Grossular, Vesuvianite, and Zircon Mineral Specimens

from the York River Skarn Zone Near Bancroft, Ontario For Sale

 

            Purple zircons such as this one were a super rare find at the York River Skarn Zone near Bancroft, Ontario, Canada.             

                                          Grossular                                                             Zircon                                                        Grossular on Diopside                                                                           Grossular

 

Grossular/ Clinopyroxene York River Skarn Zone, near Bancroft, Ontario, Canada. This site is closed to collecting but once produced some fabulous garnets, especially in the late 1990's for a brief time. I removed the primary mineralized pod over the period of an entire summer and still have some quality pieces. These are all thumbnail specimens mounted in perky boxes. They are nothing short of fantastic. Bright orange/ red garnets in combination with dark green clinopyroxene (likely diopside). Crystals range from a few millimeters to well over 2 cm. The luster is the best you can find, the form very good and the contrasting colors make each of these superior specimens. The garnets are transparent and translucent with internal fractures and the clinos are opaque. Top shelf pieces from a location that is now a provincial park and off limit to collecting.  Be sure to out article on this site.

 

 

 

OKN-904

OKN-904    Vesuvianite, Grossular, Diopside     York River Skarn Zone, near Bancroft, Ontario, Canada.  Collected by Michael and Jay Walter. These vesuvianites may not appear overly impressive to those unfamiliar with this long closed location, but they are!  This species is normally only found in crystals the size of grains of salt.  These are up to a cm each, have unusually high luster, and are perfectly formed.  All the crystals, including the cinnamon colored garnets are damage-free.  The piece measures 6.9 x 5.7 x 2.8 cm.  It is the finest example we found in several years of extensive collecting in the mid-1990's.  I have never seen a finer example.  $1,500

 

 

 

 

 

OKO-215

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OKO-215    Grossular with minor Diopside, Vesuvianite and Brucite    York River Skarn Zone, near Bancroft, Ontario, Canada.  Collected by Michael Walter, mid 1990s.  Read more about this important location here... Article    A very fine, aesthetic, lustrous cluster of small crystals from this now closed location.  2.5 x 2.5 x 1.7 cm overall.  Mounted in a perky box.  No damage and views great from any direction.  $40

 

 

 

 

 

OKO-216

OKO-216    Grossular with Diopside     York River Skarn Zone, near Bancroft, Ontario, Canada.  Collected by Michael Walter, mid 1990s.  Read more about this important location here... Article    A very fine, aesthetic, lustrous cluster of crystals to 1.3 cm each from this now closed location.  4.1 x 2.8 x 2.8 cm overall but it still manages to fit into the perky box in which it is now mounted.  The big grossulars have unusually nice transparency in areas.  No damage and views great.  $55

 

 

 

 

 

OKO-217

OKO-217    Grossular    York River Skarn Zone, near Bancroft, Ontario, Canada.  Collected by Michael Walter, mid 1990s.  Read more about this important location here... Article     A very fine, aesthetic, lustrous single crystal floater from this now closed location.  The crystal is an elongated dodecahedron… rather unusual.  2.3 x 1.7 x 1.7 cm overall.  No damage and views great.  $45

 

 

 

 

 

OKO-216

OKO-216    Grossular with Diopside     York River Skarn Zone, near Bancroft, Ontario, Canada.  Collected by Michael Walter, mid 1990s.  Read more about this important location here... Article    A very fine, aesthetic, lustrous cluster of crystals to 1.2 cm each from this now closed location.  2.8 x 2.6 x 1.7 cm overall.  The grossulars have unusually nice transparency in areas.  No damage and views great.  $55

 

 

 

 

 

OKO-615

OKO-615     Grossular in Calcite      York River Skarn Zone, near Bancroft, Ontario, Canada.  Collected by Michael Walter, 1994.  A fantastic, damage-free example in a far larger crystal than normal for the occurrence.  The piece is 4.8 x 2.8 x 1.5 cm overall with the big crystal measuring 2.5 cm in diameter.  Great color and classic form.  Excellent specimen from this now closed location.  $70

 

 

 

 

 

OKK-128

OKK-128     Grossular and Clinopyroxene    York River Skarn Zone, near Bancroft, Ontario, Canada.  Collected by Michael Walter, Summer 1999.  Location is now a Provincial Park and closed to collecting.  This TN sized aggregate measures 3 x 2.8 x 2.4 cm overall and possesses bright reddish brown crystals that are gemmy and well formed.  Mounted in a perky box, damage free.  $30

 

 

 

 

 

OKK-813

OKK-813     Grossular and Clinopyroxene    York River Skarn Zone, near Bancroft, Ontario, Canada.  Collected by Michael Walter, Summer 1999.  Location is now a Provincial Park and closed to collecting.  This crystal aggragate is actually a single crystal with others on its surface.  It measures 5.5 x 5 x 4.5 cm.  The white areas are brucite coatings.  I would describe this as having no damage and one contact on its backside.  Some areas are beautifully formed while others (those areas associated with the brucite) are somewhat morphed.  VERY large garnet for this location.  Excellent luster, translucent in areas… exceptional for one of these.  Mounted in a miniature sized perky box.  $195

 

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