How it began
This site is about the collections of Bart and Henny Beukers from the Netherlands.
Bart collects minerals (handpieces and micromounts) and Henny collects sand.
Bart started his collection in the year 2003, the year he retired from work.
The micromounts are stored in so called micro mount boxes of different sizes, depending on the size of the mineral.
He owns a microscope which can enlarge the micromounts 100x.
The collection sandsamples of Henny started in March 2009 on Deerfield Beach, a beach in Florida. The brother of Bart lives in Florida and Bart and Henny visit him and his wife almost every year. The collection Florida sands grows and grows with every visit.
Sand is not the only thing you can find in Florida. Also Bart can find some pieces for his collection of minerals
In Fort Drum (a little town north of lake Okeechobee) there's a pitt called Ruck's Pitt.
There you can find well-fossilized and calcified marine shells and fossilized bone and teeth. Honey colored calcite crystals are found within large fossilized clamshells.
These are clams that were buried under what used to be a large ocean. Over the millions of years that have followed the clams have been calcified and inside the clams calcite crystals have grown.
How it began