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About Smith & Sons Fine Minerals

From Novice to Connoisseur: My Journey into the World of Fine Minerals

It was many years back when I first became fascinated with the alluring beauty of fine minerals. The more I explored, the more I was hooked. I couldn’t wait to build my collection to something expansive and impressive. 

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I read magazines about minerals, participated in auctions, and spoke to others in online mineral collector groups who knew much more than I did at the time. But just as I was eager to snatch up any stunning mineral I could get, a great collector told me to take my time curating my collection. That’s when I realized that it isn’t about having a large quantity of fine minerals to show off – it’s about making each purchase count and paying attention to the beautiful details in each mineral.

So, I started to look for dings, chips, and undocumented repairs and restorations. The more I paid attention to each & every detail, the more I learned and grew my appreciation for each unique specimen, valuing the intricate details that make them one-of-a-kind.

Long story short: honest dealers create happy, long-lasting customers. Quality doesn’t begin with the specimen, it begins with the trusted source who sells them. That’s why I’m passionate about providing my customers with the utmost value and high-quality minerals.

Even when I was first familiarizing myself with fine minerals and had yet to start curating my collection, I had a high appreciation for the value and beauty of each specimen. That’s why I created Smith & Sons – to make the luxury of having a fine mineral collection easy and accessible to everyone. The satisfaction that comes from adding a fine, new specimen to your collection is a feeling like no other, and it’s the exact reason my customers keep coming back.

Frequently Asked Questions

Smith & Sons Fine Minerals ships within 1 to 3 business days after receiving your payment. Shipping time itself will depend on the destination and method chosen (USPS Priority Mail or First Class Mail).
Smith & Sons Fine Minerals offers a satisfaction guarantee on all gallery specimens (excluding those won through auction with prior damage disclosure). If your specimen arrives damaged during shipping, you can return it for a full refund within a specific timeframe (48 hours notification, 10 days domestic or 25 days international for return).
We understand the importance of receiving your specimen exactly as you saw it online. Smith & Sons Fine Minerals uses secure packaging and prioritizes careful handling throughout the shipping process for all our gallery specimens. This applies to both individual purchases and those won through auction (excluding any damage mentioned in the auction description). Additionally, our satisfaction guarantee protects you in case of any unforeseen damage during transit. If your specimen arrives damaged, simply follow our easy return policy for a full refund.
Our high-quality images are taken with the intent to provide the most accurate representation of our specimens possible. We capture details, color, and clarity to give you the best view before you buy. However, variations in mineral specimens are natural. If you have any concerns about a specific mineral's appearance, feel free to contact our expert, Frank, through the website contact form. He'd be happy to answer any questions and provide additional details to ensure you get the perfect specimen for your collection.
Yes, absolutely! We encourage questions before you buy. Simply fill out the contact form on this website to contact Frank Smith directly.
Absolutely not! Smith & Sons Fine Minerals welcomes collectors of all experience levels, from seasoned enthusiasts to those just starting their mineral collecting journey. We offer a variety of specimen sizes and price points to suit every budget and interest. Feel free to browse our selection and don't hesitate to contact us with any questions you may have. We're here to help you discover the perfect mineral to begin (or expand) your collection!

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