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Congratulations to Steve Rust on winning the Marsh Award for Mineralogy 2018

Last Updated: 16th Jan 2019

By Roy Starkey

Steve Rust will be well-known to many Mindat enthusiasts and we join in congratulating him on winning the prestigious Marsh Award for Mineralogy 2018, presented this afternoon at an award ceremony at the Natural History Museum in London.

Steve Rust (L) receiving the Marsh Award for Mineralogy 2018 from Brian Marsh

Steve has been a mineral collector for around fifty years, and his abilities for spotting the rare and unusual are legendary. He has a string of new minerals to his credit, and a number of British first occurrences.

In the 1980s Steve discovered a number of unusual phases in a disused quarry in Derbyshire
Milltown Quarry, Milltown, Ashover, Derbyshire, England, UK

Two of these were later described as the new minerals ashoverite and sweetite



The mineral steverustite, a new thiosulphate mineral from the Frongoch Mine Dump, Devils Bridge, Ceredigion, Wales, was named in his honour.

He has contributed more than 150 specimens to the BMS reference collection
see http://britishmicromountsociety.homestead.com/BMSReferenceCollection.html)

Steve has been working as a member of the team at Crystal Classics since 2011 where his expertise as an expert on rare and unusual minerals has been of great value. Steve is perhaps best known as a master of photographing the very small, and numerous of his images grace various websites.

He is an active member of the Collectors of British Minerals Facebook Group https://www.facebook.com/groups/440395436066794/permalink/1135840503188947/ and also the British Micromount Society Facebook Group https://scontent-lhr3-1.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/fr/cp0/e15/q65/37995389_222751658572498_4544974254218674176_o.jpg?_nc_cat=105&_nc_ht=scontent-lhr3-1.xx&oh=0dfd65a652120fe848149e12bcda523a&oe=5CC74CA0


Here are a couple of his wonderful images

Steve is currently working on a book on the minerals of Frongoch Mine – it promises to be a real treat!
Well done Steve and many congratulations from all your friends in the mineral collecting world!

To find out more about the Marsh Award for Mineralogy, and the award for the Best Earth Science Book check out the NHM web page here http://www.nhm.ac.uk/events/the-marsh-awards-for-palaeontology-mineralogy-earth-sciences-book.html

You can download a nomination form now and start thinking about who you would like to propose for the 2019 awards - no need to wait until the closing date! Good luck.

Additional link added 16 January 2019 https://www.crystalclassics.co.uk/news/554/steve-rust-wins-the-2018-marsh-award-for-mineralogy/

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