Beautiful in design, intriguing in history, it’s nature’s hidden paradise. Howard Fensterman has been collecting minerals for years, learning about their appealing properties and uses from potential healing powers to fashion statements.
Mr. Fensterman’s collection shares his knowledge on this website, along with information of each of the elements and their geological history.
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.
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.
Please see this interesting introdution of minerals from the 2010 Tuscon Gem and Mineral Show