“Earlier, I mainly used a book called Minerals in Sweden, a real bible for someone like me. Today we can all contribute to and use maps online where mineral hot spots are marked out. Sometimes you find the minerals easily, but sometimes you need to look for months before finding the exact spot.”
Håkan is ready to travel great distances to find the right specimen, but most commonly he doesn’t have to go far since Swedish caves are very rich in minerals compared to many other parts of the world. This gives Håkan the opportunity to sell or trade minerals with others.
“Most of my ‘customers’ live in the US where they don’t have some of the rare minerals that we are lucky enough to have here in Sweden. A few of them are extremely valuable and it’s common for people to make jewelry out of them. Some people even believe the minerals have healing effects.”
His most strikingly beautiful minerals, Håkan keeps for himself in a collection at home. Some of his favorites are Swedish sphalerites, fluorites, garnet, amazonites and chlorites.
Håkan thinks it is the love for the nature; the woods, the mountains and the caves that still makes him go out and collect minerals. It is also a passion he shares together with his wife.