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#78090, Gold in Quartz (naturally crystallized
native gold), Eagle's Nest Mine, Michigan Bluff District, California
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:
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
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
John Betts, 10/8/2019
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"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:
New minerals will be added to this site every week.
All minerals offered will be naturally crystallized specimens - no fakes,
no dyes, no irradiation, no crystals glued on matrix.
Only the exact item pictured on the site will be shipped - no substitutes.
Photographs will accurately represent each item - no exaggeration, enhancement
or retouching flaws.
Mineral species and localities will be accurately listed on labels with each
All items will be shipped via US Postal Service, usually the next business
day after the order is finalized.
Each mineral will be individually wrapped and carefully packaged to prevent
damage during shipping.
All historic labeling, if available, will be included with each mineral.
Returns are gladly accepted. No questions asked, no explanation necessary.
All customer information will be kept confidential and never shared or sold.
I will continue to freely share my knowledge with others and contribute
to the study and appreciation of minerals.
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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