Bakewell The Rock Exchange 2011

11 October 2011

Another year has passed before we know it, and it's time again for our show report for the 2011 Rock Exchange in Bakewell, Derbyshire, England.

This year our team at the show were Dave and Audrey Lloyd, Ian Bruce, Diana Schlegel, and one of our new staff members Steve Rust.

Our booth was located in one of the main halls of the Lady Manners School, and featured a large selection of minerals from classic English and Scottish locations. At this very social show we met many old friends and collectors, and discussed what else but minerals! The main topic on everybody’s mind at the Bakewell show this year was the Crystal Classics upcoming Open Weekend, to take place on the 2nd and 3rd December. We will release a large selection of never before seen superb minerals from Cornwall, Devon, Derbyshire, Northern England and Scotland.

Our Booth

Collectors peruse our boxes of British Minerals

Rogerley, Weardale Fluorite


Ian Bruce and Diana Schlegel with Malcolm Southwood (the Tsumeb man)

But lets get started with the news and items we have found at the show around the tables at the Bakewell Rock Exchange 2011.

The first minerals that caught our eyes were the recent finds of light apple green Fluorite from the West Pasture Mine, Co. Durham available on Stephen Moreton's table, while Ross Whittaker also had Fluorite from the same mine. Pleasingly the Fluorite was partly covered in sparkling Quartz druse. Ross also had two very nice large Witherite specimens from Nentsbury Haggs Mine, Cumbria.

Fluorite from West Pastures Mine, from Stephen Moreton (the colour is more green than the picture displays)

A large Fluorite specimen from West Pastures Mine on Ross Whittaker's booth.

A big! Witherite (Ross Whittaker)

Mike Brooke (Broadstone Minerals) had part of the Pearl Freeman collection for sale. Pearl was a worldwide mineral collector and her collection ran into several thousand specimens. We fortunate to have purchased a large part of the best specimens, which will be avalible later this year at our Grand Opening Weekend. The following specimens are from Pearl's collection:

Fluorite from Weardale (ex Pearl Freeman)

Fluorite from Illinois (ex Pearl Freeman)

Mike Merry had some unusual specimens from Cornish location including a recent rare find of light blue Chalcoalumite, and a drill core sample lined with Siderite crystals from Wheal Jane. Mike also had a strange mass of iron bolts completely replaced by Native Copper from the Dolcoath Mine.

Chalcoalumite Mike Merry

Siderite Drill Core from Wheal Jane, Mike Merry

Iron bolts replaced by Native Copper, Mike Merry

On Steve Warren's stand he had a recent find of light yellow Fluorite from Yorkshire. He also had two good Plumbogummite specimens from the Caldbeck Fells, Cumbria.

Yorkshire Fluorite, Steve Warren

On David and Elizabeth Hacker's stand they had two large specimens from the North of England which caught our eye. The first was a large specimen of Baryte crystals from the Hilton Mine, Cumbria. Specimens of this quality were difficult to collect from this mine. The other specimen was a large plate of intergrown Calcite crystals from Cambokeels Mine.

Baryte from Hilton Mine, Dave & Elizabeth Hacker

Calcite from Cambokeels, Dave & Elizabeth Hacker.

On our booth we had primarily English specimens, with a colourful display of specimens from around the world.

Some of our Worldwide minerals

It is always a pleasure to exhibit at the Bakewell Rock Exchange, a show for the mineral collector that offers a fine selection of minerals to enhance any collection.

We say goodbye and thank you all until next year, and we are looking forward to welcoming you back, or why not come to see us at the Munich Show.

This year's Munich is going to be a cracker of a show, with the special exhibition of European Classics. Ian Bruce had been busy traveling the globe to bring the finest specimens ever found in Europe. From the classic mining areas which have a long and illustrious mineralogical history, so stay tuned.

From all at the Crystal Classics team.

Author: Steve and Diana Schlegel
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