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#72838, Diamond (2.11 carat cuttable gem-grade yellow octahedral crystal), Premier Mine, South Africa (t) $5575

 

   


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Intermediate-level mineral collectors often misunderstand the value of the history or provenance of a mineral specimen. They tend to overvalue the history and overlook the quality of the mineral itself.

The mineral specimen itself is of primary importance. A great history and chain of ownership does not make a mediocre mineral specimen into a good mineral specimen.

Always ask yourself whether the mineral specimen is worthy of your collection if there was no previous provenance.

One good reason for placing specimen quality first is because there are too many faked mineral provenances on the market. Years ago one dealer fabricated a whole backstory around a collection he was offering which was actually the tired inventory of another dealer that he purchased at a bargain price. Old labels are paired with contemporary or lesser specimens. Minerals from foreign countries are mislabeled as from classic USA localities. And museum numbers are added to specimens.

Most of these fakes are easily detected by knowledgeable collectors/dealers, and I consider part of my "value added" is that I detect these frauds and prevent minerals from being misrepresented.

You will note that I started this commentary stating  intermediate collectors overvalue the history. That is because beginners focus totally on aesthetics, price and size. They have not yet learned about quality, condition, history and mineralogical uniqueness. And advanced collectors understand all of these factor add to the desirability of a mineral specimen.

But if you are in the intermediate category of collectors you should always remember: mineral quality first, provenance last.

John H. Betts, 5/23/2017

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Customer Comments:

"In all our 50+ years of collecting, neither of us have ever seen such a magnificent specimen as the Almandine Garnet from Wrangell, Alaska, even in photographs and we cannot thank you enough for all the trouble you went to to collect it :)" Marie in UK

"I purchased a fine Illinois Fluorite with Calcite specimen. Absolutely amazing specimen. The photos provided on the site did not do it justice! All labels were included which added something special to this particular piece as it was part of Joe Dorris' collection. It made a fine addition to my own collection." L. Osborne

"Thanks very much; it arrived today. The wavellite specimen is great, and your packaging is outstanding! Cheers, Don"

"I recently purchased a piece of Tanzanite from you. I'm not a jeweler, I'm a mineral and element collector. I purchased the cheapest piece you had as my funds are limited but I am so far beyond satisfied. My collection, concerning gems is still missing rough diamond, topaz, and ruby but, when my funds are sufficient I will purchase from you again. Your honesty in describing and providing images is/was more than impressive. I can and will recommend you to any and all collectors! " Joshua Covin.

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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
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