Aladdin’s cave of crystals on show at annual event

Sussex Mineral and Lapidary Society's annual event was held in Haywards Heath SUS-151127-105937001
Sussex Mineral and Lapidary Society's annual event was held in Haywards Heath SUS-151127-105937001

The 32nd annual Sussex Mineral Show was held in Clair Hall, Haywards Heath organised by the Sussex Mineral and Lapidary Society on Saturday November 14.

It provided an opportunity for over 500 visitors to see and possibly purchase natural crystals of, for example, purple amethyst, green malachite, clear quartz, blue azurite and gold. The halls looked like an Aladdin’s cave with the lights sparkling on the crystal faces.

Unlike most the Mineral Shows in the UK, this event goes way beyond the selling of natural crystals, gems and fossils.

There is a competition where five people are invited to mount a display.

This year two entries were by local people from Burgess Hill: Don Ford put on a display of cut and polished local flints including some flint butterflies while Joy Barratt put on a display of cut and polished potato stones from the Mendip Hills in SW England.

There were two major displays, one on Amber another on “Microminerals” the latter allowing our visitors to peer down a stereomicroscope and see the most beautiful and perfect mineral crystals.

There were three 30 minutes talks in the adjoining Redwood Centre on Tyrannosaurus Rex, Amber and Black Smokers and a children’s workshop in one of the dressing rooms, where visitors could pan for gold. In another blacked-out dressing room there was a display of rocks and minerals which glowed in a magical array of different colours when exposed to ultra violet light

We were delighted that the mayor of Haywards Heath, Cllr Mr Sujan Wickremaratchi accompanied by his wife, welcomed the show to Haywards Heath and presented a trophy to this year’s competition winner, Steve Warren.

Next year the show will be at Clair Hall on Saturday November 12. Do join us.

Visit www.sussexmineralandlapidarysociety.org.uk

Report and pictures contributed by the Sussex Mineral and Lapidary Society.