Mein sandiges Hobby ist das Sammeln von Sand

Jeder Sammler hat seine eigenen Gründe für das Sammeln von Sand, viele von ihnen sind auch interessiert in Geologie und/oder auch Mineralogie.

Andere, wie Sie mehr über die Region der Welt jede Probe stammt aus zu lernen. Wie Sand ist fast überall in der Umgebung, es lehrt Sie auch viel über Geografie.

Viele Leute sammeln Sand, um kennen zu lernen - virtuell oder im wirklichen Leben - zu anderen Sammlern aus der ganzen Welt und etwas über ihre verschiedenen Kulturen.

Finaly, einfach zu schätzen wissen die meisten von ihnen die natürliche Schönheit der Sand.

Wie man anfängt

Start collecting sands in your own area. Sand is found all around the world at rivers, lakes, beaches, mountains, sand pits,... so you should be able to find some sandy spot near your home. Be sure not to violate local laws on collecting samples, and ask for permission to collect a sample from the land owner. In some areas removal of local minerals without a permit is strictly prohibited.

Collecting samples

When you collect a sample, pick up enough to trade with others. A spoon for scooping, zip-lock bags for storage and a waterproof pen are the basic tools you need. This provides plenty of surplus sand to share. Once you have your sample filled in a plastic baggie (and this is important), immediately label the sample so you won´t mix up with others. Some information to include on the label are the exact name of the location from which the sample was obtained, the date of collection, and the type of sand (beach, desert, sand dune, etc.). The more information you will provide on the sample the more likely you will find someone who is interested in it.


Once you take your sample home, some cleaning might be in order - but is no must. Some collectors prefer to leave samples in their natural state, but other collectors like to wash them out to remove whatsoever contamination such as organic material, silt, clay, plastic fragments, etc. If you choose to wash it, be careful not to wash the entire sample and keep a portion of natural sand for others! Ensure the sample is accurately dried prior to storage or display.

Storage and display

It's important to decide early on how you would like to store your samples. If you choose a large container, you won't be able to display as many samples as you want. Think also to the weight and the cost of your system. You can use small glass bottles, tubes, plastic boxes.... or anything that enhances the beauty of your sands.

Tracking your collection

Once you have more than a few samples, it's easy to forget which is which. So, for each sample, make an entry into a ledger or spreadsheet. Some things you might like to record include your personal sample number, continent, nation, state, county, parish, community, city, town, suburb, location name, latitude and longitude, type of sand, sand colour(s), mineral contents, etc - only to mention a few. Don't forget to make a list of your surplus sands you like to share with others!