An assortment of mineral specimens from the Department of Mineral Sciences' collections are displayed in the storage vault known as the "Blue Room," at the Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of Natural History. Mineral Sciences staff present are (left) Paul Pohwat, Collections Manager of Minerals, and (right) Russell Feather, Collections Manager of Gems.
"Chemistry... offers one of the most powerful means towards the attainment of a higher mental cultivation... because it furnishes us with insight into those wonders of creation which immediately surround us." Justus von Liebig. While chemistry is not my major field of study I am no less interested in the subject. In fact, my undergraduate research position is with the chemistry department. One day I had the idea to start an element collection. I realize, of course, ...