December 2015 update adds seventy new specimens for sale to Steetley Minerals from around the world but with the emphasis on the United Kingdom. Many of these are drawn from two collections acquired by us and some from my own collection.
The Bloch Collection was put together by David and Peggy Bloch originally from Switzerland but who
for most of their lives lived in San Francisco. Members of the San Francisco Gem and Mineral Society,
they started collecting in 1970 and over the next 30 years they amassed an extensive worldwide collection particularly strong 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 special fondness for agates and had some choice Laguna pieces.
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 1970s he took a job as a miner at Geevor in Cornwall. He had a fine eye for aesthetics, 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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