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John Betts - Fine Minerals, New York, NY
Dealers of Fine Minerals and Natural Crystal Clusters since 1989.

Shipping Information

Packages ship on Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday. Ordering deadlines for shipping are:

The schedule above is dependent on the item ordered. If it is from recent listings then there is no delay. But if you order older minerals listed, then shipping might slip a day or two so the items can be retrieved from my warehouse.

All items sold through this web site are shipped via U.S. Postal Service First Class mail if under 13 ounces and via Priority Mail if over 13 ounces. Each item is individually wrapped to ensure no damage during shipping. All original labels or historic matter, if available, are included with each item. All items are sent in durable cardboard boxes made for shipping such items.

Less than 0.1% of packages shipped in the last year were lost or damaged.

In spite of that encouraging statistic, every package is insured. The purchaser pays estimated shipping costs. After placing an order, the purchaser will receive an email confirmation with the shipping costs will be stated. Packages under $500 are insured through a third party for a fee of $1.30 per $100.00 of value. Packages valued 500.00 to $2000.00 are insured via the US Postal Service for a fee of $1.00 plus 1.5% of the value. Packages valued over $2000.00 are insured via USPS Registered Mail Insurance and the fee is based on the value.

Shipping and insurance costs are based on weight and value. Examples of packaging costs you can expect:

SPECIAL NOTE FOR ORDERS UNDER $500: packages under $500 are privately insured through third-party coverage which costs the same as (or less than) USPS insurance. Using third-party insurance is caused by the USPS failing to pay legitimate claims and delaying settlement up to 6 months on the claims they do pay. This was unacceptable. Third-party insurance claims are settled instantly. As a result, the postage shown on the package exterior is only a portion of the "Shipping & Fees" shown on your order confirmation email.

All items are shipped usually the next business day.
Delivery within the continental U.S. is 2-3 business days.
Delivery to Europe is approximately 3-15 days depending on how long the package is delayed for inspection by Customs.

International Orders

International shipments will be sent via airmail by the least expensive method. Packages under 4 pounds (1.8 kg) will ship USPS First Class Airmail, packages over 4 pounds will ship USPS Priority Airmail.

Internationals hipping and insurance costs are based on weight and value. Examples of packaging costs you can expect:

International customers may select either option:
1. Declare low value and do not insure. Recipient assumes all risk.
2. Declare full value and ship fully insured against loss. The recipient is responsible for import duties/taxes.

The contents are ALWAYS labeled "Geologic rock samples for scientific study."

Domestic customers are responsible for all shipping charges if the package is returned because it was unclaimed, refused, or not deliverable because address as provided was incorrect.

International customers are responsible for all import taxes and duties. The purchaser is responsible for all postage if the purchaser refuses to pay duties or taxes and the package is returned by Customs Inspectors.

Shipping Diamonds Internationally

U.S regulations prohibit shipping diamonds internationally without a Kimberley Process Certificate. As a result, we utilize the courier service from Malca-Amit when shipping diamonds internationally with delivery fee of $375. The fee may sound expensive, but they provide secure delivery and Kimberley Process Certificate, so you can rest assured that the delivery is safe and legal. And the courier fee is independent of carat weight or value. (Fee = $375 regardless of  shipping a 1 carat $1000 diamond or 20 diamonds valued at $25000)

Explanation of the Kimberely Process:

Any time a ROUGH diamond crosses international borders, going in or out of ANY country, it must accompanied by a Kimberley Process Certificate (KPC). When a rough diamond enters the U.S., the KPC is filed with the Department of Commerce. Every time it is sold thereafter it must be accompanied by a Warranty of Kimberley Process which provides a paper trail back to the KPC on file. When exporting diamonds from the U.S. couriers are used (Brinks or Malca Amit) which issue a KPC for export.


For more information, or to discuss other shipping options contact me at the address below.


John Betts - Fine Minerals

New York, New York   USA

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