Greetings from outer space: meteorites and sparkling moonstones

Mineralien Hamburg, from December 7 to 9 at the Hamburg fairground

Fascinating one-offs, beautiful jewels, fossils millions of years old – at the 41st Mineralien Hamburg, you can look forward to some 400 exhibitors of unique objects and exhibits from the most diverse nations. This, the fourth largest minerals fair in the world and the largest jewellery fair in northern Europe, attracts numerous visitors and collectors from the Hamburg region to admire, browse and shop at the Hamburg fairground (Messegelände) for three days, every year before Christmas.

“More than 80 percent of the exhibition space has already been booked”, rejoices Michael Arfmann, project manager at Hamburg Messe und Congress GmbH about the great popularity the fair enjoys. “This is an excellent result”. Some exhibitors will be offering their products for the first time in Hamburg, such as the Scandinavian company Swedish blue, which presents selected jewellery with blue stones and elegant designs. Faopalfossil is also a newcomer, an exhibitor that will be bringing many diverse fossils such as ammonites, trilobites and even dinosaur teeth.

Meteorites – ambassadors from distant galaxies

In addition to the unique exhibits and jewels presented by the exhibitors, there will also be spectacular and colourful special exhibitions with precious finds and selected objects to admire. “Meteorites – ambassadors from distant galaxies” is the title of a very special exhibition that provides insights into the infinity of the universe. Expert Rainer Bode, who is organising the special exhibition, says: “This is a real highlight, both for professionals and the general public. Even children and adolescents will be excited about the many different “stones” from outer space.”

The moonstone is the “stone of the year”

Another special exhibition focuses on the “stone of the year”, the moonstone, a fascinating and unrivalled gem that features an extremely dazzling play of colours. Both natural stones from remote origins such as India, Tanzania or Madagascar and outstanding jewels of this fire opal variety will be on show here.

Saxon treasures

Precious gems from centuries ago can be marvelled at in the special exhibition “Saxon Treasures”. Saxony’s rank and prestige among the European royal courts was mainly based on the rich treasures found in the soil of the Ore Mountains. Topaz, amethyst, pyrope and agate, for example, were already used some 300 years ago by the court jewellers in Dresden and elsewhere in Europe.

Another highlight: The geological-palaeontological work community Kiel presents jointly with the Urzeithof the special exhibition “Cephalopod. Of Orthoceras, Ammonites and Thunderstones.” Belemnites will be there to be admired in all their diversity” emphasises Dr. Frank Rudolph from the Kiel work community.

Partners of Mineralien Hamburg this year are the Archäologisches Museum Hamburg, the TU Bergakademie Freiberg, the “Senckenberg Mineralogischen Sammlungen Dresden” and the Eiszeit-Museum (ice-age museum).

Exciting programme for young and old

There will be fantastic activities in the Discovery Hall, especially for families and children. Experts will fuel the fascination for stones with exciting activities. The diverse programme covers “panning for gold”, “experiencing fossils” to “excavations”. Another hit with the audience is always the lecture forum with educational contributions. This additional opportunity to gain expert information and education is very popular. A professional valuation service will also be available for people who want to have a piece of jewellery they have brought with them or have just purchased at the fair valued.

About Mineralien Hamburg

Mineralien Hamburg 2018 will be open daily from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. from December 7 to 9. Entrance tickets cost €10 (€8 concessions). The family ticket and the three-day ticket each cost €18. Tickets for children aged 6 to 15 cost €5. Admission is free for children under 6 years old. Last-minute tickets are available every day after 3:00 p.m. priced at €5. Further information and photographs can be downloaded from Mineralien Hamburg is also on Facebook at