Natural Iron Pyrites in Matrix Iron Pyrites in Natural Limestone Matrix Fossilised Shrimp Plaque Labradorite Pendant Rainbow Pyritised Ammonite


I am puzzled … I was looking at some of the prices achieved at auctions where, occasionally, minerals and fossils were featured. Some of the prices are extraordinarily high compared […]


Trilobites – Charlotte’s Stock Picks

I find trilobites just fascinating, not least that they did not become extinct as such but evolved over hundreds of millions of years – they are actually from the same […]

HAC at Ham House for Polo, Picnics, and Parades

I know, I know, we said that we weren’t going to do any more shows and exhibitions, but this one is very local, friendly, and a really good day out, […]

Citrine – Charlotte’s Stock Picks

I am very lucky to have, as part of my stock, two beautiful double terminated Citrine crystals – they are just such subtle, pale yellow, quartz crystals. The name comes, […]

Rose Quartz – Charlotte’s Stock Picks

Rose Quartz is such a soft pink coloured stone that I like it best in its natural form. However, I do have to admit to having two tiny polished eggs […]

Fossilised Shrimp Plaque – Charlotte’s Stock Picks

I think that this is one of the most amazing examples of fossilised shrimps that I have ever seen.  So often the antennae and legs do not survive to fossilisation […]

Dendrites – Charlotte’s Stock Picks

These are just wonderful mini-landscapes; amazing pictures created by nature often referred to as “fossil tree ferns” and I think they are absolutely fascinating. Dendritic crystal growth is what they […]

Attempting to visit the Famous Fossil Museum at Monte San Giorgio in Italy

Having been fortunate enough to be in Switzerland for a few days ( we were in Le Bouveret, Port Valais on Lake Geneva) we were quite “close” to the Italian […]

Stephen Perse Foundation Cabinet of Curiosities

I was this month delighted to be invited to the opening of the new Senior School Library at the Stephen Perse Foundation in Cambridge. The room which has been converted […]

The Twelve Days of Christmas

Well it’s that time again ! We have, at least, this year managed to restrain ourselves until the very end of October.  Now, with the doormat invisible underneath piles of […]