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MINERAL OF THE WEEK

#80143, Datolite, Danburite, Quartz on Sphalerite, Charcas, Mexico (lc) $550

   


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This week I posted Part II of minerals from the collection of Jack Troy. Many of them are zeolites from the Deccan Trappes of India. These take me back to my first years as a mineral dealer. I started selling Indian zeolites in my early years to augment my personally collected minerals from New England.

At the time, I thought minerals had to be large in order to be valuable. I only had an Honda Civic to carry my minerals to shows (and I stored everything in a small NYC apartment), and large minerals were a tight fit. But they were impressive.

I was lucky enough at the time to meet an Indian dealer who gave me the keys to his mini-storage warehouse and left me to open and sort though his latest shipment from India. I could pick any specimen I wanted and pay the same price: $8 per pound (about $19 per kilogram). It did not matter if it was a goosecreekite or an apophyllite, the price was the same.

Those days are long gone. I now prefer thumbnail to small-cabinet specimens. And the diamonds I sell are proof that size is not the most important factor when pricing minerals. But these minerals from Troy make me nostalgic...

John Betts, 5/11/2021

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"I want to thank you for the natrolite specimen I received yesterday. It arrived in perfect condition. The care you took to package such a delicate specimen it was incredible, four layers of protection and stabilized in the inner box with mineral tack! Having recently moved my collection to a new house I understand the time it takes to carefully pack specimens. The care you took was really above and beyond reasonable expectations. Steven H."

"On Tuesday this week we ordered (from the UK) a specimen of Prehnite from Upper New Street Quarry. This was posted by yourself the same day. It has got to be the most magnificent Prehnite we have ever seen and we cannot thank you enough for it. Also your excellent service and very fast delivery. We have had items sent to us from this country taking several days. Best wishes. Michele and Stuart"

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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 species was incorrectly identified, I will refund the cost of the original purchase & shipping, the cost return shipping and the cost for testing.

 John H. Betts, owner
Mineral dealer since 1989, mineral collector since 1967

 

 

  

 

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