Collection of Museum Minerals in Display Case

GBP 1,575.00

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Object Description

A collection of museum minerals in a display case. Presented in a sleek glazed case, the set includes 48 European minerals, including a gold vial, a rock with traces of gold, lapis lazurite, and pyrite with calcite, all with their own striking appearance. Each one is of a superb quality and worthy of a museum.

Moulded by nature over thousands of years, these 48 specimens showcase an impressive sculptural piece for an interior display or collectors cabinet.

More about the minerals inside…

Gold is a native element and precious metal, that has long been prized for its beauty, workability, and one of the first minerals used by prehistoric cultures.

Lazurite is the main component of lapis lazuli and accounts for the stones intense blue colour. The best quality lapis lazuli is intense dark blue, with minor patches of white calcite and brassy yellow pyrite.

Its powdered form was used for hundreds of years to make the pigment ultramarine, which has now been replaced by a synthetic alternative. The first eye shadow was made from lapis lazuli. It was also used for pigments and medicine.

Formed over millions of years, the natural calcite specimen showcases spectacular scalenohedral crystals – also known as dogtooth spar – and has a light coloured, almost translucent quality.

Pyrite comes from the Greek “pyr” for “fire”, because it creates sparks when struck with another mineral or metal. Its brassy-yellow metallic colour has in many cases lead to people mistaking it for gold, hence the common nickname ‘Fool’s gold’.

Additional information

Each mineral varies in size from about 2cm to 9cm.

The case is dated 1880 and in a Victorian style. The minerals are prehistoric.

Object Condition

Good structural condition. Naturally made, prehistoric specimens formed by nature over millions of years. Formations, variations and markings are natural and are to be celebrated as features of each specimen.

Object Details

  • dimensions
    W:50 x H:39 x D:6 centimeters
  • year

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By appointment only.

Dealer Contact

+44(0) 1981 541 155

Dealer Location


From the M50 / Ross-on-Wye
At the end of the M50 take the A40 towards Ross-on-Wye and Monmouth. Take the A49 Hereford Road (third roundabout after leaving the M50) Ignore the first two signposts for Wormelow, Stay on the A49 for approximately nine miles take the next left turn after passing the Pilgrim Hotel, singed A466 Wormelow. Follow the road for approximately 400 meters. We are located on the right hand side, the site is called; Grove Farm / The Grove.

From A49 Hereford
Follow the A49 south from Hereford for approximately five miles. After the uphill section at the Callow there is a layby on your right followed by one on your left. Take the next right turn onto the A466 singed Wormelow / Monmouth, Follow the road for approximately 400 meters. We are located on the right hand side on Grove Farm / The Grove.

UK Heritage
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