I've just returned from the Munich Show, the largest mineral and gem show in Europe - here's some of my favourite things from the show. I also did an article on the mineral dealers and displays here, on mindat.org.
The theme of the show this year is Africa, and Paul Wild had a significant display of African gemstones within the main display.
Tourmaline from Namibia and Mozambique
A 178.86 carat Tsavorite from Tanzania
A 754.12 carat natural colour Tanzanite
Indicolite Tourmaline from Namibia
Beryl from Madagascar
Spessartine from Nigeria and Chrome Tourmaline from Tanzania
We had a chat with Pala Gems' Bill Larson, sitting here in the mineral dealer area
Ambra Greco were one of many dealers with amber jewellery
Gemstones were available throughout the show, many mineral dealers had rare gemstones too now
A special section to promote Brazilian gems and dealers had an excellent display of Tourmaline from the Santa Rosa mine.
Tourmaline, largest 26.50 carats
Rough terminated Tourmaline crystals
Heavily included diamonds can sometimes still be interesting as jewellery items.
Included 'Galaxy' diamond
Slices of diamond Trapiche
Rough diamond jewellery!
I had a positive discussion with Gyrstones.com, a gemstone marketplace website. Hopefully we will build up a good relationship between our two sites
Finally, I found my mineral friends Kristina Bode and Ed Loye having some sneaky private meeting in the middle of the gem hall, far away from all of the mineral people. I promised them I would not upload this photo on mindat.org