Mother Natures Works Of Art
A lot of rock hounds enjoy prospecting for gold, and finding semi-precious gemstones as a hobby. It’s easy, it’s cheap, and you can find some beautiful treasures. But, every great once in a while, you can do so much more than that. Every so often, regular Joes and Jane’s can find an amazing, museum quality mineral specimen.
The specimens of Mother Nature are more beautiful and breathtaking than anything that man can create. These are not your regular, everyday specimens. Museum quality specimens are held to a much higher standard, and are among some of the world’s most beautiful sights.
Museum quality specimens have a standard of being consistently beautiful and of consistent quality. Museum quality mineral specimens are usually judged and rated on the following criteria:
Beauty, aesthetics and overall balance
Perfection of crystal quality, sharpness and form
Color and clarity (if applicable)
Lack of damage
Color and/or texture contrast
If a specimen scores highly on these aspects, it can definitely be considered museum quality. Not to mention, specimens that are extremely beautiful or artistic can be considered museum quality just for the artistic qualities.
Sometimes the pure beauty and aesthetics of the mineral specimens can be overwhelming. It is sometimes hard to believe that these beauties were created by Mother Nature and Mother Nature alone. It is hard to believe that with all the man made beauty that you can find in our world today, that the museum quality mineral specimens that you will see will not only rival them, but often surpass them! It is hard to believe that something so beautiful can be found deep within the dirt and rocks of the Earth!
You can find mineral specimens in museums all over the world, and each one is unique and breathtaking in it’s own right. I would advise all rock hounds to visit a museum and take a look at some of the world’s most beautiful minerals at least once! It will leave you inspired and motivated to see what kind of beautiful treasures you can find!
- “My Favorite Museum Exhibit”: An Archaeopteryx in Wyoming (boingboing.net)
- Extracting museum specimen codes from text (iphylo.blogspot.com)
- Specimens – Photographs by Julie Meridian (artworldchicago.com)
- Tourmaline Mined at Mount Mica on Display at The State Museum (thevalleyvoice.org)