Crystal Classics is one of the premier sources for classic mineral specimens and rare mineral specimens online and worldwide. We pride ourselves on our fast and personal service, and nothing pleases us more than a satisfied customer and the joy they will get from adding to their mineral collection.
Browse through our site, or search for minerals for sale. The website is regularly updated with new mineral specimens - from Tsumeb specimens to UK minerals - we have something for every collector! Or if you are interested in selling your mineral collection, please contact us. more....
EUROPEAN LEADERS IN FINE MINERALS
Crystal Classics is one of the best known sources for fine and rare mineral specimens worldwide. Our highly skilled team of mineralogists travel the world to bring the best of new finds from working mines and also the finest classic minerals from old collections. We have supplied the world’s top private collectors and Natural History Museums with the best specimens that came to the market since 1990.
Crystal Classics’ purpose-built offices are based in the beautiful county of Somerset in Southern England (about 2.5 hours drive southwest of London) in the ancient village of East Coker. We have a very extensive selection of minerals for viewing at our showrooms, and a state of the art mineral preparation (trimming and cleaning) laboratory. Our selection of fine minerals is certainly the largest in Europe. Please visit us in East Coker at our showrooms, open from 9am to 5pm Monday to Friday.
Crystal Classics Offices
Some of our international Museum customers include: The Natural History Museum in London, England; The Sorbonne Museum in Paris, France; The Museé d’histoire natural in Paris, France; The South Australian Museum; The Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC, USA; The Houston Museum of Natural Science, Texas, USA; The Carnegie Museum of Natural History, Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Los Angeles County Museum, LA, California, USA, NY, USA; and the Royal Ontario Museum, Canada. These Museums hold an important position in the world of fine minerals. We are also pleased to have been involved in many exhibitions at Museums including the Natural History Museum in London, England. Museums form only a small portion of our clients, we are pleased to include customers from the world’s finest private collectors to fledgling enthusiasts.
Crystal Classics have been involved in the purchase and dispersal of many of the major mineral collections to come on the market in recent times, and have handled some of the world’s finest mineral treasures over the last decades. Crystal Classics has dealt with dozens of collections including The Academy of Natural Sciences, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania - over 20,000 specimens (PA, USA); the Martin Zinn III Collection (USA); the Karlheinz Grosch Tsumeb Collection (Germany) and the exquisite Helmut Heuser Collection (Germany).We are always interested to acquire new individual specimens or whole collections, and are instant cash buyers – please contact us to appraise any items you may wish to sell. We buy a major part of all collections coming to the market worldwide.
Crystal Classics show room
Our website (www.crystalclassics.co.uk ) is well known and very extensive, providing a successful way for customers to view and purchase minerals. The website is very easy to use with thousands of fine mineral specimens available online at all times. We update our specimens weekly with new and exciting items, and have a very active online news section which reports on all major events in the mineral world and has gained quite a following.
You can meet us in person at all major mineral shows worldwide:
Ian Bruce formed Crystal Classics in 1990 fuelled by a lifelong passion for collecting minerals and an unquenchable fascination with their form, beauty and sheer rarity. From the age of four Ian was captivated by minerals and has collected them ever since he can remember. Graduating from the University of Wales, Cardiff with an Honors degree in Exploration and Mining Geology, Ian has an unusually strong understanding of mineralogy. During the years 1998 to 2000 Ian was heavily involved in the attempts to reopen the famous Tsumeb mine to recover mineral specimens, but the team was beaten due to the back filling of the upper levels by the former Tsumeb Corporation.
Ian travels the globe extensively in a relentless quest for the finest minerals, he is well known on every continent for his fine taste and knowledge of rare minerals. In 2013 a new discovered mineral from the Tsumeb mine was named in Ian’s honour and the small blue crystals associated with Leiteite were named Ianbruceite (A zinc arsenate).
Ian Bruce and Diana Schlegel
Ian works endlessly to locate the finest minerals – if you have a fine specimen or collection you wish to offer, please email him at firstname.lastname@example.org
Ian on one of his many travels sourcing new minerals.
Diana Schlegel discovered her love for minerals at a very young age and was bought up collecting minerals and attending mineral shows all over Germany. Her parents and grandparents are well known and highly respected mineral dealers and collectors in the ancient Saxony mining region of Germany. Diana runs the German part of the website and is present at all the shows. All German speaking enquiries can be made directly to her at email@example.com.
Steve Rust has spent a lifetime collecting minerals and is a very regular contributor to Mindat.org. He has very strong mineral identification skills and is a specialist in rare minerals. Steve has discovered several new minerals, including one named in his honour – Steverustite. Steve helps prepare specimens for sale on the Internet and at shows.
Dave Whipp grew up with a love of minerals, achieving qualifications in Geology and a Diploma in Gemology, and has been dealing in minerals and gemstones for nearly a decade. He is in charge of European sales, successfully helping customers find the right specimen to add to their collection. If you have any particular wants, please let Dave know by contacting him through our website - by clicking here
Alison Salter joined Crystal Classics in 2012 and is "new" to the mineral world but is quickly learning all about it. Ali helps Steve with the website, taking care of your book and magazine orders, and is the office administrator, keeping everything running smoothly and keeping us all on track!
Debbie Boyer came on board full time for Crystal Classics in the beginning of 2014. She manages all our stock and is the bookkeeper of the company. Debbie is also new to the world of minerals but enjoys the shows and our annual Open Day.
Pos is responsible for the logistics of the shows and also features heavily at all the shows. He can be seen busily sorting all the minerals and associated supplies to keep everything running smoothly.
Dave and Liz Hacker (English dealers specializing in Northern England minerals); that often help us out at mineral shows.
David and Liz Hacker
Dave Spiller (owner of Natural Wonders based in Swanage, England) who often helps us at mineral shows all over the globe.
Longevity, honesty, integrity, knowledge, communication, trustworthiness and reputation.....a perfect combination! If you wish to build a serious mineral collection or have fine single specimens or a collection for sale, please contact us first.
Liam Schofield is the newest member of the Crystal Classics team and looks after the IT infrastructure and websites.
Liam brings a wealth of knowledge from time as a Project Manager and Software Consultant. He has also collected minerals since a young age, amassing a large collection of mineral species from around the world.
The Crystal Classics Team
Crystal Classics Fine Minerals Limited
No.1, The Old Coach Yard, East Coker, Somerset, England, UK, BA22 9HY
Tel: +44 1935 862673+44 1935 862673