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My mother tells me I have been picking up stones since I took my first steps, I often came home with my pockets bursting with sparkly colourful things I had picked up. I later learnt that the majority of the stuff I collected in my early childhood was not even a mineral, it was slag from the old iron furnaces that were dotted around the South Wales valleys, but it was very attractive stuff with its swirling patterns of green and blue and I am sure that was stuff that sparked my interest in minerals.

We moved from Wales when I was 7 but it was not until a few years later we went to some country fair which had all these stalls mainly selling local produce, but there was one stall which sold minerals, the usual kind of stuff you would expect to see at such a venue, I remember the first specimens I purchased were a quartz crystal, a clear calcite rhomb (which was labelled as Iceland spar, and did cause me confusion I thought that was the name of the mineral!) I also got some kyanite, some iron pyrites and a small amethyst crystal cluster.

Soon after I got my first book on minerals and I was instantly fascinated by all the different colours and crystal shapes, and by the amount of different minerals there was, bearing in mind this was a rather basic book, but even so there seemed to be so many mineral types and those were just the commoner types! I was intrigued by the fact they all had different properties, much to the annoyance of my parents after I started using my bedroom window to test the hardness of my minerals!

I was well and truly hooked on minerals by now and when I started secondary school I made a freind who was also interested in minerals, although he was not as interested in the subject as I was, It was fun to spend our free time in the library reading about minerals, and bringing in our specimens to show our science teacher.

A yearly mineral and fossil show had started in Southampton and that became the highlight of my year, it always fell near my birthday so instead of presents I asked for money to get specimens at the show and my collection really started to grow then, although I tended to go for bigger, more showy specimens back then.

The show was run by The Southampton mineral and fossil society, as it still is today by at another venue. I joined the society in 2000 and went on my first organised field collecting trips, one to Colemans quarry in Somerset, and the other to Highcliffe in Hampshire (for fossils)


Skipping forward to when I first had access to the internet, I remember my main source of mineral knowledge was not Mindat but Amethyst galleries. I think Mindat was online then but when I typed in a mineral name Amethyst galleries was the first page that came up with info.

Then I found Mindat and that was that, at that time the Mindat chat was quite active and it was great to be able to speak to other collectors, this was before the social media groups became popular, so really was my only way of being able to talk about my hobby with like minded individuals, and of course I could contribute to the mineral database by adding photos of my specimens.

Nowadays most of my specimens are purchased online and although I do not have any particular pattern to what I collect, I think I would consider myself a systematic collector (although I am not entirely sure what that means) I do like to try and get some of the more rarer minerals but at the same time I still like them to look nice, so rare gems is one particular thing I am interested in, but I will go for anything if I think it looks nice and its fairly rare! eventually I think I will run out of nice looking rare minerals and have to start collecting the rather dull looking specks that have to be indicated by a red triangle!

In recent years I have been able to go and collect a few specimens myself which is very enjoyable and I hope to be able to do further trips in the future, and last year I got my first microscope which has boosted my interest even more , its like a new stage in my hobby and its almost as if all my old specimens are now new specimens again as some of them look so much better under the scope!


 

 
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