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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

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BOX LOT OF ROUGH OPAL IN CONTAINER
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BOX LOT OF ROUGH OPAL IN CONTAINER
by Albion Antique Auction Centre
Est: AUD10- AUD40
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Feb 06, 1:00 PM CST
PYRITE ROCK STONE LAPIDARY SPECIMEN
by Col. Christie Hatman, Auctioneer
Est: $0- $0
$1002 Bids
HERKIMER DIAMOND 90 CARATS ROCK STONE LAPIDARY SPECIMEN
Jan 02, 1:00 PM CST
HERKIMER DIAMOND 90 CARATS ROCK STONE LAPIDARY SPECIMEN
by Col. Christie Hatman, Auctioneer
Est: $0- $0
$1002 Bids
DISPLAY DIAMOND ROCK STONE LAPIDARY SPECIMEN
Nov 28, 1:00 PM CST
DISPLAY DIAMOND ROCK STONE LAPIDARY SPECIMEN
by Col. Christie Hatman, Auctioneer
Est: $0- $0
$1002 Bids
MIXED LOT ROCK STONE LAPIDARY SPECIMEN
Jan 16, 1:00 PM CST
MIXED LOT ROCK STONE LAPIDARY SPECIMEN
by Col. Christie Hatman, Auctioneer
Est: $0- $0
$52 Bids
CHRYSOPRASE SPHERE ROCK STONE LAPIDARY SPECIMEN
Jan 16, 1:00 PM CST
CHRYSOPRASE SPHERE ROCK STONE LAPIDARY SPECIMEN
by Col. Christie Hatman, Auctioneer
Est: $0- $0
$52 Bids
DISPLAY DIAMOND ROCK STONE LAPIDARY SPECIMEN
Jan 02, 1:00 PM CST
DISPLAY DIAMOND ROCK STONE LAPIDARY SPECIMEN
by Col. Christie Hatman, Auctioneer
Est: $0- $0
$1002 Bids
AGATE SLICE ROCK STONE LAPIDARY SPECIMEN
Jan 16, 1:00 PM CST
AGATE SLICE ROCK STONE LAPIDARY SPECIMEN
by Col. Christie Hatman, Auctioneer
Est: $0- $0
$51 Bid
GABBRO SPHERE ROCK STONE LAPIDARY SPECIMEN
Feb 06, 1:00 PM CST
GABBRO SPHERE ROCK STONE LAPIDARY SPECIMEN
by Col. Christie Hatman, Auctioneer
Est: $0- $0
$1001 Bid
RED CALCITE WITH GREEN ROSALITE ROCK STONE LAPIDARY SPECIMEN
Feb 06, 1:00 PM CST
RED CALCITE WITH GREEN ROSALITE ROCK STONE LAPIDARY SPECIMEN
by Col. Christie Hatman, Auctioneer
Est: $0- $0
$1001 Bid
ARTIFACT TOOL ROCK STONE LAPIDARY SPECIMEN
Feb 06, 1:00 PM CST
ARTIFACT TOOL ROCK STONE LAPIDARY SPECIMEN
by Col. Christie Hatman, Auctioneer
Est: $0- $0
$1001 Bid
FISHER STONE ROCK STONE LAPIDARY SPECIMEN
Jan 16, 1:00 PM CST
FISHER STONE ROCK STONE LAPIDARY SPECIMEN
by Col. Christie Hatman, Auctioneer
Est: $0- $0
$51 Bid
GEM RHODONITE 315 CARATS ROCK STONE LAPIDARY SPECIMEN
Jan 16, 1:00 PM CST
GEM RHODONITE 315 CARATS ROCK STONE LAPIDARY SPECIMEN
by Col. Christie Hatman, Auctioneer
Est: $0- $0
$51 Bid
HERKIMER DIAMOND 50 CARATS ROCK STONE LAPIDARY SPECIMEN
Jan 02, 1:00 PM CST
HERKIMER DIAMOND 50 CARATS ROCK STONE LAPIDARY SPECIMEN
by Col. Christie Hatman, Auctioneer
Est: $0- $0
$1001 Bid
VANADINITE ROCK STONE LAPIDARY SPECIMEN
Jan 16, 1:00 PM CST
VANADINITE ROCK STONE LAPIDARY SPECIMEN
by Col. Christie Hatman, Auctioneer
Est: $0- $0
$51 Bid
COPROLITE ROCK STONE LAPIDARY SPECIMEN
Jan 16, 1:00 PM CST
COPROLITE ROCK STONE LAPIDARY SPECIMEN
by Col. Christie Hatman, Auctioneer
Est: $0- $0
$51 Bid
BRAZILIAN AGATE ROCK STONE LAPIDARY SPECIMEN
Jan 16, 1:00 PM CST
BRAZILIAN AGATE ROCK STONE LAPIDARY SPECIMEN
by Col. Christie Hatman, Auctioneer
Est: $0- $0
$51 Bid
1 POUND DISPLAY DIAMOND ROCK STONE LAPIDARY SPECIMEN
Nov 28, 1:00 PM CST
1 POUND DISPLAY DIAMOND ROCK STONE LAPIDARY SPECIMEN
by Col. Christie Hatman, Auctioneer
Est: $0- $0
$1001 Bid
STROMATOLITE ROCK STONE LAPIDARY SPECIMEN
Jan 16, 1:00 PM CST
STROMATOLITE ROCK STONE LAPIDARY SPECIMEN
by Col. Christie Hatman, Auctioneer
Est: $0- $0
$51 Bid
STROMATOLITE ROCK STONE LAPIDARY SPECIMEN
Jan 16, 1:00 PM CST
STROMATOLITE ROCK STONE LAPIDARY SPECIMEN
by Col. Christie Hatman, Auctioneer
Est: $0- $0
$51 Bid
STROMATOLITE ROCK STONE LAPIDARY SPECIMEN
Jan 16, 1:00 PM CST
STROMATOLITE ROCK STONE LAPIDARY SPECIMEN
by Col. Christie Hatman, Auctioneer
Est: $0- $0
$51 Bid
STROMATOLITE ROCK STONE LAPIDARY SPECIMEN
Jan 16, 1:00 PM CST
STROMATOLITE ROCK STONE LAPIDARY SPECIMEN
by Col. Christie Hatman, Auctioneer
Est: $0- $0
$51 Bid
STROMATOLITE ROCK STONE LAPIDARY SPECIMEN
Jan 16, 1:00 PM CST
STROMATOLITE ROCK STONE LAPIDARY SPECIMEN
by Col. Christie Hatman, Auctioneer
Est: $0- $0
$51 Bid
PYRITE AND QUARTZ SPHERE ROCK STONE LAPIDARY SPECIMEN
Oct 03, 1:00 PM CDT
PYRITE AND QUARTZ SPHERE ROCK STONE LAPIDARY SPECIMEN
by Col. Christie Hatman, Auctioneer
Est: $0- $0
$141 Bid

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