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The weather in Springfield, Massachusetts in early August is usually insufferably hot and unbearably humid. To everyone's surprise and delight, this year the humidity was at comfortable levels - around 60% - and the weather was cool and rainy on Friday, the first day of the show. By special invitation, I am invited to go into the big building at the Eastern States Exposition on Thursday, which is set up day for the dealers. This means I get a sneak preview of the material being exhibited, and can pick out some of the extra-special specimens before the crowds arrive on Friday. There is a price for this privilege, though: I have to wear a 3" x 4" sign on a lanyard around my neck, identifying me as a "Big Spender." As you might guess, this seriously undermines my negotiations when I bargain to get the best price. My solution to this problem: I turn the badge so the blank side faces out. This doesn't fool anybody, but at least I feel a bit less of a buffoon.

As has been the case in the past, there were no major new finds in evidence, as dealers were probably waiting to unveil them at the Denver Show in September. A little detective work paid off by turning up a few interesting things that were new and interesting, though not earth-shattering.

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Attending the Sainte-Marie-aux-Mines Mineral Show is truly a unique experience for a mineral collector. It is held every year at the end of June in this charming city in the Vosges Mountains of Alsace-Lorraine. It is now the second largest mineral show in Europe, after Munich. This northeastern corner of France is a popular tourist destination, with quaint villages tucked into picturesque mountain valleys, and vineyards that are famous for their white wines. Ste.-Marie and the nearby towns host many very fine restaurants, featuring great food and delicious regional specialties that help make the show a gastronomic delight as well as a delightful mineralogical experience.

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Special Report Part 1:
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he 2015 Sainte-Marie Mineral Show

Click here to see Part 2: photos of some of our favorite specimens from the show...

Click here to see Part 3: photos of the show and the area...

Every year at the end of June, the village of Sainte-Marie-aux-Mines is totally transformed into the annual Mineral & Gem Show. Over 1,000 mineral dealers came from around the world to set up their booths in the theater, the two big exhibition halls, or outside in one of the tents that line the streets and fill the park. There is also a large gem and jewelry show located a 10 minute walk from the mineral show. What a brilliant idea to have it in a totally separate location! All the show workers were extremely nice and helpful.

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Special Report Part 2:
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he 2015 Sainte-Marie Mineral Show

PHOTOS OF THE MINERALS


Fluorite from the Summit Cleft, Weißeck area,
Murwinkel, Lungau, Salzburg, Austria

Every year at the end of June, the French village of Sainte-Marie-aux-Mines is totally transformed into the annual Mineral & Gem Show. Over 1,000 mineral dealers come from around the world to set up their booths in the theater, the two big exhibition halls, or outside in one of the tents that line the streets and fill the park. Here are photos of some of our favorite specimens from the 2015 show...

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Special Report Part 3:
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he 2015 Sainte Marie Mineral Show

PHOTOS OF THE SHOW & THE TOWN

The town of Ste. Marie aux Mines is nestled in a deep valley, surrounded by mountains that are up to 2,500 feet high. The town's streets are lined with old buildings, half a dozen housing entrances to the old underground mine tunnels, which are accessible on several guided tours. The town is full of greenery and flowers, and the houses and streets are decorated with flower boxes filled with red geraniums and other colorful flowers. As you stroll through the tent-lined streets of the mineral show, the atmosphere is like that of a big flea market. Everywhere you see people who are smiling, talking excitedly, and ogling minerals with envy and mineral lust. Along the streets are small stalls where you can buy local delicacies like pate de fois gras, fresh-baked regional bread, cheese, and more.

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This photo, taken from the entrance level of the Tucson Civic Center, is an overview of the exhibits and dealer's booths at the Tucson Gem and Mineral Society Show.

The Tucson Gem & Mineral show is an extraordinarily eye opening and horizon expanding, experience. For the last week of January and the first two weeks of February, the city of Tucson is transformed into a wall-to-wall, oversized gem show. Dozens of hotels, scores of football field size tents and innumerable booths are taken over and set up to display innumerable crystals, rocks, gems, jewelry, and more. The climax is the Tucson Gem and Mineral Club Show ("the Big Show"), which fills the entire Tucson Convention Center and a connected full-size hockey arena with hundreds of dealers exhibiting the finest minerals in the world. 2013 was my 14th visit to the show. It is the highlight of the year for someone like me who lives, breathes, touches, tastes, and smells rocks. I happily drain my bank account during the 19 days I am in Tucson to bring home the best specimens I can afford to buy for my website. Thousands of other collectors come to empty their pockets and go home with some choice purchases to brighten their lives. No matter how much or how little you spend, it's an event that will move you, touch you and change you - and that you'll never forget.