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Tom Wells
recently was left a mineral collection by a 93 year old man who had been collecting since he was 15  his daughter and him hadnt gotten along and she was his only child she was going to throw his life collection of specimens and even a facet grade emerald away because "it was a bunch of dumb rocks"  every thing from 2 pound flourite cluster and petrified wood ill up bload some pics  but i dont understand how  some one could dismiss and throw away some one's  life work  all this being said im not looking to sell any of it id like to appreciate this mans work and share it with others   ill post more pictures if you guys want to see them i also have a few minerals here that are true mysterys even to a few geologists whove been hunting for 30 and 40 year ill upload those later one of them is a small maybey 7 mm perfect tealish green octahedron seems to be the main one stumping every one

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Tom wells
more images to come

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Bob Harman
First you have to answer a question TO YOURSELF.    Are you interested in the collection or any part of it?     If your answer is "yes", remove those examples and separate them from all the rest.   If your answer is "no" then make the decision to either give it to a family member or friend (youngster?) who might show some interest in it or sell it, probably as a single lot. 

From your pix, it appears that some specimens are "middlin" in quality while the rest are of low quality.   
If you sell, I would strongly urge you to sell the collection as 1 lot. Anyway you sell it, people will want to cherry pick from it and you will be left with the lowest end examples. If you are happy this way then expect to have to get rid of the non-salable remnants.
Dealers want to buy material that will sell quickly and at a profit so don't expect much interest from many dealers.  Buying lower end $2.00 examples and marking prices up to $3 or $5 makes a profit but, after expenses, is usually not worth most dealers time.
If no local dealers will make you an offer, I would bring the collection to your local rock club meeting; show it around and get some ideas of interest from the club members. Let them make you an offer for the whole lot if they are interested. 
If no one in the club seems interested and can't give you any other specific direction, then I would consider donating it to a local school system or museum or something similar. If you are allowed, then take a tax deduction for your donation.
Most importantly, be realistic about its quality and prices. Let interested folks make an offer to you rather than the other way around.      Good luck,    BOB
Bob Harman
So I should add an addendum as your second set of pix were not on when my first reply got posted.   Several from this set of pix are very collectible, but small examples. It will help if you have labels for ALL the specimens. No labels is a serious draw back when selling a collection to either a dealer of another more advanced collector.  
The better examples from this series will definitely be cherry picked. If you are comfortable with this, fine. But if not, then selling everything as the 1 lot will still be the way to go as the buyers will want to buy the collection specifically to obtain the better specimens.    BOB

Tom wells
still uploadin some pics this next one is the big mystery for me 

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tom wells
also if you know the names of some of them it would help i know alot of the but again this 70+ years of collecting theres A LOT i dont know and woul love opinions and ideas im attaching a pretty little pink topaz and a nice bit of petrified wood  too but i havent uploaded half of this collection yet nearly only a quarter of it 

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Tom wells
more samples of collection first one is a odd flourite i think  theres a kunzite in there an iceland spare  too 

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Tom wells
done uploading for tonight will upload more in the morning [smile] got staurolite an a chrysacolla in tis one

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Kris Dennis
The little green octahedron is malachite that has replaced cuprite. A google search would be malachite after cuprite. The value would be about $25 to $75 depending on condition and if the brown stuff would clean off.

The rest of the other specimens would be be as others said average value at first glance. the value of many of the specimens is the location information. Some collectors will not be interested without it. So to anything that you can get on that will help any future value.
Tom Wells
in the second string of pic i have i was wondering what the blue material might be as some of it breaks like a salt based mineral but others are harder and almost resemble the nugget shape of turquoise and the brown does come off with some hot water thanks kris  for the info on the modified octohedron it had me and quite a few others stumped  i know the lil topaz points i have supposedly are utah

kris dennis
The turquoise nuggets all appear to be just that except the blocky one to the right. That one is feldspar variety amazonite. Turquoise is not my strong area the easily breakable stuff could be a low grade copper mineral or chalcanthite but the color is wrong for that. To check for chalcanthite take a small piece and put it in water and it should dissolve. 

The topaz is from Topaz Mountain, Thomas Range, Utah. I can not tell if it has much color but if it does do not leave it in direct sunlight as it will loss the color over time.
Tom Wells
thats awesome to know exactly where the topaz is from hes a very nice light shade of pink and thanks for the tip abiut the sun light . have a few questions about petrified wood while im here too ill get some better pics but does any one know the value of it  or how to tell wich part of the world its from?ill upload the pics in my next reply gotta wait like 30 minutes tho the wife has the camera haha
Tom Wells
first 4 are the petrified then ive got a smokey cluster and the last ones are un known to me any way

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Bob Harman
Your pix of petrified wood show small portions with no real aesthetic appeal. Petrified wood is very ubiquitous; many types from many worldwide localities. And much of it is colorful with eye appeal. From your posting, it also seems you have no labels with these. No labels on the wood = no value unless someone specifically can tell the type of tree and where they originally came from. Without a label, the only value on these pieces is when they come from an unusual plant and an unusual locality. Unless this is the case, you won't get much response on them.
The smoky quartz is also a very middlin example.     Sorry I can't be more positive.     BOB
Kris Dennis
I agree with Bob on the petrified wood it has little value without a lot more info and even then probably not. As it sits it is 0.50 to 2.00 a pound for decorator rock or tumbling material. 

The smoky quartz with feldspar is $10-40 without a better picture or a location. Unless it is a rare or desirable location or it has some minerals that are not seen on the photo I can't imagine it being much more than that.

The last ones I am not sure on what they are for sure. I have a couple ideas but at this point it would be a guess.
Tom Wells
i appreciate all feedack because again i had an idea alot of this was just was a old rock hounds priceless collection and devotion that makes it worth more then gold to me knowing that he spent his life on it   now ill spend part of my life trying to put localitys and names on some of his specimens he had it all cataloged but shed already thrown it away the week before but ive got loads more pics and if you guys dont mind  leaving me feedback i dont mind if you tell me its trash or tell me its worth millions (lol yeah right) im here for the advice because im a 24 year old rockhound who was handed a 90 year old rock hounds puzzle to complete again bob and kris your information on everything has been held dear and any further info from you  both will continue to be respected and held close thank you guys so much im opening naother box of material now to upload  if y'all wanna continue checking this out

tom wells
1 final question on a specimen i have ive now been looking into it for about two days i have a bunch of pics of it from different angles im not sure but it appears to be rhodonite or rhodochrosite but im not sure because it has some white spots on it  and some patches of a black kinda course mineral last time ill bother you guys for more info but i just wanted to check my thoughts against those of others the person who inherited this colection didnt want it and was going to throw it out  thus why i do not have this mans catalog i was heart broken to hear shed gotten rid of his records which as many times has been pointed out absoulutley anihilates the value of the collection and i believe as it was put would make it just an accumulation again why i actually was upset when i got the now "accumulation" every piece was numbered  .. any ways here the pictures of my last mystery stone again i think ive narrowed it down but with out the records of what and where its near impossible

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Alfred L Ostrander
The last specimen is quite likely pink rhodonite. The light brown material in the piece is probably andradite garnet. It appears there is some white calcite. You need to check this piece with a short wave black light. If any of the associated minerals fluoresce, that will confirm the ID. The calcite will fluoresce red. If any willemite is present, it will fluoresce green. 

If I am correct, this may be the most valuable specime you have posted. 
Bob Harman
I agree with AL O.    The last example is likely rhodonite from Franklin, NJ. It may have been collected over 65 years ago as this mining area has essentially been closed to collecting for many years. 

 This example is precisely the point of what I said about labeling in my other thread. If an original label had accompanied this specimen, as AL said, it would be very collectible with some real dealer/collector interest and substantial value.   Without a label, first it has to be positively identified as to both the mineral(s) and the locality and year it was collected. After that, its value will still be substantially diminished as the label will not have been originally tied to the specimen.
tom wells
ive got labled every thing i have ever collected my self just makes me wish this guys daughter had more respect for his stones too :/ thanks again guys
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