New American Thanksgiving Update 27 November 2020

27 November 2020

Everyone in the Crystal Classics team trust all our readers who marked Thanksgiving had a wonderful time yesterday. Thanksgiving, and similar such festivals the world over, is that time in late autumn when we reflect and celebrate on the good fortune nature has brought, such as a bountiful harvest and deliverance from flood and pestilence. Such reflectance is even more poignant this year because of COVID-19, and this is an apt opportunity for us express our sincere hope that you and your loved ones have and continue to get through the pandemic safely.

Looking forward optimistically, we conclude this week’s Thanksgiving theme with a broad selection of superb specimens, all from the America’s, but of unlimited mineralogical bounds. We always begin by showcasing three specimens which give a flavour of what is on offer today.

We will begin with a Fluorite from Gordonsville mine in Tennessee. Sitting on a white Calcite matrix, nine, well-formed cubic Fluorite crystals form a ribbon-like chain of crystals that look like big fat juicy blackberry jellies! They are so beautiful, we suggest you grab those left-over Thanksgiving napkins to mop away the drools!

From Eagle's Nest mine at Sage Hill, California, a spectacular Native Gold projects out from a small milky Quartz matrix, forming a framework of stiff, hackly and gnarled branching plates and intertwined spiky-ribbons. Shakespeare said "All that glisters is not gold", but in this specimen it does certainly glister brightly, and it is certainly Gold!

Moving on to the famous Mammoth-Saint Anthony mine in Tiger, Arizona, a magnificent Wulfenite, striking for its colour, an arresting carrot-orange. The crystals form as square tabular plates and overgrowing these, micro-botryoidal druses of similar coloured Mimetite, but a little redder and darker than the Wulfenite.

While yesterday’s turkey and key lime pie still have time to settle, you will also see a quite amazing Elbaite Tourmaline from Barra de Salinas in Brazil, with unusual crystals the texture and lustre of fibreoptic ribbons glowing silver and lilac, it really is stunning. Other specimens include light peppermint-green Fluorite forming intergrown cuboctahedral crystals to 2.4 cm from the Oatman District in Arizona; a fabulously-crystallised, classic Native Copper from Houghton County in Upper Michigan; a sublime Amethyst Quartz from Mun. Las Vigas de Ramírez in Mexico and gorgeous interwoven bladed Covellite crystals from Butte, Montana, displaying bright peacock colours in iridescent indigo blue, rose-pink and purple.

Thanksgiving may now be over, but the weekend has almost begun. So, relax a little longer after yesterday’s feasting and enjoy today’s selection of mineralogical treasures. You never know, temptation may just come your way!

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

Tuesday 1st December and Friday 4th December - Weardale Fluorite (Jewellery & Specimens)

                    

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 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 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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