New Specimen Update 05 April 2019

3 April 2019

At the end of this month we will be participating in a brand new show in Texas - The Texas Mineral & Fossil Show 2019. This show will be open from Friday 26th - Sunday 28th April at The Lone Star Convention and Expo Center in Conroe, Houston, Texas. Please come and find us in Booth 47/51 - our Team look forward to seeing you there!

We will be opening the doors of the Crystal Classics showroom for our annual Summer Open Day on Saturday 1st June. Our very best existing stock will be on display alongside the latest finds from the mining operations in Weardale. New collection announcements will be made closer to the date.

For this weeks update we have a brilliant selection of specimens from British localities: 

  • From Florence mine in Cumbria, England, a superb aesthetic example of delicately-crystallised Aragonite spheres scattered over a layer of finely crystallised and drusy black "Specularite" Hematite and glassy Quartz crystals. These cover a gently undulating surface of reddish-chocolate-brown botryoidal Hematite. Beautiful!
  • Purple Fluorite crystals to over 1cm show both cubic and tetrahexahedron habits from the famous Trevaunance mine at St Agnes in Cornwall, England. These grow over a bed of greenish-grey micro-crystalline Chlorite covering a matrix of grey metamorphosed killas. A great display specimen
  • Pale lemon-yellow Paralaurionite, with a subtle satin lustre, sits in a vein system of white to colourless Calcite within a matrix of sooty-black manganese oxides. From the Torr Works quarry (Merehead quarry) at Cranmore in Somerset, England. A terrific specimen which fluoresces in both SW and LWUV
  • A superb and highly unusual group of lustrous octahedral Galena crystals, richly scattered over a plate of dull, very finely crystallised Sphalerite from the Eyam area of Derbyshire, England. The village of Eyam has been a centre of lead mining since the the Roman occupation. Metallic lead-grey-silver octahedral crystals are developed to 2.3cm on edge, built from stacked cubic crystals
  • Good specimens of Azurite from Ecton mine, to the east of Leek in Staffordshire, England, are very seldom available and this is a particularly good example. Many small vugs are richly lined with vivid azure-blue micro-crystals of Azurite, occurring as drusy coatings in a hard iron-rich matrix. A choice and uncommon specimen
  • Light graphite-grey acicular Bismuthinite crystals form broad ropey swaths throughout a rich group of brassy-golden Chalcopyrite crystals on a mixed Quartz, Chalcopyrite and Pyrite. A terrific group of Bismuthinite crystals displayed to great advantage amongst the attractive Chalcopyrite from the Fowey Consols mine in Cornwall, England

With many more specimens to see in the new Update HERE.

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Author: HS & PT
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