Specimens from the Ellis Farm, Macomb,

St. Lawrence County, New York

 

   

                     Peristerite                                  Peristerite and Graphite                            Peristerite and Fluorapatite                                       Peristerite and Phlogopite

 

This little known location is not on the world collector's radar but is certainly known to most who collect New York State minerals or East Coast classics.  The location was mined in the 1960s for mineral specimens, but has been known for at least 100 years.  Until recently specimens have not been available from the site.  The noteworthy species is albite with a peristeritic (blue) schiller, but also found at the locality are diopside, graphite, phlogopite, fluorapatite, scapolite, and dravite.  This locality is on land currently owned by a hunting club and is off limits to collectors.  I had Club and land owner permission to collect here so was very lucky to be able to obtain the specimens you see here.

 

 

 

OKL-599

OKL-599     Quartz pseudomorph after Diopside      Ellis Farm, Macomb, St. Lawrence County, New York.  Collected by Michael Walter, 2015.  These examples are a first time find for this historic peristerite occurrence.  I'm not sure if they are encrustation pseudomorphs or complete replacements in that none that were found were broken.  In examples like these the once attached end is healed.  I suspect they are complete replacements.  All have sugary replacement textures of a glassy luster.  This on measures 3.6 x 2.8 x 1.8 cm.  Blocky termination.  No damage.  $20

 

 

 

 

 

OKL-601

OKL-601     Quartz pseudomorph after Diopside       RESERVED      Ellis Farm, Macomb, St. Lawrence County, New York.  Collected by Michael Walter, 2015.  These examples are a first time find for this historic peristerite occurrence.  I'm not sure if they are encrustation pseudomorphs or complete replacements in that none that were found were broken.  In examples like these the once attached end is healed.  I suspect they are complete replacements.  All have sugary replacement textures of a glassy luster.  This on measures 4.7 x 2.8 x 1.9 cm.  It has a sharper form and nicer termination than most.  No damage.  $30

 

 

 

 

 

OKL-602

OKL-602     Quartz pseudomorph after Diopside      Ellis Farm, Macomb, St. Lawrence County, New York.  Collected by Michael Walter, 2015.  These examples are a first time find for this historic peristerite occurrence.  I'm not sure if they are encrustation pseudomorphs or complete replacements in that none that were found were broken.  In examples like these the once attached end is healed.  I suspect they are complete replacements.  All have sugary replacement textures of a glassy luster.  This on measures 4 x 2.2 x 1.4 cm.  Steep termination and one small rider crystal.  No damage.  $25

 

 

 

 

 

OLM-735

Typical schiller shown on this crystal.

OKM-735     Albite (var. Peristerite), Diopside, Phlogopite    Ellis Farm, Macomb, St. Lawrence County, New York.  Collected by Michael Walter, Summer 2015.  As with all of these the peristerite crystals show their schiller best when in-hand and turned in average lighting.  The schiller is present on two opposing prism faces in all cases.  They are obviously not very photogenic when I simply point and click.  This one is a large grouping of pale crystals that exhibit good translucence and moderate blue schiller.  There are diopsides in combination with the peristerites to 2 cm each.  Minor phlogopite throughout.  Very three dimensional with contacts on base and back.  Front, top and sides display nicely.  I believe this is the best example I have for sale.  $295

 

 

 

OKM-737

Back

 

OKM-737     Albite (var. Peristerite) and Diopside    Ellis Farm, Macomb, St. Lawrence County, New York.  Collected by Michael Walter, Summer 2015.  As with all of these the peristerite crystals show their schiller best when in-hand and turned in average lighting.  The schiller is present on two opposing prism faces in all cases.  They are obviously not very photogenic when I simply point and click.  This one is a diopside and albite combination. Very little schiller in this one.  Great crystals of good form.  Large prismatic diopsides larger than any historically found (the largest previously were in the 2 cm range and these are up to 3.5 cm).  This piece measures 5 x 5 x 3.8 cm and is a damage free floater.   $60

 

 

 

 

 

 

OKM-738

OKM-738     Albite (var. Peristerite)    Ellis Farm, Macomb, St. Lawrence County, New York.  Collected by Michael Walter, Summer 2015.  As with all of these the peristerite crystals show their schiller best when in-hand and turned in average lighting.  The schiller is present on two opposing prism faces in all cases.  They are obviously not very photogenic when I simply point and click.  This one is a fine cluster with only base and minor back contacts.  It is damage free and measures 5.5 x 4.7 x 3.2 cm.  The crystals are all well formed with the smaller ones approaching being gemmy.  An outstanding example of this material.  $100

 

 

 

 

 

 

OKM-739

Schiller in the largest crystal.

OKM-739     Albite (var. Peristerite), Phlogopite, Fluorapatite, and Diopside    Ellis Farm, Macomb, St. Lawrence County, New York.  Collected by Michael Walter, Summer 2015.  As with all of these the peristerite crystals show their schiller best when in-hand and turned in average lighting.  The schiller is present on two opposing prism faces in all cases.  They are obviously not very photogenic when I simply point and click.  This one is another damage free floater with crystals to 2.3 cm each.  The color is gray/ green to cinnamon depending on the side and crystals.  5.6 x 5.2 x 3.1 cm overall.  Great piece!  $80

 

 

 

 

 

 

OKM-740

OKM-7340     Albite (var. Peristerite)    Ellis Farm, Macomb, St. Lawrence County, New York.  Collected by Michael Walter, Summer 2015.  As with all of these the peristerite crystals show their schiller best when in-hand and turned in average lighting.  The schiller is present on two opposing prism faces in all cases.  They are obviously not very photogenic when I simply point and click.  This one is composed of a few very large crystals (to over 4 cm each.  It measures 6.5 x 4.4 x 3.6 cm and is damage free.  It has contact on most of its back, or base, depending on how you display it.  Nice schiller and form.  $100

 

 

 

 

 

 

OKM-742

OKM-742     Albite (var. Peristerite), Phlogopite, Fluorapatite, and Diopside    Ellis Farm, Macomb, St. Lawrence County, New York.  Collected by Michael Walter, Summer 2015.  As with all of these the peristerite crystals show their schiller best when in-hand and turned in average lighting.  The schiller is present on two opposing prism faces in all cases.  They are obviously not very photogenic when I simply point and click.  This floater is damage free and composed mostly of just one large crystal.  Its schiller is excellent and also easy to see on the tiny attachment crystals.  Much better in-hand.  5.1 x 4.2 x 3 cm overall.  AN excellent example of difficult to find, historic material.  $60

 

 

 

 

 

OKK-751

OKK-751    Albite (variety Peristerite), Phlogopite, and Diopside    Ellis Farm, Macomb, St. Lawrence County, New York.  Collected by Michael Walter, June 10, 2012.  I was able to gain a weeks access to this old locality that had previously been "lost" to time.  Specimens from here have been unavailable for approximately forty years and they represent what I believe are the finest periserite specimens to ever be found in New York State.  This one has large crystals to 3 cm each and measures 6.2 x 4.7 x 3 cm overall.  Very good translucence to crystals and nice blue schiller.  Albite twinning is obvious.  No damage.  $85

 

 

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