Annual Acquisitions Since 1989

It is interesting to see which specimens I added to the collection annually over 26 years.  The annual acquisitions between 1989 and 2000 were modest because of competing commitments to my education and the formative years of my career as a retail pharmacist.  The acquisitions since 2000 were greater because I had more money to spend as a result of successful business activities.  The acquisitions are skewed towards the latest years of my collecting career.  This is because many specimens acquired in the later years were bartered into the collection against earlier acquired specimens that were bartered out of the collection.  


Since late 2012, I have pursued an active sourcing program of unique mineral specimens from Australian and southeast Asian mineral localities.  This sourcing program has been successful.  Many of the relatively recently sourced pieces will be cleaned and bartered out towards other pieces that I may simply find preferrable.  When I barter, the test is "Would I rather own the piece/s offered or my existing piece/s?'  If I would rather have the offered pieces, then a barter will happen.  I may even barter out pieces at the expense of species or locality representation in the collection.  This is unlike the bartering policy adopted by most museums.  They generally adopt a "no trade policy".


Another famous collector who has published a great work on his collection is Professor Stephen Smale.  In "The Smale Collection - Beauty in Natural Crystals" published by Lithographie LLC, 100 pieces in the collection are arranged in the chronological order by which they were acquired.  Inspired by Professor Smale's book, I decided to arrange all of the photographed specimens of my collection in the chronological order in which I acquired them.  This process has been very educational for me as well.  This exercise is worthwhile for any collector because it helps identify and anticipate changes mineralogical taste as a collector develops.  A "new collector" will typically have different taste after 1, 5, 10 or more years.  In my formative years of collecting, I had exposure to fine gem crystals through the parcels of mineral specimens that Cal Graeber of Fallbrook, California sent me.  In recent years, I have had less interest in gem crystals but more interest in azurite.  This interest in azurite has also evolved because the Milpillas Mine, Mexico and the Sepon Mine, Laos have produced fine specimens that I had access to.  I have also had access to fine azurite specimens as a result of my visits to American and southern African mineral collectors.  No collector who is active is likely to have tastes that are static.  Although two other albums on this website suggested species that a new collector can consider adding to a collection, after some active learning about mineral specimens, the new collector will probably have more ideas for a collection than what can possibly be funded.  Hence, the reason for these albums is to stimulate the imagination of the new collector.  


Double click on all of the albums below to see mineral specimens that I acquired for the collection each year from 1989.  The albums do not feature mineral specimens that I either sold, traded out or have not photographed yet.    



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