulfenite from Mezica Mine, Slovenia

Want a great big obelisk of lapis? Talk to Asad Khushhall

There are several cabinets designed by collectors

Variations of Gypsum

Cuts from common and less common minerals. It is the first time I've seen a cut Realgar.

Calcite in clams and Chalcedony from Fort Drum, Florida, USA

A very detailed description from the mining in Bergwerkswohlfahrt

Russian stitchtite- Julia Anufrieva specimens

Some super Malachite from the Kamenushinskoe deposit, Siberia. - Vladimir Lednev specimens.

I have reasonable doubt to assume that these are fake..... I hope....

Great Spanish dolomite crystals - GEA

A leg of a Mammoth... Complete with hair, flesh, tendons and smell

Mischa Crumbach is selling prints of photos of his self collected minerals (mostly Swiss)

Larger prints.

It is always difficult to take time to look at micromounts on a fair of this scale. Thankfully Mischa Crumbach has a solution by just making a picture of each piece!

Collection of collections.

Minerals of Rhodesia

Classic James Tennant teaching collection and box - Renato and Adriana Pagano collection.

Th first Belgian minerals i've been able to find here! A sample box from the Moresnet area, now a part of Belgium.

Japanese collections.

Classic Russian/Soviet collection sets

Rock Currier’s About Collectimg booklet

Famous diamond sets

Big pieces from Japan! With Ediok Co

Takara Ishikura’s Garnet Fan shop and website.

Garnet sushi miniatures!

Raman and wasabi sushi with garnets of course! You can follow his work on Instagram @garnet_fans or Facebook @GarnetFans - updated with new miniature photos daily!

The moment you've all been waiting for.... Our report of the main exhibition...

So the main exhibition goes about the localities who provided us with some undoubtable classics. And we're starting with a German Silver from Himmelsfürst

A smashing Stephanite from Himmelsfahrt before we go to France

A chalcopyrite and some mining history from the Sainte-Marie-aux-Mines area

Now Weardale... An amazing piece of Witherite and Baryte from Liverick Mine

The new fluorites from Diana Maria Mine, Weardale

A smashing Heliodor from Volodarsk, Ukraine

Rhodochrosite and amazonite

Amazonite and Rhodochrosite

Rhodochrosite and Amazonite

A piece with amazing contrast. Deep green fluorite with stilbite from Malmberget Mine, Sweden.

Amazonite and Rhodochrosite

I have no idea how this pieces was formed, but seeing clear Quartz on Prasem from Greece is pretty nice

Rhodochrosite and Amazonite

Herkimer “diamonds”

You can say what you want, but the Indian Cavansite will always be one of the best minerals to look at

Some more Herkimer Quartz crystals.

And so is Aquamarine. This one is from Karur Tamil Nadu, India

Arkansas Quartz

And when you're talking about Aquamarine you can't ignore the beautiful Pakistani ones from Shigar Valley

More Arkansas Quartz

A particularly fine Arkansas Quartz

I mean... You have to be cold-hearted to not even appreciated these

Tourmaline doesn't get much better than this one from Paprok, Pakistan

A case of various things


An interesting twinned Amethyst from Jiuqian, China


This piece is named "Happy Feet" and yet to pengiun was sighted.
A lovely section of a stalachtite of malachite covered with azurite

And even China has lovely Aquamarines. This one is from Mt. Xuebaoding

And this massive Stibnite from Wuning is the coverpiece for the joined book about this exposition

Some faceted benitoite

The tourmaline sixpack

Tourmaline and friends from California

Amethyst etc

A superb Rhodonite from Broken Hill, Australia

Topaz and an unlabelled piece - garnet

Amethyst and calcite

Rutile in Quartz

We're going to stay in Australia for a moment. You can't just ignore a wonderfull Rhodochrosite on Clinochlore from Broken Hill

Calcite and amethyst


Not can you ignore a massive Bustamite from Broken Hill

More exceptional rubellite

Imperial Topaz


Super tourmaline

A very decent Descloizite from Berg Aukas

And sometimes you are reminded why some pieces are considered as classics

For those who only know orthoclase as dull white mineral.... Here is a magnificent piece from Madagaskar

Ugly mineral time!!! Leiteite, Reinerite and Legrandite in one specimen from Tsumeb... Isn't it wonderfull

A brief interruption from the special exhibits to show some nice phosgenites from Cristalli

Well this is an abusurdly big crystal of Ettringite

You can't talk about Tsumeb without talking about Azurite

And I think this Tsumeb Azurite says it all...

I'm restating my opinion from the Sainte-Marie show. Amethyst can be extremely fun

Fact proven... How fun are those Brazilian Calcite with Amethyst??

And talking about Brazil... Who'd fancy a Rubellite?
From Cruzeiro Mine, Minas Gerais

When you see them you know why these are called Imperial Topaz. Vermillion Mine, Minas Gerais, Brazil

Yeah... Why not make an entire cabinet with watermellon tourmaline... Can it get any better??

Apparently it can... A tourmaline group from Pederneira Mine

Olshanskyite and Roweite is another new find from China . René Daulon specimens

Colido are doing a special draw to win a new UK Diana Maria Mine fluorite amongst other prizes. All you have to do is pick up a card here at the show to get your entry code and use it once registered at the Colido website before 5th November to enter. You can also get a code by emailing to request one of you are not at the show.

Love this crystal model, but maybe I spent too much time playing Elite as a kid.

Back again at the show this morning. Next year’s shoe theme will be ‘Elements’

It’s Kazakhstan morning! Let’s start with this Betekhtinite - Dr. Petr Sztacho specimen

Copper from Itauz Mine, Kazakhstan- again - also one of Petr’s specimens

Kara Oba Rhodochrosite and Bertrandite - another of Petr’s pieces.

Quick detour into Russia for this Amalgam - also from Petr.

Calcite from Kazakhstan- Wendel Minerals

Native silver - Kristalle specimen

“Celiophane” sphalerite from Dgezkazan. Club Mineral St. Petersburg specimen

And finally Dioptase from Alton Tube, also from Club Mineral St. Petersburg

Overview of the A5 hall, one of the five halls used for the show

The A6 hall

Native bismuth from Germany - J.Wittig Minerals

Did I say Kazakhstan morning was over? Well here is another great Altyn Tube dioptase - J. Wittig Minerals

Into the Gem halls, which are only 50% of the size of last year due to some reorganisation with many dealers relocated to the A side.!

This area is primarily for cut gems and high end jewellery.

Hall B6 is a continuation of the same with more mid range and low end jewellery/bead suppliers included.

Gem rough.

Back to minerals - Wheal Kitty chalcopyrite from Crystal Classics

Good wulfenite from Iran - Luigi Piasco specimens

Topaz and three Heliodors (although one isn’t ripe yet) - Jürgen Margraf specimens

Boleite and friends - Multiaxes specimens

Colbaltoan calcite - from DR Congo - Multiaxes

New find of Ilvaite from Elba - Stefano Magnanelli specimens

One of the better Roweite and Olshanskyites from China - Cailloux specimens

Great Veszelyite from Laochang, China - Cailloux specimens

More of the same from Cailloux

Large Arkansas Quartz group - Avant Mining

In Hall A4 we have the familiar site of the Moroccan dealers with their minerals and fossils

Do we like strange rocks? Yes! Do we like strange rocks from Kola, Russia? Absolutely! Here’s some tinguaite - Yury Kozhevnikov specimen

Pieces of mars on sale from €125/gr which means, if my calculations are correct that the entire planet of mars must be worth at least €14 million euros. Perhaps.

I’m of the opinion that paleontologically accurate dinosaurs look silly.

Bryan Swoboda (far left) recording his What’s Hot in Munich interviews, with Alan Hart interviewing Sam Lloyd from Gem-A.

And packing up has already begun and the show is drawing to a close.

And this brings our live coverage of the Munich Show 2017 to a close. To finish off, take a look at a brand new product that is introducing - the Augmemted Really Cabinet.

Click here to read all about it.

Watch out for our next live reports!

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Those of us who can not go are wishing to see that report.

Jose Miguel Sola Fdez.
25th Oct 2017 7:27pm
As always a good representation of traditional examples and latest news, including an Antarctic pyrite.

Como siempre una buena representación de ejemplares tradicionales y de ultima actualidad, incluso una pirita de Antártica.

Jose Miguel Sola Fdez.
26th Oct 2017 6:02pm
Great report, thanks a lot! :)
All we are waiting for new posts.

Alessandro Cantamessa
27th Oct 2017 8:28am
Thx for the report...interesting

John Montgomery
27th Oct 2017 2:02pm
Great photos, very interesting and diverse in minerals covered. One note: I believe the orthoclase from Madagascar has been reclassified as sanidine.

Tony Albini
28th Oct 2017 4:31pm
Did I just see Jolyon say several nice things about aquamarine?!?!?

Kevin Conroy
28th Oct 2017 7:17pm
Oh no, those aquamarines are all mine...

Tom Costes
29th Oct 2017 6:21am
Glad to hear it Tom, they should make great trading material.......

Pierre Rondelez
29th Oct 2017 3:21pm
My calculations came down to 79.875 octillion euros (€7.9875e+28) ;) but nice report, thanks!

Louis Verschuren
29th Oct 2017 4:28pm
Thanks for the reporting. The Munich Show is on my bucket list. In the meantime I appreciate the work involved in bring us these posts.

Holger Hartmaier
29th Oct 2017 6:09pm
My calculations show this report is ~3.35% aquamarine.

Erin Delventhal
29th Oct 2017 8:32pm
Pierre, Sadly only the pictures are mine...

Tom Costes
29th Oct 2017 8:44pm
Thanks for the report

Yes, Munich is on my bucket list too .... one day

Thanks again for sharing


Keith Compton
29th Oct 2017 10:23pm
Hi Jolyon, Katia and Roman (...and anyone else I forgot?)!
Nice to know you were in Munich as well! I was there on Saturday! Once again I missed you! Marie told me you were at the show! Then I know you would like to come to Bologna next year! If so, just you have to let me know, so that we can meet one another there! And in Bologna meals are very good, but not recommended for a thinning diet!
Ok, greetings from Italy by Riccardo!

Riccardo Modanesi
31st Oct 2017 3:25pm

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