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PostPosted: Aug 09, 2010 13:11    Post subject: Chamonix 2010  

Each first week-end of August, collectors from France, Italy and Switzerland meet at Chamonix, a small town nested below Europe's highest mountain : the Mont Blanc. Here for 2 days, you can meet friends, enjoy exhibits, and of course, buy some minerals from both the area or from a bit far away.

The show is organized by the mineralogical club of the city. Amongst other things the club is also involved as adviser for the purchase of the specimens hosted by the museum. This year the museum hosts a temporary exhibit about Napoleon's Quartz. Unfortunately as I only stayed one day, I didn't have time to visit the museum. If you are interested in by this exhibit, you can have a look at the museum's web site :
https://www.chamonix.com/espace-tairraz-musee-des-cristaux,museums-and-exhibitions,48-8-3129-sitraPCU369956,en.html
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Before getting in, a look at the mountains above us. Some of them host specimens the valley is famous for : smoky quartz & fluorite



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Mont-Blanc with the Bossons' glacier ice fall.
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The "Plan de l'aiguille" between l'Aiguille du Midi on the right side and "Le Montenvers" on the left side.
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L'Aiguille Verte. This is in this area that were collected the fluorite specimens displayed later on, in the exhibit part of this report.
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Amongst the many dealers salling international specimens I spotted these 3 from Peru. The first one is a Quartz & Hubnerite specimen.
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An unexpected one : scheelite on high temperature quartz. Quite unusual.
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Or this one. A large cabinet specimen having transparent quartz with green fluorite.
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PostPosted: Aug 09, 2010 13:19    Post subject: Re: Chamonix 2010  

But the main reason of attending this show remains the specialties of the area : smoky quartz & fluorite.


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Plenty of choice with prices ranging from a few euros to several thousands
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A large (very large) group of smoky quartz. Look at the lonely crystal on the right side to get the scale. From memory it was of about 5 cm.
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Another large specimen
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Gwindel & pink fluorite.
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Smoky quartz group.
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Another smoky quartz group
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Beautiful Gwindel from the Aiguille Verte area. The kind every collector would like to have in his/her collection.
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PostPosted: Aug 09, 2010 13:30    Post subject: Re: Chamonix 2010  

Despite good conditions in the mountains above until July 20th, nothing really new was offered for sale this year. So I've had more time to take some pictures of the prestige exhibits.

This year the prestige exhibits consisted in :
- A recent discovery in the "Bassin de l'Argentière" (Argentière Basin) area : "sucres", Gwindel, Tourmaline, Green fluorite.
- Mineral from Switzerland
- Pyromorphite from Les Farges
- And of course specimens from both private collections / strahlers and from the club.

1- Argentière Basin's discovery :



16 - Découverte Mt Blanc.jpg
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Overview
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16 - Découverte Mt Blanc, Gwindel.jpg
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Gwindel
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17 - Découverte Mt Blanc, sucre + tourmaline.jpg
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"Sucre", Tourmaline needles
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18 - Découverte Mt Blanc, sucre + fluorite.jpg
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19 - Découverte Mt Blanc, Tourmaline.jpg
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Tourmaline specimen
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20 - Découverte Mt Blanc, Green Fluorite.jpg
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Green Fluorite
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21 - Découverte Mt Blanc, groupe quartz.jpg
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Quartz group
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22 - Découverte Mt Blanc, Gwindel.jpg
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Gwindel on quartz group
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PostPosted: Aug 09, 2010 13:39    Post subject: Re: Chamonix 2010  

2- Private Collections and specimens from the club :


23 - Fluorite, Smokey Quartz, Massif Aiguille Verte.jpg
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Fluorite and smoky quartz from the Aiguille Verte's area...
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26 - Fluorite, Massif Aiguille Verte.jpg
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The best specimen from the Aiguille Verte displayed this year (from my point of view)
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28 - Smokey Quartz, Massif Aiguille Verte.jpg
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A closer look at the smoky group
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29 - Fluorite, Smokey Quartz, Mont Blanc.jpg
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29 - Quartz & Scolecite & Tremolite, Miage Glacier, Italy.jpg
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Interesting specimen from the Italian side of the Mont-Blanc.
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29 - Quartz & Scolecite & Tremolite, Miage Glacier, Italy.jpg



30 - Faden Quartz,Pointe des Améthystes, Mont Blanc.jpg
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Back to France with this great faden quartz
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PostPosted: Aug 09, 2010 13:42    Post subject: Re: Chamonix 2010  




37 - Quartz & Scolecite & Tremolite, Miage Glacier, Italy.jpg
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Another specimen from Italy. One Italian strahler was salling specimens like this one during the last Ste Marie show.
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PostPosted: Aug 09, 2010 13:50    Post subject: Re: Chamonix 2010  

3- Switzerland exhibit : have a look at some specimens. They are really impressive. Please note the Phenacite from Fiesch or the "sucres" from Guivgletscher, Grisons.


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41 - Fluorite, Switzerland.jpg
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Original specimen : why did the chlorite only covered half of the fluorites and not all of them ?
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PostPosted: Aug 09, 2010 13:57    Post subject: Re: Chamonix 2010  




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Window Quartz and Amethyst
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52 - Mix Switzerland.jpg
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53 - Quartz & Hematite, Tietengletscher, Uri Switzerland.jpg
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Note the Hematite rosette, differents from the Cavradi equivalent on the following picture.
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55_1 - old sugar, Guivgletscher, Grisons, Switzerland.jpg
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PostPosted: Aug 09, 2010 13:58    Post subject: Re: Chamonix 2010  




58, Phenacite, Switzerland.jpg
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Impressive Phenacite specimen from Switzerland.
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58, Phenacite, Switzerland.jpg



59 - Tessin habitus quartz - Bortelhorn VS - Switzerland.jpg
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PostPosted: Aug 09, 2010 14:01    Post subject: Re: Chamonix 2010  

4- And to complete this report, a few pictures of pyromorpĥite from Les Farges, France and one from Chaillac (brown pyro).

Christophe



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PostPosted: Aug 09, 2010 14:08    Post subject: Re: Chamonix 2010  

Please explain the terms "sucre" and "old sugar". I presume they are related. I can't tell from context whether they refer to gwindels, closed gwindels, quartz in general, or
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PostPosted: Aug 10, 2010 01:53    Post subject: Re: Chamonix 2010  

I do not know the accurate English translation of the term "sucre", sugar in English (maybe Jordi knows it), but it refers to closed Gwindel.

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PostPosted: Aug 10, 2010 02:40    Post subject: Re: Chamonix 2010  

Nice picts - thanks for sharing
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PostPosted: Aug 10, 2010 03:41    Post subject: Re: Chamonix 2010  

chris wrote:
I do not know the accurate English translation of the term "sucre", sugar in English (maybe Jordi knows it), but it refers to closed Gwindel.

Correct, "sucre" is a local French name for a closed gwindel without direct translation to English language, so "sucre" = closed gwindel.

BTW great reportage Chris, thank you for it.
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PostPosted: Aug 10, 2010 11:02    Post subject: Re: Chamonix 2010  

Well, it's an appropriate term - those closed gwindels are really sweet!
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PostPosted: Aug 13, 2010 11:30    Post subject: Re: Chamonix 2010  

A few more pictures of the prestige exhibits are available on the French Mineralogical Form, Geoforum at the following address :
https://www.geoforum.fr/index.php?showtopic=17111&st=54
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