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#76295, Austinite over Quartz, Tsumeb Mine, Otavi-Bergland District, Oshikoto, Namibia. (c) $950

   


News and Comments

In 1901 Charles H. Pennypacker wrote an honest critique of contemporary mineral collectors that has been reprinted again and again for the last century. And here it is again. It was part of an essay called Does It Pay? and it was responding to mineral collectors questioning whether minerals were worth collecting. He wrote:

"...again and again has one of these "penny wise and pound foolish" people asked me how it was that all the fine things {minerals}went to the Bement collection {the finest mineral collection of the time}. I would reply: That's an easy one! You belong to the skinflint fraternity. You are always afraid that you will pay too much for a mineral, and when you find out that some other collector has secured a better specimen than yours at a less price than you paid, you mourn as one without hope.

None of these traits exist in Mr. Bement. He long since understood the situation. There is no standard value, there is no rule whereby specimens may be assessed. Many circumstances govern and modify the demand and supply. Only about one dealer in five lays up any treasures on earth. The other four are like the collectors, they fall into the notion that numbers count ahead of quality, and retain boxes of rubbish and call it "stock" or a "cabinet."

(See the full essay at: The Mineral Collector, Volume 8, Number 9, November 1901, page 136)

His points were:

  • Minerals are unique and there is no comparison shopping.
  • Do not obsess over mineral prices.
  • Rely on an experienced dealer with top quality minerals.
  • Buy the best quality minerals available.

His advice is as valid to day as it was in 1901...

John Betts, 12/11/18

SPECIAL NOTE: The holiday rush has begun, and already the US Postal Service is experiencing shipping delays. Please place your orders by Wedenesday, December 12 to receive your order before Christmas.

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Customer Comments:

"Once again, thank you, the crocoite is perfect and the analcime, calcite and quarts on prehnite is exactly what I wanted.I love your site and all it has to offer. You re the best." Tiffany V.

"I love the fluorite from Tennessee my husband got me for our anniversary. It is everything I wanted in this beautiful fluorite. Thank you for getting it out as quickly as you did. "

"We received from you a specimen of Pyromorphite from Phoenixville. It has got to be the most magnificent specimen of this species we have ever seen. The photos on your website did not do it justice." M. Martin in UK.

"Some months ago, we asked if you could obtain for us a specimen of Fluorite from Illinois. We left you to it knowing that sooner or later you would come up with the goods. And you certainly have. It is an absolute magnificent Fluorite and we can't thank you enough for going to all that trouble to obtain it for us." Marie...

"Thank you John! I just added two nice Diamonds from the North Cape Province, South Africa to my collection. John's service is impeccable! My new prized specimens were described honestly and photographed perfectly. I am a very happy collector! For everyone seeking to buy collection grade (or jewelry grade) Diamonds, John Betts fine minerals in New York is the place to go!" Michael 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
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