How to get the most out of your Fossils
Fossils are amazing snapshots of history, that when treated correctly, can brighten your life with a spark of interest and fascination. I am going to recommend three ways in which the amazing items you have(or plan to have), can be transformed into your most treasured possessions.
Step 1 - Labelling them
The most important thing about owning a fossil is knowing its history - its country of origin, what age its from (e.g Cretaceous, Jurassic), how old it is and most importantly, what it is. Identification of fossils is what increases their value. For example, the picture below shows on face value, an attractive collection of different fossils, but after you find out what these fosils are, their place of origin and their age, these fossils are far more interesting. If you are planning to buy a fossil, I would recommend only buying those which you have information about, and if there is none supplied - ask for it - this way you can be more sure that you get a genuine and interesting piece. When you get the fossil and information - be proud and display the fossil with a little identification card - this way, you will never forget, and any visitors that see your fossils will be impressed with its details.
Step 2 - Looking after them
Fossils, when treated incorrectly are uninspiring useless rocks. To make sure that your fossils do not loose their value by being mistreated, there are simple rules to follow. I would first recommend to touch the fossils as little as possible, on our hands are oils that could destroy delicate fossils. If you wish to touch/move the fossils, clean cotton gloves will help to ensure no damage is done to the fossils. If you are moving fossils a larger distance make sure that they are wrapped in something like tissue paper and place in a jiffy bag or surround it with bubble wrap. This will help to minimise the damage done by rough contact. If posting them, remember to write fragile or delicate as largely as possible. At home, fossils can collect dust very quickly so to keep them clean and attractive, wipe the dust very delicately with a small clean paint brush. Do not do this too regularly however as it may cause damage.
Step 3 - Displaying them
Fossils are perfect to display. Make sure they are out of a small childs way, and display them on a mantle piece, on a shelf or in their own fossil cabinet. Display them along with the identification card in an easy to spot place, so whenever someone enters your home or work place, they will be able to have a look. The picture below shows how fossil display becomes easy and attractive simply with a box or case.
The main purpose for fossils is to display and understand them, and I hope with this guide you enjoy them, that bit more.If you find this guide helpful please state it below and if you have any questions, please do contact me. The pictures are from the ebay-only company TREFossils.