Steve is well known to the mineral collecting community in the UK and through his work at Crystal Classics in Somerset. Over the past 45 years, his relentless fieldwork has resulted in many new discoveries in both species and topographic mineralogy.
Steve began collecting with his brother Don from a young age and together they wrote detailed accounts of their finds and observations in early publications, such as Mineral Realm. One such article detailed their discoveries in the disused Milltown Quarry in Derbyshire in the early 1980s which were destined to become the type specimens for the minerals Ashoverite and Sweetie. In 2008, Steve discovered a mineral new to science in Ceredigion, a lead-copper thiosulphate which was named Steverustite in his honour.
Steve is a recognised expert in visual mineral identification and focus-stacking digital photography and is currently working on his new book, The Mineralogy of Frongoch Mine. He commands an amazing knowledge of British mineralogy as well as the Larium-Karamiza mining district in Greece. He is also a regular contributor and administrator to Mindat, an essential database and website for mineralogists.