January 2015 Update, Page 2

 

 

OKAA-021

OKAA-021   Spodumene (variety Kunzite)      RESERVED       Mawi Pegmatite, Du Ab District, Nuristan Province, Afghanistan.  14.7 x 4.2 x .7 cm thick gem kunzite crystal.  It is double terminated and deeply and evenly striated.  Gemmy and nicely saturated for color.  No damage.  The gemstone is an emerald cut over 9 ct in weight.  An attractive crystal/ gem pair on a custom engraved acrylic base.   $1,100

 

 

 

 

 

 

OKAA-022

OKAA-022     Peridote     Sapat Gali, Naran, Pakistan.  An attractive single crystal of rich color typical for the species.  2.6 x 1.5 x 1.4 cm.  The crystal is in good condition with base contact only.  The gemstone is approximately one ct in weight.  $450

 

 

 

 

 

 

OKAA-001

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OKAA-001    Quartz Faden     Wana, South Waziristan, Federally Administered Tribal Areas, Pakistan.  15.1 x 8 x 5 cm faden with a wonderful curved form.  Base area has a couple crystals broken and one small tip ding on one of the dozens of crystals.  Overall in excellent condition for a specimen of this size.  Displays nicely on the custom engraved acrylic base.  Tips of these double terminated crystals are clear while the bodies show a well developed faden line.  Outstanding example that is much better in-hand.  $1,000

 

 

 

 

 

 

OKAA-002

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OKAA-002    Quartz (var. Herkimer Diamonds)    Ace of Diamonds Mine, Middleville.  Ex. Michael Walter collection.  A fantastic cluster (reassembled as almost all are).  Crystals to 7 cm each compose this 14 x 10 x 4.5 cm grouping.  Crystals are very clean with only a couple contacts on one end and one crystal with a minor rub along a lower edge.  Two arches made of smaller, clearer crystals on the top of specimen.  The crystals are floaters with their backsides no showing matrix attachments.  More inclusions of anthraxolite on backside and basically none of the front (just the way we like them).  Custom engraved acrylic base.  A very agreeable price for an excellent specimen.   $950

 

 

 

 

 

 

OKAA-003

OKAA-003    Calcite and Sphalerite    Elmwood Mine,  Carthage, Smith County, Tennessee.   11 x 6.5 x 6.5 cm single, double terminated crystal of excellent color and good transparency.  It is a twin.  One termination is perfect and the second, which is buried in the base so not viewable, has a minor cleave.  This ends up being a very displayable specimen for someone not wanting to take out a loan and still have a fine example of what probably ranks as the most aesthetic calcite on the planet.  Comes with custom engraved acrylic base.  $350

 

 

 

 

 

 

OKAA-004

OKAA-004   Calcite with Pyrite and Marcasite Inclusions   Conco Mine, North Aurora, Kane County, Illinois.  Collected by Jared T. Freiburg.  A single pocket find that was harvested just prior to the 2011 Tucson show.  No more of this material has been produced since.  Selective face coatings make some areas of the crystals look silky while others have the highest, glassy luster anyone could ask for in a calcite.  Reminiscent of the Brushy Creek material but finer.  The marcasite and pyrite are brightly metallic inclusions that sometimes zone as phantoms.  Really nice new stuff.  This cluster measures 6.5 x 6 x 4.7 cm and is a dome of well formed, damage free crystals to 2 cm each.  Some are double terminated but most are single terminated.  Very fine example with a custom engraved acrylic base.  No damage. $200

 

 

 

 

 

 

OKAA-006

OKAA-006   Calcite with Pyrite and Marcasite Inclusions   Conco Mine, North Aurora, Kane County, Illinois.  Collected by Jared T. Freiburg.  A single pocket find that was harvested just prior to the 2011 Tucson show.  No more of this material has been produced since.  Selective face coatings make some areas of the crystals look silky while others have the highest, glassy luster anyone could ask for in a calcite.  Reminiscent of the Brushy Creek material but finer.  The marcasite and pyrite are brightly metallic inclusions that sometimes zone as phantoms.  Really nice new stuff.  This cluster measures 7.8 x 4 x 3.6 cm and is a column of well formed, unusually clear crystals.  Some are double terminated but most are single terminated.  Several natural contacts.  Very fine example with a custom engraved acrylic base.  No damage less one chipped crystal right at one of the contacts. $100

 

 

 

 

 

 

OKAA-008

OKAA-008    Fluorite and Calcite on Sphalerite      RESERVED      Elmwood Mine,  Carthage, Smith County, Tennessee.  This small cabinet specimens runs 7.6 x 4.7 x 3.5 cm overall and has beautiful transparent purple fluorites to a cm each and smaller gemmy calcites.  The sphalerites are large (to 3.5 cm each) and of great color and luster.  Everything is damage free, aesthetic and displayed nicely on a custom engraved acrylic base.  Sweet!  $350

 

 

 

 

 

 

OKAA-009

OKAA-009    Sphalerite on Dolomite      RESERVED       Elmwood Mine,  Carthage, Smith County, Tennessee. This is a small specimen at 5 x 3.3 x 2 cm specimen with two sprays of very translucent sphalerites on gray dolomite.  Studded with several gemmy double terminated calcite crystals.  No damage.  It comes with a custom engraved acrylic base.   $200

 

 

 

 

 

 

OKF-420

OKF-420      Titanite     Capelinha, Minas Gerais, Brazil.  Ex. Dr. Steve Chamberlain Collection.  Prev. Ward’s Minerals of Rochester, 1976.  This nice specimen barely fits in a perky box diagonally… 4.8 x 2.3 x 1 cm twin.  Fully formed with only a minimal area of contact on its base and a couple of very tiny nicks.  Transparent to translucent with nice gemmy areas throughout with excellent luster on most surfaces.  Sharp reentrant angle and interesting surface growth features. An outstanding example of the species.  This specimen now accompanies a faceted stone of .5 ct.  It is a nice oval but far from flawless as should be expected with this material.  The cut is good and the inclusions moderate.  It is a nice example of this material which is rare to find in facetable rough.  Sorry that I could not get a better close-up but the picture is a very good representation of the stone's color and clarity.  The crystal and stone sit on a custom engraved acrylic base (with a small dab of adhesive to allow stability to the crystal).  A nice price for an attractive display.  285$

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

OKF-223

OKF-223    Spodumene (variety Kunzite)     RESERVED        Mawi, Laghman Province, Afghanistan.  Here is a beautifully formed etched kunzite a significant size it measures 14.5 cm in length is 4.7 cm wide and 3 cm in thickness.  There is an enormous amount of gem rough contained within this piece.  Don't get me wrong, I do not suggest it should be converted into gemstones, but its value has to be a least equal to what would be produced if it was.  I am pricing it way below that.  The color is very deep and view down the c axis of the crystal and does not look washed out like many kunzites do.  It is damage free and extremely displayable.  The photographs of this specimen are somewhat lighter that the specimen actually is.   Comes with a custom engraved acrylic base.  $1,200

 

 

 

 

 

 

OKAA-020

OKAA-020     Sphalerite on Quartz     Cumberland Mine,  Drift 17-W-3, Smith County, Tennessee.  This is a large 28 x 22 cm plate of sphalerite crystals on a coating of micro quartz.  Great color contrast, high luster and nice distribution of crystals on the matrix.  Individual crystals to 4 cm in large groupings.  The guy who was in charge of mining out these pockets, Brian, described the pocket this specimen came from as such…"a huge pocket with plates of sphalerite, only, on micro quartz.  Approx 3,000 plates from fist sized to 3 feet in diameter lying loose in the bottom of the hole, most being damaged."  This has no damage on face because it landed face up on the top of the heap.  All damage is on back of plate, along with some additional intact sphalerites.  The images all seem to have a stronger silver color to the sphalerites than they should.  They are the normal color for the sphalerites from this mine and the contrast between the quartz and sphalerite is more dramatic and aesthetic than the picture portray.  This is a wonderful display piece which is a must for any serious Elmwood collector who does not have one.  $1,300

 

 

 

 

 

 

OKAA-012

OKAA-012     Vanadinite    Mibladen Mine, Mibladen, Khenifra Province Meknes- Tafilalet Region, Morocco.  7.5 x 4.7 x 4 cm specimen with bright cherry red crystals to a cm each and zero damage.  A perfect palm sized piece that is of the highest quality.  The specimen is quite three-dimensional and sits nicely on its own.  It comes with a custom engraved acrylic base.    $400

 

 

 

 

 

 

OKAA-013

OKAA-013     Vanadinite    Mibladen Mine, Mibladen, Khenifra Province Meknes- Tafilalet Region, Morocco.  6.5 x 5.5 x 2.2 cm specimen with bright cherry red crystals to a cm each and zero damage.  A perfect palm sized plate that is of the highest quality.  The crystals mound up in several places on the piece.  It comes with a custom engraved acrylic base.  Very nice.    $300

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

OKAA-015

OKAA-015    Pyromorphite    Wheatley Mines, Phoenixville, Chester County, PA.   Ex. Nancy Collins collection.  This is an old timer from the period in which the mine was active (1861-1870).  Old collection # on back.  Provenance prior to Collins unknown, however.  It measures 3 x 2.5 x 2 cm overall with crystals to .7 cm.  The ball shaped specimen and aesthetic for one of these.  A small scrape on edge of one crystal can be seen in close-up view or with magnification.  Excellent condition, overall.  The crystals range from the typical green color to a brighter green and have good translucence.  The luster and form are better than most examples I have seen from this classic location.  Overall it ranks as the finest specimen of this size that I have seen from Phoenixville (and I have seen hundreds).  If pyromorphites or east coast classics are your thing you will find this to be an exceptionally and desirable piece.  $2,500

 

 

 

 

 

 

OKAA-016

OKAA-016     Calcite on Fluorite    Cave-In-Rock, Illinois.   Ex. Nancy Collins collection.  A huge, deep purple grouping of cubes measuring 21 x 14 x 12 cm.  The largest cubes are over 9 cm each.  Overall it is in good condition, not excellent but it displays very nicely.  The calcite overgrowths add some needed sparkle to these dark, translucent fluorites.  They coat most upper surfaces of the cubes and much of the back of the specimen.  Well crystallized all around less some backside contact.  A heavy substantial piece worthy of display.  Someone will love this specimen and it's low price.  Comes with engraved acrylic base.   $600

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

OKAA-017

OKAA-017     Corundum  (var. Ruby or some might say a pink sapphire)    Mysore District, Karnantaka, India.   This large section of crystal prism is sawn and ground concave on both ends.  It measures 4.1 x 3.5 x 2.2 cm thick.  Inclusions indicative of "star" material are present.  The cab measures .9 x .7 cm and shows a light star effect.  With the custom base it makes a nice display.    $700

 

 

 

 

 

 

OKAA-018

OKAA-018    Quartz (var. Citrine)     Yuzhnyi Mine, Chelyabinsk Oblast, Southern Urals Region, Russia.  This large citrine point (natural) measures 10.1 x 6.2 x 6.1 cm overall.  It has a tip ding as is clearly seen in the images but still warrants being in someone's collection.  It has large gemmy areas and once again it is NATURAL... so rare for citrine.  It comes with a large oval cut stone measuring .7 cm wide and weighing in at 45 ct.  Together with a custom base (which it come with) it makes for a nice display.  The crystal is sawn flat on its base.  $400

 

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