New British Update 22 September 2020

22 September 2020

We are back on home turf this week with a great range of British minerals, although biased somewhat towards Cornwall and Derbyshire. Given the small size of the British Isles, the diversity of its geology and mineralisation is quite phenomenal. Amongst today’s selection are some quite unusual habits and associations for their localities and, as always, some very beautiful aesthetic items.

Our three showcase pieces to set the scene are a Cornish Chalcedony, a golden Baryte from Sidmouth in Devon and a beautiful Fluorite from Ladywash mine in Derbyshire. The bi-coloured duck egg-blue and salmon-pink Cornish Chalcedony has a structure reminiscent of Devil’s Tower in Close Encounters of the Third Kind and is ever more amazing the closer you look at it.

Baryte from Peak Hill at Sidmouth is a modern classic. Golden-tan crystals with a brilliant glassy lustre emerge from a matrix encrusted with tiny Calcite crystals and under long wave ultraviolet the Baryte fluoresces brilliant straw-yellow. Moving north into Derbyshire, we have a lovely domed mound of glassy colourless Fluorite packed full of brassy Chalcopyrite inclusions along with other metallic sulphides.

Other specimens you will encounter include a historic Derbyshire Calcite and Baryte from the famous Joseph Neeld collection; a somewhat different Calcite from Geevor mine on the south-west tip of Cornwall; a fabulous Pencil Ore Hematite from the seldom encountered Hodbarrow mine in south Cumbria, and a superbly coloured Fluorite from Hilton mine in east Cumbria, of bright acidic amber which flashes gold and electric-yellow when illuminated.

Please enjoy a good stroll through today’s excellent selection and see some of the mineral treasures Britain has to offer.

Weekend viewings at our showroom in Somerset are currently available for customers, BY APPOINTMENT ONLY.

Following the recent changes in the government guidelines we have started to receive visitors again. To allow customers the chance to view our extensive range of fine minerals we offer them the chance to visit our showroom during more convenient ‘out of work’ hours. We are allowing just one appointment at a time in the showroom, but this can be for a party of up to 6 people. If you would like to pay us a visit please contact to arrange an appointment.

We are also offering an additional service that enables you, as our customer, to contact us via with your mineral wish list to enhance your current collection, but are unable to find the right specimens on our website.  We have 1000's of specimens in our general stock that do not appear online.  

We will endeavour to respond to all email/telephone enquires within 24 hours during weekdays, however at the weekend it might take us a little longer to respond.


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