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#78090, Gold in Quartz (naturally crystallized native gold), Eagle's Nest Mine, Michigan Bluff District, California (m) $750

   


News and Comments

As you know, I acquire most of the minerals I sell by buying old mineral collections. As a result, I have seen many different styles of labels from the oversized labels that dwarf the accompanying minerals, to slips of paper or Post-It notes with just the mineral and locality. After seeing all of these styles of labels I have recommendations about the information that should be included on a mineral label:

ALWAYS INCLUDE:

  • Catalog number (with accompanying number attached to the specimen)

  • Mineral species (duh!)

  • Locality (location of origin)

  • Your name and optionally your city/state of residence

  • Date acquired

OPTIONAL:

  • The source (collected on this date… or purchased from …)

  • Size dimensions (this is good at deciphering labels if they get confused because you did not adhere a number to each specimen.)

UNNECCESSARY:

  • Mineral formula (can easily be looked up)

  • Mineral group (ditto)

John Sinkankas also had a space where he listed the estimated value of the specimen and date that the price was set. He would periodically revise the price and add a new date.

Think about all the information conveyed in the label data above. Someday your collection will be owned by another mineral collector or perhaps a museum. Won't the information listed be helpful to the new owner?

Yes, you know all that off the top of your head for each specimen in your collection. But you could be struck by an automobile tomorrow, and all that information will be lost. You will make the new owner very happy and the information will add to the appreciation and enjoyment of your old mineral collection.

John Betts, 10/8/2019

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Customer Feedback:

"Just an FYI. Received my 7 specimen mineral order today for the very reasonable price of $240, after your multi specimen discount. That is a little more than $30 per specimen on average. While these were all small miniatures, I thought the quality was excellent from a lack of damage perspective, uniqueness for location crystal morphology perspective. (and the price was great for that). Any beginner or moderate-skilled collector would greatly benefit from the addition of these specimens. I consider myself an advanced collector, and this suite really made me happy and hit the mark with me for what they are in size. I have spent very much more $$$ on “high quality” larger specimens. These in their own way, in my opinion, hold their own in the collection for reasons mentioned. Maybe I am over the top on this, but I very much like what I received. Thanks. Dan M." 

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Pledge to My Customers:

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 species was incorrectly identified, I will refund the cost of the original purchase & shipping, the cost return shipping and the cost for testing.

 John H. Betts, owner
Mineral dealer since 1989, mineral collector since 1967

 

 

  

 

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