One of the best things about mineral collecting is that so many specimens are so amazing it is hard to believe that they are real and entirely natural. And yet, when it comes to buying minerals, a surprising number of specimens actually aren’t! The good news is that it is easy to become knowledgeable and begin to protect yourself. The lesser news is that there are always tricks out there. So, if you are going to buy mineral specimens, especially from anyone other than dealers you trust, become an expert!