How Much Money Can You Make from Hunting Rare Gemstones?

gemstone collectionHave you ever considered turning your hobby of collecting precious gems into a full-time, full-blown profession? You’ve probably seen some of the shows where professional gemstone hunters travel the globe in search for the rarest stones that are sold at local prices. These people often go to extreme lengths in order to obtain the most wanted samples from the best sources, be it a deep mine in Argentina or the street markets of Tibet. The majority of hunters work on commission, fulfilling orders of purchase for a set of exclusive clientele, but many gem hunters work purely for themselves, re-selling their findings and purchases on the open market for a big profit.

There’s potential to make a lot of money from gemstones, but it takes hard word, knowledge, skill and dedication if you wish to make a successful living from hunting down precious stones. As with any financial investment, gemstones require proper research and great deal of common sense. You need to know the ins and outs of the international gem market, and constantly compare the various prices of different gems circulating in global retail with those set by the local dealers and providers. A good overall insight in the general market, including rising trends and inflationary offset periods, is essential for any gemstone hunter. Before you can even start thinking of rushing off to some distant mine in the jungles of Panama, you’ll have to do your fair share of homework.

The most important factor is naturally paying the right price. Extensive digging into your targeted market is what determines your whole expedition. If the local price cannot justify a significant investment due to a low return when re-sold to your clients, you’re better off moving on to the next project. Every gemstone is traded on a slightly different set of standards and practices. Also, every location and market comes with a unique set of regulations, unwritten rules, and business conditions. What works in one part of the world could easily see you end up in a lot of trouble in the next location.

various gemstones

Again, do your homework. The global gemstone business can be a dirty one, and if you don’t exercise proper caution, you could lose more than your investment funds. Gemstone societies on the Internet and government listings of licensed sellers in hot spot areas are a good place to start your investigation.

The best prices come from primary providers such as mining operations. These companies find and cut the stones in their own house, meaning you won’t get a better deal on your desired gems unless you mine for them yourself. Buying in bulk will get you a wholesale discount, which is why many gem hunters team up and pool their resources in order to buy for as low as possible. If you can’t get access to the primary sellers, secondary vendors in the same area are your next best option. Prices will be a little higher, but still well below international retail. Working with a larger group is safer, means you can cover more ground on every expedition, gives everyone access to a bigger network of valuable connections, and is in the end more profitable for all parties involved.

Hunting gemstones for a living requires knowledge and cunning, as well as a will to go into regions where most investors wouldn’t tread. It can be dangerous work, but for many hunters, the danger is part of the allure. There’s certainly money to be made, but the real thrill comes from the hunt itself.

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Better Get Those Picks and Pans Out: The World Is Running Out of Gold

Empty gold cartIt shouldn’t come as a shock to anyone, really. We only have one planet, after all. It’s a pretty big one, yes, but many of its resources are finite, non-renewable. On top of that, there’s about 8 billion people knocking around today, and we are slowly starting to see the results of our industrial approach to life. Our mines and streams are running dry of precious metals – first and foremost, gold.

Precious metals are exactly that thanks to their rarity, and gold has always been on top of the list. Harder to find and excavate than other metals, the value of gold has traditionally been much larger. Not just for its rarity, but also for the many properties that the metal carry. For one, gold never loses its luster – it’s molecular structure prevents it from ever tarnishing. It’s higly malleable and can easily be worked into paper-thin sheets or tiny wires. By simply heating gold nuggets, plucked straight from the earth, in a basic forge, you can melt and mix it with other metals or cast it into extremely detailed and decorative shapes and forms. People have been working with gold since ancient times, and have traded the gorgeous metal for as long as we can remember. Gold is unique in its beauty and usefulness, which explains why it’s so highly desireable.

Golden diamond ring

But now the fun seems about to come to an end. Gold mining companies are reporting a drastic diminish in their findings and almost all of the big mines and fields are showing a lesser yield with each year that passes. Are we starting to see the beginning of the end of gold as a naturally occurring resource?

Since gold carries a lot of value, it’s often been used as money throughout human history. The earliest records of gold being used as a medium of exchange date back some 6000 years, but the rare metal was most likely used for trade long before that. Before there were coins and bars, people were trading in raw pieces. In fact, the first known gold coins were minted as “late” as 2500 years ago somewhere in modern-day Turkey. Even when paper money started to become the common currency of economic trade, the rarity, properties and allure of gold remained. In America, the entire economy was supported by a gold reserve standard not so long ago. Every US dollar that was printed and released into circulation had to be backed by a certain amount of physical gold of equal value. Although the US is no longer carrying the gold standard, gold bars and coins are still a very popular investment for private buyers and rare metal collectors.

Nuggets and coins

Now, with the world’s gold supply in decline, central banks – like the Federal Reserve – are in a rush to own as much of the rare metal as possible. India and China are in the lead, currently holding more than half of the world’s entire reserve of gold bars and bullions. Hedge funds and investors are also catching on, with the already rich and wealthy pouring absurd sums of money in order to obtain their own personal gold supply.

Will we see an end to available gold in our time? Who can tell for sure? But we can be sure of one thing; if you’re a collector with a love for the golden, glorious metal, you’d better start thinking of getting in on the action before it’s all too late.…

Good Tools You Need to Have Before Going Out Collecting Rocks and Minerals

hammer and chiselIf you intend to go on an excavation trip in order to expand your mineral collection, there are a couple of tools you should get before heading out. All collectors have their own favorite equipment and the list of necessary tools for a beginner is as varied as there are opinions. It also depends on what kind of rocks or minerals you are looking for, but a good starting kit would be a sturdy but flexible rock hammer and a geologist pick. Most collectors will tell you that a good pick is an absolute must, which is why you’ll find one in practically every picture of famous archaeologists and geologists.

Its kind of the staple symbol of the art of mineral collecting.

Other useful tools you should buy include a handy chisel or mallet. You need a portable bucket to gather your samples, and standard safety gear and equipment if you want to rough it in the rugged outdoors. Most of these items can easily be bought at any hardware store or home depot and cover the basics of what you need to get started. As your collection of minerals grows, so will the amount of equipment you acquire. Different environments, rocks and soils will dictate what kind of gear you’ll use, and you need to prepare yourself for continuous purchase of tools to vary your choices. If you are lucky, you’ll come across stores that cater especially to rock and mineral collectors. Here you can find the best tools for the job and often pick up a handful of great tips from fellow enthusiasts. Whenever you set out for a new location, make sure to check if the town or city has a local rock shop for you to pay a visit.

Equipped with the right set of picks and hammers, all that remains is the fun part – collecting. You’ll soon find your own pace and rhythm to get your favorite samples. Every collector develops his or her own methods of preference. Some like to chip off smaller pieces from large samples in order to get the very best items from the very start. Others prefer to collect bigger piles for them to process down and sort in their own workshop.

It’s always good to team up with other people when going out exploring for new discoveries. Sure, you’ll have to share some of the potential loot, but you’ll also get some valuable knowledge while observing the equipment and techniques of your partners.

After all, collecting is more than just a hobby, it’s a fun and social activity that brings people together from all parts of life.…

What You Need to Think About Before Going on a Collection Trip

mineral collecting tripA lot of mineral collectors like to take the occasional exploration trip whenever the opportunity presents itself. Wherever you are, there’s always a chance you’ll come across a great, unexpected find. There are a few things every amateur collector need to consider before going out hiking in the countryside. Here we list some of the basic essentials.

Safety Procedures

This should always be your first and foremost priority. In order to get the most out of your expedition trip, it’s important that you take all the necessary preparations to guarantee your own safety. It’s quite easy to get lost in all the excitement, especially when visiting a fresh location, and before you know what’s what, you might find yourself lost in the woods. Always tell someone where you’re headed and approximately when you’ll be back. Make sure that you and your party carry enough supplies to sustain you in any unexpected turn of events – water, food, shelter equipment, means to start a fire, and the essential first aid kit. If you’re going to spend time in areas with loose rocks or soil, bring protective gear such as helmets and goggles to avoid injuries from falling pieces. While it can be fun to explore mine shafts and quarries, it’s not recommended for a beginner to head underground without proper guidance and emergency equipment. Always make certain you have permission from the land owner before excavating on private or public property both, and don’t forget to bring your pick or hammer.

Finding Prime Locations

A good tip is to seek out some local authorities on mineral collecting, like gem and mineral society members. Many larger societies have local chapters that can be found online, and several of them also sponsor guided field trips with access to sites that would otherwise be closed to private collectors. A quick stop by the nearest rock shop or museum will also give you a better view of the field. You can often find guidebooks with the best spots mapped out at the local geological survey stations. Some even have monthly publications specifically written for amateurs new to the area.

In popular locations, you’ll most likely find targeted sites where you can collect all you can carry for a set fee, like a state or national park. A quick phone call to the nearby office is usually all it takes to get a picture of what areas are worth taking a trip to, and you’ll also know about the rules you need to follow. A good guideline to find the best spots is to visit areas where there’s been recent digging. This could be a construction site, road work or quarries, where the fresh activity usually produce good exposure of rocks and minerals.

Always Keep Your Eyes Open

What you’re going to find is always dependent on the location and its soil. Talk to a couple of seasoned collectors to know what you’re expected to find in the area. Always keep a lookout for things out of place that contrasts with their surroundings. A singular rock that seems different than its neighbours is usually a good place to start. Look for holes and cavities where you can often find mineral and crystal samples, or even veins of ore. If you find a good sample, make sure it’s secured and not compromised during the transport home. You don’t need anything fancy, a simple magazine will do the trick any day. An old carton of eggs is a great container to separate your collected specimens. Go for the bigger chunks, because you can always trim down your findings later. Always keep track of where you found your samples, as this is the one thing you can’t tell through later examination. If you don’t label a sample correctly, the lack of location will seriously compromise the value of your findings.

Now go out and find some great samples – good luck!…

Interesting Facts You Didn’t Know About Palladium

palladiumWhile we took a closer look at gold as collector’s item in a previous post, we thought it only fitting to explore a bit further into the realm of precious metals. Our choice for today is palladium, a metal ranked over thirty times as rare as its golden cousin. The extraction of palladium is mainly focused around mining areas in North and South America, Africa and Australia, where the metal is obtained from veins of platinum and mercury ores. It’s a sturdy metal, approximately 10% harder than platinum in composition and was named after the Pallas asteroid, discovered in the beginning of the 19th century. It took over a hundred years before we started seeing palladium used in the jewelry industry, most often together with gold and silver.

Palladium is counted as part of the precious metals family, showing close resemblance in its chemical structure as rhodium and platinum. It’s most commonly found in close proximity to platinum and shares the same color spectrum – a glimmering shade of white silver nuance. While it’s lighter than its neighbor, it’s still durable and formable enough to be used in jewelry creations. The history of this metal doesn’t date back very far, but it’s been known to be used in rings and necklaces in the Victorian age. It’s renaissance in modern times took place during World War II, when its qualities for fine jewelry was rediscovered alongside its more practical use in industrial manufacture. Unfortunately, its popularity soon waned as the problems of producing an acceptable alloy for marketing purposes increased, which made the precious metal take a backseat in comparison to gold and silver.

About thirty years ago, palladium was reintroduced, thanks to a new appreciation for platinum. Palladium became a less expensive option in terms of white metals, and was soon being used in the making of white gold, which involves blending pure gold with precious metals containing white properties. The problem with white gold is that its color never gets the desired effect unless it’s coated with rhodium or silver. Collectors rarely put the same value on silver as neither investment nor attractiveness of design, which paved the way for a palladium comeback on the market, as better and more reliable alloy infusion methods became available.

The metal itself is closely related to platinum. So close, in fact, that the two are regarded as siblings, as they share more than 95% similar traits in structure and setting. Like most precious metals, palladium retains its luster and qualities, and doesn’t deprecate over time. What sets palladium above platinum is the fact that the meal is more malleable, allowing jewelers to create much more detailed and intricate patterns for their customers. It has the same shining qualities and durability, but its lighter weight makes it much cheaper than its heavier sister.

A good alternative for any collector who wishes to diversify a collection for a reasonable price.…

The Mythological Origins of Amethyst

amethystAmethyst. What can be said about this glorious purple crystal that hasn’t been said already? This crystal is famous for having mystical properties and has been used as a meditative and calming source by many shamans and in aboriginal rituals. It’s also said to possess financial powers when used properly, letting its owner solve both monetary and legal issues, ultimately bringing prosperity and physical wellbeing.

The origin of amethyst goes back to ancient Greece in a time when the deeds of gods and heroes ruled everyday news and gossip. The gods of old were a lot less subtle than later incarnations, and were not above fidgeting with morality if it would mean gaining more power, worshipers, gifts or sacrifices. They would also frequently do battle against each other through internal conflict where humans were used as their proxies in the field. Sometimes motivated by ambition or emotion, other times simply out of sheer spite and random whims that more often than not turned out badly for their mortal subjects.

One such subject was Amethyst, a young girl of great beauty, who became the unfortunate object of attention of Greek god Dionysus, the patron of drinking and adult debauchery. Dionysus is depicted as being perpetually intoxicated by drink, a state that shaped his mood and actions to great extent. Going from a passive state of oblivious ramblings to an exploding fury of rage (like most drunks), he is considered to be one of the most fickle of deities. As poor Amethyst was about to find out. The story begins as Dionysus is wandering the Earth. He is extremely upset at the moment, since one of the lowly mortals he’d encountered refused to bow to him as his lord and master. Vowing to wreak horrible vengeance upon the next mortal crossing his path, he stumbles across Amethyst while she’s out for a walk in the company of her young maidens, on the way to pay respect to Diana, goddess of the Moon.

Dionysus instantly summons a pair of ravenous tigers to maul the girls. The two beasts charge at Amethyst and her companions as the less than sober Dionysus smirks and giggles from afar, with a goblet of wine, of course. Desperate to appease the tigers, Amethyst prays to her goddess Diana for salvation. Here is where the fickleness of deities comes into play once more, as the goddess of the Moon acknowledges Amethyst’s plead for help and decides to solve the problem by turning the young girl into a pillar of pure crystal. Admittedly, she saves Amethyst as the tigers no longer can devour her, but now the poor thing is trapped forever.

When Dionysus sees what his drunken fury has created, he becomes remorseful in classic fashion and begins to weep. He’s far to godly to acknowledge his share of guilt, but nevertheless, tears start running down his puffy cheeks and into his goblet. And, like most abusers of alcohol, he becomes so upset that he suddenly spills his drink all over the pillar of crystal, staining the clear rock with shades of deep purple.

This is the earliest recorded tale describing the creation of the crystal we know as amethyst, and explains why when looking at roughly cut samples, you can discern its darker coloration at the top while being pure white at its base, where the spilled wine didn’t stain it. The girl that was Amethyst of Greece lives on, forever encased in crystal, and has become the protector against the vices of Dionysus. Recovering alcoholics are still recommended to wear a piece of amethyst around their neck, to ward off the evils of intoxication and addiction.…

How to Invest in Gold Bars for Precious Metal and Mineral Collectors

rare metalsIt’s no secret that there is quite a bit of money to be made from the hobby of collecting rare minerals and metals. Gemstones such as diamonds, rubies and emeralds are not exquisite to look at, but they also hold a great deal of value on the international market. Same goes for precious metals like gold, platinum and palladium. Collecting these rare gems and ores is by no means a cheap hobby, but the good news is that a few smart investment choices could not only expand your coveted collection, but potentially give you a significant boost in financial freedom and security as well.

With new and faster technology, it’s very easy for a startup amateur to build a healthy collection of beautiful precious metal samples in a very short timespan.

In this article we will guide you through the process of setting up a safe environment for your collection, to preserve both its physical quality and growth in economic value and appreciation.

If you’re a fresh collector, just starting out in the field of precious metals and minerals, around 50k is good sum to begin with. It’s not so much as to cut too deeply in your pockets, while still being more than enough to give you the required space to move in.

We’ll start by zeroing in on the ultimate classic for investors, newcomers and veterans alike:

Investing in Gold

Gold is beautiful to look at, smooth to handle and has an undeniably attractive heft to its weight, shape and form. Historically, it’s one of the most coveted metals on the planet, and its value remains strong on the market today. The reason is very simple: Like all rare minerals and metals, the world’s supply of natural occurring gold is relatively extremely limited. You can’t just print gold bars like you can with paper currency and stock options, which is why it’s still one of the most highly valued assets in the global financial system. You can invest in gold bonds too, but where’s the fun in that? No, a true collector won’t settle for anything less than the real thing, and that means buying physical gold bars on the actual market.

Unfortunately, the way society treats precious metals is equal to pure cash. There are a lot of rules you have to consider if you want to add real gold bars to your collection, even if it’s only a small selection for personal admiration. If you choose to purchase physical gold bars and have them shipped to you for personal safekeeping, be prepared for the taxman to come knocking at your door in a near future. It’s a ridiculous notion, but because you can sell gold bars at the same price basically anywhere in the world, many governments consider the metal to be nothing more than another currency. Your gold bar collection would be regarded as a liquid asset, and that means paying taxes.

The way to circumvent this problem, and something many investors and collectors do, is to have your physical gold bars placed in a specially setup storage account. This is how you can avoid any unnecessary fees or penalties, while still having physical access to your collection any time you want. The process is not that much different. You still buy your gold bars as you would for home delivery, but instead of keeping it at your own place, your investment is transported to a custodian vault, where it remains untouchable to both thieves and authorities. If you’re looking for gold bars for sale and are thinking of investing in a physical gold supply, a segregated precious metals account is one of the best options. You can visit one of our best recommended sites to find gold bars for sale, where you’ll find more information on how to buy gold bars for your personal collection. You can also purchase additional metals, such as silver or platinum to be stored in separate storage – one space for each rare metal you wish to collect. Keeping your gold bars in an investment account for your retirement allows your collection of precious metals to grow in value, while staying well out of reach from nosy officials and undesirable elements of society’s underbelly.

Later on, you have the choice to transfer your gold bar investment to a location of your own choice, whether it’d be your private vault or home display case. It’s a really good way to begin your journey as a rare metals and minerals collector, especially if you feel the need for an extra layer of security and protection of your precious gold bars.…

Rare Mineral from Outer Space Discovered

craterResearchers have found an incredibly rare mineral that so far has only been encountered in four single locations on the planet. While excavating a meteorite crater in Wisconsin, USA, the team discovered samples of the precious mineral known as reidite. The composition of the mineral can best be described as a dense version of the zircon gem, and is produces under similar circumstances involving exposure to high pressure. Like most minerals, reidite can be created in an artificial environment, but natural occurrences are extremely rare. The Rock Elm Crater covers a diameter of around 6000 meters and has been dated to be between 450 to 470 million years old. This makes the samples the oldest known reidite ever found. Theorists suggest that the crater was formed when a massive meteor shower produced by a two-body collision in the area around Mars caused a huge cloud of fragments to rain down upon the Earth, with remnants still entering the atmosphere.

Three previous impact craters holding the rare mineral have been found: Cesapeake Crater in Virginia, USA, the Reis Crater in northern Germany and the Xiuyuan Crater in China. Even though scientists have known about the Rock Elm Crater for many years, nobody expected to find reidite in the vicinity, as the soil is mostly composed of sandstone. Finding reidite in these kinds of layers are previously unheard of and the last place where researchers would think to look.

Reidite is formed when the great impact from meteorites hitting the Earth transforms zircon via rapid increases in pressure and temperature. The pressure causes the molecules of the mineral to reform in a highly condensed format, resulting in a mineral similar to zircon, but with slightly denser qualities. Scientists have been able to recreate these natural conditions in specialized laboratories and up until the mineral was naturally found in 2001, artificial production was the only source of the world’s reidite supply. These latest samples were found scattered among shock-changed zircons. The metamorphosis of this effect creates a rearrangement in the modifications of mineral building blocks, which can be observed through a microscope. The team subjected the collected samples to a miniature bombardment to separate the individual blocks from one another, confirming that the discovered mineral was indeed reidite, as different samples react in their own, unique manners depending on the level of electrons being pushed against them.

The pressure level required to separate the reidite in Rock Elm shows that the meteorite that struck Wisconsin was much heavier than previously calculated, as the pressure had to be increased three times the expected ratio. Earlier zircon findings suggested a lesser shock effect. It is also highly likely that the rare mineral will be found in several other locations, due to the confirmed presence of reidite in sandstone. To any collector’s joy, it is expected to see a big increase in the amount of reidite that will be made available on the international market.…

How Diamonds are Made – The Process from Basic Carbon to Rare Gems

diamondDiamonds are among the most treasured gemstones you can come across in the field of mineral collecting. Have you ever wondered why they are so hard to come by? Rarity and a very time-consuming creation process are huge factors here. It takes millions upon millions of years for Mother Nature to create these precious jewels. Diamonds start out as simple carbon-based minerals that are exposed to intense pressure and extreme temperatures for as long as several billion years. This is just to give an idea of the amount of work hours go into the creation of each gem. Nowadays, there are ways to artificially produce diamonds, but these end results still can’t match what nature has given us. Diamonds made by man are often “too perfect” in their patterns, robbing them of their uniqueness and value. All natural diamonds have a set of inherent flaws in them that give them their individual pattern and distinct beauty.

Judging by the rate people buy them today, it might seem as if diamonds are common commodity and not very rare at all. Pay a visit to any jewelry store and you will find a most impressive selection of diamonds in all shapes, colors and sizes. Don’t let this fool you, real QUALITY diamonds are not easily found, and their price speaks to that fact. On top of that, one have to take into consideration the invested work that goes into each and every one of them before you see them sitting in the display case. Real diamonds have to be mined from the ground that created them.

There are two ways of extracting diamonds: pipe mining or alluvial mining.

Pipe Mining

This method requires the diamonds to be dug up from naturally occurring volcanic channels – pipes. Shafts and tunnels are drilled into the deepest areas of the pipes, where the gems can be found. Rather than looking for individual samples, big chunks of rock are cut loose and transported back to the surface where they are extracted and processed for separation.

Alluvial Mining

This is where diamonds are found in close proximity to water, such as rivers and lakes. By diverting the water flow and damming up the banks, the loose soil can be dug up until the layer where the diamonds are located is in reach for the miners. Like with pipe mining, the whole load is put in trucks to be taken to a screening facility for processing.

A Good Diamond Is Hard to Find

With all the mining operations around the globe, and with all those diamonds being hunted down, it can still be hard to believe in the rarity of these gems. Are they really worth the asking price? What you need to remember is that out of millions of diamonds mined, only a handful pass the standards of a true quality diamond. A rule of thumb is that you can expect to find one good one carat diamond for every one million you pull out of the earth. A two carat diamond requires you to go through five millions, and so on. And to find even a single diamond to begin with, you have to excavate and process several hundred tons of rock or soil. Most likely, if you happen to find one, it’s not going to be of desirable quality and only good for industrial use.

This gives you a different perspective on the value of these gems, that started out as simple bits of minerals. Hopefully this has given you a new appreciation for the beauty of diamonds. When the seller is telling you how this particular one is one in a million, he’s not lying.…

Amethyst, Ruby & Palladium – A Beginner’s Introduction

In this article we break down the most common definitions of rare minerals, crystals and precious metals, to give those of you who are just starting out your collection a better understanding of what to look for. There are many terms that can appear confusing at a first glance, and our aim is to make the collecting process go smoother.

Rocks

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A rock is a natural mass consisting of multiple solid crystals from one or several minerals. Many rocks have samples of visible crystals in them, but the rock itself has no crystalline structures or properties.

Minerals

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A mineral is most commonly a natural occurring, inorganic crystalline structure that has certain organized elements in its composition. The general rule is a mineral has to be composed of a single chemical element to count.

Our planet is a prime example of what happens when primordial minerals and rocks come together through condensation of gases into distinct patterns. The condensation was accelerated by solar power, giving rise to planets, asteroids and comets. As more of these minerals collide and form new arrangements, the number of individual minerals increase accordingly.

Crystals

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This is a little more complicated. A crystal is when the structural molecules is arranged in a specific order, due to the contributing aggregations of atoms and ions in different patterns. Various minerals are often formed out of the same starting raw materials, such as diamond and graphite, both with pure carbon as their founding base. Outlying factors such as temperature, pressure and other conditions dictate how these minerals final arrangements will appear to the naked eye as crystal shapes and forms. Minerals can have separate formations depending of solution changes that forces the foundation element to solidify, given it a distinct hardened composition from the original liquid state.

The chemical concentration in the starting solution can be magmatic, or even gas formed. This is how sulfur crystals are condensed from the vapors being emitted during a volcanic eruption, and how ice is formed when water collides with cold air. As a general rule, a process of solidification or precipitation that happens over longer periods of time supports the growth of larger crystal formations. This is the segregation process that produces metal ores and precious gemstones. A faster solidification gives birth to crystals sometimes too small to even see, such as agate. Not all solid shapes are crystalline in nature. Rapid cooling of a liquid compound arranges the individual molecules in a more random pattern, like glass. The arrangement of a crystal has to be an ordered, repeated style of pattern to be recognized.

Gemstones are naturally occurring crystals that were formed from a mineral base. Desired for their great beauty, rarity value and durability, these crystals have played an extensive role in politics and economics throughout human history. Crystals have helped shape our world.

Precious Metals

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This classification is given to ores that are generally considered to be rare or highly useful, and therefore of great economic value. The relative value of individual metals is calculated based on their available supply and uses in industrial manufacturing or as investment assets. Precious metals commonly include: gold, silver, platinum, palladium, rhodium, and iridium.

There you have it. The most basic things a beginner collector should know before heading out on a fresh hunt.

Feel free to get in touch with us if you need a more in-depth explanation of individual elements or samples.…