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#77238, Gmelinite, Analcime, Natrolite, Madman's Window, Glenarm, Northern Ireland (Type Locality for Gmelinite) (m) $375

   


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I highly recommend mounting minerals using Mineral Tack, also sold as Geo-Tac. It is a white putty that is firm enough to support minerals without them falling over. Best of all, it does not cause any damage to minerals. Mineral Tack should not be confused with the blue putty made by various companies like Duco, 3M, DAP, and Loctite.

The flexibility of Mineral Tack is due to a plasticizer solvent. If a mineral is porous and earthy, it will draw out the plasticizer and cause the Mineral Tack to harden making it difficult to remove.

Here are some tricks for removing old Mineral Tack:

  1. Soak in hot water (if the mineral will tolerate heat). The temperature will soften the hard tack making it easier to remove.

  2. Use a ball of new mineral tack and press it against the old. Mineral tack sticks to itself better than it sticks to the mineral.

  3. Applying a ball of new tack to the old, and letting sit for a week will often soften old tack if it isn't too hard.

  4. Use a solvent like Goo-Gone or rubber cement thinner (I use Bestine). First apply a small amount to soften the tack. If the old tack will still not peel off, soak the mineral in the solvent. After a few minutes the tack will begin to dissolve. Speed the process by using an old toothbrush to agitate. As the solvent becomes dirty with the dissolved tack, discard and pour out fresh solvent and continue until all tack is gone.

  5. When all else fails, get a knife or dental tools to physically scrape off the tack.

John Betts, 4/23/2019

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Customer Comments:

"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.

"Last year we asked if you could obtain a specimen of Papagoite, an extremely difficult mineral to get, and you suggested Tucson would be the best bet. You came up with a magnificent specimen as we knew you would and added to it a specimen of the almost as rare Stringhamite. I don't know how you do it, but we can't thank you enough for these Specimens.) "

"I am really pleased with the gifts my family members are getting for me from your site. I tell them what I want and in a few days they are mine and also thank you for the beautiful cards you send with the personal message on them. I love it. " T. Valenti

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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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