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Building a Great Mineral Collection on a Budget

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Building a Great Mineral Collection on a Budget

How to build a great mineral collection on a budget!   By Phil Persson   Mineral collecting is one of the greatest hobbies in the world. I often find that the word ‘hobby’ seems inadequate for what is a lifelong, all-consuming passion for many collectors. There are many ways of acquiring minerals. Some people are die-hard field collectors and their collections reflect many hundreds of hours swinging hammers and chiseling outcrops; traveling mine-to-mine in search of fine mineral specimens to add to their cabinets. Others attend club meetings, field trips, local rock swaps, and silent auctions where they might spend...

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Phil's Top Ten Mineral Localities of the World

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Phil's Top Ten Mineral Localities of the World

The Top Ten Mineral Localities on Earth   By Phil Persson   I have often had collectors ask me what localities I consider to be 'important' or 'world-class' as far as diversity, quality and quantity of minerals, and I've also spent much time pondering this question myself. In the end, the answer is highly subjective, depending on the person’s interests and experience in mineralogy and what drives them as collectors. There are 'mineralogical rainforests' such as Mont Saint Hilaire, Canada or Russia's Kola Peninsula which, while not well-known for large aesthetic crystallized specimens, host an incredible diversity of mineral species-...

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