Have Your Own Specimen or
Entire Collection Mounted on a Custom Display!
The demand for high quality bases for mineral and fossil specimens has dramatically increased in the past several years. As collectors and dealers continue to buy specimens from $500 to $500,000 there is a need to display them as elegantly as possible. The Sunnywood Collection is the original maker of acrylic and wood bases and continues to lead the world in innovation, stability and quality. Our bases can be seen in numerous mineral shops, mineral shows, and collectors’ homes around the world. We have mounted thousands of specimens since we started business in 1985.
Having your specimen mounted by Sunnywood offers many advantages. We now offer mounting on clear, black, or frosted acrylic ranging from 1" - 2" in thickness and many different hardwoods . Most of our customers prefer rectangular shaped bases, but we can also produce a base of any shape including round and eliptical. Throughout the process no glues or mineral tacks will ever touch your specimen.
Specimens are either hand-routed by one of our very experienced technicians or if appropriate, completed on our computer controlled router, complete with laser scanner. Our labels are available in either black or white lettering and can be removed if changes are necessary. Clear bumpons are added to the bottom of the base for stability and to prevent scratching.
We will work with you to design and display your specimen as appropriately and artistically as possible. Because we have your piece during the entire process, we are able to make it extremely stable in almost any position you desire. We firmly believe this is the only way to make a quality mineral base. Every supporting prop that we make is custom designed and fitted to your specimen. They will often touch more than one area of the piece, thus allowing more support. Having your specimen in our possession allows us to insure that your specimen is positioned perfectly with a high degree of stability. It’s worth it to give it to us... After all, who wants one of their favorite pieces falling off of it’s display, causing it significant damage?
For specimens to be displayed outside of a mineral cabinet, we offer clear acrylic covers for protection against dust and breakage. Turntables are also available custom-sized to fit underneath your base allowing you to have a 360 degree viewing pleasure at the touch of your finger.
Contact us to find out how we can help your collection or exhibit look even more spectacular. Bring your specimen to us at our shop or drop them off with us at one of the major mineral shows in the United States. If you choose to send your specimens to us, call us so we can advise you how to package and ship them in the best manner. Normal turnaround time is 4 to 6 weeks. If you should require alternate timing, please call and make arrangements.
.75" and 1" ACRYLIC BASES
New prices effective December 1. 2012
- 2-5" max dimension - $200 (*)
- 5-10" max dimension - $225 (*)
- > 10" max dimension - call for estimate
- 2-5" non-rectangular base - $200(*)
- 5-10" non-rectangular base - $225(*)
1 1/2" ACRYLIC BASES
New prices effective December 1, 2012
- 2-5" max dimension - $250 (*)
- 5-10" max dimension - $275 (*)
- > 10" max dimension - call for estimate
- 2-5" non-rectangular base - $255 (*)
- 5-10" non-rectangular base - $275 (*)
- >10" non-rectangular - call for estimate(*)
Price also includes as many custom shaped props necessary to properly stabilize the specimen.
(*) Price is based on normal routing time of no more than 1 hour. Additional routing time will be billed at $50.00 per hour. A 5% discount will be offered on mounting orders of greater than 15 specimens in a 30 day time frame.
FORMS AND AGREEMENTS
If you are sending specimens for Custom Mounting, please click on the link below, download the form, fill out the list of minerals and values, sign and mail to The Sunnywood Collection along with your minerals. We cannot begin work on the custom mount until we have received the signed form.
Wood bases are made from 8/4 lumber (1 3/4" thick). Due to the rapid increase in wood prices, all wood bases require custom pricing. We stock may American and Exotic hardwoods.
Acrylic covers are available on request. Ask for quote.
ACRYLIC and WOOD PEDESTALS
Pedestals with or without lighting are available on request. Ask for quote.
Shipping and Packaging:
- All specimens are supplied with a packing box.
- All specimens must be double boxed for shipping - Cost of shipping box(es) and packing materials will be billed to customers.
- A handling charge of $5-$10/box will be charged.
- Shipping cost and insurance is charged to customer. Inquire about insurance for expensive specimens
- Shipping Charges will be added to your mounting bill.
If shipping your specimens is not an option due to fragility or high value, we can arrange to pick them up and return them to you for travel expenses and a daily per-diem fee. This is only practical when 50 or more specimens can be gathered for mounting.
TOPAZ on ALBITE
|The Collector's Edge|
APATITE "The H"
|Before another moment goes by I felt I had to e-mail you and give you my reaction to opening the half-breed. CHILLS ALL OVER!!!!!!!!!!! As you know, I waited almost a year for this moment. The last time I saw this specimen looking this good was when I found it. It spend the next 37 years in a barrel in my garage. When I took it out last year to display, I was heart broken to see the tarnish on the silver and the copper was about as black. Richard did a great job restoring the original luster of the silver Xtals and the copper!!! You guys did an absolutely marvelous job with the mounting!!! THANKS SO EVER SO MUCH !!! Best Regards, |
| - R.H. Dean |
|The Collector’s Edge Minerals, Inc. frequently assembles special exhibits of important mineral specimens for display at major Gem and Mineral Shows, temporary museum exhibits, and special projects. It is critical to us that these special displays are aesthetically pleasing and professional in appearance. We use The Sunnywood Collection to create custom-fitted acrylic specimen stands for the mineral specimens that will be included in all of our special displays. During the past few years, we have trusted Sunnywood to create bases for: 1. A gathering of the top orpiment specimens from the spectacular discovery at Newmont Mining Corporation’s Twin Creeks Gold Mine (debuted at the 1999 Denver Gem & Mineral Show). 2. A superb collection of Gold, Platinum, and Platinum-bearing specimens from Siberia (displayed at the 2001 Tucson Gem & Mineral Show; currently the major pieces of this collection are on display at the National Mining Hall of Fame and Museum in Leadville, Colorado) 3. The top rhodochrosite specimens from the company’s Sweet Home Mine specimen collection (displayed at the 2002 Denver Gem and Mineral Show). 4. A large Sweet Home Mine rhodochrosite specimen (presented in 2002 by the Colorado School of Mines to the Petroleum Institute in Abu Dhabi, UAE). 5. The company’s impressive collection of Chinese mineral specimens (displayed at the 2003 Tucson Gem and Mineral Show). 6. Numerous other specimens for special displays and for important specimens from our retail inventory. Sunnywood’s custom bases are expertly crafted to properly orient and securely hold each mineral specimen at its optimum viewing position. The clear acrylic bases are unobtrusive, allowing the mineral specimens to claim “center stage”. We take pride in our mineral specimen displays and we believe that Sunnywood’s high quality mineral specimen stands greatly enhance the overall appearance of these displays!|
| - Brian Lees, President, Collector's Edge Minerals, Inc. |
|Being a very meticulous, finicky and exacting person, when faced with the challenge of displaying my cabinet size minerals, I was naturally very skeptical as to whether or not The Sunnywood Collection could provide exactly what I was looking for. Ninety mountings later, I am still continually amazed at the artistic, graceful, accurate and secure manner in which you are able to mount my specimens. Your acrylic mounts are superb and reflect a pride in workmanship that is all too often lost in our current times. The aesthetic manner in which the mount is conceived enhances the beauty of the specimen without causing any distraction from the mineral itself. It is very comforting to know that my minerals are securely held in place for viewing, but can easily be removed at any time from the mount. Keep up the extraordinary work and fine attention to detail.|
| - Cliff Vermont |
|I needed to take just a moment to rave about the custom mounting jobs you have done on minerals I have purchased from you AND on the minerals I had before I met you talented folks. The acrylic and wood bases are so tastefully crafted. They are elegant without being garish, they are informative without fighting with the mineral for attention. It is amazining to me how you are able to work with and place minerals which are enormous and those which are small with equal ease and composition. I can tell you take pride in finding the best viewing angle as you set the mineral in the form, it shows. You are a family of gifted artisans and it is a great priviledge to be your happy client, truly, |
| - Kathryn Pistor |
|Bill and Elsie Stone have developed the art of the display of fine minerals to a new high. One of my cosiderations in the possible purchase of a specimen has always been-will I be able to display it to its best angle? Bill has essentislly removed this concern, as I know he will make a display base which shows off the specimen to its best possible face. The service is very reasonable when one considers the cost of a fine mineral specimen.|
| - Steve Neely M.D. |