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Thumbnail Sized Minerals

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A thumbnail specimen is one which fits inside a 1" x 1" x 1" display cube.  To be included in this gallery, the specimens also needed to exhibit eye visible crystals.  

 

I particularly like the idea of collecting thumbnail specimens of species which reach their ultimate development in the thumbnail size range.  To clarify this collecting desire:

 

It is unlikely that I would include a calcite specimen in a sophisticated thumbnail collection since full sized calcite specimens are common and this species reaches its ultimate development as museum sized pieces which are too heavy to carry. In contrast, many types of esthetic collector minerals are so rare that even a 1" long crystal is considered large.  Examples of such collectibles would include scorodite or a pink diamond, for example. :)  


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