A gemstone and mineral extravaganza

Posted on the 4th July 2011

Fifteen Holts employees, two empty suitcases and A LOT of excitement made its way onto a flight to Basel for a weekend of buying and browsing at the annual Eurogem and Euromineral show in Alsace, France. The show was split in two across the town, one side showing a dazzling display of loose gemstones, the other, the marvelous world of minerals, fossils and meteorites. Each section was a maze of tents, huddled together cheek by jowl as dealers flaunted their finest goods. Our resident opal fanatic, Antonia, was lost instantly to the opal section (quelle surprise!) and only emerged when her pockets were full and wallet empty. The less gem-driven of us were happy to stumble upon random delights. Amy picked up a beautiful pair of baroque shaped pearls, which she has subsequently made into earrings and Alicja found a fantastic piece of meteorite. Mrs Holt, Jason and Debbie were on the prowl for fine goods for the shop and, not surprisingly, managed to fill the two empty suitcases with remarkable rapidity. Some amazing Agate specimens and a beautiful jade bowl (all of which are now in the shop!) were particularly interesting purchases. A spectacular six-course meal, an evening of games and a rollercoaster race back to the airport rounded off the weekend nicely. Only a year to go until the next trip!