Much thought and consideration is given to every picture we choose to display on the mineral detail pages on Minerals.net. Our goal is to provide a complete portrait of each mineral’s appearance without overwhelming our visitors.
We try to provide a snapshot of all minerals in their most commonly encountered scenarios, and show the diversity of each mineral. We include multiple habits and colors for each mineral type. The most common habits and colors are always included, and less-common settings are also included if they are interesting or unique.
Another very important factor is locality. We will try to include at least one picture of every important locality for a specific mineral, and usually more if there are multiple habits or forms. As far as specimen value, our key is diversity. We try to show a range from high-end and more exclusive forms, to more common lower-end samples of each mineral.
We try not to repeat the same habit or color from the same locality, to keep interest and retain a healthy assortment. An exception to this is when a less common mineral has limited localities or habits.
For many minerals, this general concept works, showing enough diversity while keeping the number of pictures limited to a maximum of 15-20 pictures. However, certain more common minerals, such as Quartz and Calcite, have so many significant habits, colors and important localities, that it is virtually impossible to provide a picture of every color, habit, and primary locality. Such minerals create a significant challenge, as we have to select the most well-known habits and varieties for these minerals.
Some highly diversified minerals that have significant varieties may have their own dedicated variety pages that can include many more pictures of just the variety type. For example, Quartz has a dedicated page with general Quartz pictures, but the Amethyst, Citrine, Chalcedony, and Agate varieties have their own dedicated pages with their own pictures as well as additional information and sub-varieties.
Our website was first launched in 1997, and started out with only a few low resolution pictures of each mineral. Over the years, we have been expanding our database and adding many more pictures. We have recently been going through all minerals, adding many more pictures to the existing ones. We are also starting a new campaign to redo the picture system to include a new picture display window with larger and higher resolution pictures.
Our final two posts on the 2017 The Tucson Gem & Mineral Show® features some of the interesting or new minerals being sold by dealers that we found while walking along the show floor.
Limonite Pseudomorph after Pyrite from Gachala, Colombia
New find of Interesting Aquamarine from Deo Darrah, Badaskshan, Afghanistan
Fine Art Minerals
Herkimer-Like Quartz Crystal from the Rist Mine, Hiddenite, NC
Newly-Mined Amethyst on Quartz from Jackson's Crossroads, GA
Newly-Mined Amethyst Crystals from Jackson's Crossroads, GA
Large Aquamarine Crystal from Mt. White, CO
The Lucky Miner (Hosted at the Ledford Minerals Booth)
Elbaite on Quartz from the Mawi Pegmatite, Afghanistan
The Collector's Edge
Emerald on Matrix from Muzo, Colomobia
The Collector's Edge
Beautiful Collection Case from the Collector's Edge
Barite from Lower Silesia, Poland
This is our last post of the 2017 The Tucson Gem & Mineral Show®. The post is a continuation of photos of the dealer minerals seen on the show floor. Please stay tuned until next year's Tucson show reports!
Legrandite from the Ojuela Mine, Mapimi, Mexico
Allergentum Pseudomorph after Dyscrasite from a new find in Tamdrost, Morocco
Allergentum Pseudomorph after Dyscrasite from Tamdrost, Morocco, Crystallized Specimen
Unusual Blue Phantom Quartz from Mt. Ida, Arkansas
Well Arranged Molecules
New Find of Pyrite, Calcite, and Quartz from the Racracancha Mine, Cerro de Pasco, Peru
Bruce Wood Minerals
New Find of Cubic Pyrite Cluster from the Racracancha Mine, Cerro de Pasco, Peru
Bruce Wood Minerals
Newly-Dug Quartz with Cleavelandite from the California Blue Mine, San Bernadino Co., CA
Giant, Doubly Terminated Smoky Quartz from the California Blue Mine, San Bernadino Co., CA
Beautiful Amethyst on White Quartz from Jackson's Crossroads, GA
Dioptase with Plancheite Matrix from Kimbedi, Mindouli, Republic of Congo
Large Dioptase Crystal from Kimbedi, Mindouli, Republic of Congo
New Fluorite Cube Finds from the Llamas Quarry, Duyos, Asturias, Spain
This next post on the The Tucson Gem & Mineral Show® features some of the individual mineral specimens exhibited at the show that were not part of the "Mineral Treasures of the Midwest" theme. This selection includes minerals on public exhibit that were interesting for a variety of reasons, including aesthetics, rarity, or unique formation.
Gold from the Ace of Diamonds Mine, Liberty, WA
Meta-Autunite from the Daybreak Mine, Mt. Spokane, WA
Rhodochrosite from the Millenium Pocket, Sweet Home Mine, Alma, CO
Purple Adamite from the Ojuela Mine, Mapimi, Durango, Mexico
Wulfenite from the Rowley Mine, Maricopa Co., AZ