How To Put Together A Rock & Mineral Collection
Gathering rocks off the ground is far from putting together a marketable collection. Many collections that we see come through the shop consist of unlabled specimens as well as specimens that have been damaged, and thus are no longer valuable. When collecting rocks and minerals there are several things you need to know.
Create a Collecting Journal
Collecting journals consist of writing down your exact location where you found each stone, what was around you, or where and how much you paid for it.
Label Your Stones
There are several ways to label the stones so that you know which stones corresponds to which entry in your journal. You can also put a tag on the stone so you know what it is, where it came from and other important information such as weight (on gemstones) or how much you paid for it.
Labeling System 1 – Put each stone in an egg carton of plastic divided container and keep a note with it either typed or hand written.
Labeling System 2 – Paint a small area on the stone with whiteout or other white paint and use a fine tip marker to put a tiny code on it. The code would correspond to the journal entry.
Labeling System 3 – Using professional mineral tack and display stands mount each specimen for display, then print and attach a label to the front of the display stand.
Almost all specimens are worth more when you know where they are from, plus it is a great trip back down memory lane to look at where you collected each piece (even if that is from a rock shop).
Some collections have been worth 3 times the price of the stones alone because the specimens came from famous rock shops, or locations around the world. So always know where your specimens came from, when you collected them, if you paid for them how much, and any other information you can include!