February 2017 Update, Page 5

 

 

OKE-180

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OKE-180    Aquamarine and Muscovite    (2007 Specimen)   Xue Bao Ding Mine, Ping Wu, Sichuan Prov., China.  This cluster is composed of light blue crystals to 4.5 cm.  The piece measures 7 x 4.5 x 4.8 cm.  At the base of the piece there are several pink fluorapatites which are somewhat etched.  The base is cleaved off the matrix which it was once on so it displays nicely on this surface.  Minor contact area on the lower backside and minor quartz.  A fine piece in all regards.  Comes with a custom engraved acrylic base.  Excellent specimen and a steal atÖ.  230$

 

 

 

 

 

 

OKI-081

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OKI-081    Aquamarine and Quartz    RESERVED    Xue Bao Ding Mine, Ping Wu, Sichuan Prov., China.  Here is a superb grouping of tabular crystals to 6 cm each.  The cluster measures 13.5 x 9.5 x 5.5 cm.  The back of the specimen was once attached to matrix but is now healed so would classify as a floater.  The color varies from almost clear (goshenite) to a nice blue typical, perhaps slightly darker than most, for this locale.  Several of the crystals stand up high on edge off the matrix.  Itís one of those specimens that you will have fun inspecting time and time again, finding new things each time you do.  The quartz are scattered on the surface and the matrix is both quartz and muscovite.  Nice surface growth features add interest.  This is a fine example of why Chinese aquas are so desirable.  Comes with a custom engraved acrylic base.  Great piece!  1,300$

 

 

 

 

 

 

OKE-206

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OKE-206    Aquamarine and Muscovite   RESERVED    (2007 Specimen)   Xue Bao Ding Mine, Ping Wu, Sichuan Prov., China.  This piece is composed of a grouping of dark blue crystals to 3 cm each with very complex form.  Some unusual faces present here with which I am unfamiliar.  There is muscovite in moderate quantity on one side (back) of the specimen.  The piece measures 9.2 x 7.1 x 4.5 cm.  Everything is damage free and the piece is a floater with no signs of contact to anything.  This is a highly desirable, damage free display specimen which can be displayed numerous ways and will add some flash to any case.  Comes with a custom engraved acrylic base.  Excellent specimen!  575$

 

 

 

 

 

 

OKK-658

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OKK-658      Aquamarine (Beryl), Muscovite and Quartz       Xue Bao Ding Mine, Ping Wu, Sichuan, China.  Ex. Michael Walter collection.  Figured Specimen, Gems of Wisdom, Gems of Power, book by Teresa Kennedy, Marlowe and Company, New York, 2007.  Currently available through Barnes & Noble and various other book dealers.  A floater with only one small point of matrix contact (now entirely healed) on one edge.  Sits perfectly on edge for display.  Impossible to photograph this one well and do it justice, so you can expect it to be impressive.  If you are well versed with this material you will likely agreed that it is exceptional in every regard:  large specimen size, large size of crystals, deep color, zero damage, beautiful form to all crystals (some to 7 cm each), fine clarity, not seen in the images with moderate internal inclusions are all points making this piece one of the finest available.  This was purchased with others from a pocket that was exceptional (in 2007) and I was lucky enough to get all the undamaged pieces.   The backside of this specimen has lots of silver muscovite inclusions and attachments.  This one however, is the killer of the find.  It measures 11.5 x 7 x 7 cm.  Minor quartz attachments.  If you have a serious collection of Chinese minerals or just like impressive aesthetics this is a great choice.  $5,500

 

 

 

 

 

 

OKE-173

OKE-173    Aquamarine and Muscovite      (2007 Specimen)   Xue Bao Ding Mine, Ping Wu, Sichuan Prov., China.  This cluster is composed of a single medium blue crystal 7.5 cm wide, 6.3 cm high and 2.5 cm deep with very complex form and an attractive phantom.  Some unusual faces present here with which I am unfamiliar.  There is thin layer of muscovite which comprises what I would describe as the base of the specimen.  There are a couple of nice rider crystals in addition to the primary one.  The piece displays several different ways the best of which seems to be with the muscovite laden area facing down.  The entire piece is a floater.  Zero damage.  Images are too green.  It is blue.   Comes with a custom engraved acrylic base.  Top shelf specimen all the way!  $575

 

 

 

 

 

 

OKE-042

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OKE-042    Aquamarine and Muscovite    (2007 Specimen)    Xue Bao Ding Mine, Ping Wu, Sichuan Prov., China.  This large cluster is composed of light blue crystals to 7.5 cm on which are tabular with very complex form.  Lots of unusual faces present here with which I am unfamiliar.  There are a couple of old contacts which have been recrystallized.  The piece measures 10 x 10 x 8 and displays several different ways.  Comes with a custom engraved acrylic base.  Excellent gem!  800$

 

 

 

 

 

 

OKO-722

OKO-722        Rutile in Quartz          RESERVED        Brazil.  Ex. Harold L. Dibble collection.  This is a strange one.  It is obviously a slice of a large crystal that has ample inclusions of rutile.  What is strange is that the rutile looks just like blonde hair!  In hand it is hard to believe how much it looks like hair (more so in person than in the photographs).  The plate is 16.3 x 9 x .9 cm.  Very small hematite crystals at the bases of the rutile clusters.  $250

 

 

 

 

 

 

OKO-723

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OKO-723       Sulfur      Steamboat Springs, Nevada.  Ex. Harold L. Dibble collection.  A large plate of pseudomorphs of ?  after aragonite with well dispersed sulfur crystals to almost 2 cm each.  Two crystals have damage/missing sections: one on the very edge on top at the tapered end and one that is on the side of the piece (seen from the front of the piece right at the base) so, all in all, the specimen is in very good condition.  The sulfur crystals are in nice contrast with the matrix, they possess the expected waxy luster, bright yellow color, and classic form.  Minor crystallization on the back and bottom, too.  It measures 26.5 x 12 x 6 cm.  Very nice piece.  $1,800

 

 

 

 

 

 

OKO-724

OKO-724       Fluorite      Cave-In-Rock, Illinois.  Ex. Harold L. Dibble collection.  Beautifully zoned coloring with blue changing to purple and finishing with white.  Not a high luster on this one.  In good condition with only very minor scuffs on the edges.  $125

 

 

 

 

 

OKO-795

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OKO-795     Magnetite     2,500 foot Level of the Zinc Corporation of America Mine, Balmat, St. Lawrence, County, New York.  Ex. Chuck Bowman, Z.C.A. miner and collector of specimen.  Rare, well documented, and important material that is unique to the mineralogical world.  It also ranks among the best known for the species.  This example shows both of the important forms (cubes with tetrahexahedral modifications to faces) in numerous beautifully formed, damage-free crystals.  4.9 x 4.9 x 3.5 cm piece that has much of the original anhydrite it was once encased in.  The crystals are very lustrous and well formed.  Back side has a couple small contacts and front has one crystal very low on the piece (near base of the specimen) that has two tiny chipped corners.  Overall condition is excellent.  This is an aesthetic display specimen of this material.    $400

 

 

 

 

 

OKO-796

OKO-796     Magnetite and Sphalerite    2,500 foot Level of the Zinc Corporation of America Mine, Balmat, St. Lawrence, County, New York.  Ex. Chuck Bowman, Z.C.A. miner and collector of specimen.  Rare, well documented, and important material that is unique to the mineralogical world.  It also ranks among the best known for the species.  This example shows both of the important forms (cubes with tetrahexahedral modifications to faces) in beautifully formed, damage-free crystals.  Surrounding the magnetites are tiny white/cream colored sphalerites.  4.9 x 2 x 1.4 cm.  Displays great and is damage free.  $50

 

 

 

 

 

OKO-797

OKO-796     Magnetite and Sphalerite    2,500 foot Level of the Zinc Corporation of America Mine, Balmat, St. Lawrence, County, New York.  Ex. Chuck Bowman, Z.C.A. miner and collector of specimen.  Rare, well documented, and important material that is unique to the mineralogical world.  It also ranks among the best known for the species.  This example shows both of the important forms (cubes with tetrahexahedral modifications to faces) in beautifully formed, damage-free crystals.  This 4 x 2.8 x 1.5 cm piece is fully crystallized on all sides except the base.  It sits on this surface nicely showing damage-free crystals of a high luster on every side.  Between them are shiny sphaletrite crystals that are white to colorless.  This one is really fine in all regards.  $225

 

 

 

 

 

OKO-798

OKO-798     Magnetite and Sphalerite    RESERVED    2,500 foot Level of the Zinc Corporation of America Mine, Balmat, St. Lawrence, County, New York.  Ex. Chuck Bowman, Z.C.A. miner and collector of specimen.  Rare, well documented, and important material that is unique to the mineralogical world.  It also ranks among the best known for the species.  This example shows both of the important forms (cubes with tetrahexahedral modifications to faces) in beautifully formed, damage-free crystals.  The photos fail to capture how nice this piece is!  5 x 3.3 x 3 cm overall.  The piece is a floater with no damage and great crystallization on every side.  Small sphalerites are scattered throughout the clusters of magnetites.  I think it would be tough to find a flashier miniature.  $350

 

 

 

 

 

OKO-799

OKO-7969     Magnetite     2,500 foot Level of the Zinc Corporation of America Mine, Balmat, St. Lawrence, County, New York.  Ex. Chuck Bowman, Z.C.A. miner and collector of specimen.  Rare, well documented, and important material that is unique to the mineralogical world.  It also ranks among the best known for the species.  This example shows both of the important forms (cubes with tetrahexahedral modifications to faces) and even has the rare octahedral modifications in beautifully formed, damage-free crystals.  The crystal's luster is exceptional and they are larger than most (up to 1.5 cm on edge).  The piece measures 4.3 x 3.3 x 2.6 cm and damage free.  .  Back and one base contact (healed).  Anhydrite accessories in a couple of areas.  Very fine example of this important material.  $380

 

 

 

 

 

OKO-800

OKO-800     Magnetite    2,500 foot Level of the Zinc Corporation of America Mine, Balmat, St. Lawrence, County, New York.  Ex. Chuck Bowman, Z.C.A. miner and collector of specimen.  Rare, well documented, and important material that is unique to the mineralogical world.  It also ranks among the best known for the species.  This example shows both of the important forms (cubes with tetrahexahedral modifications to faces) in beautifully formed, damage-free crystals.  The first image is the front view of this 4.9 x 3.8 x 2.5 cm piece.  The specimen shows mixed luster crystals of good size (to 1.3 cm on edge).  Crystallized on all surfaces with back showing several healed contacts.  No damage.  $275

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