xMiscellen(September 2008) Stirred, not shaken. An episode in the next James Bond movie „Quantum of Solace“ plays in the quarries of Carrara. The film will be coming out in November 2008. By the way: Carrara played a part in the origins of film-history, as a belgian student discovered: scenes shown in the very first motion picture were filmed in the tunnels of Carrara, more precisely: Fantiscritti Marmifer-railroad, by the Lumière-brothers according to L’Informatore del Marmista (May 2008).

Export figures for Spain’s natural stone industry were announced at the Piedra trade fair, which took place from May 7th to 10th in Madrid. Gross-turnover was 1.025 billion Euro or an increase of 6.8 % over the previous year. 68 % of the exports were destined for the European Union. Imports grossed 377.24 million euro. Visitors to the fair.

Italy’s trade-fair Marmomacc and the American StonExpo are planning Increased cooperation as a strategic aim. According to a press-release the later of which will now be named StonExpo/Marmomacc America.

Goldrush in rose quartz was short-lived in the area of Da Nang in Vietnam: the local authorities intervened in the illegal mining of the stone within one month as reported by the local ministry due in part to purported inferior quality and as a measure to protect tourism in the area. Foldlore claims that the stone improves sex and protects against earth-radiation.