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 Post subject: Mineral master pieces
PostPosted: Mon Aug 31, 2009 2:14 pm 
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Let's please our eyes with the very best mineral specimens around!

Sculptural pieces only!


http://www.carionmineraux.com/tucson/tu ... _top_1.jpg
Electric aurora (aquamarine on albite, Pakistan)

https://www.exceptionalminerals.com/DEN ... iamix3.jpg
Dreamscape (basalt geode with blue chalcedony, calcite and mordenite bobbles, India)

https://www.exceptionalminerals.com/TUC415amysmoky.jpg
The four towers (amazonite crystals and smoky quartz on cleavelandite, USA)

https://www.mindat.org/photo-987839.html
City of Blue (celestine, USA)

https://www.exceptionalminerals.com/DEN ... silver.jpg
The old tree (native silver wires on acanthite, Germany)

https://i.dailymail.co.uk/i/pix/2014/05 ... 34x669.jpg
Stardust (opal, USA)

https://i.pinimg.com/originals/00/9d/5b ... 118458.jpg
Meditative rose (calcite on fluorite, China)

Will add more later on...stay tuned!


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PostPosted: Mon Aug 31, 2009 2:37 pm 
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Incredible. Absolutely incredible.

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The Burning Bush (crystallized native gold on quartz, USA)


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sweet! also check irocks.com and go to the the vault..dum..dum.duuummmm

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Morning dew (Smithonite and hemimorphite, Mexico)


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The ones I can see are wicked cascaillou.
Love the silver tree.

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:D really nice specimens, cascaillou!! love the 2nd specimen pictured in your posting.


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this geode is my favourite too.
I also like the celestine, it's like a contemporary art piece.


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:shock: Wow these are fantastic :shock:


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What happened to the one with "grass" growing on it? I loved that one!

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The cliff (pyromorphite on baryte, France)


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I go to The Arkenstone to drool sometimes... I wish I had money. :(


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so do I, but I think one can build up a good collection for reasonable amount of money, even though that will require more time and personal investment than if you had the big money. The point is to buy small-sized specimens, but choosing these wisely (which means you must first see many many so you will be buying the one that has something more). To choose wisely is not that easy.

Actually, I've seen many big gemmy and amazingly colorful crystal clusters of very high quality that didn't have that 'something more', despite their formal perfection and size.

The idea is to choose specimens that have some "prestance", so you won't disregard them when it's time to confront them to museum pieces.
I believe that a modest specimen that has great charm (along with some real qualities in the mineralogical point of view, of course) will do well facing the thousand dollar ones.
Also, IMHO good specimens should be free of any damage (no cracks or scratches)

Personally, I got sick with spending too much money on minerals that I could grow tired of a few years later. Therefore I decided to stick to the ones I do collect myself in the wild. These are not spectacular, but they have a better place in my heart.
However I encountered a frustration even bigger than the money issue: the lack of time for prospecting...pfff life is a bitch

...this beeing said I'd still love to buy this basalt geode back :smt055


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These are brilliant, works of art. :P

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Wow, that "grassy cliff" looks like a Japanese work of art! :!:

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