January III, 2013 Update

 

Lowville Specimens

 

Joe Politykaís recent Springfield Review in The Mineralogical Record (vol. 43, no. 6, p. 721) notes a new locality being simply called Lowville that has recently been producing specimens seen for sale on the mineral market over the past two years. The location and details of the find have been kept secret due to the occurrence supposedly being on private land.  The other rumor says it is on public land and it has now been closed to collecting.  Whatever the case this location is in Lowville, Lewis County, New York. Several pockets to half a meter in diameter have produced specimens include Herkimer style quartz to eight centimeters with noteworthy variety: skeletal crystals, scepters, and black crystals have all been found. One other dealer had a few good examples from this find and a second dealer has many examples (all of poor quality) this past year. I managed to find the collectors and acquire all the material they had horded away in several large purchases.

 

Iíve received many requests for good specimens from this find that are not priced at several thousand dollars or more as the original pieces were.  I will offer here numerous specimens from the find that are good quality specimens of various species.  A number will be exceptional thumbnail sized specimens in all price ranges, many of competition grade, and of the highest quality found.  A number of them are of the quality that we would expect to see as cover specimens on our most popular periodicals.  My photographs will not approach that level for these descriptions, but to not underestimate the quality of this material.  It is everything it is billed to be and more.  I can safely say that all the specimens are much better in-hand than the images will indicate. 

 

It appears that the crystals that exceed several centimeters are nearly always skeletal in form and usually smoky colored. The smallest of the crystals are virtually indistinguishable from the small crystals found at the localities within the traditional Herkimer diamond region.  Because of this I wonít offer the little ones.  The crystals to follow can be found on matrix and as floaters, free of any attachment to rock. Calcites of various colors are present in combination with many of the specimens making them truly unique for New York State and exceptionally aesthetic for quartz from anywhere.  Multiple forms and several generations are present in some specimens.  There are even twinned calcites from this find that I believe represent the only twined crystals of calcite to come from any Herkimer or Herkimer like formation known! 

 

 

 

OKJ-480

OKJ-480    Quartz and Calcite     Lowville, Lewis County, New York.  Recovered summer 2011.  A thumbnail sized specimen measuring 4 x 2.8 x 1.8 cm.  Excellent form, luster, and having nice black phantoms in all quartz crystals.  Chip on one edge of the big crystal otherwise excellent condition (position accordingly and it looks great.  A floater with magnificent form which is much better than these images can convey.   $340

 

 

 

 

 

 

OKJ-480

OKJ-493    Quartz and Calcite     Lowville, Lewis County, New York.  Recovered summer 2011.  A thumbnail sized specimen measuring 4 x 1.7 x 1.7 cm.  Excellent form, luster, and unusually clear for this material.  Nice coatings by calcite and some minor pyrite.   Double terminated floater with on tiny Wilber.   $290

 

 

 

 

 

 

OKJ-468

OKJ-468    Quartz and Calcite     Lowville, Lewis County, New York.  Recovered summer 2011.  A thumbnail sized specimen measuring 4 x 2.7 x 1.7 cm.  Excellent form, luster, and damage free front with clear and reddish calcites on phantom quartz.  Black hydrocarbon on surface, as well.  Very fine crystal group.  $275

 

 

 

 

 

 

OKJ-475

OKJ-475    Quartz and Calcite     Lowville, Lewis County, New York.  Recovered summer 2011.  A thumbnail sized specimen measuring 3.6 x 2.5 x 1.7 cm.  Excellent form, luster, and unusually clear skeletal crystal.  Nicely distributed calcites.  Chip/ contact off of back base not visible when mounted.  Nice specimen.   $275

 

 

 

 

 

OKJ-477

OKJ-477    Quartz     Lowville, Lewis County, New York.  Recovered summer 2011.  A thumbnail sized specimen measuring 3 x 2.2 x 2.2 cm.  Excellent form, luster, and clear example.  Tiny ding on one termination and micro chip on back.  Neither visible when mounted.  Clacites are well developed and in skeletal faces on several sides.  $250

 

 

 

 

 

 

OKJ-472

OKJ-472    Quartz and Calcite     Lowville, Lewis County, New York.  Recovered summer 2011.  A thumbnail sized specimen measuring 3 x 2 x 1.3 cm.  Excellent form, luster, and damage free.  A coating of calcites coats much of base of the grouping.  Crystal contact on back near base.  Excellent form and good hydrocarbon phantom.  $250

 

 

 

 

 

 

OKJ-462

OKJ-462    Quartz and Calcite     Lowville, Lewis County, New York.  Recovered summer 2011.  A thumbnail sized specimen measuring 3.5 x 5 x 1.7 cm.  Excellent form, luster, to these several intersecting crystals.  A coating of calcites coats some of base and one side of the grouping.  Minor tip abrasions.  Excellent form and good hydrocarbon phantom.  $240

 

 

 

 

 

 

OKJ-464

OKJ-464    Calcite Scepter     Lowville, Lewis County, New York.  Recovered summer 2011.  A thumbnail sized specimen measuring 3 x 2.5 x 2.5 cm.  Excellent form, luster, and damage free, single terminated primary crystal.  It sits against a plate of pyrite with minor quartz.  $230

 

 

 

 

 

 

OKJ-473

OKJ-473    Quartz      Lowville, Lewis County, New York.  Recovered summer 2011.  A thumbnail sized specimen measuring 3 x 2 x 1.2 cm.  Excellent form, luster, and damage free.  Contact is on edge.  Fantastic hydrocarbon phantoms and aesthetic grouping.   $230

 

 

 

 

 

 

OKJ-499

OKJ-499    Quartz      Lowville, Lewis County, New York.  Recovered summer 2011.  A thumbnail sized specimen measuring 3.6 x 2.3 x 1.7 cm.  Excellent form, luster, and only a very tiny rub on one lower termination.   Small backside contact on what I would describe as on of the best values in this grouping of specimens.  Fine phantoms and an interesting and aesthetic aggregate of crystal.  $170

 

 

 

 

 

 

OKJ-460

OKJ-460    Calcite      Lowville, Lewis County, New York.  Recovered summer 2011.  A thumbnail sized specimen measuring 2.5 x 2 x 1.7 cm.  Excellent form, luster, and only the most minor of bruising in a couple spots.  The pair of nailhead form crystals rests on large dolomite crystals.  A floater with aesthetic form and good translucent to transparent crystals.  $165

 

 

 

 

 

 

OKJ-927

OKJ-927    Calcite      Lowville, Lewis County, New York.  Recovered summer 2011.  A thumbnail sized specimen measuring 3.7 x 2.7 x 2 cm.  It is a singlr rhomb with an internal schalenohedral phantom.  Nice color,, form and luster.  Very minor bruise.   $45

 

 

 

 

 

 

OKJ-471

OKJ-471    Calcite      Lowville, Lewis County, New York.  Recovered summer 2011.  A thumbnail sized specimen measuring 3.2 x 2.8 x 2.5 cm.  The grouping is a nice stack but it does have some side and back damage to a few calcites.  Good representative piece.  $90

 

 

 

 

 

 

OKJ-485

OKJ-485    Calcite  on Dolomite    Lowville, Lewis County, New York.  Recovered summer 2011.  A large thumbnail sized specimen measuring 4 x 2.9 x 2.2 cm.  The grouping is a nice stack but it does have one cleaved crystal on side  Good representative piece.  $90

 

 

 

 

 

 

OKJ-490

Hollow bottom

OKJ-490    Calcite, Quartz, Dolomite, and Metallic Unknown    Lowville, Lewis County, New York.  Recovered summer 2011.  A large thumbnail sized specimen measuring 3 x 2.5 x 2.4 cm.  The grouping is a nice stack of dolomite with metallic gold colored overgrowths of an unidentified species.  The piece damage free, hollow, and crystallized on its inside.  Very unusual, aesthetic and interesting specimen.  Very little base contact, pretty much a floater.  Very nice piece.  $220

 

 

 

 

 

 

OKJ-470

OKJ-470    Quartz  and Dolomite    Lowville, Lewis County, New York.  Recovered summer 2011.  A small thumbnail sized specimen measuring 2 x 1.7 x 1.6 cm.  The grouping is a floater with no damage.  It is primarily deep dark crystals which show jet black phantoms just below the surface of each of the quartz crystals.  Minor dolomites add an attractive contrast.  Very attractive TN.  $150

 

 

 

 

 

 

OKJ-502

OKJ-502    Calcite, Quartz, and Dolomite    Lowville, Lewis County, New York.  Recovered summer 2011.  A thumbnail sized specimen measuring 2 x 1.7 x 1.5 cm.  The grouping is a nice cluster of the mixed species.  Calcites are multicolored and coating the lower section of one side.  No damage.  A nice value at $50

 

 

 

 

 

 

OKJ-912

OKJ-912    Quartz    Lowville, Lewis County, New York.  Recovered summer 2011.  A thumbnail sized specimen measuring 3.3 x 2.2 x 1 cm.  This single terminated crystals is damage free and clearly shows a well developed hydrocarbon phantom in the shape of a negative crystal.  Very unusual!  $50

 

 

 

 

 

 

OKJ-917

OKJ-917    Calcite  on Quartz    Lowville, Lewis County, New York.  Recovered summer 2011.  A large thumbnail sized specimen measuring 3.5 x 2.7 x 2.5 cm.  This one is a partial single crystal of smoky color and partial skeletal development.  The overgrowths are by small calcite (they need some cleaning) that coat much of the piece.  $50

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

OKH-859

OKH-859    Tourmaline    Newry Mine, Rumford, Maine.  Ex. Paul and Dawne Dunning collection.  A mid-1990s specimen measuring 1.8 x 1.1 x .3 cm.  Nicely terminated with a tiny chip on one side Mounted forward but Iíd consider this the back of the specimen) noticeable with 10x magnification, and barely so.  Even light green color, excellent translucence to transparency and nice luster.  A nice example of difficult to find material.  Mounted in a perky box.  $95

 

 

 

 

 

 

OKH-860

OKH-860    Quartz     Dominican Republic.  Ex. Paul and Dawne Dunning collection.  A 1.4 cm opaque crystal partially buried in matrix.  3.2 x 2 x 1.7 cm specimen, noteworthy for its unusual location.  No damage and mounted in a perky box.  $40

 

 

 

 

 

 

OKH-861

OKH-861    Aragonite    Kazakhstan.  Ex. Paul and Dawne Dunning collection.  3 x 2.1 x 2 cm sculptural group of stalactitic aragonites.  No damage and mounted in a perky box.  $20

 

 

 

 

 

 

OKH-862

OKH-862    Vanadinite   San Carlos, Mexico.  Ex. Paul and Dawne Dunning collection.  Prismatic crystals in a 2 x 1.8 x 1.5 cm cluster.  Several crystal are broken off.  Excellent luster and translucence.  Mounted in a perky box.  $20

 

 

 

 

 

 

OKH-863

OKH-863    Amethyst     Chihuahua, Mexico.  Ex. Paul and Dawne Dunning collection.  Vera Cruz specimen measuring 2.3 x 2.2 x 1.3 cm.  Good color and luster.  No damage and mounted in a perky box.  $25

 

 

 

 

 

 

OKH-864

OKH-864    Marcasite    Pitcher, Oklahoma.  Ex. Paul and Dawne Dunning collection.  An attractive coxcomb formed group with minor oxidation.  1.6 x 1.6 x .6 cm.  No damage and mounted in a perky box.  $30

 

 

 

 

 

 

OKH-865

OKH-865    Cerussite    Murray, Idaho.  Ex. Paul and Dawne Dunning collection.  2.7 x 1.6 x 1.5 cm.  Looks clean at 10x so I will list as having no damage and mounted in a perky box.  $60

 

 

 

 

 

OKH-866

OKH-866    Vivianite     Llallagua, Potosi, Bolivia.  Ex. Paul and Dawne Dunning collection.  Classic material, 2.3 cm long transparent crystal with no alteration and vibrant green color.  No damage and mounted in a perky box.  $40

 

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