Minerals

The brilliance of minerals makes them cherished components of many collectors' caches. Many collectors are also fascinated by the wonder of their natural occurrence. The study and appreciation of minerals, along with their use in precious jewelry, has encouraged further collection of minerals while also advancing understanding of the dynamism of geologic history.

Great writers of the ancient world from China to Greece spoke of the brilliance and diversity of minerals and gemstones. These early innovators laid the groundwork for classification and crystallography, but it was not until the 16th century that the science of mineralogy was codified. This development was thanks to German scientist Georg Bauer who used the growing practice of mining in his native region to begin identifying different types and characteristics of minerals.

New minerals emerged over the subsequent generations. American mineralogist James Dwight Dana's pivotal 19th century text on minerals and their properties revolutionized mineralogy around the globe. Today, scientists continue to study minerals for both their properties and potential, while collectors clamor for brilliant specimens of the planet's most beautiful products.


Quick Facts

  • More than 3,000 types of minerals have been identified so far on planet Earth
  • The planet's most prevalent mineral is quartz. Painite, a borate mineral named for discoverer Arthur Pain, is considered the rarest
  • Minerals are identifiable by their crystalline structure. Though all minerals are inorganic, these crystals are equivalent to DNA

Recommended Items at Auction

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Antique silver plate three bottle tantalus wide 36 cm. (14.17 in.)
Oct 18, 7:00 PM AEDT
Antique silver plate three bottle tantalus wide 36 cm. (14.17 in.)
by Bargain Hunt Auctions
Est: AUD0- AUD0
AUD70034 Bids
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LOT OF STONES
Oct 19, 12:00 PM EDT
LOT OF STONES
by Aether Auctions
Est: $0- $0
$7024 Bids
Group of 3 assorted Barbie Fashion Dolls
Oct 23, 9:00 AM CDT
Group of 3 assorted Barbie Fashion Dolls
by Matthew Bullock Auctioneers
Est: $30- $300
$11010 Bids
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LOT OF ROCKS
Oct 19, 12:00 PM EDT
LOT OF ROCKS
by Aether Auctions
Est: $0- $0
$4410 Bids
JUDITH LEIBER Crystal Chatelaine Minaudiere, Tags
Oct 20, 10:00 AM EDT
JUDITH LEIBER Crystal Chatelaine Minaudiere, Tags
by The Benefit Shop Foundation Inc
Est: $1,000- $3,000
$22510 Bids
Theo Fabergé Dragon Egg St. Petersburg Collection
Oct 23, 12:00 PM EDT
Theo Fabergé Dragon Egg St. Petersburg Collection
by Hess Fine Art
Est: $100- $10,000
$2009 Bids
Vntg JUDITH LEIBER Black Croc Mini Purse W/ Tag
Oct 20, 10:00 AM EDT
Vntg JUDITH LEIBER Black Croc Mini Purse W/ Tag
by The Benefit Shop Foundation Inc
Est: $50- $200
$408 Bids
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STEUBEN AURENE IRIDESCENT RIBBED FLARED VASE
Nov 07, 9:00 AM MST
STEUBEN AURENE IRIDESCENT RIBBED FLARED VASE
by Bradford's
Est: $0- $0
$758 Bids
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MOSER AMBER IKEBANA AURA HAND CUT GLASS BOWL
Nov 07, 9:00 AM MST
MOSER AMBER IKEBANA AURA HAND CUT GLASS BOWL
by Bradford's
Est: $0- $0
$1707 Bids
JUDITH LEIBER Hematite Eggplant Minaudiere, Tags
Oct 20, 10:00 AM EDT
JUDITH LEIBER Hematite Eggplant Minaudiere, Tags
by The Benefit Shop Foundation Inc
Est: $500- $2,000
$2257 Bids
Theo Fabergé Spring Egg St. Petersburg Collection
Oct 23, 12:00 PM EDT
Theo Fabergé Spring Egg St. Petersburg Collection
by Hess Fine Art
Est: $100- $10,000
$406 Bids
Theo Fabergé Four Seasons Egg St. Petersburg Collection
Oct 23, 12:00 PM EDT
Theo Fabergé Four Seasons Egg St. Petersburg Collection
by Hess Fine Art
Est: $100- $10,000
$706 Bids
Theo Fabergé Devils Egg St. Petersburg Collection
Oct 23, 12:00 PM EDT
Theo Fabergé Devils Egg St. Petersburg Collection
by Hess Fine Art
Est: $100- $10,000
$806 Bids
Tiffany & Co. 18K Gold Pocket Watch
Oct 23, 11:00 AM EDT
Tiffany & Co. 18K Gold Pocket Watch
by Fontaine's Auction Gallery
Est: $400- $600
$5505 Bids
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Large Clear Gem Stone Ball
Oct 23, 11:00 AM PDT
Large Clear Gem Stone Ball
by Wealthier Art & Auction
Est: $100- $120
$405 Bids
Box Lot of Rocks and Minerals
Oct 20, 11:00 AM EDT
Box Lot of Rocks and Minerals
by Bodnar's Auction Sales
Est: $75- $150
$305 Bids
JUDITH LEIBER Crystal Minaudiere W/ Tags & Org Box
Oct 20, 10:00 AM EDT
JUDITH LEIBER Crystal Minaudiere W/ Tags & Org Box
by The Benefit Shop Foundation Inc
Est: $200- $800
$254 Bids
Vntg JUDITH LEIBER Olive Green Crystal Purse, Tags
Oct 20, 10:00 AM EDT
Vntg JUDITH LEIBER Olive Green Crystal Purse, Tags
by The Benefit Shop Foundation Inc
Est: $500- $2,000
$604 Bids
Vntg JUDITH LEIBER Abstract Crystal Purse, Bag
Oct 20, 10:00 AM EDT
Vntg JUDITH LEIBER Abstract Crystal Purse, Bag
by The Benefit Shop Foundation Inc
Est: $1,000- $2,500
$2254 Bids
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6PC MOSER SPLENDID PLATINUM TRIMMED WATER GLASSES
Nov 07, 9:00 AM MST
6PC MOSER SPLENDID PLATINUM TRIMMED WATER GLASSES
by Bradford's
Est: $0- $0
$504 Bids
12 Glass Christmas Trees, 6 Baccarat Crystal, 3 Murano (one has chip at top), Daum and 2 Lenox, 12 1/2"h tallest, 3 1/2"h smallest
Oct 19, 4:00 PM EDT
12 Glass Christmas Trees, 6 Baccarat Crystal, 3 Murano (one has chip at top), Daum and 2 Lenox, 12 1/2"h tallest, 3 1/2"h smallest
by Bill Hood & Sons Arts & Antiques Auctions
Est: $50- $100
$1504 Bids
14K Gold Rough Pearl & Emerald Ring
Nov 03, 10:00 AM CDT
14K Gold Rough Pearl & Emerald Ring
by Revere Auctions
Est: $1,500- $3,000
$1804 Bids
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Clear Tourmaline Gem Stones
Oct 23, 11:00 AM PDT
Clear Tourmaline Gem Stones
by Wealthier Art & Auction
Est: $50- $60
$203 Bids
Mixed Assortment of Loose Stones and Minerals
Oct 27, 12:00 PM EDT
Mixed Assortment of Loose Stones and Minerals
by C Biddle Auction Gallery
Est: $10- $1,000
$203 Bids

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