John Betts - Fine Minerals, dealer of fine minerals and specimens for mineral collectors.

       Mail-Internet sales only -  No showroom open to public.            

Go To New Mineral Listings Added April 15

New Minerals are Added Every Tuesday at noon.

Minerals For Sale  |  Mineral Books & Magazines  | Mineral Museum |  Educational Articles  |  Field Trips  |  Mineral Photographs  |  Your First Visit | Follow on Facebook  


Featured Galleries

Uncut Diamond Crystals 
Uncut Diamond Crystals


Mineral Specimens

Gem Minerals
Gem Minerals

Connoisseur Minerals
Connoisseur Minerals

Pedigreed Minerals    
Pedigreed Minerals

Customer Favorites

Best Minerals
My Best Minerals

Quartz Crystals
Quartz Crystals

Gold, Silver, Copper and other Elements
Gold, Silver, Copper

Classic Localities
Classic Localities

Mineral of the Week

Mineral of the Week

#61493, Grossular Garnet with Calcite, Handan, China (c) $650

Online order form

Visit our other galleries with the links below:

New Listings1A
New Listings1B
New Listins2
New Listings3
New Listings4

Featured Galleries
My Best Minerals
Classic Minerals
Gem Minerals
Natural Diamonds
Historic & Pedigreed

Crystal Oddities
Overlooked Treasures
Large Decorator-Sized
Books & Magazines
Mineral/Locality-Index
Boxed Sets
Gift Ideas

Locality Galleries
New England States
New York & New Jersey
Mid-Atlantic States
Midwest States
Arizona & New Mexico
Rocky Mountain States
Western States
Canada
Mexico
Brazil & South America
Britain & North Atlantic
Europe
Russia & former USSR
India,_Pakistan_&_Afghanistan
China, Japan & Pacific Rim
Africa
Tsumeb Mine, Namibia
Minerals from Type Localities

Mineral Categories
Apatite & Phosphates
Barite, Celestine & Sulfates
Calcite
Azurite, Malachite & Carbonates
Fluorite & Halides
Garnets
Gold, Silver & Elements
Magnetite, Hematite & Oxides
Quartz
Silicates
Galena, Pyrite & Sulfides/Sulfosalts
Tourmalines
Zeolites and Associated
Wulfenite & Molbdates,
Arsenates, Vanadates

Fluorescent Minerals
Laguna Agates
Liddicoatite Tourmaline
Tanzanite
Pseudomorphs

Diamond Crystals
Diamonds $1-$199
Diamonds $200-$399
Diamonds $400-$999
Diamonds $1000+
Diamonds under 1 carat
Diamonds 1-2 carats
Diamonds 2-5 carats
Diamonds over 5 carats
Diamond Crystal Clusters
Gem-grade Diamonds
Diamonds for Jewelry

Sawn slices of zoned diamonds

Sorted Lists of all Minerals on this site
Sorted by Price
Sorted by Size
Sorted by Species

Sorted by Number

Best Minerals
Minerals $100-$199
Minerals $200-$399
Minerals $400-$999
Minerals $1000 and up


Information

Purchasing Information

Feedback Your Comments

Frequently Asked Questions

Returning Items for Refund

Damaged Packages

Shipping Costs

Quantity Discounts

Security

Sell Your Rock & Mineral Collection.

Why should I sign your Guestbook?

Quick Reference for Mineral Species, Formula, Class, and Type Locality

List of Water Soluble Mineral Species

Mineral List Available Upon Request

Contact

News and Comments

A few years ago I sold a few of my best mineral specimens to a high-end mineral dealer that paid good prices for them. I always wondered what happened to them. Through the power of Google, I found one (based on a tip from a friend). I was stunned to see what happened to the specimen. It was barely recongizable.

The dealer that bought it AGGRESSIVELY trimmed, sculpted, enhanced the specimen.

Originally it was a cavity in brown matrix lined by lustrous crystals. In my opinion the surrounding matrix provided mineralogical background to the mineral by indicating the paragenisis - the order of mineralization. But the dealer removed all matrix completely. All that was left was a concave formation of crystals. It looked unnatural.

It is sad that dealers of high-end minerals bastardize specimens for the sake of aesthetics. I feel sorry for the collectors that buy these unnatural mineral specimens. The collectors probably do not know better, but certainly the dealer does.

Was the trimming really neccessary? Did it increase the value that much? Was it worth losing the scientific context of the mineralization?

Clearly I think not, which is probably why I do not strive for dealing in the high-end mineral market.

John Betts, 4/15/2014

Click here to read past news and commentaries...


Click here to see other comments about this site by customers. Also add your feedback...

Customer Comments:

"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.

"The Samarskite-(Y) specimen arrived in good shape today. You did an outstanding job of packing it. I surely wish others would be as careful as you are. That and the high quality for reasonable cost are why you are still in business, though." Bob M.

"I spent a couple of evenings searching for these gifts and you have, far and away, the most professionally presented, easy to use web site." Gerard  M.

"It was great to finally meet you today at the Springfield Show. I have been following and doing some minor purchasing from your site for years. I'm not a major collector by any means, but when I buy online, you and only one other are the dealers I trust (Geologic Desires). You actually price specimens at Earthly rates :). Thanks for the fair prices, keen insight and the time you took with me today. I will enjoy my pink elbaite for years to come and it will help brighten up my black ugly collection. Also, I purchased your dravite-uvite from Powers Farm (#44538) a while back and it's uniqueness, quality and historical value are tops. It's still my favorite specimen for these reasons. Hope your trip back to NYC wasn't too hectic." Sincerely, Bryan M.

See more comments...


About the Owner

Background Information

Why I Collect Minerals

Contact Information

Mineral Show Schedule

Links

 

See me next at:
Rochester Mineralogical Symposium, April 24-27, 2014

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


Site Map

Guided Tour of the Mineral Galleries...

Search This Site:


Guided Tour of the Mineral Galleries...

(Other Mineral List)

(New Listings)

Click here to join our email list


Welcome! My web counter says you are visitor since this site opened in 1997.

54,815 mineral specimens sold, shipped in 18,637 packages to 47 countries.


This site has received the following awards:

Rated "Wonderful!" by
Surfing the Net with Kids 4 star site

Site highly rated by Schoolzone.co.uk

This site was voted by mineralcollecting.org as the most diverse mineral website on the Internet with, "richly varying mineralogy / geology content that is always fresh and up-to-date and perpetually useful to others."

 

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

Internet sales only - No showroom

Jump to the Home Page to see all sections of this web site Search this web site See the best minerals and diamonds available Visit the archive of over 75,000 mineral photographs Sign up for advance email notification when new minerals are posted Contact the owner via telephone or email Place an order for items on this web site

© John H. Betts - All Rights Reserved.

Privacy Policy & Terms of Use