Disclaimer – Please Read This Message From Austminsale
Many thousands of minerals have come into my possession over fifty years or so. I have purchased and exchanged specimens from mineral dealers, mine owners and administrators, working and retired miners, mineral collectors, clubs and individuals overseas and at home.
Some of the specimens that have come into my possession, whether through legitimate dealers or others, have proved not to be valid, indeed many of the specimens that have been obtained over the years, I obtained knowing that they were incorrectly labelled, but I suspected that I knew what they really were. For example, Ilvaite that I obtained as schorl, or topaz as quartz etc.
Common sense and a reasonable working knowledge about minerals, is how I have acquired my collection. I have my own identifying labels, which show locality and relevant information, although some specimens do have labels of previous owners sitting in their box.
No, it is that reliability of my mineral knowledge that I have relied on and now pass on to you the purchaser. A small number of specimens may have a question mark against them, because I am not sure of their validity? They may have a dubious location which may or may not be correct? Or With some specimens it is just a feeling? Which, I am sure many of you will understand, etc.
Many of the minerals in demand from Broken Hill especially the Kintore and block 14, are impossible to identify in the hand specimen. A microscope is most definitely needed for many of the micro crystals. I have spent hours poring over specimens which contain five or more minerals identifying one or two, the rest is left to guesswork.
The idea is to recognise at least one of the minerals on the specimen being inspected, this can be a pointer to other ones.
Lastly , I am not a dealer, it is my own personal collection I am putting out on the market, it is not my preference to break up my collection and sell it on line, there are some Museums that I would love to have donated my collection to around Asia, but experience tells me that corruption would soon enough see it dwindle to a small number of insignificant pieces.
Now on a lighter note, I have some large specimens that museum collectors /curators/avid collectors and so on etc, will be interested in, and large hand size cabinet specimens to small cabinet, down to the smallest micro/thumbnail.
The collection is in three parts, Macro, Micro and Gems. There are Macro specimens in excess of 4500~, Micro of which there are 3500~ some of which are gem quality, and Gems which are mainly faceted and some cabochons which together number over 400~ stones. A lot of the smaller cabochons are not included in this figure.
Some of the Gem weight calculations may be slightly inaccurate, as my electronic scales here differ in the irregular weather conditions which prevail where I live. But I have allowed for that in the prices that I have set for the pieces, and prices are set down accordingly. Some of the heavier mineral weights are guestimates but they are reasonably close.
Lastly there are minerals in excess to the collection sitting in more than a dozen large boxes.
If there is someone/anyone/group/dealer/who may be interested in buying a comprehensive mineral collection, please feel free to contact me. e-mail or telephone. The collection is completely catalogued and photographed, although some of the pics are definitely not as good as they should be, but can be made available on request.
If you feel that my prices are exorbitant, please have a look at the size of the specimen, next the rarity, and then the quality, etc. Then after you have done that if you are still unhappy with the price, well then negotiate with me.
Note: Some of the specimens in the pictures appear to have been truncated due to dreadful photography, but it is really how this program works. If you enlarge the pictures you will see the whole specimen in the picture. Click onto the black circle in the centre of the picture to enlarge.