Collect from the field. Collect from a rock show. Collect by taking a photo.

Mineral Crystals can be very expensive but a Mineral Collection does not need to be costly.

All Minerals are Rocks but all Rocks are not necessarily MInerals.

Rock - A natural occurring aggregate of minerals.

Mineral - describes a naturally occurring, relatively pure, chemical compound or element.

A low cost way to collect minerals is to collect thumbnail or micro-mount mineral specimens. Thumbnail mineral specimens are less than 1 inch x 1 inch in size. Micro-mount mineral specimens are viewed through a magnification device.  Small mineral specimens can rival museum specimens in quality, rarity and beauty; at a very low cost.

Tiny Vanadinite crystals

Top 10 reasons to collect micro-mounts