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MINERAL SHOWS|MEET THE TEAM
Ian and Diana Bruce
Crystal Classics East Coker Office
Crystal Classics Tucson Office
FOUNDED 30 years ago by Ian Bruce, Crystal Classics Fine Minerals is a company which rapidly became one of the most respected and pioneering dealerships of high-end mineral specimens in the world.

Right from the beginning, Ian's vision of Crystal Classics was of a company operating at the very highest level and, as its name implies, dealing in classic and historic mineral specimens. With a constant presence at all the important domestic and international mineral shows, Crystal Classics' reputation was soon established, supplying top private collectors and the world's major museums.

Integral to the business has been specimen recovery projects, the first being the reopening of the upper levels at the Tsumeb mine, Namibia, in 1998. Another landmark project was at the El Infierno gold mine, Venezuela, in 2006. Here the famous 'Golden Serpent' wire Native Gold was discovered, without doubt, the join-best wire gold (along with that at Harvard) in the world. This specimen is now part of the Crystal Classics logo.

Crystal Classics' sister company, UK Mining Ventures, was founded in 2017 and continues to produce some of the best ever Fluorite specimens from its Rogerley, Diana Maria and Lady Annabella mines along the Weardale Valley in County Durham, England.

Crystal Classics' newest venture is the Tucson Fine Mineral Gallery in Arizona, USA, which opened to the public in early 2022. This state-of-the-art venue houses Crystal Classics' largest showroom ever, and boasts probably the biggest showcase of classic minerals worldwide.

We are always interested in purchasing 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.

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|MEET THE TEAM|
Ian Bruce

IAN BRUCE

Ian Bruce, owner and founder of Crystal Classics, established the company in 1993. His lifelong passion and understanding of minerals is fundamental to what has made Crystal Classics the success story it has become. Ian's passion for minerals and geology goes back to his childhood, growing up in Devon. Ian is well known on every continent, having established an international clientele of private collectors, worldwide museums, industry and academia. Crystal Classics is now one of the world's leading dealerships in the very finest of mineral specimens.

Diana Bruce

DIANA BRUCE

Diana Bruce, Ian's wife, also has a lifelong connection to minerals. Growing up in the beautiful and historic silver mining region of Erzgebirge in Saxony, Germany, both her grandfather and father were ardent about minerals. Diana is now a joint director of Crystal Classics, its sister company UK Mining Ventures and proudly heads Viridis Gems, an exclusive collection of Fluorite jewellery, designed and cut using the best gem quality crystals extracted primarily from the Diana Maria mine in County Durham, England.

Debbie Boyer

DEBBIE BOYER

Debbie worked for Crystal Classics part-time as our book keeper for 6 years until 2014 when she joined the Company fulltime. In January 2015 she became the Office Manager and deals with all the day to day running of the office, as well as Finance and HR issues for the company. Debbie can be contacted via debbie@crystalclassics.co.uk

Phil Taylor

PHIL TAYLOR

Phil joined us in 2017 as a mineralogical assistant. Phil can be contacted via phil@crystalclassics.co.uk

Tom Costes

TOM COSTES

Tom joined us in 2018 as a mineralogical assistant to help Phil. Tom can be contacted via tom@crystalclassics.co.uk

Alil Salter

ALI SALTER

Ali is the office administrator. Ali looks after all website orders and all general administration for the Company. Ali can be contacted via ali@ crystalclassics.co.uk