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#78778, Scorodite with Calcite, Mina Ojuela, Mexico (m) $375

   


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Everyone is inquiring about conditions here in New York City during the coronavirus epidemic so I thought I would try to answer everyone's questions.

My wife and I considered packing up our belongings and moving to our cottage in Maine for the duration of the outbreak. It was a difficult decision to stay in NYC. We worried that Maine lacked the depth and breadth of their medical facilities. And were reassured by the Governor Cuomo's handling of the crisis, his direct communication of facts on a daily basis, and the major steps taken in anticipation of the peak outbreak. So we stayed in NYC. I was disappointed by supposed "friends" on Facebook that expressed we were not welcome in Maine (because we were from NY where the illness was widespread) regardless of the fact that I have owned a home in Maine for 16 years, pay property taxes and file income taxes in the state. I guess people's true natures come out in crises.

As I write, people that tested positive are less than 1% of the population here in NYC. But they are not testing everyone. About 80% of people that visit hospitals are being sent home without testing, which suggests that for every person that tested positive there are four people in bed at home (the decision to send sick people home, instead of isolating them, has proven to be the same bad decision that caused high mortality in Italy.) Currently there is one person in our apartment building that tested positive (out of 96 apartments).

My wife and I are both working from home. We go grocery shopping one day per week, and I am now only shipping minerals two days per week. We where gloves and masks when in highly trafficked locations like grocery stores or pharmacies. So far all of the stores are fully stocked, with no shortages except for Purell hand sanitizer or Clorox wipes - so we make our own. We do go out for long walks in the parks, on paths away from other people.

My friends on Facebook may already know, 18 days ago I was exposed to a positive case while visiting my dentist's office. I successfully completed a 14 day home quarantine with no symptoms. I suspect that will not be the first time I will be exposed. As the city population gets sicker, exposure is inevitable.

On a practical matter, coronavirus cannot live on packages, minerals or wrapping longer than 3 days. So you cannot get sick from my packages since it takes that long for a package to be delivered by the USPS. And if I did feel ill, I would automatically stop shipping minerals until the illness passes.

So now you know my situation. I hope that your communities are preparing for the wave of cases that will eventually touch everyone. I hope everyone survives without loss. And I hope that the world returns to normal soon.

Stay strong. Stay healthy.

John Betts, 3/31//2020

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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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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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