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 firstname.lastname@example.org