Crystal Classics Summer Open Day

10 June 2014

Crystal Classics Summer Open Day

7th June 2014

The Crystal Classics inaugural Summer Open Day took place at our showrooms at East Coker in Somerset, England on Saturday, and as ever, having expected a number of keen collectors to come and see us, we were not disappointed.  - After all, once again we have procured a number of great collections in recent weeks, in particular some fine specimens from the David Green collection.
In fact, our selection of minerals from British, European and worldwide locations is greater than ever before, and most of the visitors went home with something to add to their collections and hopefully something to remember the event.

Keen collectors, many familiar friends to Crystal Classics, queue for the 10am Opening.

Here at crystal Classics we are continuously reviewing the look of our showrooms and many who have visited us, even in just the last few weeks, would have noticed some great improvements to the displays.
New drawer units have been added to accommodate the increasing number of specimens and more show cases were filled with specimens throughout the display areas.

A new look for one of the showrooms we open for the show.

In addition to minerals specimens, Crystal Classics offers literature on minerals and Mineral collecting.
Just a small selection of the books and magazines we have to offer.

Ali and Debbie having fun setting up the invoicing and reception area with Dave Hacker supervising.

Steve Rust  last minute checking the "Update" items in our pedestal cabinet.
Crystal Classics uploaded a few enticing British specimens on our website to coincide with the 10am opening of the event, so that at least some pieces would be available to those that could not attend - directly through the web site.

The first of the collectors rummaging through the cabinets.
A lot to see and remember. If you hesitate that great piece might end up in a friend's collection! 

David Lucas with Keith and Lynn Corrie searching through the drawers in our "Worldwide" show room - where for this weekend we keep all but the British mineral specimens.

At this, the first of our Summer Open Days, Crystal Classics ran an auction of some of our great specimens in order to raise money for Cancer research.
Professional auctioneer Richard Bromell from Charterhouse Auctioneers in Sherborne came in especially to conduct the auction and a lot of fun was had by all.

Collectors assembling for the auction - had they spent all their money?

Richard Bromell preparing for the auction.

Mineral specimens are perhaps one of the less well know collecting areas that auctioneers generally come across. Ian helped out by introducing and explaining each individual item as it came up for bidding.

Richard with a firm hand, encouraging every last penny for Cancer Research.

Debbie keeping a close eye on those winning lots!

Some of the remaining auction items.

Here are some of the mineral specimens that were on offer throughout the day:

As always we can only show you a small selection of what was available to be seen and not all have been sold. If there are any items here that interest to any of our readers please do not hesitate to get in touch. We will find out if the item is still available and get back to you.

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Classic British Chalcedony piece from the Trevascus Mine, Gwinear,
St Erth - Gwithian Area, Cornwall, England.

Leadhillite with Caledonite from Susanna Mine, Leadhills, South Lanarkshire, Strathclyde , Scotland.

Pyromorphite from Roughton Gill Mine, Caldbeck Fells, Cumbria, England.

A rare Azurite from South Caradon Mine, St Cleer, Liskeard District, Cornwall, England.

Rich blue Liroconite crystal agregates in matrix from Wheal Gorland, St. Day United Mines, Gwennap, Camborne, Cornwall, England.

Siderite on white Quartz crystals from Tincroft Mine, Illogan, Cornwall, England. Here, displayed with two old wooden crystal models.

Bright orange Mimetite Var. Campyllite lining a cavity in matrix from 
Dry Gill Mine, Caldbeck Fells, Cumbria, England.

Brassy iridescent Chalcopyrite coated Tetrahedrite crystals in association with Galena and Quartz from Herodsfoot Mine, Lanreath, Liskeard District, Cornwall, England.

Another Pyromorphite this time from a less well known location,
Wheal Saturn, Porthleven, Mount's Bay District, Cornwall, England.

Terminated clear Calcite crystals with a fine dusting of Hematite from Bigrigg, Cumbria, England.

Bright green Botallackite blades resting on Connellite from Cligga Head, Perranzabuloe, St Agnes District, Cornwall, England.

Two near perfect deep lilac coloured Fluorite interpenetration twins on matrix from
Rogerley Quarry, Frosterley, Weardale, County Durham, England. 

A rich blue colour zoned crystal of Fluorite measuring in excess of 1/2" resting on Baryte, Dolomite and Calcite from
Ullcoats Mine, Egremont, West Cumberland Iron Field, Cumbria, England.

Rare pink Calcite with Galena from Snailbeach Mine, Callow Hill-Bog District, Shropshire, England.

A fine, well preserved example of Anglesite with Pyromorphite from Wanlockhead, Dumfries and Galloway, Scotland.

Two adjacent cavities lined with pale blue Boracite crystals from the Boulby Potash Mines, Loftus, North Yorkshire, England.

Also from the Boulby Mine this rare specimen of Szaibélyite with Volkovskite.

Clean well defined sprays of Cerussite needles from Redburn Mine, Rookhope, Weardale county Durham, England.

A particular favourite, bright transparent blue colour zoned Fluorapatite crystals resting on a flat Feldspar surface, from Chywoon Quarry, Longdowns, Carnmenellis Area, Cornwall, England.

A closer look at some of those hexagonal blue Apatites.

For the last of our British pieces I chose this - a bed of delicately tinted pale blue Baryte crystals intergrown with a few Calcite crystals lightly colored by iron. From the Pallaflat Mine, Bigrigg, West Cumberland Iron Field, Cumbria, England.

Now for a few specimens from world wide locations:

A rich cluster of Epidote crystals, many double terminated, with coatings of pale green Prehnite from Bendougou village, Bafoulabé Circle, Kayes Region, Mali.

Dendritic Duftite growths emanating from Calcite crystals from Tsumeb Mine, Otjikoto Region, Namibia.

Bladed pinkish red radiating aggregates of Inesite from Wessel's Mine, Hotazel, Kalahari Manganese Fields, Northern Cape Province, South Africa.

Stellate group of creamy white Aragonite crystals on Dolomite from Boldut Mine,
Cavnic, MaramureÈ™ Co., Romania.

Rich green Pyromorphite sprays on matrix from
Les Farges Mine, Ussel, Corrèze, Limousin, France.

For this event (and since we are in the Summer months here in the UK) Crystal Classics extended invitations for a garden party held in Ian and Diana's own garden near to the showrooms, which went on late into the evening.
Live music and dancing with fresh home made local food and drink and entertainment for the children was all laid on and no one really noticed as the day drew to a close - how quickly the day had gone - and all too soon!

Ian outside the Marquee - early Saturday afternoon during preparations.

Ian and Diana at the entrance to the marquee shortly after set up.

Armin Schöler found this great place to rest - best bed he's found in a long time!
Good job it wasn't raining!

Britains got Talent?? .....................rejects!!

Liz Hacker, Crystal Classic's new bouncer, guarding the entrance of the showroom and sporting previous injuries.

Debbie with hubby Trevor and son Joseph with his girlfriend Charlotte.

Allan and Sue, proprietors of East Coker's one and only tea rooms,
"The Courtyard Cafe" enjoying the early evening atmosphere.

David Lucas with Ian Bruce.

Malcolm Kerley, mineral collector, with Dave Hacker.

Ian Bruce with local Sommelier Eric Zwiebel.

Dave and Liz Hacker with Lesley Waters and Marcus Walter.

Martin and Ali.

"Murder on the Dance Floor" - towards the end of the evening.

And whilst the adults were dancing the children were catered for as well!

And now  - for my next trick!!

That's it for the first of our summer open days.

A lot lof fun was had by all the staff and we hope those that attended.

Many specimens found loving new homes and we raised £7424 for Cancer Research. So hopefully we will achieve the same next year. We're all looking forward to our next open day to be held later in the year, but for now Crystal Classics has to train it's thoughts on our next big event in France: 

Ste Marie aux Mines

26th to 29th June 2014

Come and see us there!

Author: Dave
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