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Central Pennsylvania doubly terminated quartz crystal.  Artwork © John Passaneau.
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Fluorite:
Specialization in mineral collecting

The hobbyist mineral collector faces a dilemma: there are over 5500 minerals recognized by the International Mineralogical Association. Very few individuals will ever be able to collect them all. One solution to assembling a satisfying collection is specialization - limiting one’s scope of collecting. Examples of such limits include:
  • one or a few related mineral species
  • single crystals
  • color
  • chemistry
  • location - from a single site to a mining district, state, country, or region
  • behavior, such as ultraviolet fluorescence
This display is an example of a specialized collection of one species, fluorite. Also known in industry as fluorspar, fluorite is calcium fluoride, CaF2.
T-shirts in Galapagos Blue and Texas Orange
NMS has in stock T-shirts in Galapagos blue, Texas orange (both shown here) and royal blue.


A station at our Minerals Junior Education Day
A station at our Minerals Junior Education Day


Celestine crystal cluster 2016: CELESTINE: Pennsylvania State Mineral?


Collecting in a quarry
Collecting crystals in a quarry


Five different posters
We have 2013 (and other) posters for sale!

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