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TIMA Tokyo Mineral Show 2017

Last Updated: 4th Dec 2018

By Jolyon & Katya Ralph

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

And here I am back in Tokyo for the first time since 2006 for the TIMA show!

Show has just opened and the queue is slowly moving in.

With Sami Makki from Matrix India.

It's a bit busy

Roman dancing with some kind of crystal dinosaur thing

Overview of the main hall area

Churchite-Y from... help me someone!

Alfredo Petrov and his rare minerals

Most important on this label is the Japanese word for poisonous!

Latimer replacing fossil wood (trees that were buried under the pyrocladtic flows that eventually hosted the Larimar.

Rear side of the centre piece.

Charles Mark from Larimar - Gemstone of the Caribbean - owner of the specimens.

Avantia Fine Minerals display

Yusuke Uchida and his worldwide minerals, Japanese collectors apparently prefer smaller sizes miniature to small cabinet in US categories.

Dinosaur bits.

Aesthetically arranged dinosaur bits.

Synthetic fluorite! Why? It's used to make high end camera lenses due to its very low dispersion.

Wayne and Lois from Kristalle are here.too. Kristalle brought me to this show for the first time 11 years ago, thank you guys!

Hori Mineralogy have more interesting Japanese minerals.

Including Japanese Benitoites

Nakauriite again Hori Mineralogy.

And Japanese Rhodochrosite!

Kentaro Ouchi from Kenma.

Nice arrangement of minerals and jewellery.

Booth on stairs has its challenges!

Ganesh Himal quarters - Asuwa from Nepal specimens,

Rob Sielecki from Ausrox has been at this show for 26 years.

Alfredo Petrov claims this could well be the smallest rock in the whole show. It almost isn't there at all

Struggling to work out the price per gram on this material. But it's quite a lot.

Japanese fluorite collector H Kobayashi with a new panasqueira piece!

Books Kinokuniya selling Japanese language mineral books.

Rogerley fluorites on sale

Mini hammers and chisels for field micromounters

Japanese minerals that Kristalle have brought home.

By 3pm things are a little quieter here but it's still busy.

Lovely old Boltsburn fluorite and sphalerite, Key's Minerals

Key's minerals have a large selection of worldwide minerals.

I can't even try to explain...

Back to the synthetic fluorite. Turns out they can fluoresce in different colours!

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Japanese love their Disney-like characters. No event is complete without one.

Kim Macdonald
4th Jun 2017 3:50pm
Thank you so much for the update!!

Michael Cox
5th Jun 2017 4:25am
To my dismay, I lost the record for smallest stone in the show, having been informed that Dimitriy's cadmoindite was smaller ;((

Alfredo Petrov
15th Jun 2017 7:53am
Jolyon, your churchite-(Y) is from - and churchite isn't on the species list from there yet ;))

Alfredo Petrov
15th Jun 2017 2:54pm

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