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#81291, Mimetite, Mina San Antonio, Santa Eulalia District, Mexico (c) $400


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Parents frequently ask how they can encourage their children's emerging interest in minerals.

My first recommendation is to join the local mineral club. There are mineral clubs in almost every large city, within a short drive of the majority of the population. They offer monthly lectures, field trips, and newsletter for a modest membership fee. (Sadly most adult collectors do not join their local mineral club. Of the 3000 mineral collectors in the greater New York area, fewer than 500 are in a mineral club.)

So here is my list of activities to encourage the hobby of mineral collecting:

  • Give them a small display case to display their minerals and take pride in their collection.
  • Take them on field trips to collect minerals
  • Attend local mineral club meetings
  • Participate in club field trips.
  • Start a "juniors" group at the mineral club that meets an hour before the meeting and is hosted by a senior mentor from the club.
  • Attend local mineral shows -- not to buy, but to attend the free lectures and study the display exhibits.
  • Subscribe to Rock & Gem magazine which has a juniors column every issue.
  • Give mineral books as gifts at birthdays and holidays.
  • Find a mentor to take your child under his wing and teach them the basics of mineral collecting.
  • Visit your local geology museum -- every college has one, as do major cities.
  • Create a scavenger hunt when visiting museums or mineral shows to challenge them to find certain minerals or other special parts of the collections.

Almost every serious mineral collector I know started collecting minerals as a child. During high school and college years mineral collecting gets sidelined. But as adults they return to the joy of collecting minerals, usually once they are independently mobile (their own car) and have fewer demands on their time (no school).

Start your children early and the hobby will stick with them. They are the future of our hobby.

John Betts, 6/28/2022

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Customer Feedback:

"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 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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