These pages contains images of some of our collection of
micro minerals. These specimens have been collected over a number of years, many of
them personally, and some in exchange with other micro collectors world wide. NZ Micros are
from New Zealand only. O/S Micros
are from any other origin.
A micro mineral is defined as a mineral specimen that is
permanently mounted, and requires lighting and magnification to view them. Most of
the following specimens are of the order of 1-2 mm in dimension.
The following photographs were taken using a fully automatic Olympus OM2
camera, though an Olympus 10-40 zoom microscope onto normal daylight print film, with
incandescent light sources and a blue skylight filter to compensate the colour
temperature. They were then digitised using a Sony Digital Mavica FD7 camera,
directly off the film prints.