This latest update includes over 100 new minerals added to Steetley Minerals from around the world but with the emphasis being on the United Kingdom. Many of these specimens are drawn from two collection acquired by us.
The Bloch Collection was put together by David and Peggy Bloch originally from Switzerland but for
most of their lives lived in San Francisco and were members of the San Francisco Gem and Mineral Society. They started collecting in 1970 and for the next 30 or so years they put together an extensive worldwide collection with the emphasis on New World and Swiss minerals. Eventually they retired to England living in Yorkshire. As well as being a fine mineral collection they had a particularly fondness for agates and had an extensive Laguna collection.
David Melville was a well known collector originally living in Cornwall and later in the North of England. His special interest was cassiterite so much that in the 1970’s he took a job as a miner at Geevor mine in Cornwall. He had a fine eye for aesthetics in minerals, his collection containing many beautiful pieces from around the world. He collected in the mines and quarries of the North of England and put together a particularly fine Coldstones collection.
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