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Next week is the Thanksgiving holiday weekend. Every year I spend Thanksgiving day washing and rearranging the minerals in my display cases.

Display cases are good at keeping minerals from getting dusty, but they are not perfect. I find that a very fine layer of dust accumulates on the shelves, and on the minerals, after only a year. There are no cobwebs, but there is a layer that takes away from the crystal luster.

So I spend the day getting some empty boxes/flats, and removing the minerals from the cases. Then I dissolve some Dawn dishwashing detergent in water and I wash each specimen using an old toothbrush and let them dry thoroughly. While the minerals are drying I clean the display case shelves and glass doors. Finally I replace the minerals into the cases in a new arrangement.  During this process I edit my mineral selections. Newly acquired minerals are added and others are removed to be stored elsewhere.

I highly recommend that every min ral collector go through this process once a year. Your minerals will be cleaner and your display will be refreshed. No display case completely prevents dust from accumulating on the minerals. Take the time to keep them clean. They will look so much better.

John H. Betts, 11/18/2014

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Customer Comments:

"Dear Mr. Betts, Thank you once again! I am probably not the greatest buyer you have. I am on a limited budget and shop only every now and then. But the thing is you have such an amazing inventory even in the lowest price range that i cannot find any thing better in terms of value for the quality of the samples, the accuracy of the item's description to the highest level of service you provide. It is a great pleasure each time and a long lasting satisfaction with each purchase. Thank you!" Jean L., Québec, Canada

"I am very happy with the delivery and packaging of my order. The detailed descriptions almost din't do justice to the specimens but were a great aid in selection. I am searching for a few things that used to feature in my previous collections perhaps I may send a list." J. Hhall

"I recently bought five items and they were very pretty, came just as photographed, and shipped super quickly. Thanks John!!! I like that everything you offer is real. I don't like treatments, fake colorings. Nice specimens. Will cont. to buy here." T. Lamb

"I think it’s your combination of photographic artistic background and mineral knowledge that cause me to like the things you offer far more than anyone else I see offering minerals. I’d guess that 95+% of my mineral money goes to you, and mainly because of aesthetics, quality, and honesty. That last one is what caused me to be interested in you in the first place. It was so refreshing to have someone tell me about any flaws, the actual size of the largest crystal (have to guess for almost everyone else), etc. I said (and still say) “there’s a man who is doing his best to make sure I know what I’m buying – how refreshing." Don R.

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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


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a division of allminerals.com, dealer of Fine Minerals and Natural Crystal Clusters since 1989.

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