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#75242, Malachite pseudomorphs after
Azurite, Tsumeb Mine, 1st Oxide Zone, Upper Level, Namibia (m) $475
What is the best method for packing for shipment delicate minerals?
No two mineral specimens are alike. But here is how I pack a large plate
Select a close-fitting box and place the mineral inside with the edges and
bottom supported by masses of Mineral Tack.
Then pack newsprint or tissue paper around the perimeter contacting only
Add packing above the tack and paper packing pressing down on them, but not
pressing on the crystals (when the box is closed).
Finally add some dry-cleaning bags to fill the center to keep anything that
comes loose from touching the wulfenite crystals.
(Click on the image for larger size.)
Once sealed this box is placed within another box with styrofoam packing
peanuts to absorb impacts. It is simple and easy - and it works!
John Betts, 5/19//2020
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"Just an FYI. Received my 7 specimen mineral order today for the very reasonable
price of $240, after your multi specimen discount. That is a little more
than $30 per specimen on average. While these were all small miniatures,
I thought the quality was excellent from a lack of damage perspective, uniqueness
for location crystal morphology perspective. (and the price was great for
that). Any beginner or moderate-skilled collector would greatly benefit from
the addition of these specimens. I consider myself an advanced collector,
and this suite really made me happy and hit the mark with me for what they
are in size. I have spent very much more $$$ on high quality
larger specimens. These in their own way, in my opinion, hold their own in
the collection for reasons mentioned. Maybe I am over the top on this, but
I very much like what I received. Thanks. Dan M."
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New minerals will be added to this site every week.
All minerals offered will be naturally crystallized specimens - no fakes,
no dyes, no irradiation, no crystals glued on matrix.
Only the exact item pictured on the site will be shipped - no substitutes.
Photographs will accurately represent each item - no exaggeration, enhancement
or retouching flaws.
Mineral species and localities will be accurately listed on labels with each
All items will be shipped via US Postal Service, usually the next business
day after the order is finalized.
Each mineral will be individually wrapped and carefully packaged to prevent
damage during shipping.
All historic labeling, if available, will be included with each mineral.
Returns are gladly accepted. No questions asked, no explanation necessary.
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I will continue to freely share my knowledge with others and contribute
to the study and appreciation of minerals.
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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