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

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News and Comments

The few of you who actually read my written descriptions will notice that metallic minerals are described as yellow-metallic (as in the pyrite above) or gray-metallic for galena, bronze-metallic for pyrrhotite, etc..

Why not just say metallic? Or just say yellow...?

Because yellow and yellow-metallic are two different things. Sulfur is yellow. Pyrite is yellow-metallic.

Have you ever wondered why metallic minerals like gold, silver, galena, copper have different colors? I heard one physicist explain that there is no good answer. He explained that light does not enter the atomic structure on metallic minerals. So there are no color centers or chromophores like there are in transparent minerals. It makes sense. Then why do they have different colors?

I don't know... You should ask somebody smarter than me.

John H. Betts 6/21/2016

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Customer Comments:

"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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See me next at:
East Coast Gem and Mineral Show, August 12-14, 2016

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 allminerals.com, dealer of Fine Minerals and Natural Crystal Clusters since 1989.

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