John Betts - Fine Minerals, dealer of fine minerals and specimens for mineral collectors.

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News and Comments

No two mineral collectors have the same opinion of a particular dealer. Ask 5 collectors about my site and you will get 6 opinions. This week I heard from two separate collectors  with totally opposite opinions of the minerals I sell.

One collector thought I was a dealer of high-end minerals. The other collector thought I focused on minerals under $50 (and was amazed I could make a living selling low-priced minerals).

Of course I have the advantage of knowing neither are true. The median price of the minerals on this site is $300, and the mean price is $500. The mean skews higher because of the expensive diamonds I sell.

But it is easy to understand why both collectors formed their opinions. I do list a whole page of minerals under $50 each week. This is to accommodate beginning collectors. And I offer high-priced minerals too. But I avoid the astronomically priced minerals because the buyers of those are more likely to be trophy collectors, rather than mineral collectors.

I am frequently asked by non-collectors to describe a typical customer of mine. There is no typical. Just as every mineral specimen is unique and one-of-a-kind, so are mineral collectors. They are each interested in unique mineral types, sizes, localities, morphology, color, etc. By offering a broad range of minerals, in every price category, I hope to have minerals suitable for each and every collector, no matter what there taste is. (unfortunately, because 1900 minerals are listed on this site, finding the specimen that suits your interest may not be so easy).

John H. Betts, 11/24/2015

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Customer Comments:

"Minerals got here this morning. The real stones are so much more beautiful than the pictures and the pictures were fantastic." Rick & Bonnie R.

"Thank you for my August purchases. I traded and purchased minerals back in the 70's and very early 80's when local shows were my only option. Purchasing online has been a new and not always wholly satisfying experience. Overall, however, in the last few years since rediscovering my old minerals and using the internet to acquire new ones, I have learned to be careful, reigned in the tendency to make the chase more important than what ends up in my hands, and managed to acquire some nice new additions. One of the lessons I've taken in the differences between acquiring minerals via the internet as opposed to local shows, though, has been not knowing if they will be as exciting or interesting or even simply the same as they were on the page in front of me when I purchase them. The minerals I received from you were all just as pictured, just as described (critical, given pictures do not tell a complete story), and each one was absolutely lovely. I've been thrilled with them. Thank you very much." D. Nickerson

"This piece of Gypsum is really eye catching. Never thought something so ordinary could look so good. Am glad it was available & that I bought it. You know, when you retire, I will probably stop buying minerals. I don't know if I could trust another dealer as I have you over the years. And life goes on. I do wish you & your wife & friends many happy moments of peace & quiet wherever you go. It is my pleasure to be one of your customers." Carol C.

"I have been looking at your website for quite a bit (years) and wanted to let you know, that I appreciate the work you have put into this as well as your business. Your website is beyond most on the internet and a wealth of information. I can see your dedication, passion and hard work that you have put into this field. I can’t tell you the amount of hours that I have spent in the past 10 years researching and reading articles with a good focus of material I found on your website, while comparing rocks and minerals that I have found/acquired." Kelli C.

"You offer the BEST selection of materials, bar none. Always like to purchase items from you. Best health" Richard

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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

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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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