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"Double-Sided" Specimens

Posted by Barry Miller  
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Barry Miller February 17, 2017 05:22PM
Now and then I have the dilemma of which side of a specimen that I should choose to display because I like both sides. In those cases I almost wish that there was only one good side. For example, I have attached two photos of the same specimen of a (4 1/2 inch) Cassiterite from the Huanuni Mine, Level 240, Oruro, Bolivia. One side is almost completely covered with crystals but I think the other side is more interesting. Do have any specimens you could show that offer the same dilemma? (By the way, which side of my Cassiterite do you think is more interesting to display?



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Alfredo Petrov February 17, 2017 05:47PM
Put a mirror in the back of your display case, then viewers can see both sides at the same time.
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Barry Miller February 17, 2017 05:53PM
Alfredo Petrov Wrote:
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> Put a mirror in the back of your display case,
> then viewers can see both sides at the same time.

Can't - the specimen is flat and doesn't look "right" standing up.
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Wayne Corwin February 17, 2017 06:41PM
Make a raised stand and put mirror under it ;-)
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Alfredo Petrov February 17, 2017 07:05PM
Take a thin diamond saw and slice it into two specimens.
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Reiner Mielke February 17, 2017 08:34PM
The photos look the same standing up as lying down so there is no reason you couldn't mount it standing up on a revolving stage.
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Ed Clopton February 17, 2017 08:53PM
It depends on what you intend to illustrate or feature when displaying it. Individual crystals are easier to see on the "more interesting" side, but the other side may better represent what rich ore looks like from that mine. If you are featuring cassiterite, ore minerals, etc., then the solid side is more impressive; if you are featuring "Quartz & Friends" then you'll want to show the side with quartz crystals. If you want to accentuate the solid blackness for contrast with neighboring pieces then the solidly covered side would be better. If it's in the back row and can't be seen up close, then the solid side with an even, sparkly texture might as well face forward; if it's up front where people can examine it at close range, let the sparser side with more isolated crystals and more varied details face forward.

For sheer aesthetics, I like the "more interesting" (second photo) side.
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Scott Rider February 17, 2017 09:57PM
Why not alternate views every once in a while? Start with the "more interesting" side and then let it sit for a while, and then rotate it and view it from other side...

I have a few specimens that I do that too on a regular basis! I have a large 9 inch wide neon-green fluorite from China that displays well on all sides.. When I occasionally walk by the display, sometimes I'll rotate it...
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Barry Miller February 17, 2017 10:57PM
Thank you all for your comments. Actually, I wasn't looking for a solution to my dilemma - I have one. I was just curious to hear about such multiple sided specimens that others may have and perhaps see a few photos from both sides. Regarding my solution, it's the same as Scott's. I just change the position of the specimen every now and then.
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