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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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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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PostPosted: Jul 31, 2018 14:09    Post subject: Re: Collecting focuses and how they can change  

Tobi, I have just started collecting again after many years of struggling as a young adult. I noticed that my current obsession is Fluorite, after that I don't have a strong favorite other mineral. I tend to enjoy crystal structures that display organization. It is so fascinating that something within the earth can produce straight lines and geometrical organization beyond belief. I am only 26 now but I strongly value finding all my own specimens and hope to take many trips to collect more in my surrounding states. The cubic crystal structure of fluorite is what has me hooked currently, and I can't wait to see what's next!
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