Minerals & Gems

A World of Beauty
and usefulness

Minerals are essential
to Human existence
My Pet Rock
found in Colorado
Epidote with eyes
and nose
Fluorite Crystal
to show interior

Human bodies are made up essentially of water and minerals as are all living things. The amount of various minerals varies greatly. The core of our planet Earth is essentially molten iron. Much of the Earth is made up of Silicon (think sand and quartz crystals as well as computer chips), Feldspar, CaCo³ (calcium carbonate) such as limestone, and the metals.

eART SCANNING can be used in connection with minerals. You can scan your mineral collection of minerals small enough to fit on your scanner. You can catalog each item using numbers or showing your description in the file name which you use to store each image. You can use your scanner to store a record of any collection, minerals, coins, artifacts, jewelry, gems or whatever, as long as it will fit your scanner. You can also take digital camera or film camera pictures, then scan and store them as well. However, digital cameras for the most part record at 72 dpi (dots per inch, which will not allow you to print them out except at about a maximum of 8.5" x 11" prints. Whereas I scan on the scanner at 500 or 600dpi and therefore can make prints 13" x 19" or larger. eART SCANNING is a new art form with endless possibilities for use.

Here are some samples of minerals scanned on the scanner. Most of these were my earliest efforts and are not as good as the florals, shells etc. which have been scanned later. I will be upgrading the eART SCAN on minerals later, but these will allow you to see how useful eART SCANNING can be on mineral collections. Some of the specimens have labels and others do not.

You may click on any specimen and then see it in a full screen view.
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Asbestos--used in industry
for centuries, but also deadly
Tiger-eye--is called
fossilized asbestos
used for jewelry and
is not dangerous
Item # -01
Azurite (the blue mineral)
on Malachite (the green
mineral) are related to
Copper and are used in
jewelry and some construction
Item # -02
This is one of my favorite
mineral specimens.
It has green Epidote
and probably some iron
plus other unknown minerals.
This is both sides
Items # -03a & -03b
This is my other favorite
mineral specimen
It is comprised of
Epidote and Granite
both sides are shown
Items # -04a & -04b
Rough Epidote-top
four pieces of
polished Epidote bottom
from Southern Colorado
Item # -05
Fluorite Crystals
(left) eART SCAN of entire
piece (right) close-up
{click to see interior}
Item # -06
Garnets in Matrix
from Coahuila, Mexico
found by Javier Castellanos
Item # -07
Specimen of gold
from William O. Proctor
Item # -08
Jade Bear from Alaska
left is eART SCAN
right is with some
retouching after SCAN
Items # -09a & -09b
Kamermerite on
Chrome from
the Black Sea
Item # -10
Metatuyamenite radioactive
ore--beautiful but
dangerous to handle
Item # -11
Quartz crystals from
J. Coleman Pit in Hot
Springs Village, Ark.
Item # -12
Realgar--Arsenic ore
beautiful but
dangerous to handle
Item # -13
Rhodochrosite on Galena
and Sphalerite matrix
Item # -14
Selenite Sunflowers
natural mineral growth
of mineral Selenite
Item # -15
Corregidor Rock
left-dry - right-wet
looks like the blood spilled
on this tiny island in WWII
Item # -16a # -16b
Calcium Carbonate CaCO³
from Arizona
Item # -17
Sulphur from
the Texas Gulf Coast
Item # -18
Tourmaline Crystal
very small but
beautiful color
Item #19
19 caret blue Topaz
another beautiful gem
Item #20
Wulfenite from the
Red Cloud Mine
in Arizona
Items #21a & 21b