Paleontological Fossil Investment Guidelines
Making the right choice, for you!
Looking to invest but you're not sure on what to look out for, which products will hold investment if any at all and which will bring me the best return for my money? You're on your way to discovering some amazing specimens for a high return!
Your first buy should always be to attain the best possible specimen which is near (if not) 100% complete.
Always look for quality over size. No matter the market industry for your favoured specimen type. Your first buy should always be to attain the best possible specimen which is near (if not) 100% complete. Now you're in the right place for buying but the price has increased after setting your goals high for that one genus type/specimen. So go smaller, it doesn't matter how much you have to spend. There is in fact a vast variety of wonderful fossils out there up for the taking. It's just a matter of perception. If you don't have the funds available to buy what you want, then you can always save and wait a little longer, whether it's a year or more. Fossils do rise in price annually and sometimes these increases can be high, and this is due to localities and availability. Sometimes, mines close, dams are built or governments lock down on their nation for export of fossils and minerals. These are all factors and it doesn't make it half difficult. But remember, It is rare for for these items to jump in price and raise around 5 - 10% based on the last decade.
You can always enquire with businesses to see if they offer finance, a lot of businesses are adapting quickly to the likes of these companies which will make investing a lot easier. There is a lot of up and coming entrepreneurs trying to make a mark in the industry and often match the price of a reputable business with the same specimen, size and origin, but the quality is not as good, and they still mark the price up high. So if you find yourself confused. It is very important to locate authentic reputable fossil companies online throughout the world to gauge (not only quality against badly preserved and prepared specimens) price over aesthetics. When we look at any specimen, we look for something unique, something pleasing to the eye, but foremost, if the quality of any specimen is not above 90%, we won't invest. This creates a higher return rate whilst curating a faster turn around within a competitive industry.
As a footnote it is always best to not invest in any specimen that has filler restoration. Of course, all fossils are restored to a point with less than 1% being uncovered intact and without the need of any restoration at all - this is rare! So make sure that when you hear an item has been restored, always ask if there has been any fillers implemented in to the specimen/s and what is the complete authenticity of the specimen.
If you are looking to invest but you're not quite sure what to invest in, we recommend the following: [90%+ complete and 100% authentic with no replacements or filler]
Ammonites; these are always a winner and attain high value when they are above the 90% marker for aesthetic and authenticity.
Trilobites; trilobites are fascinating and when prepared right, they not only look magical, but they hold value and rise in value over time.
Megalodon Shark Teeth; everyone wants a 7" tooth! Don't go there, it's not worth the money unless you have the funds and the 7" you have in mind is 95%+ complete and natural and always, always avoid "over" polished specimens.
Meteorites; yes, meteorites! Meteorites are a great way to invest whether you're shopping for Moon Rock or NWA (North West African) Meteorites.
...Further updates coming soon!