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#73428, Fluorite with minor Siderite and Calcite, Weardale District, England (SOLD)



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Rock & Gem had an article that included a photo of a specimen of "tourmaline, variety elbaite." The author and the editors should know better. Elbaite is not a variety - it is a species.

This error happens all the time, and I cannot believe it persists. The proper form for mineral names is simple: always list the proper I(MA-accepted) mineral species first. Then follow with the variety or group. Here is an example:

  • Species: Elbaite
  • Variety: Rubellite
  • Mineral Group: Tourmaline

Proper  usage is "Elbaite, variety Rubellite" or it can be shortened to "Elbaite var. Rubellite" (i.e species followed by variety). When making a general description, you can write "elbaite tourmaline" (i.e species followed by group name). "Rubellite tourmaline" is not acceptable and is never permissible in labeling or in print.

So can you tell which of the following are correct?

  • Garnet variety almandine
  • Aquamarine beryl
  • Amethyst quartz

(None are correct.)

Some day we will eliminate varietal names. But until then, try to learn the species and use it at the beginning of any entry.

John H. Betts, 9/19/17 

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Customer Comments:

"I'm very happy with the beautiful calcite on dolomite mineral I purchased from you. The fluorescence is awesome! As always,it was superbly packed and delivered, and the price very fair. I look forward to my next transaction with you. "G. Tucker

"I just received my order of beautiful Copper from the Ray Mine in Arizona and Native Silver with Acanthite from Batopilas, Chihuahua Mexico. Both arrived in perfect condition and I am thrilled & honored to add these awesome minerals to my Native Elements section of my collection. These beauties will add much "spice" to that group. These and all your minerals are "show worthy" pieces at bargain prices. Thank you a million times! 5 stars +++++ for this dealer!" M.P.

"Thanks, John. The sapphire just arrived in fine shape. Very nice and the color and clarity were well-represented by your photographs. Another satisfied customer!" D.D.


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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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