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"Mineralien Hamburg" celebrating 40th anniversary

Fair to showcase exotic exhibits, host events and talks on jewels and fossiles

Around 400 exhibitors from all corners of the world will showcase fascinating one-offs, beautiful jewels, and million-year-old fossils during the 40th Mineralien Hamburg from December 1-3, 2017. The world’s fourth largest minerals fair annually attract numerous visitors and collectors from the Hamburg region in the run-up to Christmas. To celebrate the 40th anniversary, those turning 40 this year get free admission. Visitors can also look forward to the fantastic special exhibitions “Scandinavia – of the magic of gems, glaciers and dinosaurs” and “Witnesses of primeval times” for the jubilee event.

Special exhibitions

Everything began in 1978 with the Hamburger Mineralientage, a small but beautiful event at the fairground. The doors first opened to give mineral fans an insight in the uniqueness of the stones. The exhibition was enhanced by spectacular and educational special viewings with valuable findings and select objects, generated in co-operation with partners and museums from all over Europe. The concept is highly appreciated and popular among visitors to this day. Commenting on highlights in the past, Michael Arfmann, Project Manager of Mineralien Hamburg, said: “Over the years, we have hosted special exhibitions of impressive diversity and fascination. One was e.g. ‘Ural – the guest of Europe’ in 1993. At the time, unique gems and semi-precious stones from the Russian mountains could be admired. A five-ton chunk of jade, that made a stop in the Hanse city on its long journey to China, in 2004.”

Première of the “Discovery Hall”

This year’s extensive programme for families and children gets underway in the “Discovery Hall” with exciting activities such as “washing gold”, “experiencing fossils” and even “digs” for young fans. Other public magnets include the advice and information offer, which has been a permanent feature of Mineralien Hamburg for many years, and the talks forum. Another lasting hit is a valuation service for people who want to have a piece of jewellery valued that they have brought with them or that they have just purchased at the fair.

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