About Us

Welcome to mineralspecies.com!  mineralspecies.com began operations in January 2007, as a wholly owned subsidiary of Mineral Zone. The business is located in Tucson, Arizona. mineralspecies.com endeavors to provide quality species of rare or hard to obtain mineral species at affordable prices.

In particular, mineralspecies.com was the first web site to offer the new mineral ottensite, IMA2006-014, immediately after its acceptance by the IMA approval. Similarly, mineralspecies.com also offered luinaite-(OH), IMA 2009-046, shortly after its IMA approval.Subsequent updates often had themes, such as a new find of a rare species, or type localities.

The owner of the web site is a trained mineralogist, Dr. Marcus J. Origlieri. He described two mineral species as the first author, namely stibioclaudetite (IMA2007-028) and marshallsussmanite (IMA2013-067). He has also participated in the discovery of lavinskyite, scottyite, and bobdownsite.

mineralspecies.com has customers in Argentina, Australia, Austria, Brazil, Canada, China (including Hong Kong and Taiwan), the Czech Republic, France, Denmark, Germany, Italy, Japan, Korea, Norway, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, Thailand, Russia, the United Kingdom, and the United States.