New Lady Annabella Mine Fluorite Update 23 October 2020

23 October 2020

 

The new Lady Annabella mine, situated within the famous Eastgate quarry in Weardale, commenced specimen recovery operations in July this year and, having removed much overburden, a whole treasure trove is emerging. Richly mineralised pockets, termed ‘flats’, are structurally controlled by the joint system within the Great Limestone, especially the more horizontal bedding planes.

Working non-stop throughout the summer and autumn, many superb pockets have been discovered together with a mineralised vein. All have their own individual characteristics of colour, morphology, mineral associations and singular aesthetics. Today’s selection of 22 specimens represents most of the Fluorite colours and habits so far encountered.

So, let’s begin our sneak preview with a magnificent chrome sea-green interpenetrant twin from Fairy Holes Pocket. Nestled in a geode-like druse of small Fluorite crystals, the twin measuring 2.8 x 2.2 x 1.7 cm, is strongly colour zoned and in daylight, the inner cores fluoresce vivid lilac-blue while the outer green surfaces and rims remain green.

The Bull Vein produces Fluorite mainly in shades of yellow, sherry-lemon and ginger. This specimen is covered with gemmy lemon-yellow Fluorite crystals of 2 to 3 cm with the larger single crystals exhibiting beautiful delicate lavender colour-zoning at their edges.

Another Bull Vein specimen of smoky lavender Fluorite is a rather unusual colour for this vein. Intergrown single cubic crystals to 2.6 cm form an attractive cluster, with ice-white frosted centres and broad gemmy outer faces of smoky grey Fluorite, tinged pale lavender.

The Poison Ivy Pocket is becoming a firm favourite amongst collectors and this specimen is fantastic! Cubic crystals to 2.8 cm are a mix of creamy peppermint-green and acidic ivy green, the latter being mainly gemmy. The gemmy zones form most of the cubes and the paler, sucrosic creamy zones are dispersed in moss-like clusters throughout the gemmy continuous phase. The gemmy zones fluoresce lilac-blue deep into their cores. Enough said?

Look out for an amazing combination of lemon Fluorite crystals, crystallised Galena and gemmy, diamond-like Quartz crystals from the Layer Cake Pocket; a Poison Ivy Fluorite dominated by mossy structures of creamy-peppermint sugar in a pool of deep gemmy intense apple-green. And finally, yet another Poison Ivy Fluorite of mind-blowing beauty; Fluorite crystals akin to peering into an undersea world. Cubic Fluorite crystals of gemmy acidic ivy-green contain mossy coral-like branching clusters and feathery-plumes of creamy leaf-green and pale peppermint Fluorite, and in daylight, the gemmy zones fluoresce bright lilac-blue.

These Fluorites are like nothing ever encountered before in Weardale, so enjoy and perhaps you will find that “must have” new addition for your collection!

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

Tuesday 27th October and Friday 30th October - Halloween

                     

Can't find what you're looking for? Contact us at orders@crystalclassics.co.uk for any enquiries.

This year, the Crystal Classics Winter Open Day will be slightly different.

In order to adhere to COVID-19 guidelines, we will be running our Winter Open Day on both SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 21 and SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 22.

For each day we will be offering the following slots:

  • SATURDAY - 10am - 1pm - 5 places available (including breakfast at The Village Cafe from 9am-10am)
  • SATURDAY - 2pm - 5pm - 1 place available (including lunch at The Village Cafe from 1pm-2pm)
  • SUNDAY - 10am - 1pm - 8 places available (including breakfast at The Village Cafe from 9am-10am)
  • SUNDAY - 2pm - 5pm - 4 places available (including lunch at The Village Cafe from 1pm-2pm)

During your allocated slot the following guidelines will be in place:

  • Face masks must be worn at all times
  • Social distancing must be carried out
  • You must wash your hands upon entry to the showroom (in addition there will be several hand sanitiser dispensers provided throughout the building)

We also ask, should you show any COVID-19 symptoms up to 14 days before your allocated slot, that you please cancel your plans for attending and contact us to withdraw your place. Additionally, in order to correspond with the government’s Track and Trace system, we will require you to provide us with your full name, address and telephone number in advance.

Despite these guidelines, we have a fantastic day planned for you and will be showcasing some stunning fine minerals from new collections we have recently purchased as well as several new finds from our brand new Lady Annabella Mine in Weardale, County Durham.

It’s first come, first serve, so please contact Debbie by email at debbie@crystalclassics.co.uk or by phone 01935 862 673 with the following details (deadline for applications is Friday, November 13):

  • Your preferred date and time slot
  • Full name
  • Address
  • Telephone Number

We look forward to welcoming you.

SHOWROOM VIEWINGS

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 debbie@crystalclassics.co.uk to arrange an appointment.

MINERAL WISH LIST

We also offer an additional service that enables you, as our customer, to contact us via orders@crystalclassics.co.uk 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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