Minerals, Crystals & Fossils
Some of the larger items in the collection
Introduction to my Collecting
It all started with a small gift from my seven year old
sister. She had been on her first school trip and she used her
spending money to buy everyone a small gift. My gift was a rock sample
pictured on the right in a display box which
obviously had some sentimental value.
Nothing more happened for a number of years then purely by chance I
came across a stall at an event I was attending and they had a few
similar mineral and crystal samples for sale and I bought a few, my
collection had started.
My small collection was put on display in a prominent position in the
room, a few friends noticed it and quite soon people were bringing me
gifts of rocks and crystals whenever it was my birthday, Christmas or
when they came back from their holidays. My collection was starting to
grow and was attracting even more attention then ever before. Once I
realised that I had all the makings of a real collection I began to
look around to add to the collection myself, I even purchased a few
books on the subject so that I might be able to identify the unknown
samples in my fast growing collection. Then one day while out on my
bike I called in at a small shop in Haworth (Bronte country) and I
simply couldn't believe my eyes, there in front of me was the largest
collection of fossils minerals and crystals that I had ever seen, and
they were all for sale.
to say but this became a very regular journey for me to make and I
would regularly bring home five or six new samples on a weekly basis.
This caused a small problem, my collection was now so large that it
could no longer be displayed properly in it's original location, so I
made several areas available for the collection and built some
shelving for it all.
Things have gone on like this now for the last several years and there
is no sign of any slow down although I am now becoming more selective
and have a few target specimens in mind although chance purchases
still occur with great regularity.
The latest addition to my collection is a gold nugget
pictured on the left given to me just this Christmas by
Michelle, it had been a long standing target specimen of mine and one
that I was beginning to think that I'd never actually get after
spending so much time looking for one over the last few years. So here
are my oldest and newest parts of my collection, but there is plenty
more in between.
These are some of the
many samples in the collection. The top row is mainly precious and
semi precious stones and includes diamonds (well one anyway),
rubies, emeralds, sapphires, opal, garnet, gold ect.
row is for the more brightly coloured minerals ( yes I know, not
very scientific, but it looks nice.) and includes Turquoise, Lapis
Lazuli, Amazon Stone, Snowflake Obsidian, Jade, Jasper and far to
many more to list them all.
The third row is mainly the various colours of Quartz, such as
Citrine, Amethyst, along with some Quartz look a likes.
Forth row is reserved for the 'violent' rocks, Meteorites,
volcanic rocks ect.
The collection also includes a selection of metallic ores which