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News and Comments

Parents of young collectors frequently request advice on assisting their children in assembling a mineral collection. Perhaps, in the future I will write a Parent's Guide,. However, there is an article on my site that is close: Advice For Beginners: Nine Lessons Learned from Experience.

It is difficult to make specific recommendations on exactly what minerals to buy because every collector/family is different. I do have a gallery on my site of minerals that I personally recommend. These are items that are good quality, fairly priced, and went unnoticed. You can't go wrong with anything on that page. I also have mineral sets of thumbnail-sized specimens that are a good start for beginners.

Other than those suggestions, all I can add is to go slow, use a good book, and shop around.

As an aside, when I was first starting out, I purchased a large group of minerals from a NJ zeolite collector. All of the minerals were unlabeled, so I did not know the mineral species of each. So I got a list of the minerals found there, looked up each mineral to find the crystal shape and distinct attributes, then worked my way through the collection identifying them using a little cheat-sheet I created. IT WAS THE BEST EXPERIENCE FOR A BEGINNER. I can now identify on sight all species from the NJ zeolite cavities. It was a great way to learn about minerals.

John H. Betts 3/24/2015

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Customer Comments:

"While the dealer was traveling, he kept me informed about when he expected to ship the entire time. Item was VERY well packed, and as far as as TN'S go, it's a FINE one...exceptional quality and service." M.W.

"Good Afternoon Mr. Betts, This morning I while I was walking my dog I was pleased to find that the mineral specimen arrived! I must say that I was extremely pleased with how fast it showed up, as well as the quality of packaging and care taken to ensure the mineral remained safe. Everything arrived as intended, and I cannot thank you enough for the lovely mineral; it's even more splendid in person and I am eager to display it. I also enjoyed the mineral's tag that provides all the information about it! Once again, thank you for everything, I can see myself buying more minerals from you in the future. Sincerely, " Ryan Z.

"John, the specimen arrived today and is gorgeous. Your photos were good, but they did not do it justice. I simply cannot fathom how you manage to run such a high quality business. Your specimens are always excellent, exactly as advertised, your prices are very reasonable, you get the specimens out to the buyers very quickly, and you do all the photography, finance, and warehouse and delivery stuff yourself. In addition, you have many other activities, as indicated by your website. Amazing." Bob

"Dear Mr. Betts, Thank you once again! I am probably not the greatest buyer you have. I am on a limited budget and shop only every now and then. But the thing is you have such an amazing inventory even in the lowest price range that i cannot find any thing better in terms of value for the quality of the samples, the accuracy of the item's description to the highest level of service you provide. It is a great pleasure each time and a long lasting satisfaction with each purchase. Thank you!" Jean L., Québec, Canada

"I am very happy with the delivery and packaging of my order. The detailed descriptions almost din't do justice to the specimens but were a great aid in selection. I am searching for a few things that used to feature in my previous collections perhaps I may send a list." J. Hhall

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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


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