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#61250, Diamond (2.17 carat gem-grade cuttable colorless complex crystal), Orapa Mine, Botswana (t) $8750



 News and Comments

Last week I mentioned I was posting some minerals this week that I personally collected. Many people inquired about them. I hope I did not oversell them. And I did post some of my minerals I collected in the Finch Mine, AZ. and at Lime Crest, NJ.

But I have been posting many minerals during the last few years that I personally collected - but I do not call attention to them out of modesty.

In fact, there are 42 other minerals are offered for sale on this site that I personally collected, mostly in the New England gallery and the New York-New Jersey gallery. I do not boast about collecting them personally, it has no place in the commercial side of this site. I do have photos of the minerals I collected separately on this site (not listed for sale) though the photos are three camera generations old and they do not meet today's standards.

Last week I said that because my costs were low on these minerals, I would be placing low prices on them. But as I was pricing them this week, I realized I know how difficult it was to collect them and that regardless of the low cost, they were so precious that I kept them in my own collection. I tried to be fair, but I am not giving them away either.

I have many more coming, so keep an eye out. I plan to post 10-12 each week into the coming months....

John H. Betts 10/18/2016

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Customer Comments:

"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.

"The mineral arrived Saturday. The pictures on your webpage accurately and fully described the mineral specimen. This was the first time I purchased a mineral on line and I am not disappointed. Thank you." Rich G.

"Recently I made a purchase from this site. I am very impressed with the customer service. The process of purchasing a mineral and having it posted to Australia was quick and easy. It was packaged well and I am completely satisfied. I will be purchasing from John again soon." Jeremy Williams

"Minerals got here this morning. The real stones are so much more beautiful than the pictures and the pictures were fantastic." Rick & Bonnie 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, mineral collectors since 1967





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John Betts - Fine Minerals, New York, NY
a division of, dealer of Fine Minerals and Natural Crystal Clusters since 1989.

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