New American Thanksgiving Update 24 November 2020

24 November 2020

With Thanksgiving Day approaching later this week, an occasion celebrated not only in the USA, but also several other countries of North and South America, we have put together a selection from both these great continents, whereby the selection knows no mineralogical limits within these boundaries. Thanksgiving originally began as an offering of thanks and to celebrate the harvest, an occasion practiced the world over but known by many other names, for example, Harvest Festival in Britain.

To accompany the turkey and pecan pie we have a mineralogical feast to tempt you and for starters, how about a tasty Bisbee Azurite? Deep Oxford-blue, sub-millimetre Azurite crystals richly cover an irregularly-shaped bed of gossany black Goethite matrix and sparkle bright blue from any direction.

Moving on to the main course we have a delicious Calcite from Elmwood mine at Carthage in Tennessee, a tasty morsel if ever there was! A 5.4 cm double-terminated twinned Calcite with a central translucent creamy core which gradually becomes more transparent progressing outwards towards its sharply terminated tips. The crystal is acutely perched on a sliver of dolomite/limestone matrix encrusted with snowy-white curved rhombohedral Dolomite crystals.

Then, moving on to desserts, a splendid terminated golden Baryte on Calcite from the Elk Creek locality in South Dakota. A 6.8 cm long golden-amber Baryte crystal lies horizontal and parallel to an unterminated Baryte 5.3 cm long. The two rest on an aesthetic mound of drusy, malty-tan micro-crystals of Calcite.

Having dinned so eloquently, some may now require an after-dinner snooze to recover, only to then find a whole banquet of new mineralogical morsels laid out for your perusal. From the famous Bunker Hill mine at Kellogg, Idaho, we have two quite different, yet classic, Pyromorphites, plus something much more unusual from this mine, splendid, well-formed bladed crystals of Cerussite of up to 1.8 cm tall. Look out for excellent Tourmalines from Golconda, Coronel Murta and Pederneira in Minas Gerais, Brazil; a stunning Andradite Garnet from Stanley Butte in Arizona, and two excellent Bournonites with Freibergite from Viboras mine in Bolivia.

And finally, to end Thanksgiving with a bang, superb well-developed Willemite crystals partly-embedded in snow-white massive Calcite exhibit superb fluorescence. Under LWUV these fluoresce beautiful chartreuse-green against the bright salmon-pink Calcite, and under SWUV the Willemite becomes bright limey-leaf green and the Calcite hot-scarlet.

Our mineralogical harvest is safely gathered-in and is now set out for you to enjoy. Pour yourself a drink, relax and pick your way through today’s appetising spread. You may just have room to enjoy one or two more treats.


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

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 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.


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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