Phil's Picks

I have been collecting minerals since I was about 6 years old, picking pyrite crystals out of an outcrop behind my parent's house near Stockholm, Sweden, where I was born. After moving to the US in 1993 and eventually settling near Franklin, New Jersey, I took a fated trip to the Franklin Mineral Museum and saw the fluorescent mineral exhibit, and the rest is history. Soon to my parents display our entire basement was full of local fluorescent minerals and UV lamps, and I was volunteering and working at the local museums every chance I got. I started selling minerals on eBay during it's early days in the late 90's and early 2000's, and found I could build my own mineral collection by selling thing I self-collected around Franklin to collectors around the world online. After moving to Colorado in 2005, I obtained a BA in geology from the University of Colorado in 2012, followed by a masters degree in geology with a focus on petrology and geochemistry from the Colorado School of Mines in May of 2017.

For me, there are multiple aspects to what makes a mineral desirable or exceptional. Aesthetics are obviously important, as in a lack of damage to the specimen. Being a geologist however, I am also influenced by geochemistry and rarity- I like knowing the chemical formula of a mineral; it's crystal system, how common it is and why it may only occur at a few localities worldwide. While some collectors choose to specialize, I consider myself more of a generalist, appreciation both the rare and arcane as well as the colorful beauties some might call "trophy rocks." The following gallery is a sampling of some minerals from our large inventory here at Collector's Edge which would have a place of honor in my own collection and which I would like to offer to you. 

   -Phil Persson