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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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A large piece of coral (L:25-H:12cm)
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Est: AUD60- AUD80
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Agate Basin – nice color
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Est: $40- $1,000
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Assorted Raw & Polished Turquoise Specimens
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Assorted Raw & Polished Turquoise Specimens
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Est: $0- $0
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Assorted Raw & Polished Turquoise Specimens
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Magnificent Natural Smoke & Honey Dog Tooth Calcite Speciman ROCKS-MINERALS-CRYSTALS
Jul 26, 9:00 AM CDT
Magnificent Natural Smoke & Honey Dog Tooth Calcite Speciman ROCKS-MINERALS-CRYSTALS
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Est: $10- $10,000
$102 Bids
FIRE AGATE ROCK STONE LAPIDARY SPECIMEN
Jan 20, 1:00 PM CST
FIRE AGATE ROCK STONE LAPIDARY SPECIMEN
by Col. Christie Hatman, Auctioneer
Est: $0- $0
$1001 Bid
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
$81 Bid
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
$81 Bid
GEM ROCK STONE LAPIDARY SPECIMEN
Jan 23, 1:00 PM CST
GEM ROCK STONE LAPIDARY SPECIMEN
by Col. Christie Hatman, Auctioneer
Est: $0- $0
$1001 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
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DOME CALCITE WITH QUARTZ
Jul 14, 11:00 AM CDT
DOME CALCITE WITH QUARTZ
by Lewis & Maese Antiques & Auctions
Est: $25- $50
$101 Bid
"MOON GLOW"-Selenite Palm Stone
Jul 27, 9:00 AM CDT
"MOON GLOW"-Selenite Palm Stone
by Old Stuff For You
Est: $5- $10
$51 Bid
BUMBLEBEE JASPER SLAB ROCK STONE LAPIDARY SPECIMEN
Jul 15, 3:00 PM CDT
BUMBLEBEE JASPER SLAB ROCK STONE LAPIDARY SPECIMEN
by Col. Christie Hatman, Auctioneer
Est: $0- $0
$51 Bid
MIXED LOT ROCK STONE LAPIDARY SPECIMEN
Jul 15, 3:00 PM CDT
MIXED LOT ROCK STONE LAPIDARY SPECIMEN
by Col. Christie Hatman, Auctioneer
Est: $0- $0
$51 Bid
MIXED ROUGH ROCK ROCK STONE LAPIDARY SPECIMEN
Jul 13, 1:00 PM CDT
MIXED ROUGH ROCK ROCK STONE LAPIDARY SPECIMEN
by Col. Christie Hatman, Auctioneer
Est: $0- $0
$121 Bid
15 POUND MIXED LOT ROCK STONE LAPIDARY SPECIMEN
Jul 16, 1:00 PM CDT
15 POUND MIXED LOT ROCK STONE LAPIDARY SPECIMEN
by Col. Christie Hatman, Auctioneer
Est: $0- $0
$141 Bid
MIXED ROUGH LOT ROCK STONE LAPIDARY SPECIMEN
Jul 13, 1:00 PM CDT
MIXED ROUGH LOT ROCK STONE LAPIDARY SPECIMEN
by Col. Christie Hatman, Auctioneer
Est: $0- $0
$81 Bid
MIXED ROUGH LOT ROCK STONE LAPIDARY SPECIMEN
Jul 14, 1:00 PM CDT
MIXED ROUGH LOT ROCK STONE LAPIDARY SPECIMEN
by Col. Christie Hatman, Auctioneer
Est: $0- $0
$81 Bid
MIXED ROUGH LOT ROCK STONE LAPIDARY SPECIMEN
Jul 14, 1:00 PM CDT
MIXED ROUGH LOT ROCK STONE LAPIDARY SPECIMEN
by Col. Christie Hatman, Auctioneer
Est: $0- $0
$81 Bid
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AGATE BUTTERFLY ON STAND
Jul 14, 11:00 AM CDT
AGATE BUTTERFLY ON STAND
by Lewis & Maese Antiques & Auctions
Est: $20- $40
$151 Bid
5 POUND ROCK STONE LAPIDARY SPECIMEN
Jul 15, 3:00 PM CDT
5 POUND ROCK STONE LAPIDARY SPECIMEN
by Col. Christie Hatman, Auctioneer
Est: $0- $0
$51 Bid
THOMPSONITE ROCK STONE LAPIDARY SPECIMEN
Jul 15, 3:00 PM CDT
THOMPSONITE ROCK STONE LAPIDARY SPECIMEN
by Col. Christie Hatman, Auctioneer
Est: $0- $0
$51 Bid
Assorted Turquoise Specimens
Jul 20, 10:00 AM MST
Assorted Turquoise Specimens
by EJ'S Auction & Appraisal
Est: $0- $0
$101 Bid

Sellers Who Sell Minerals


Col. Christie Hatman, Auctioneer

Col. Christie Hatman, Auctioneer

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Old Stuff For You

Lewis & Maese Antiques & Auctions

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