Help|Log In|Register|
Home PageMindat NewsThe Mindat ManualHistory of MindatCopyright StatusManagement TeamContact UsAdvertise on Mindat
Donate to MindatSponsor a PageSponsored PagesTop Available PagesMindat AdvertisersAdvertise on MindatThe Mindat Store
Minerals by PropertiesMinerals by ChemistryRandom MineralSearch by minIDLocalities Near MeSearch GlossaryMore Search Options
Search For:
Mineral Name:
Locality Name:
The Mindat ManualAdd a New PhotoRate PhotosLocality Edit ReportAdd Glossary Item
StatisticsMember ListBooks & MagazinesMineral Shows & EventsThe Mindat DirectoryHow to Link to MindatDevice Settings
Photo SearchPhoto GalleriesNew Photos TodayNew Photos YesterdayMembers' Photo GalleriesPast Photo of the Day Gallery

Remove matrix or leave it as it is??

Posted by Daniel jacobs  
Remove matrix or leave it as it is??
June 13, 2012 08:19PM
Ive been mining for beryl recently and was wondering if the beryl is more valuable with the matrix on it or if I were to attempt to remove the matrix and have the beryl by itself?

Of course theres always a high risk of breaking the specimen...

What are your thoughts?
avatar Re: Remove matrix or leave it as it is??
June 13, 2012 09:57PM
Depends. Can you post pictures of the pieces in question?

-Rowan Lytle

Food, Water, Shelter, Fire, Minerals.
avatar Re: Remove matrix or leave it as it is??
June 13, 2012 10:13PM
as Rowan says, depends... send us a photo and I have no doubt you will get several differing opinions.

Crystals or minerals on matrix tend to be more sought after (not always: hence the qualifier "depends") as the matrix can help nail down or narrow down the locality of the piece.

Esthetics matter. Does the matrix enhance the overall look of the specimen?

If you are looking to re-sell the material, matrix can help increase the specimen size from TN to miniature to cabinet piece if the proportions are right.

Matrix can provide a contrast to the main crystal as well as a natural pedestal for the crystal.

But sometimes, I think, a single crystal does just fine all on its own.

If you are uncertain about taking the matrix off, leave it be - this is one bell you cannot un-ring!


Your Email:


  • Valid attachments: jpg, jpeg, gif, png, pdf
  • No file can be larger than 1000 KB
  • 3 more file(s) can be attached to this message

Spam prevention:
Please, enter the code that you see below in the input field. This is for blocking bots that try to post this form automatically. If the code is hard to read, then just try to guess it right. If you enter the wrong code, a new image is created and you get another chance to enter it right.

Mineral and/or Locality is an outreach project of the Hudson Institute of Mineralogy, a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization.
Copyright © and the Hudson Institute of Mineralogy 1993-2015, except where stated. relies on the contributions of thousands of members and supporters.
Privacy Policy - Terms & Conditions - Contact Us Current server date and time: October 6, 2015 15:51:17