Micromount specimen collecting has a number of advantages over collecting larger specimens. Micromount specimens take up less space and cost less than larger specimens. Small crystals are usually more perfect than larger ones. Micromount material can often be readily collected at locations that rarely if ever yield specimens with large crystals. Crystals of many rare species are only found in microscopic sizes.
Micromounting is a craft, as much as it is a collecting activity. Two English language books on micromounting have been published, one by Milton Speckels in 1965, and the other by Quintin Wight in 1993.