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Pala International has consistently earned its reputation as the direct source for the finest colored stones.

British Museum Cards

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Collecting Cards from the British Museum (Natural History)

Printed by Waterlow & Sons Ltd.

 

With Pala Presents, we offer selections from the library of Pala International’s Bill Larson, who shares some of the wealth of information in the realm of gems and gemology. 

 


 

Below, we feature forty mineral and gemstone postcards published by the British Museum (Natural History). According to a story by postcard-collector John Taylor in the Jan/Feb 2009 edition of Rocks & Minerals, these cards were printed in about the 1920s by Waterlow & Sons. The firm was an engraver of currency, postage stamps, and stock and bond certificates. James Waterlow's son Sydney (1822–1906) eventually became Sheriff of the City of London, during which time he was knighted, and later became that city's Lord Mayor.

As Taylor tells in his article, these collecting cards are arranged as follows.

D 16–35: precious stones
D 36–45: ornamental stones
D 46–54: crystals
D 55: crystals (twins)

 
Diamonds
Rubies
Detail from the cover of The Ruby. It is the only illustration contained in the booklet.
For almost a hundred years, H. J. Howe, Inc. was in the White Memorial Building at South Salina and East Washington Streets in Syracuse. These photographs were taken by Jack Boucher, January 1962, as part of the Historic American Buildings Survey conducted by the National Park Service. (Source: Library of Congress)
Emerald
Topaz
Entrance to the jewelry store, in the midst of its annual post-holiday clearance sale.
The entrance to the White Memorial Building, with its famous gargoyles.
Full view of the White Memorial Building at South Salina and East Washington Streets, January 1962.
The building as it appeared in January 2008. (Photo: Lvklock via Wikipedia)
Chrysoberyl
Olivine
Spinel
Zircon
Spodumene
Feldspars
Turquoise
Andalusite etc.
Euclase etc.
Quartz
Quartz
Jade
Amber
Lapis etc.
Fluor
Steatite etc.
Malachite etc.
Rhodonite etc.
Satin-spar etc.
Cubic
Hexagonal
Rhombohedral
Rhombohedral
Tetragonal
Orthorhombic
Monoclinic
Monoclinic
Triclinic
Twin