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Oxford Mineral Show - March 2011

Last Updated: 22nd Nov 2014

By Jolyon & Katya Ralph

Oxford Mineral Show 2011

I've just come back from the small but popular UK mineral show in Oxford. Here are a few photos from today.

Oxford Mineral Show

Mike Brooke from Broadstone Minerals

Mike Brooke

This specimen highlights an interesting problem. It is a cassiterite from the old region of 'Zinnwald' - however
this region now spans across parts of modern-day Germany and the Czech Republic. So which country hierarchy do we put it in? At the moment, neither. We're working on this problem - but it might take some time. In the meantime, you can still enjoy the photo.

Cassiterite from the Zinnwald region

And another nice European classic, Axinite-(Fe) on Quartz from Bourg d'Oissans, France.

Axinite on Quartz - Broadstone specimen

A selection of specimens from Ralph Sutcliffe.

A selection of specimens from Ralph Sutcliffe

This next specimen is a terrific old yellow fluorite with characteristic ankerite from the Jug Vein, Brownley Hill Mine, Cumbria.

Fluorite from Jug Vein, Brownley Hill Mine. Ralph Sutcliffe specimen

And a fabulous piece of cerussite from the Redburn Mine in Co. Durham.

Cerussite from Redburn Mine

This crystal of caledonite, as the label states, dates back to the late 1700s, from the Susanna Mine in the Leadhills, Scotland.

Caledonite crystal

And an excellent mineral fake, now an antique. This constructed specimen of apatite on quartz/muscovite was one of many that were sold to unsuspecting tourists in Keswick during Victorian times (mid to late 1800s)

Fake apatite in matrix

But my favorite of his pieces were, unusually for me, these two cut fluorites from Devon, from very old material - beautiful!

Fluorite from Devon

Fluorite from Devon

Next, Ian Jones of Unity Minerals

Ian Jones

A large group of Sphalerite crystals from the Mogul Mine in the Republic of Ireland.

Sphalerite from Mogul

This Northern English calcite with pyrite wasn't itself particularly spectacular...

Calcite with Pyrite

... however it came with a fantastic old label on the bottom!

Label on the bottom

Here is Peter Nancarrow looking at specimens on Brian Lloyd's table.

Brian Lloyd's table

A baddeleyite from South Africa. Not a mineral you see every day. It wasn't expensive, so this one came home with me.

Now in my collection

Liz and Dave Hacker were at the show as usual.

Liz and Dave Hacker

They had this beautiful Les Farges pyromorphite


And this lovely English calcite


Taranis Minerals had a beautiful display, and plenty of very nice inexpensive but aesthetic minerals.


Libethenite from Portugal - Taranis Minerals specimen

Another view of the hall

Austin Woodbridge helping out on Richard Tayler's table

Ross Whittaker had a find of new Fluorite and Quartz from the West Pastures mine in Weardale, Co.Durham.

West Pastures Fluorite

An example of one of the pieces

Not to be outdone, John and Robert Lawson also had this deep green fluorite with quartz from the Swinehope Head Mine in Weardale, collected last summer.

Fluorite from Swinehope Head Mine

Cornish dealer Nick Carruth had a lovely Wulfenite from the Defiance Mine, Arizona.

Wulfenite from the Definace Mine, Arizona

And Neil Hubbard, from Midland Minerals, had this horribly ugly but historic "retinite" from Devon.

'retinite' from Devon

Finally, Paul Lowe, who organizes the show, also finds time to sell minerals, and had some English classics

Mimetite (var: Campylite) from Dry Gill, Caldbeck Fells, Cumbria

Gold from Hope's Nose, Devon

There will be three more Oxford mineral shows this year. The dates are: 15th May, 3rd July and 4th December. For more information visit

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Joylon, yes with Zinnwald is it maybe problem, but it can't be divided into two localities, eg the main shaft in Czech Republic is connected with shaft in Germany. And how you can decide if old pieces are from Czech or Germany?

Jan Čermák
15th Mar 2011 4:08pm
A really nice report! I like the "Old Style" of some labels, in fact i made my labels with a typewriter from the 60's.


Steffan Giadach Axt
30th Mar 2011 5:47am

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