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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

Recommended Items at Auction

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Rough Gem Stone Assortment
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Rough Gem Stone Assortment
by EJ'S Auction & Appraisal
Est: $0- $0
$558 Bids
(3) Raw Chrysocolla & Malachite Mineral Specimens
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(3) Raw Chrysocolla & Malachite Mineral Specimens
by EJ'S Auction & Appraisal
Est: $0- $0
$357 Bids
(1) Agate Mineral Slice With Stand
Apr 20, 10:00 AM MST
(1) Agate Mineral Slice With Stand
by EJ'S Auction & Appraisal
Est: $0- $0
$456 Bids
Rare Large Charoite Specimen
Apr 20, 10:00 AM MST
Rare Large Charoite Specimen
by EJ'S Auction & Appraisal
Est: $0- $0
$756 Bids
(22) Rough Turquoise Specimens
Apr 20, 10:00 AM MST
(22) Rough Turquoise Specimens
by EJ'S Auction & Appraisal
Est: $0- $0
$405 Bids
Black Onyx, Lapis, Snowflake Obsidian
Apr 20, 10:00 AM MST
Black Onyx, Lapis, Snowflake Obsidian
by EJ'S Auction & Appraisal
Est: $0- $0
$655 Bids
(6) Slabs Of Moss, Green Tree & Crazy Lace Agate
Apr 20, 10:00 AM MST
(6) Slabs Of Moss, Green Tree & Crazy Lace Agate
by EJ'S Auction & Appraisal
Est: $0- $0
$503 Bids
(7) Rough Cut & Slab Cut Larimar Specimens
Apr 20, 10:00 AM MST
(7) Rough Cut & Slab Cut Larimar Specimens
by EJ'S Auction & Appraisal
Est: $0- $0
$403 Bids
1 POUND 13 OUNCE AMETHYST ROCK STONE LAPIDARY SPECIMEN
Apr 18, 3:00 PM CDT
1 POUND 13 OUNCE AMETHYST ROCK STONE LAPIDARY SPECIMEN
by Col. Christie Hatman, Auctioneer
Est: $0- $0
$73 Bids
(3) Agate Slice Slabs
Apr 20, 10:00 AM MST
(3) Agate Slice Slabs
by EJ'S Auction & Appraisal
Est: $0- $0
$253 Bids
Payson Diamonds, Quartz, Multiple Specimens
Apr 20, 10:00 AM MST
Payson Diamonds, Quartz, Multiple Specimens
by EJ'S Auction & Appraisal
Est: $0- $0
$253 Bids
PYRITE ROCK STONE LAPIDARY SPECIMEN
Jan 12, 1:00 PM CST
PYRITE ROCK STONE LAPIDARY SPECIMEN
by Col. Christie Hatman, Auctioneer
Est: $0- $0
$1002 Bids
OPALITE SPHYNX CAT ROCK STONE LAPIDARY SPECIMEN
Apr 18, 3:00 PM CDT
OPALITE SPHYNX CAT ROCK STONE LAPIDARY SPECIMEN
by Col. Christie Hatman, Auctioneer
Est: $0- $0
$62 Bids
ROUGH OPAL ROCK STONE LAPIDARY SPECIMEN
Apr 18, 3:00 PM CDT
ROUGH OPAL ROCK STONE LAPIDARY SPECIMEN
by Col. Christie Hatman, Auctioneer
Est: $0- $0
$52 Bids
GEM SILICA ROCK STONE LAPIDARY SPECIMEN
Apr 18, 3:00 PM CDT
GEM SILICA ROCK STONE LAPIDARY SPECIMEN
by Col. Christie Hatman, Auctioneer
Est: $0- $0
$62 Bids
Lot of Mexico Gold Nuggets 3.43 Grams Total Weight
Apr 17, 8:00 AM PDT
Lot of Mexico Gold Nuggets 3.43 Grams Total Weight
by BK Auctions
Est: $500- $600
$11 Bid
Rock, Crystal, Natural, Collectible, Mineral, Specimen
Apr 23, 6:00 PM CDT
Rock, Crystal, Natural, Collectible, Mineral, Specimen
by Easterly Auction Company
Est: $0- $0
$161 Bid
Rock, Crystal, Natural, Collectible, Mineral, Specimen
Apr 23, 6:00 PM CDT
Rock, Crystal, Natural, Collectible, Mineral, Specimen
by Easterly Auction Company
Est: $0- $0
$201 Bid
Rock, Crystal, Natural, Collectible, Mineral, Specimen
Apr 23, 6:00 PM CDT
Rock, Crystal, Natural, Collectible, Mineral, Specimen
by Easterly Auction Company
Est: $0- $0
$141 Bid
Rock, Crystal, Natural, Decor, Collectible, Carving, Mushroom,
Apr 23, 6:00 PM CDT
Rock, Crystal, Natural, Decor, Collectible, Carving, Mushroom,
by Easterly Auction Company
Est: $0- $0
$101 Bid
Rock, Crystal, Natural, Collectible, Mineral, Specimen
Apr 23, 6:00 PM CDT
Rock, Crystal, Natural, Collectible, Mineral, Specimen
by Easterly Auction Company
Est: $0- $0
$141 Bid
Rock, Crystal, Natural, Decor, Collectible, Carving, Sphere
Apr 23, 6:00 PM CDT
Rock, Crystal, Natural, Decor, Collectible, Carving, Sphere
by Easterly Auction Company
Est: $0- $0
$101 Bid
BERYL VAR. AQUAMARINE ROCK STONE LAPIDARY SPECIMEN
Jan 07, 1:00 PM CST
BERYL VAR. AQUAMARINE ROCK STONE LAPIDARY SPECIMEN
by Col. Christie Hatman, Auctioneer
Est: $0- $0
$1001 Bid
GABBRO SPHERE ROCK STONE LAPIDARY SPECIMEN
Jan 12, 1:00 PM CST
GABBRO SPHERE ROCK STONE LAPIDARY SPECIMEN
by Col. Christie Hatman, Auctioneer
Est: $0- $0
$1001 Bid

Sellers Who Sell Minerals


Col. Christie Hatman, Auctioneer

Col. Christie Hatman, Auctioneer

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Easterly Auction Company

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