NearEarthExploration

Fine Mineral Specimens

Tallinn, Estonia · 648 Sales

NearEarthExploration

Fine Mineral Specimens

Tallinn, Estonia 648 Sales On Etsy since 2012

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Announcement   Fine mineral specimens for discerning collectors, jewelry manufacture, students and teachers public, private and homeschool. Exceptional gifts for the special geoscientist in your life! Each and every specimen in my shop is 100% natural; this is how they come out of the ground. You'll never see any man-made, synthetic, glued, repaired, dyed, trade-name, or fabricated specimens here. Every specimen is guaranteed to be accurately identified, and comes with a detailed identification label.

I am a professional Mineralogist with more than 25 years of experience, currently working as a university Professor of Geology. Welcome to Near Earth Exploration!

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Last updated on Aug 22, 2016

Fine mineral specimens for discerning collectors, jewelry manufacture, students and teachers public, private and homeschool. Exceptional gifts for the special geoscientist in your life! Each and every specimen in my shop is 100% natural; this is how they come out of the ground. You'll never see any man-made, synthetic, glued, repaired, dyed, trade-name, or fabricated specimens here. Every specimen is guaranteed to be accurately identified, and comes with a detailed identification label.

I am a professional Mineralogist with more than 25 years of experience, currently working as a university Professor of Geology. Welcome to Near Earth Exploration!

Jim Sullivan

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The roots of my shop can be traced back to when I was a child. I grew up in a mining family, and started collecting on the tailing's piles when I was six, keeping busy while my grandfather or father was working in the offices. As I grew, I amassed a fantastic collection and began trading specimens with collectors all over the world. At 14, I began my working life as 'Assistant to the Geologist', and by the time I turned 17, my specimens had bought and paid off my first truck.

In the Army I learned explosives, radioactive materials, and quarry operations, then on to college for geology and mineralogy, all while working in the industry. I ended up doing contract work for different mining companies all over the world--predominantly doing determinative mineralogy and formation analysis. Uvarovite Garnet in Russia, Fluorite and Calcite in England, Hematite in Germany, Desert Glass in North Africa, Spodumene in North Carolina, producing oil formations in Wyoming and Texas, and most recently seafloor sediments analysis in the Caribbean Sea. Currently, I work as a Professor of Geology for the University of the Virgin Islands.

Everywhere I went (and continue to go) more specimens came home. I've made a number of friends through the years who continue to work the mines, and I frequently acquire their specimens for my own collection, for reference, and to pass along to colleagues for their own work and collections.

With my work, I am able to obtain specimens from all over the world. Since I work directly with the people mining these specimens, you will never find overpriced, marked-up specimens in my shop. Since I have been working in the industry for more than 25 years as a Professional Mineralogist, I can guarantee each and every specimen to be properly identified and labeled with the correct locale. These specimens are more than my livelihood, they are my life, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Customer service is a fundamental aspect of my business philosophy. I strive to take great care of my customers before, during, and after a sale. Any questions are answered accurately and professionally; every specimen is very well packaged to prevent damage by the delivery process, and every measure is taken to help ensure the satisfaction of my customers. Every order comes with tracking and/or customs number, and please inquire if you would like delivery insurance - NearEarthExploration cannot be held responsible for damages occurred during and caused by the shipping process.

Welcome to NearEarthExploration! I look forward to the opportunity to serve you!

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  • Jim Sullivan

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    Mineralogist, Geologist, Consultant since 1988. Professor of Geology; Eagle Scout; Technical Diver; Licensed Explosives User-In-Charge and Radioactive Materials Supervisor; Volunteer Instructor for various geology/mining programs; Advanced Geo-Nerd.

Shop policies

Last updated on June 1, 2016
Welcome to Near Earth Exploration. I provide fine quality mineral specimens and geological samples to private collectors, students, teachers, museums, researchers, and everyone with geological interests. Customer satisfaction is my number one goal. At NearEarthExploration, each customer is treated like my only customer - you can expect prompt, courteous, and knowledgeable service. I am a career Geologist and Mineralogist with more than 25 years of experience (currently a University Professor of Geology), and every specimen I post is 100% guaranteed to be accurately identified and properly labeled. You will never find any trade-name, treated, repaired, or otherwise questionable materials in my shop. Every specimen I put forth is completely natural.

In addition to the specimens that are currently listed in the online shop, I have thousands more in my cabinets that are not posted. If you are looking for something in particular and you don't see it in my listings, please convo me and let me know - there's a good chance that I might have it.

Thank you for visiting my Etsy shop. Questions are encouraged, and I reply to all emails as quickly as possible.

Accepted payment methods

  • Accepts Etsy gift cards
Payment
I accept Paypal, VISA/MC/AmEx/DISC, and Etsy Gift Certificates. Orders must be paid in full at the time of purchase. Any and all tertiary costs associated with and resulting from a purchase, including but not limited to taxes, duty, tariffs, and/or any other fees incurred, are the sole responsibility of the customer. Please be aware of your local regulations. I am also happy to reserve or put specimens 'on-hold' for customers planning an order. I will hold specimens for up to one week, unless arrangements have been made otherwise. Please convo me to set that up.
Shipping
I will ship to anywhere on Earth that has a postal delivery address. I ship by Eesti Post, and use only new, certified packaging. Each specimen is expertly packed and padded for the delivery process, and every package comes with a tracking or customs number, at no cost, provided to the customer by email or convo as soon as the package is sent. I combine shipping when possible for best value to the customer, and I ship within 2 business days after the order is completed.

Please send me a convo if you wish to arrange for alternate delivery services. Shipping insurance is available at cost (free for orders over 1,000USD), and registered services are available.

Any import fees, duty, VAT, or other costs/fees associated with international shipping are the sole responsibility of the customer. NearEarthExploration is not liable for errors conducted by the shipping service, acts of God, or any other possible disruption of service and/or delivery while in-transit. We do, however, take extraordinary measures to help ensure the safe arrival of every specimen we sell.
Refunds and Exchanges
Every specimen is packaged and padded very well to prevent damage from happening during transit. However, damage does sometimes occur. Returned specimens must be shipped back in their original packaging. Return shipping is done at customer cost and must include a tracking number. The specimens must include carrier paperwork describing the damage that occurred during shipping. Refunds are issued after the specimen arrives back, and includes only the item price - shipping costs and/or associated fees cannot be refunded.

I cannot be held responsible for damage caused by customs inspections. Shipping insurance is always available at-cost, at the customer's request. Please email or convo me with any questions you may have, and I'll work diligently to ensure your complete satisfaction.
Additional policies and FAQs
I guarantee the identification of our specimens to be 100% correct. If, in fact, an error does occur, I will gladly accept the return and refund the monies or replace the specimen, at the choice of the customer. The size of each individual specimen is listed first in the description of the specimen, both in inches and centimeters. The adhesive I use to affix the mineral specimen to the acrylic display base (when applicable) is not a permanent adhesive. I use laboratory-grade Ethylene Vinyl Acetate, and it's the same material I use in the lab and on the specimens on display in my private collection. It is more like heavy-duty 'earthquake-proofing' as opposed to a glue. EVA does not crystallise and harden over time; it can be removed easily from both the specimen and the stand without causing damage; it allows the new owner of the specimen to mount and display the specimen as he/she sees fit. This does mean that the stand can sometimes (only on occasion) separate from the specimen during shipping. Please feel free to use your preferred means to affix the specimen to the display base.