Beautiful in design, intriguing in history, they are nature’s hidden paradise and are buried deep within the womb of the Earth, beneath 10,000 layers of soil and history, hide the world’s most priceless treasures.
Dark, rocky Mexican caverns harbor the glittering secrets of luminous gypsum crystals, while beyond the foothills of Kilimanjaro lays a minefield of rare, color-shifting Tanzanites.
Purchasing a gemstone or mineral isn’t simply about buying something rare and expensive. It’s about discovering the hidden jewels of our planet by studying their history and composition, their fascinating origins and evolution. The captivating beauty of a precious stone tells a story of a certain part of the world, a story about land and soil, about pressure and metamorphosis.
Mineral hobbyist Howard Fensterman has been collecting minerals for years, learning about their appealing properties and uses from potential healing powers to fashion statements.
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
- Be 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.
Below we have an interesting introduction to minerals from the 2010 Tuscon Gem and Mineral Show
Howard has decided to share his collection with the world, along with information about each of the elements and their geological history. Not all minerals shown here are part of his collection, but to make this website complete, he has provided information on all kinds of additional geological materials so as to make this site as intriguing as possible. In addition, we have provided educational material on rocks and geology. Good for any student studying earth science as well as anyone interested in Earth’s topography.