We all have once admired specially shaped and structured stones while walking or walking, or perhaps even brought along and collected as a child. The secret behind it is the unimaginable time of over 4 billion (4,000,000,000) years in which the earth’s rocks have formed. Time and special geological conditions have made the most extraordinary crystals grow in many places.

Some of them are more common, others are only known from a single reference worldwide. Their colors, shapes and sizes are sometimes spectacular, making them sought-after collectors’ items: a true piece of earth history, with the utmost effort saved by adventurers from inaccessible mountain fissures or the deepest mines. Because making new finds becomes more difficult and demands more and more of Cristalliers, spotlights and other minerals hunters. But whether old or new, two things all natural treasures at the Munich Show have in common: Everyone is unique and everyone has an exciting story to tell!

The whole world of minerals

From Australia to Europe, from Patagonia to Iceland, from treasures from old collections to the latest find—in the five Munich exhibition halls the most valuable and rarest stones in the world are presented, traded and exchanged during the Munich Show.

Private collectors are also on the hunt for new treasures as well as the curators of natural history museums and other institutions worldwide. The entry into the passion for collecting does not always have to be done in a big way—even art collectors are not just buying Picassos.

Above all, the focus is important: Whoever starts with “thumbnails”, which are stones up to about 5 cm in size, can thus build up a diverse and interesting collection. Or the specialization on certain minerals offers a wide field of activity: quartz—the most common mineral on earth—we know as crystal clear rock crystal from the Alps, usually only a few inches tall, but also as meter-high giant quartz from Brazil or—from other elements “contaminated”—as purple amethyst, just to give an example.

A conversation with the collectors and dealers on site shows that the motivations for collecting scientific interest range from pure aesthetics to alternative investment and retirement. Some have turned their enthusiasm from childhood into a serious hobby, others are late, but come in contact with it all the more intensively.