Affordable rock and mineral collecting

Rock collectionDid you know that the practice of collecting and cataloging rocks has been recorded as long ago as 1556. In that year, the book De re metallica (Latin for On the Nature of Metals) was published in Germany. The writer of the text Georg Bauer remains to this day known as the “father of mineralogy.” 

Iceland Spar cube close up
Iceland Spar

For many, the love affair with rockhounding begins in the younger years. Many, I assume like myself, took to picking up any cool-looking stone in the street, even imaging it had some cash value.   Being involved in amateur geology has to be one of the best hobbies on the planet.

This video shows my gem and mineral collection I started a few years back.. The entire collection costs less than $60. Most of the rocks shown in the video are easy to collect at an affordable price. My strategy: set out to find a variety of colors and textures, while also

Native Copper from Arizona
Native Copper

keeping the cost low.  My plan has worked as it captures the attention of most people who walk by the collection — some thinking there must be a higher dollar amount to what they see.

I enjoy gathering pure elements as well. For example, my collection includes several elements such copper, sulfur and bismuth. Have fun taking a look and I encourage you to visit your local gem and mineral store or gem show when it comes to town.

A few of the rocks in the collection, and highlighted in the video below, include:

  • Bismuth
  • Native Copper
  • Azurite
  • Iceland Spar
  • Galena
  • Halite


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