Beautiful in design, intriguing in history, it’s nature’s hidden paradise.
Minerals are inorganic elements that contain an ordered atomic structure. By contrast, a ‘rock’ is a substance that can contain many atomic elements, as well as some minerals. A type of hybrid when considering the minerals’ more pure atomic design. A diamond for example is a mineral. ( See Difference for a more detailed explanation)
There are five categories that are proprietary to minerals.
- Occur naturally
- Inorganic in nature
- Be of solid material
- Consist of an orderly atomic structure
- Have a definite chemical composition
Probably the most known of the mineral family are silicates. which contain oxygen and silicon.
Howard Fensterman’s collection is depicted on this website, along with a history of each of the elements.
Please see this interesting introdution of minerals from the 2010 Tuscon Gem and Mineral Show