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I have recently been posting zeolite minerals from the quarries of New Jersey. These minerals are found in trap rock quarries mining basalt. The minerals occur in gas cavities that formed in a series of basalt flows that formed the arc-shaped Watchung Mountains. The quarries are extracting trap rock that is crushed for use in road construction and aggregate fill. Collectors have haunted these quarries for over 100 years, preserving minerals for collections.

Until now. Almost all are closed.

Upper New Street Quarry is closed. Lower New Street Quarry is Closed. Millington Quarry is closed.

A few quarries remain open, but collectors are not allowed access. Already there is a shortage of good mineral specimens. Soon these New Jersey zeolites are going to become rare. Just like when the Illinois fluorite mines closed in 1993, new mineral specimens became unavailable and the prices of the minerals started to climb.

Soon the only source of New Jersey zeolites will be old collections. Fortunately thousands of minerals were collected over the years, so I am sure they will trickle out of collections for years to come.

But be forewarned: the supply is ending. Now is the time to get the last of these classic specimens.

John H. Betts, 9/16/2014

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Customer Comments:

"Dear Mr. Betts, Thank you once again! I am probably not the greatest buyer you have. I am on a limited budget and shop only every now and then. But the thing is you have such an amazing inventory even in the lowest price range that i cannot find any thing better in terms of value for the quality of the samples, the accuracy of the item's description to the highest level of service you provide. It is a great pleasure each time and a long lasting satisfaction with each purchase. Thank you!" Jean L., Québec, Canada

"I am very happy with the delivery and packaging of my order. The detailed descriptions almost din't do justice to the specimens but were a great aid in selection. I am searching for a few things that used to feature in my previous collections perhaps I may send a list." J. Hhall

"I recently bought five items and they were very pretty, came just as photographed, and shipped super quickly. Thanks John!!! I like that everything you offer is real. I don't like treatments, fake colorings. Nice specimens. Will cont. to buy here." T. Lamb

"I think it’s your combination of photographic artistic background and mineral knowledge that cause me to like the things you offer far more than anyone else I see offering minerals. I’d guess that 95+% of my mineral money goes to you, and mainly because of aesthetics, quality, and honesty. That last one is what caused me to be interested in you in the first place. It was so refreshing to have someone tell me about any flaws, the actual size of the largest crystal (have to guess for almost everyone else), etc. I said (and still say) “there’s a man who is doing his best to make sure I know what I’m buying – how refreshing." Don R.

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Customer satisfaction is my primary goal. I pledge:

  1. New minerals will be added to this site every week.
  2. All minerals offered will be naturally crystallized specimens - no fakes, no dyes,  no irradiation, no crystals glued on matrix.
  3. Only the exact item pictured on the site will be shipped - no substitutes.
  4. Photographs will accurately represent each item - no exaggeration, enhancement or retouching flaws.
  5. Mineral species and localities will be accurately listed on labels with each specimen.
  6. All items will be shipped via US Postal Service, usually the next business day after the order is finalized.
  7. Each mineral will be individually wrapped and carefully packaged to prevent damage during shipping.
  8. All historic labeling, if available, will be included with each mineral.
  9. Returns are gladly accepted. No questions asked, no explanation necessary.
  10. All customer information will be kept confidential and never shared or sold.
  11. I will continue to freely share my knowledge with others and contribute to the study and appreciation of minerals.
  12. All mineral specimens have a lifetime guarantee: if the mineral specimen is ever tested, and I incorrectly identified the mineral species, I will refund the cost of the original purchase & shipping, the cost return shipping and the cost of the test.

 John H. Betts, owner
Mineral dealer since 1989


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