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Collecting focuses and how they can change
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PostPosted: Jan 07, 2018 15:59    Post subject: Re: Collecting focuses and how they can change  

Luck is a game changer :) once in a while l come across amazing specimens and I fall in love. But there's room in my heart for lots of minerals. I can't wait to see what the future will bring. I usually collect without premeditation :)
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PostPosted: Jan 19, 2018 18:13    Post subject: Re: Collecting focuses and how they can change  

Don Lum wrote:
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This is getting deep...please bring me my wine


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PostPosted: Jan 20, 2018 02:00    Post subject: Re: Collecting focuses and how they can change  

That's a nice topic. Of course, in the beginning I used to collect everything including agate slabs and stuff like that. Somehow at the age of ten or eleven, I focused on German minerals. Again I started to collect everything I was able to effort.

So, I built a huge reference collection, but with no special focus. Later on I liked to complete certain localities such as Hagendorf, Clara mine, and other classics. However, what counted for me in those days were numbers, not quality. I became a systematic collector.

Maybe 10-15 years ago I started to radically downsize my collection. Looked at each single piece and asked myself, do you really need this? In many cases the answer was No! I sold sometimes 40 specimens to get a single good one. At this time I switched away from systematics, but I kept the micros until that day.

Today my focus lies more and more on classics with old labels. However, the label thing started years ago. A historic sample always meant a lot more to me than any colourful fluorite. That's why my collection bursts with ''ugly'', but very rare locality specimens. The last two or three years I find myself buying colourful cabinet specimens with fluorite, baryte and others. Maybe a new focus is about to come.

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