New Weardale Fluorite Update 04 December 2020

4 December 2020

Building up to next week’s British update in association with our Winter Open Weekend (12th and 13th December), we have chosen Weardale Fluorite for this week’s updates. With seasonal gifts in mind, we showcased some of the beautiful green Fluorite jewellery from the Diana Maria mine on Tuesday, which proved extremely popular, and today we return to specimens. Our Friday selection is a wide range of yellow Fluorite from the new Lady Annabella mine which began specimen recovery operations in July 2020 within the former Eastgate Quarry, previously known as Blue Circle Cement Quarry.

Fluorite from this quarry has become famous amongst collectors for its wide range of colours, colour variations and zonation. In just its first five months of operation, the Lady Annabella mine has produced a magnificent range of Fluorite specimens, many of which are colour variants and mixtures never seen at this locality. Our selection today concentrates on yellow Fluorite, all from The Bull Vein, this being the primary source of mineralisation in this part of the quarry. This vein is complex and where highly characteristic Fluorite has been found in localised areas along its length, these have been given pocket names, Sherry Twins and Harvest for example.

To offer a flavour of today’s choices, let’s begin with a beautiful 2.2 cm elongated cubic Fluorite crystal from The Bull Vein. This and its much smaller interpenetrant twin, are gemmy and nestle on a bed of darker pale-yellow rimmed smoky-grey Fluorite. The twin is lemon-yellow, although it picks-up darker accents from the surrounding crystals and matrix to produce a complex shift of smoky-yellows as the specimen is rotated.

From the Sherry Twins pocket, we have a spectacular cabinet specimen with a single elongated Fluorite crystal measuring 4.8 x 3.5 x 2.7 cm, embedded at 45 degrees in a curved bed of translucent cloudy lilac and white Fluorite crystals. The large crystal is a rich caramel-sherry with broad lavender zoned-bands around its edges. These naturally fluoresce a brighter mauve-lavender in direct daylight.

Then for something quite different, from the Harvest Pocket, translucent straw-yellow cubic Fluorite crystals to 2 cm are partly-overgrowth with drusy cream Calcite. Perched on top is an up-turned spray of opaque, off-cream and tan Calcite crystals, forming a “duck’s foot” array of splayed crystals to 8 cm long.

Among the other Fluorites offered today are many which display superb colour zoning in combination with the yellow crystals. Zoned crystals can contain bands in shades of purple, mauve, lilac and lavender as well as sea-green, blue and golden yellow. The selection is tremendous and we feel sure there are many variants that will contribute something completely new to your collection.

We will be taking a break next Tuesday and Friday while preparing for our Bumper British Update, going live at 10 am on Saturday morning, 12th December, to coincide with doors opening for the Crystal Classics Winter Open Weekend here in East Coker. Due to various changes in Covid-19 regulations, a few places have now become available should you wish to attend. If so, please contact debbie@crystalclassics.co.uk to make arranges and check on available time slots.

                           

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

Our 2020 Winter Open Day takes place on SATURDAY, DECEMBER 12 and SUNDAY, DECEMBER 13 (subject to change).

We still have limited places available. It’s first come, first serve, so to ensure your place please contact Debbie (deadline for applications is today - 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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