New England Update 20 April 2021

20 April 2021

This Friday, April 23, is Saint George’s Day, also known as the Feast of Saint George. Amongst many other nations, Saint George is the patron saint of England so we have made English minerals this week’s theme.

Our England selection covers the full length of the country from Weardale and the Caldbeck Fells in the north down to Devon and Cornwall in the south west. For such a relatively small country the geological and mineralogical diversity is staggering and some of this wealth is captured in what we have on offer today. Let’s begin in the north and work south.

Heights mine is well known to most collectors and is famous for its wonderful emerald green Fluorite. Occasionally purple Fluorite is found and this ex-matrix interpenetrant twin displays various shades of purple and lavender Fluorite with superb colour zoning plus areas dusted with drusy micro-crystals of colourless Quartz.

Heading west into Cumbria and to the Caldbeck Fells, Linarite is a classic from the famous Red Gill mine, near the head of Roughton Gill. Electric azure-blue Linarite crystals to 3 mm sit in a vuggy gossan matrix together with acicular micro-botryoidal powder-green Malachite, milky-white Cerussite and pearly-white Calcite crystals. A visit to Caldbeck would not be complete without a Campylite from Dry Gill mine. Campylite is the barrel shaped variety of Mimetite and in this small miniature, deep pumpkin to burnt toffee orange crystals densely cover a hard black matrix of manganese oxides with striking contrast.

Also in Cumbria, but now to the south west of the county, we have a great all-round selection of species from the West Cumbrian Iron Ore Field. These include a beautiful reniform rib of reddish chocolate brown Hematite dusted with micro-crystals of black specular Hematite and a miniature Dalmellington mine Baryte with orange brown complex colour zoned prisms with a superb glassy lustre. There is also a lovely double terminated Quartz, a Hausmannite and two great Calcites, one a nail-head crystal from the Banana Slide Fault Zone in Beckermet mine and a single complex gemmy Calcite crystal from Wyndham mine.

Now well on our way south, Yate quarry in south Gloucestershire produced excellent specimens of the strontium sulphate, Celestine. This excellent cabinet specimen is a mass of 3 to 4 cm tall (and broad) glassy tabular intergrown crystals which grade from pure milky-white to completely colourless towards their terminations.

Let’s end our preview with a whistle-stop tour of Cornwall. Pyromorphite from Wheal Alfred is certainly a Cornish classic, and our two Quartz Amethysts are delightful examples from Wheal Jane near to Truro and Wheal Remfrey China Clay Pit close to St. Austell. A rare specimen for Cornwall is a charming Connellite pseudomorphing after Botallackite from Cligga Head near St. Agnes, a locality where copper bearing veins extend out across the beach from Cligga mine, then disappear beneath the crashing waves of the North Atlantic Ocean.

So, there you have it, many English classics to check out and admire. We even have two beautiful faceted gemmy Fluorites, a bluish emerald-green from Frazer’s Hush and a light sky-blue stone from South Crofty in Cornwall. As Saint George’s Day approaches, take time to look through some of England’s most famous minerals and localities and in doing so, perhaps fill in the odd gap in your British collection.

                                         

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Our recent Live Show about Yellow Minerals is now available to watch.

Presented by Diana and Phil from our showroom in East Coker, the show was originally broadcasted via our Facebook Live page.

To watch the show check out our website article HERE which provides a link to the broadcast as well as some useful links to all of the specimens featured. 

If you have any questions then please don't hesitate to contact us at orders@crystalclassics.co.uk

 

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Author: JH
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