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Crystal Twins and the Northern English Mines

Registered member since 30th Jan 2011

Ru Smith has uploaded:
133 Mineral Photos
My main mineralogical interests are:

1) the minerals of northern England, in part due to a family connection with the Westgarth Forsters (Westgarth the elder was my great-great-great-great grandfather), and

2) the phenomenon of crystal twinning (

The story behind the Northern England collection can be found here:

A blog on Westgarth Forster and the northern England minerals can be found here:

I would highlight the stories on the 1818 green fluorites from Middlehope Shields ( ); the 1888 find of Egremont calcite twins ( ); and the Allenheads fluorites (


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