New Southern Hemisphere Update 06 November 2020

6 November 2020

Yesterday, 5th November, was Guy Fawkes Night in the UK, also known as Bonfire Night, when we remember and celebrate back to 5th November 1605, the day The Gunpowder Plot was foiled, intended to blow-up the British Parliament and King James I. The anniversary is marked by bonfires, fireworks and traditional autumnal food and drink.

Yet our mineral selection this week is that of the Southern Hemisphere, much warmer climes than in Britain as winter now approaches. So, let’s grab the few remaining fireworks from last night, light the blue touch-paper, stand-back and let our Southern Hemisphere Showcase take-off with a Bang!

We begin quite far south in New South Wales, with a Rhodonite on Galena from North Mine at Broken Hill. A large tabular Rhodonite crystal of translucent deep-red glows rich cherry once back-lit and contrasts wonderfully against its opaque metallic matrix. If this were not enough, micro-crystals of burnt cinnamon-toffee Spessartine Garnet are liberally sprinkled all over the matrix and one face of the Rhodonite.

Heading north-west to Tsumeb in Namibia, do look at the truly remarkable Azurite we offer. Elegant and slender Azurite blades form an asymmetric bowtie of splayed, sub-parallel crystals, all electric azure-blue and with a mirror-like glassy lustre. The crystals bend, forming nested catenary curves with a resultant captivating beauty. Remaining at Tsumeb, we have all been enthralled with a busy yet wonderfully aesthetic Azurite with Olivenite, Malachite and Arsentsumebite, the very tastiest of mineralogical morsels. It’s just too complex to describe here, so do take a closer look. The variation in crystal morphology, colour, texture and lustre will surely charm you too.

Still within the great continent of Africa, we head north-east over to Nadonjukin in Tanzania where, from the Commander mine, we have an exquisite Chrome Dravite Tourmaline crystal, an impressive 5.2 cm tall. The prism grades from amber-olive through to intense electric-chrome green with the interior, a swirling mix of gemmy Tourmaline shot through with complex multi-faceted reflective surfaces. These mirror incident light in a play of metallic amber, lime, chartreuse and chrome-green. It is simply gorgeous!

Other delights include an impressive Bolivian Bournonite displaying superb characteristic cog-wheel profiles; an excellent Broken Hill Hedenbergite with oily-leaf-green blocky crystals, and a large, superbly crystallised Quartz, blushed with salmon-pink Hematite inclusions from the Itremo massif in Madagascar.

The Southern Hemisphere contains four oceans, five continents and a whole treasure trove of magnificent minerals. Please join us for this Fantastic Friday Feast, you are sure to enjoy our spectacular showcase. Cast-off into those Southern oceans and a good wind in your sails, you might just find the hidden treasure you have been searching for.

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

Tuesday 10th November and Friday 13th November - November New Finds

                    

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

Due to the recent announcement of a second national lockdown, the Crystal Classics 2020 Winter Open Day has now been postponed.

Originally scheduled for the weekend of November 21, our Winter Open Day will now take place on SATURDAY, DECEMBER 12 and SUNDAY, DECEMBER 13 (subject to change).

If any applicants booked in for our original dates are now unable to attend, then please contact Debbie by email at debbie@crystalclassics.co.uk or by phone 01935 862 673 to let us know.

We still have limited places available. It’s first come, first serve, so to ensure your place please contact Debbie (deadline for applications is now Friday, December 4) with the following information:

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

For each day we have the following slots:

  • SATURDAY - 10am - 1pm - (including breakfast at The Village Cafe from 9am-10am)
  • SATURDAY - 2pm - 5pm - (including lunch at The Village Cafe from 1pm-2pm)
  • SUNDAY - 10am - 1pm - (including breakfast at The Village Cafe from 9am-10am)
  • SUNDAY - 2pm - 5pm - (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.

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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