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A low cost way to collect minerals is to collect thumbnail or micro-mount mineral specimens. Thumbnail mineral specimens are less than 1 inch x 1 inch in size. Micro-mount mineral specimens are viewed through a magnification device.  Small mineral specimens can rival museum specimens in quality, rarity and beauty; at a relatively small cost.

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updated in 2018

Mineral Collecting


keep it small!

Armed with a microscope and a number of rocks containing small crystalized vugs you can spend several hours on a field trip of discovery in your own home.

A stereoscopic microscope ideal for for viewing micro minerals, can be had for as little as $150.

The photos on this page were taken with an iphone hovering over the eyepiece of the microscope - not the best but a cheap way to photograph micros.