Earlier this year, Boris travelled to China and attended the third China (Hunan) Mineral and Gem Exhibition.

The event was held in the city of Chenzhou, a region rich in non-ferrous minerals., including tungsten, tin, bismuth and fluorite. Over the five day event, Boris sought out some interesting and unusual mineral specimens, as well as those minerals often associated with China, such as fluorite & stibnite. Amongst the hundreds of stalls, he needed the five days to allow time to view what was on display. He was amongst approximately 350,000 people who attended the event. At such large events, it can be hard to select from all that is on offer.  

We now have available, some fine new minerals from China, both at our showroom at Lune River, or at our stall at Salamanca Market. Photos will be posted on our website over the next few months, though we invite you to enquire about any of the specific minerals listed below that may interest you, and we can send photos to you via e-mail. Please find a list of these new minerals as follows:


  • Chalcopyrite/siderite
  • Calcite 
  • Quartz with hematite
  • Stibnite
  • Pyromorphite
  • Kesterite
  • Fluorite – incl. large octahedrons & combinations of fluorite with calcite and/or quartz
  • Smoky quartz/Spessartine
  • Hubeiite
  • Plumbogummite
  • Veszelyite
  • Crocoite – from the Type locality, where Crocoite was first described, in Russia.
  • Uvarovite – chrome/garnet, from Russia.