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

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News and Comments

Recently a parent asked about gift ideas for his son who is interested in minerals. He was thinking of getting his son a rock tumbler, but was concerned about the noise and the long time it takes to get results. I agreed with his concerns. But I was wondering what should you get a child with a budding interest in minerals?

The first choice is a good book on minerals. There are not many books that I recommend. But you cannot go wrong the Peterson Field Guide: Rocks & Minerals by Frederick Pough (ISBN 0-395-91096-x in paperback). This book is one of the best all around books and the latest edition has many color photos by Jeff Scovil. More copies were printed of this book through the years than all other field guides combined.

If you want to buy some equipment for your child, then I suggest buying a student microscope, preferably a stereo microscope. The smallest mineral specimens look fantastic under magnification. Anyone (adults included) can spend long hours looking at minerals in a microscope.

Another gift idea is trays or boxes for storing a child's mineral collection. Plastic boxes with lid and internal dividers will protect minerals from damage and keep them organized and clean. You could also print up custom mineral labels with the child's name and blank lines for mineral type and locality. The child can spend long hours labeling his collection - a task that is best started when a collection is small.

John H. Betts 7/26/2016

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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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