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#73477, Elbaite Tourmaline and Albite, Stak Nala, Skardu Road, Baltistan, Gilgit-Baltistan (Northern Areas), Pakistan (SOLD)



News and Comments

I am slowing down. I posted only 50 minerals this week.

I am not slowing because I am tired, or old, or busy. I am posting few minerals because I am including more photographs of each specimen.

In the early days I used to post 80 minerals per week, and averaged 2.5 images per mineral specimen for a total of about 200 images each week. This week I averaged 5 images per mineral specimen (x 50 specimens) for a total of 250 images. So I am actually working longer and harder to produce 25% more images each week.

Mineral photographs are labor-intensive. There is no way to automate the process (unless you have low standards). Each images requires posing the specimen, adjusting the lighting, setting the exposure and capturing the image. Once the raw images are transferred to my computer, the best images must be selected, and cropped, adjusted for brightness and contrast, background cleaned-up, and the image resized to web-appropriate resolution. Lastly each image must be tediously renamed with the corresponding item number.

It makes me tired just writing this. Imagine doing that for 250 images each week, times 50 weeks per year.

So please forgive the fewer minerals each week. I hope you appreciate the additional images and that they help you appreciate each mineral's beauty.

John H. Betts, 10/17/2017 

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Customer Comments:

"Thank you John! I just added two nice Diamonds from the North Cape Province, South Africa to my collection. John's service is impeccable! My new prized specimens were described honestly and photographed perfectly. I am a very happy collector! For everyone seeking to buy collection grade (or jewelry grade) Diamonds, John Betts fine minerals in New York is the place to go!" Michael P.

"I'm very happy with the beautiful calcite on dolomite mineral I purchased from you. The fluorescence is awesome! As always,it was superbly packed and delivered, and the price very fair. I look forward to my next transaction with you. "G. Tucker

"I just received my order of beautiful Copper from the Ray Mine in Arizona and Native Silver with Acanthite from Batopilas, Chihuahua Mexico. Both arrived in perfect condition and I am thrilled & honored to add these awesome minerals to my Native Elements section of my collection. These beauties will add much "spice" to that group. These and all your minerals are "show worthy" pieces at bargain prices. Thank you a million times! 5 stars +++++ for this dealer!" M.P.

"Thanks, John. The sapphire just arrived in fine shape. Very nice and the color and clarity were well-represented by your photographs. Another satisfied customer!" D.D.


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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 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, mineral collectors since 1967





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John Betts - Fine Minerals, New York, NY
a division of, dealer of Fine Minerals and Natural Crystal Clusters since 1989.

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