Report from Munich Mineral Show 2015
Munich show is the largest show in the Europe and visited by many international dealers. Many nice worldwide specimens were available as well as many minerals from European collectors. It is also a nice place to meet friends from all over the world.
My main goal when I arrived for my short visit to the Munich 2015 event was to meet some old friends and make some contacts regarding further development of this website. I had a short chat with Jolyon Ralph from Mindat.org - hopefully we will use the minID soon. I had a most interesting chat was with the guys from Alfaloc Media about their 3D photo-shooting technology and software. This might be the future for high-end online dealers: 3D photo models are already used by many other types of e-shops. Mineral cataloguing software colido.de was also interesting for me but surprisingly I did not see anyone from the similar project Mineraldesk.com. I talked a while with Lyudmila Cheschko from Mineralogical Almanac and Stefan Weiss from Lapis.
Of course, I also visited some of the dealers. I could not miss the awesome offer by the Czech guys from Karp.cz and nice Malkhan elbaites by the Kynicky brothers. Shafiee Muhammad had some very nice pegmatite minerals, Jurgen Margraf had very nice selection of Alpine minerals and Tom Prazskier from Spirifer had great minerals from Morocco.
A lot of the dealers had more or less similar stuff. I saw a lot of plumbogummite pseudomorphs from China, and also lot of chinese fluorite, calcite and stibnite. Many dealers had nice specimens from Namibia and of course many European collectors offered Alpine minerals. There were also great golds from USA, nice calcites from Elmwood, crocoites from Tasmania, copper and silver minerals from Morocco and fluorite from England. I also saw various zeolites from India and pegmatite minerals from Afghanistan, Pakistan and Brazil.
What cought my attention were some nice silver pieces from Kongsberg, excellent wulfenites from Iran, nice azurites from Milpilas, Mexico and nice crystals of bastnasite from Afghanistan. Also some excellent cerussites from Tsumeb, huge gold from Victoria, Australia and many pegmatite and Alpine minerals. Selection of some photos is bellow.