This is the 2nd largest mineral event in Europe (after Munich), and the 3rd largest in the world (Tucson, Munich). A top quality, world-class mineral show held annually in the small Alsatian town of Sainte-Marie-aux-Mines, it’s a must-see event for professionals and hobbyists alike. For the four days of this popular festival, the streets surrounding the Municipal Theatre are full of tents and marquees filled with minerals, fossils, meteorites and gems, celebrated in an atmosphere likened to a festive bazaar. This is the best and longest running mineral show in France with over 1500 exhibitors from 52 countries, which makes it very attractive to the over 30,000 gem and mineral enthusiasts and visitors. This year’s venue will focus on "Origins: Stone and Wine" with several exhibitions, lectures and even complimentary wine tasting to those visiting the display.