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Vintage mineral frame-able print collection "Picture Your Wall” - a set of four 8" x 10" prints by my husband that won the Tucson Gem and Mineral show slide competition during the early 1970's.
These are ' four color ' prints and over 40 years old.

From 1970 to 1973 my husband Joel worked as a research scientist and curator at the world famous Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C., in the Dept. of Mineral Sciences. He had full access to the world’s finest collection of gems and minerals (and even had the Hope Diamond around his neck on 2 occasions!).

Joel also was instrumental in the launch of the Mineralogical Record, a magazine for mineral enthusiasts (now in its 42nd year of publication) that revolutionized the field of mineral photography. The “Record” created a contest to attract photographers and have them submit their best mineral pictures for use by the magazine. The winning photo (selected by majority vote at the world’s largest gem and mineral event, the Tucson Gem and Mineral Show, which takes place every February) would later appear as a magazine cover.

Joel had developed unique lighting techniques for mineral photography, and won the Tucson Slide Competition in its first, second and third years. All of his photos were of Smithsonian specimens, generally of superb quality but small (1-2 inches). But one in particular was of a magnificent tourmaline specimen (still on display at the Museum) consisting of a twin column of foot-tall pink and green crystals from California that has come to be affectionately known as “the steamboat”. The lighting and photography of this incredible specimen took an entire day, but the result was (and remains) the finest picture ever taken of “the steamboat”.

Joel decided to make some of his photos available to subscribers of the Mineralogical Record as frame-able prints. In 1972 he assembled a set of four pictures and had these printed as 8x10 inch images, with great attention to detail and color quality, on heavy stock glossy paper. The “steamboat” tourmaline was one of these four, and this image was also produced simultaneously as an over-sized 16 x 20” print. The set of photos was advertised at the time under the logo “Picture Your Wall”, with the first word having a double meaning.

► A few sets of these incredible prints are still available and in mint condition even after 40 years. The images are of rhodochrosite (Germany), wulfenite (Mexico), cinnabar (China) and tourmaline (California).◀
They are available as individual 8" x 10” prints or as a set of four, and the tourmaline is also available in a 16" x 20” size. These unique photos set a global standard for mineral photography four decades ago, and their quality has never been surpassed.

**Price is for a SET OF FOUR 8" x 10" non matted prints as seen in the photos - one (1) of each of these different mineral specimens. These are 4 (four) color offset prints with very high quality control .
Each one is signed on the back by Joel.
Prints will arrive in a cardboard reinforced envelope for protection. These prints are excellent for framing! **

◉ Please note these images are copyrighted and may not be used or reproduced in any way!◉

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We sell vintage products that in most cases cannot be replaced. The quality and uniqueness of our items does not allow for negotiation on prices.
While we may offer special promotional sales from time to time (such as free shipping on orders at our discretion ), our inventory prices are final as listed.
Dr. Joel E. Arem has more than 60 years of experience in the world of gems and minerals. He is widely regarded as one of the leading authorities in the world on colored gemstones. After obtaining his Ph.D. in Mineralogy from Harvard University, he went on to publish numerous books that are still among the most widely used references and guidebooks on crystals, gems and minerals in the world.
The Color Encyclopedia of Gemstones has for more than 30 years been the world's most authoritative source of information on (and pictures of) gemstones, including many of the rare gems, such as andalusite.
You can feel 100% confident purchasing from us!
Visit Joel's own website for more information about his credentials http://www.joelarem.com
Arem Designs
P.O. Box 5056
Laytonsville, Md.
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TO SEND A MONEY ORDER: Please make it out to:
Debby Arem
and mail it to me at P.O. Box 5056 Laytonsville, Maryland 20882.
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VINTAGE Photographic Art Prints MINERAL SPECIMENS Set of 4


  • Vintage handmade item from the 1970s
  • Materials: vintage glossy print paper, recycled gem print, art prints, vintage art prints
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