New Calcite Update 09 October 2020

9 October 2020


Calcite is an amazing mineral. It is one of the most common minerals on Earth, yet that with the most diverse range of habits. It is one of those minerals that beginners want to collect, but on gaining more knowledge, perhaps become dismissive of, being one of the commoner species. Finally, the wheel turns full circle and once fully adept, one appreciates just how complex and divergent Calcite is, a mineral able to rival the very rarest or exotic of species!

We end this week with an extraordinary selection of Calcites from all around the world. This theme is also one of white and cream, but let’s begin with a remarkably coloured Calcite, a specimen from Rio Grande do Sul in Brazil. Orange nail-head Calcite crystals sitting on pale Amethystine Quartz make for a real showstopper! Orange is a rare colour in the mineral world and these crystals display a vivid range of shades from barley sugar and pumpkin to tangerine and milky-peach.

From Guilin Prefecture in China we have an amazing specimen of glassy translucent white conical Calcite horns with circular hoppered terminations, more akin to solitary corals or an exotic woodland fungus than a mineral. Also, from China, this time the Xianghuapu mine in Chenzhou Prefecture, perfectly triangular transparent Calcite crystals sitting on a bed of smaller prisms, all with stunning clarity and incredible lustre.

And finally, to Baia Mare in Romania, and a perfect hemisphere of micro-crystalline Calcite of over 5 cm diameter and of a beautiful ice-cream, creamy-white.

Other terrific specimens include four very different Calcites, all formerly in the Archduke Stephan of Austria Collection together with some of his highly collectable labels; three excellent Calcites from the West Cumbria iron mines in England and delightful azure-mauve crystals of Henmilite on branching, coral-like Calcite from Japan.

Please join us and explore the fantastic world of Calcite and we hope you spot a real beauty to further enhance your collection.

Here is what you have to look forward to in next week's updates:

Tuesday 13th October and Friday 16th October - Green


Can't find what you're looking for? Contact us at for any enquiries.


Crystal Classics regrettably announces that due to the current COVID-19 pandemic, and situations beyond our control, we cannot attend the 2020 Munich Show. The current quarantine regulations in place for Germany make it impossible for us to attend and have forced us into making this difficult decision.

Our original intention was to showcase several new collections and new finds at the show. However, as an alternative, we now offer customers the chance to pre-book a ‘private viewing’ with Ian and Diana Bruce who will be on hand in our showroom to present our collections and new finds to you, as well as fine specimens and wholesale options. Please email us at for more details.

We hope to see you all again at next year’s Munich Show. Stay safe.


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 also offer 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.

Author: JH
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