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April 11-14, 2019, Rochester Mineralogical Symposium

 

   

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#73949, Cerussite (trilling) with Duftite and Malachite, Tsumeb Mine, 3rd Oxide Zone, Namibia ex. Gebhard Collection (t) $195

   


News and Comments

Collectors usually go through changes in their tastes as they collect through the years. You will go through an arc of collecting, hoarding, then purging. Every collector does it. My personal collection peaked at 7,000 specimens and now is down to 400.

At first you may equate large size with high value, only to learn later that perfect condition is more important than size, and because smaller minerals are more likely to be perfect condition, means you will eventually gravitate towards smaller specimens. (Unless your wealth increases to allow you to buy large-sized perfect minerals.)

And you may start to specialize. Maybe you will focus on a mineral species, or a locality ,or a color or chemistry.

The point is that you will change as a collector and your mineral collection will evolve.

This will result in you probably trading or selling some of your earlier minerals as time passes. Which is why it is important to save accompanying documents and labels. And you should avoid permanently gluing anything to a mineral including display bases or labels (unless you are ABSOLUTELY certain that a label will not be visible when displayed.)

We are only temporary curators of our minerals. Take care to preserve your minerals for the next owner...

John Betts, 7/16/2019

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Customer Comments:

"Just wanted to tell you I appreciate some of the little things you do, as seen in my recent order. For example, postage was 6.50, not the $10 most dealers charge. No white box, no ghastly glue affixing the specimen on an acrylic base--all things that presumably save you money, helping to keep prices down. Very nice specimen, BTW. " Wynne K.

"Just a note to thank you for the turquoise which arrived yesterday. Less than a week from placing the order, to receiving this specimen here in England - that's quick service! It's an attractive stone; accurately described and superbly photographed on your website. The old labels and historic mine info are an added bonus, so I'm very pleased with my purchase. By all means quote me if you wish, as a satisfied customer who will probably be back with more orders in the future." Alan P.

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

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