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#81543, Bournonite (cyclic twinned
crystals), Yaogangxian Mine, China (t) $225
Collecting can become a disease that controls people. I propose:
There is no known cure.
Infection is characterized by dizziness and sweaty palms when reading mineral
magazines and auction catalogs.
Often accompanied by sleep apnea and lust.
Additional pathognomonic signs are: loss of free wall space and self-induced
If infected, do not consult a physician, but seek aid from a mineral dealer
who, while unable to effect a cure, can provide symptomatic relief.
My version above was adapted from a similar description about antique map
collectors that was found in The Island of Lost Maps by Miles Harvey.
John Betts, 9/27/2022
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"Hi John, I received the fluorites today! I just wanted to reach out and
thank you sooo much for amazing service, quality and price. I was blown away
at the Elmwood specimen! Absolutely rich in color and condition is 100! The
size of Minerva fluorite is amazing, the condition, color, zoning (which
surprised me when backlit) is so nice!! I'm so please to add these to my
collection! Thank you so much John!" Jon W.
"On 7th December we ordered a Fluorite Crystal from you. It arrived at our
address in the UK today, less than one week ago. That is amazing service
and the crystal itself is magnificent. Thank you so much" Michele and
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John H. Betts, owner
Mineral dealer since 1989, mineral collector since 1967
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