February IV, 2013 Update

 

Tucson 2013 Specimens

 

OKK-777

OKK-777     Scepter Quartz, Fluorite, Dolomite     Huanggangliang Mine, Chifeng, Inner Mongolia, China.  This now famous material is often referred to as “Green Quartz” by the Chinese dealers.  This example is outstanding for its form, lack of damage, and for its beautiful association with octahedral fluorite and dolomite.  The plate is trimmed beautifully and it sits perfectly for display.  It measures 9.4 x 6.7 x 7 cm with scepters to 4.5 cm splaying out in all directions of this plate.  There is no damage even along the edges making it a top quality specimen.  Its only draw back is that the luster is moderate to low as is normally the case with this “green Quartz”.  One of the things making these scepters rather unique is the stems being stepped or coated by termination overgrowths and finally terminated by a beta form cap.  There are only two other world locations that I am aware of where this interesting and visually interesting from occurred.  I assume the inclusions leading to this color are chlorite but have not heard anything on that issue.  The fluorites are octahedrons modified by dodecahedrons and they also have the green inclusions.  The largest fluorite shows very good translucence to transparency.  A top quality specimen from this now historic mining and specimen producing region.  $1,450

 

 

 

 

 

OKK-778

OKK-778     Scepter Quartz and Fluorite       Huanggangliang Mine, Chifeng, Inner Mongolia, China.  This is an 8 x 5.5 x 5.5 piece composed of several damage free scepters.  The specimen is high in luster and the quartz varies from clear to milky with minor tan colored inclusions helping to highlight the scepter stems.  One of the things making these scepters rather unique is the stems being stepped or coated by termination overgrowths and finally terminated by a beta form cap.  There are only two other world locations that I am aware of where this interesting and visually interesting from occurred.  Edge contacts but all the scepters are in great condition.  A nice and affordable example of this normally very costly material.  $290

 

 

 

 

 

OKK-779

OKK-779     Wulfenite     Level 6, San Juan Poniente Vein, Mina La Ojuela, Mapimi, Durango, Mexico.  Beautifully formed, blocky, butterscotch colored crystals reminiscent of the Los Lamentos material.  This specimen is a solid encrustation of double terminated crystals to .7 cm each, all of a bright luster.  Great specimen!  No damage and very aesthetic in-hand. These are readily available now and are likely to be future classics at prices no one will like.  One should seriously consider getting a few of these now.  $150

 

 

 

 

 

OKK-780

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OKK-780     Fluorite and Garnet     Huanggangliang Mine, Chifeng, Inner Mongolia, China.  This cabinet sized specimen measures 8.5 x 6 x 5 cm.  It is composed of dark greenish black euhedral garnets with clear octahedral fluorites in parallel growth.  The garnets are well formed, opaque, and have a satin luster while the fluorites are gemmy, complex in form and have faces that vary in their luster.  The quality of the piece is outstanding with edge contacts being only slightly evident and primary crystals being damage free.  The specimen is crystallized nicely on almost all surfaces and showy due to the contrast of colors and textures.  These are fairly common species for the find but a very uncommon association for Inner Mongolia.  A very fine specimen.  $750

 

 

 

 

 

OKK-781

OKK-781     Fluorite     Huanggangliang Mine, Chifeng, Inner Mongolia, China.  This is an exceeding well balanced and aesthetic fluorite for this occurrence, or for that matter, anywhere.  It measures 8 x 6.5 x 4.1 cm and shows the largest crystal 4 cm in diameter) in a central position surrounded by smaller crystals.  The crystals are large cuboctahedral forms with some faces being smooth while others are stepped.  The smooth faces give view of the crystal’s gemmy, water clear interiors all the way to the matrix on which they rest.  A very attractive, desirable, and damage free specimen.  I think this one will be very popular.  $490

 

 

 

 

 

OKK-782

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OKK-782     Fluorite     Huanggangliang Mine, Chifeng, Inner Mongolia, China.  It measures 8.3 x 7 x 4.3 cm and shows numerous large crystal intergrown on matrix.  The crystals are large cuboctahedral forms with some faces being smooth while others are stepped.  The smooth faces give view of the crystal’s gemmy, water clear interiors all the way to the matrix on which they rest.  A very attractive, desirable, and damage free specimen.  Good specimens of fluorite like this from China are becoming very cost prohibitive.  This one is a superior example at a reasonable price.   $450

 

 

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Michael R. Walter Collection, New York State Mineral Specimens

 

I went to specializing in St. Lawrence County, New York minerals approximately three years ago.  As a result I am beginning to dissolve my New York State collection, a few specimens at a time in each week's mineral update.  These are not specimens I am calling part of "my collection" in order to give them some form of significance, these are cataloged specimens in my collection that have been with me, generally for ten or more years.  Many are self collected or purchased directly from the miner/ field collector.  Almost all are of very good quality or represent an unusual species, crystal form, or some other characteristic making them important to the suite of specimens (based on locality) from where they came. Much of the material I sell here will be from closed but well documented  locations.

 

OKK-593

OKK-593     Fluorite  with Calcite    Walworth Quarry (Dolomite Products Company, Inc.) Walworth, Wayne County, New York.  Ex. Michael Walter New York State collection.  Collected by Michael Walter.  A great TN sized example.  Two crystals here are in parallel growth and flanked by tiny calcite crystals.  This piece is a damage free floater....highly unusual for this location as almost all crystals are found on  matrix.  3 x 2.2 x 1.8 cm overall.  Crystals are gemmy and have very slight hydrocarbon coatings on some faces.  This is a competition grade fluorite TN at a down to earth price.  $575

 

 

 

 

 

OKK-594

OKK-594     Fluorite     Walworth Quarry (Dolomite Products Company, Inc.) Walworth, Wayne County, New York.  Ex. Michael Walter New York State collection.  Collected by Michael Walter.  This miniature to small cabinet sized piece is mostly matrix but it does have a 1 cm on edge complex cube sitting up high on the piece.  The crystal is water clear.  Very nice example with no damage.  $150

 

 

 

 

 

OKK-647

OKK-647     Fluorite     Penfield Quarry, Penfield, Wayne County, New York.  Ex. Michael Walter New York State collection.  Prev. Paul and Dawne Dunning collection.  This crystal is only about 3/4th complete but what is here is nice.  No damage, light purple/ blue tint, gemmy with moderate internal fracturing.  2.6 x 2.2 x 2.1 cm along its edges.  $120

 

 

 

 

 

OKK-649

OKK-649     Fluorite    Walworth Quarry (Dolomite Products Company, Inc.) Walworth, Wayne County, New York.  Ex. Michael Walter New York State collection.  Collected by Michael Walter.  Okay, so you want a matrix specimen instead of a free crystal.  Well here you go... the specimen measures 7 x 6 x 4.8 cm and has two cubes.  The one on very outer edge is damaged and could be trimmed off, but the one in the vug is beautiful and damage free.  It is approximately a cm on edge and pretty much water clear (maybe the slightest blue tint).  Gem throughout.  It shows wonderfully on the white dolomite crystals vs. a dolostone rock matrix.  Very desirable specimen.  $395

 

 

 

 

 

OKK-650

OKK-650    Herkimer Diamond (with internal shaft scepter)  and Calcite    Treasure Mountain Mine, Fall Hill, Little Falls, New York.  Ex. Michael Walter New York State collection.  Collected by Michael Walter, 2002.   A very unique piece with well defined skeletal growth on one face.  Inside the skeletal opening is calcite, growing in very back of opening, near center of the  crystal.  On the backside the is a noticeable hydrocarbon included scepter stem embedded (overgrow) by later stages of quartz.  On small chip on back so it displays beautifully from all views and is really special "in-hand".  Large for the locality measuring in at 6.7 x 4.2 x 4 cm overall.  A fantastic piece for the price.  $380

 

 

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OKJ-745

OKJ-745     Topaz     Apaligun, Baltistan, Pakistan.  Ex. Paul and Dawne Dunning collection. .2 x 1.5 x 1.5 cm crystal composed of a blocky base crystal with a thin crystal perched on it's termination.  This is not a reverse scepter in that they are not in perfect parallel alignment.  The color is a very light champagne and the crystal is fully formed on all side.  Mounted in a perky box and damage free.  Priced to go!  $80

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

OKJ-747

OKJ-747    Titanite and Feldspar      Bear Lake Diggings, Tory Hill, Ontario, Canada.  Ex. Michael Walter collection and collector, circ. 1990.  A good cluster with numerous ax blade shaped crystals sprouting out of feldspar crystal.  Minor fluorapatite on back.  3.5 x 2.5 x 2 cm.  Mounted in perky box.  $25

 

 

 

 

 

OKJ-748

OKJ-748    Silver    Huang Tong Xiang Mine, China.  Stocky silver wires measuring 3.1 x 2 x .7 cm thick.  They display great with the proper amount of paina and no damage.  $85

 

 

 

 

 

OKJ-749

OKJ-749      Barite     Cartersville, Bartow County, Georgia.  Ex. Paul and Dawne Dunning collection.  A plate of single and double terminated crystals of interesting form.  Most are clear to slightly milky with other accessory minerals.  3.2 x 2.8 x 1.5 an mounted in a perky box.  No damage.  $35

 

 

 

 

 

OKJ-750

OKJ-750    Pyrite     RESERVED      near Svedlosk, Svedlovsk Oblast, Russia.  Ex. Paul and Dawne Dunning collection.  Cubes with ochathedrons modifying corners. Also modifications to some edges (it is not damage).  2.5 x 2.1 x 1.7 cm.  Nice luster and interesting, damage free form to this grouping.  Mounted in a perky box.  $25

 

 

 

 

 

OKJ-751

OKJ-751    Grossular    Sierra de Cruces, Coahuila, Mexico.  Ex. Paul and Dawne Dunning collection.  Exceptionally nice example of this rather common material.  2.1 x 2 x 1.8 cm single crystal with great color and uncommon translucence.  minor contact otherwise a floater.  Very fine, showy example.  $60

 

 

 

 

 

OKJ-752

OKJ-752    Josephinite & Oregonite     Josephine County Oregon (type locality).  Ex. Paul and Dawne Dunning collection.  These nuggets have become very uncommon on today's mineral market.  This one is on typical size measuring 2 x 1 x .4 cm.  It is damage free and mounted in a perky box.  Well priced rarity.... $60

 

 

 

 

 

OKJ-743

OKJ-743     Quartz with distinct phantom     Nubia, Bahia, Brazil.  Ex. Paul and Dawne Dunning collection.  Attractive point measuring 3.1 x 1.8 x 1.6 cm with a well defined phantom.  Very tiny tip ding otherwise perfect example.  Mounted in a perky box.  $40

 

 

 

 

 

OKJ-754

OKJ-754     Ramsdellite     Mistake Mine, Yavapai County, Arizona.  Ex. Paul and Dawne Dunning collection.  2.7 x 1.7 x 1.2 cm plate with damage free, lustrous crystals.  Mounted in a perky box nicely.  A fine example with well formed crystals.  $40

 

 

 

 

 

OKJ-755

OKJ-755      Pyrite         RESERVED     Pleasant Ridge, Indiana.  Ex. Paul and Dawne Dunning collection. 2.1 cm example of these famous pyrite crystals (bars). Beautifully mounted in a perky box.  No damage.  $25

 

 

 

 

 

OKJ-595

OKK-595     Rhodochrosite replacing Gastropod     Kerch, Crimea, Ukraine.  Ex. Paul and Dawne Dunning collection.  This is a beautiful replacement of rhodochrosite through the upper section of this gastropod.  Perfect form and no damage.  2.2 x 1.5 x 1.4 cm.  Attractive and geologically interesting.  $120

 

 

 

 

 

OKK-596

OKK-596    Kunzite    San Diego, San Diego County California.  Ex. Paul and Dawne Dunning collection.  Nice gemmy healed cleave.  It measures 3 x 1.8 x .8 cm and is mounted in a perky box.  No damage.  $25

 

 

 

 

 

OKK-597

OKK-597     Molybdenite      Cadillac, Quebec, Canada.  Ex. Paul and Dawne Dunning collection.  A nice hexagonal, single crystal of good luster.  2 x 1.8 x 1.4 cm.  Nicely mounted in a perky box.  Floater with no damage.  $40

 

 

 

 

 

OKK-598

OKK-598     Childrenite      Mina Gerais, Brazil.  Ex. Paul and Dawne Dunning collection.  A hexagonal bipyramid measuring 2 x 2 x 1.5 cm.  One termination has a chip.  $40

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

OKK-601

OKK-601     Herderite     Pakistan.  Ex. Paul and Dawne Dunning collection.  A clean single crystal measuring 2 x 1.3 x .7 cm overall.  Low luster and nice gemmy interior with moderate fracturing.  No damage.  $70

 

 

 

 

 

OKK-602

OKK-602     Fluorite      Cave-In-Rock, Illinois.  Ex. Paul and Dawne Dunning collection.  A nice grape purple colored plate of crystals measuring 3.5 x 3.2 x 1.7 cm.  The cubic crystals composing this plate are damage free and somewhat tabular in their form.  Nice translucence.  $50

 

 

 

 

 

OKK-603

OKK-603     Topaz    Durango, Mexico.  Ex. Paul and Dawne Dunning collection.  Two beautifully formed and terminated topaz crystals in ryolite vug.  Crystals are approximately 1 and 1.1 cm each.  Piece measures 3 x 2.2 x 2 cm.  The real bonus is on the ack in a double terminated 1.3 cm crystal!  No damage.  Great piece for this price.  $70

 

 

 

 

 

OKK-604

OKK-604     Prehnite and Epidote     Mali Africa.  Ex. Paul and Dawne Dunning collection.  A good TN sized example of what I think may go down as the finest prehnite in the world decades from now.  This contemporary material is amazing.  The specimen seen here is 3.4 x 2.2 x 2 cm and has only base contact.  Great color and form contrast.  Small line looks like a scrape but under magnification it appears to be natural.  Nice1 $70

 

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