Meet the team

Ian Bruce

Ian Bruce formed Crystal Classics in 1990 after Graduating from the University of Wales, Cardiff with an Honors degree in Exploration and Mining Geology, he has an unusually strong understanding of mineralogy and has collected them ever since he can remember.

Ian travels the globe extensively in a relentless quest for the finest minerals, he is well known on every continent for his fine taste and knowledge of rare minerals.

In 2013 a new discovered mineral from the Tsumeb mine was named in Ian’s honour and the small blue crystals associated with Leiteite were named Ianbruceite (A zinc arsenate). In fact during the years 1998 to 2000 Ian was heavily involved in the attempts to reopen the famous Tsumeb mine to recover mineral specimens, but the team was beaten due to the back filling of the upper levels by the former Tsumeb Corporation.

Ian works endlessly to locate the finest minerals – if you have a fine specimen or collection you wish to offer, please email him at


Diana Bruce

Diana discovered her love for minerals at a very young age and was brought up collecting minerals and attending mineral shows all over Germany. Her parents and grandparents are well known and highly respected mineral dealers and collectors in the ancient Saxony mining region of Germany. Diana runs the German part of the website and is present at all the shows.

All German speaking inquiries can be made directly to her at


Debbie Boyer

Debbie worked for Crystal Classics part-time as our book keeper for 6 years until 2014 when she joined the Company fulltime.  In January 2015 she became the Office Manager and deals with all the day to day running of the office, as well as Finance and HR issues for the company.

Debbie can be contacted via


Gillian Quant

Gillian joined us in 2017 as a personal assistant to Debbie.

Gillian can be contacted via


Steve Rust

Steve has spent a lifetime collecting minerals and is a very regular contributor to He has very strong mineral identification skills and is a specialist in rare minerals. Steve has discovered several new minerals, including one named in his honour – Steverustite. Steve helps prepare specimens for sale on the Internet and at shows.

Steve can be contacted via


Phil Taylor

Phil joined us in 2017 as a mineralogical assistant to help Steve.

Phil can be contacted via


Tom joined us in 2018 as a mineralogical assistant to help Steve and Phil.

Tom can be contacted via


Alison Salter

Ali is the office administrator. Ali looks after all website orders as well as any sales made via our shop on the Der Hammerstein website.

Ali can be contacted via


In 2015 Crystal Classics expanded the work force to incorporate their own in house photographic department.


Olga Kaspera

Olga is a passionate photographer and brings a wealth of photographic experience to Crystal Classics.  Together with Holly, Olga manages the department.

Olga can be contacted via


Holly Stevens

Holly helps manage the photographic and media team as a graphic designer. She also produces all the media and advertising for the Company.

Holly can be contacted via


Becky Lindsay Clark

Becky joined us as a photography assistant apprentice in mid 2017.

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Lizzie Crabb

Lizzie also joined us as a media assistant apprentice in mid 2017.

Lizzie can be contacted via


Martin Salter

Martin is our Head Groundsman and also helps out with the logistic team as needed.


Chris Berridge

Chris is our Lab Assistant, he cleans and prepares new collections as they come in. He also helps with the logistics team as and when needed.


Liz and Dave Hacker

Liz and Dave bring a lifetime of knowledge to the crystal classics team and have been a guiding light to Ian and the team since the early 1990’s, they are great friends and have gained an international respect for their immense knowledge of the minerals of Northern England.


Katrin and Peter Schlegel

Katrin and Peter are well known minerals dealers from Saxony, Germany.  They help out the Crystal Classic Team at the majority of our oversees shows.


Markus Walter

Markus is an expert in the mineral preparation field and helps prepare the majority of the Crystal Classics mineral specimens.


Cleo, Minky and Wolfie

The real bosses, these three will be on hand to give you a warm welcome.