January 2014 Update

 

"Happy New Year!"

New Years resolution #1.  My sub collection of figured mineral specimens needs to be sold so I can focus on St. Lawrence County, New York minerals only.  I've accumulated approximately fifty or sixty fine specimens that have appeared in the popular mineral journals and mineral related books.  They will appear in updates until they are gone.  Like other materials I have de-acquisitioned from my collections I will assume they are going to be popular so act quickly.  The prices will not be inflated because they are figured specimens.  They will be exceptional specimens (that's why they have been figured) at appropriate prices.  A few are simply representative pieces while others are in the realm of "best know" type specimens, so please keep your eyes open for these postings which will begin here this month

 

 

OKK-663

OKK-663     Stilbite Stalactite      Poona, India.  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.  I purchased this fine example at my first Tucson show well over a decade ago. It is a salmon color and shows huge stilbites delicately hanging from the only point of contact for the stalactite....a tiny plate of matrix measuring 3 cm square on edge.  13 x 7.5 x 6.2 cm overall.  The luster is fantastic and it is spotless with no blemishes what so ever and certainly no damage.  Much more impressive in-hand.  $650

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

OKK-658 True color

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This image has the specimen sitting upright correctly. All the other images are sideways or upside down. Sorry.

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 healed1) on one edge.  Sits perfectly on edge for display.  Impossible to photograph this one well and do it justice, so you can expect this one to be impressive.  If you are well versed with this material you will likely agreed that it is exceptional in every regard:  large 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.  If you are looking for others from this find they can be seen on my Aquamarine Page in the Chinese mineral section and range from $200 to $1,500 in price.  The backside of this specimen has lots of silver muscovute inclusions and attachments.  This one however, is the killer of the find which I have not shown or been willing to part with until now.  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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

OKK-662

 

OKK-662    Vesuvianite     Jeffrey Quarry, Asbestos, Quebec, Canada.   Ex. Michael Walter collection, prev. Dr. Steve Chamberlain collection.  Figured Specimen, Rocks and Minerals Magazine, 55:189, Fig. #3.  I will provide a copy of the article with the purchase of this specimen.  When this find was made in 1979 this would have been one of the best specimens recovered.  I know they get bigger as more impressive as the recent Mineralogical Record article shows but those specimens are in museums or museum bound.  For this material, this specimen is a great one and seldom available in example as nice as this.  It displays well with its two points of attachment being the bases of the largest crystals and is damage free.  Clean and natural including its fine blocky terminations.  One minor backside, healed, attachment and attractive second generation, gemmy crystals attached.  4.2 x 2.7 x 1.5 cm.  Great translucence and the fine color associated with the green variety.  I have many other smaller specimens from this find but this is the best by light years.  $900

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

OKK-659

OKK-659      Adamite and Calcite     Mapimi, Mexico.  Ex. Michael Walter collection, prev. Jim Turek 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 nice damage free example of this classic material with "wheels and Sheaths" of yellow, translucent adamite throughout.  Sits beautifully displaying excellent coverage on both front and backsides.  9.5 x 6.5 x 5.5 cm overall with crystals to well over a cm each.  An excellent example of this classic Mexican material.  $295

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

OKK-660

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OKK-660       Sphalerite and Marcasite       Dundas Quarry, Ontario, Canada.  Ex. Michael Walter collection, prev. Dr. Steve Chamberlain collection.  Collected by Jimmy Dee, 1975.  Figured Specimen, Rocks and Minerals Magazine, 69:193, Fig. #5.  I will provide a copy of the article with the purchase of this specimen.  This is the finest miniature of this material I have owned and among the three or maybe four best I have ever seen (and I've seen most including the best displays of top private collections of this quarry's goodies).  The piece is a floater shard of dolostone matrix with translucent sphalerites to 1.7 cm each in two distinct groups.  4.5 x 4 x 2.2 cm overall.  The color of the sphalerites is somewhat better than it appears in the images.  Zero damage or attachments.  The marcasites add a nice aesthetic touch.  $520

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

OKK-661

OKK-661       Sphalerite      Dundas Quarry, Ontario, Canada.   Ex. Michael Walter collection, prev. Dr. Steve Chamberlain collection, prev. Dr. George Robinson collection.  Figured Specimen, Rocks and Minerals Magazine, 69:193, Fig. #6.  I will provide a copy of the article with the purchase of this specimen.  This thumbnail sized piece (2.9 x 1.5 x 2.5 cm) was obviously figured to show the nice translucence of some of these sphalerites.  No damage, good form but not an important specimen for the locale.  It is however an excellent TN for the site should sell almost instantly.  Sawn base.  $160 (this is less than I paid for it long ago).  $160

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

OKK-657

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OKK-657    Fluororichterite     Wilberforce, Ontario, Canada.  Ex. Michael Walter collection.  Collected by Michael Walter in 1990's.  Figured Specimen, Rock and Gem Magazine, October 2008, p. 72-75.  This was one of the first important specimens I ever field collected.  I say "important" because it is the finest fluororichterite (NOT fluorichterite or any other misspelling) I have seen.  I've reviewed many many thousands and field collected thousands of these myself.  This one is amazing.  Although selectively etched, which some collectors dislike, it is a cabinet sized display piece with, in my mind, no equal.  The crystals are beautifully formed, lustrous and mostly double terminated.  Only a couple of edge crystals are broken from connections to surrounding matrix (calcite).  No damage to the body of the piece or primary crystals.  Many are twinned.  The terminations are a mix of pinnicoids (flat) and more complex forms.  it sits beautifully and views great from any angle, back top or bottom!  It measures 12 x 9 x 6 cm with crystals to 4.5 cm.  I hope this specimen ends up in a Canadian museum as it deserved to.  I've seen many bigger, many nice almost perfect TN sized specimens but no specimen equal to the quality of this hand sized piece.  I've seen prices all over the map for this material and am pricing this one at a middle of the road to high price as I have nothing of this quality out there to compare to.  $3,000.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

OKK-942

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OKK-942       Fluororichterite   (NOT fluorichterite or any other misspelling)      Wilberforce, Ontario, Canada.  Ex. Michael Walter collection.  Collected by Michael Walter in 1990's.  Figured Specimen, Rock and Gem Magazine, October 2008, p. 72-75.  This small cabinet piece measures 7.7 x 7 x 5.5 cm overall with a large central 6 plus cm double terminated crystals.  This is a natural specimen in calcite with numerous other fine fluororichterite crystals (one twinned) numerous double terminated.  Come very minor chipping but overall in fantastic shape for a group of crystals broken out of massive calcite.  Very fine, complex terminations.  Great piece.  $345

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

OKK-943

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OKK-943      Phlogopite       Wilberforce, Ontario, Canada.  Ex. Michael Walter collection.  Collected by Michael Walter in 1990's.  Figured Specimen, Rock and Gem Magazine, October 2008, p. 72-75.  This cute little example has a .7 cm hexagonal phlogopite crystal on a shard of fluororichterite.  What makes it special is that the phlogopite is completely gem.    The second photo is too dark and the first is slightly backlit.  Any light at all on this crystal makes it very clear it is completely transparent.  Very unusual for this material.  3.3 x 2 x 1 cm.  $170

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

OKK-944

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OKK-944       Fluororichterite   (NOT fluorichterite or any other misspelling)      Wilberforce, Ontario, Canada.  Ex. Michael Walter collection.  Collected by Michael Walter in 1990's.  Figured Specimen, Rock and Gem Magazine, October 2008, p. 72-75.     4.8 x 4 x 2.5 cm strongly twinned crystal.  Contacts on one side and a small part of the back otherwise very smooth and lustrus.  The twin plane is amazing!  The photos will tell the story.  Twins are not uncommon with this material but twins like this are very very rare.  Displays great.  $450

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

OKK-945

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OKK-945       Phlogopite     Wilberforce, Ontario, Canada.  Ex. Michael Walter collection.  Collected by Michael Walter in 1990's.  Figured Specimen, Rock and Gem Magazine, October 2008, p. 72-75.  A very nice phlogopite crystal.  Sits upright and has several other crystals penetrating from sides and back.  Large for this species at this location.  5 x 3.4 x 2.5 cm.   $150

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

OKK-946

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OKK-946      Ruby     Mysore, India.  Ex. Michael Walter collection, prev. Nancy Collins 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 fine miniature measuring 4.2 x 2.8 x 2 cm with several nice red, slightly translucent ruby crystals. Both the primary crystals are double terminated and well anchored in the matrix.  The biggest measures 1.5 cm long and has minor chipping on one termination.  Quite clean for this material and high quality for this location too.  Piece sits on edge.  A very nice ruby!  $450

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

OKK-664

OKK-665    Fluorite and Calcite    Rosiclare Level, Minerva, mine #1, Cave-In-Rock District, Illinois.  Ex. Michael Walter collection, prev. Jim Turek, prev. Gene Tribbey.  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 large attractive fluorite from a classic U.S. A. location in the most desirable colors (blue and Yellow).  Blue upper layer with yellow core.  Nicely translucent.  Most of the white calcite is on back and base.  14 x 10 x 9 cm overall, dominated by a large cube measuring 7.3 cm on edge!  Beautiful proportions and balance.  Only a small chip on one corner of one of the smaller cubes.  Excellent condition.  Excellent example.  $2,700

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

OKK-664

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OKK-664    Grossular    York River Skarn Zone, near Bancroft, Ontario, Canada.  Ex. Michael Walter Collection.  Collected by Michael Walter, 1999.  Figured Specimen, Rock and Gem Magazine, December 1999, p. 81.  Now a Provincial Park, this material is becoming uncommon to find in quality specimens and will only become more so in years to come. This must rank as one of the finest examples from the location.  I've found larger crystals an in cases of small ones, better crystals.  For a large cabinet sized or museum sized piece this one is exceptional.  No damage as it is completely etched from calcite.  White coatings are brucite.  Views great from any direction showing coarse crystallization on every side.  Garnets are to over 4 cm each.  Base and small area of one side have the contacts from matrix.  Sits flat and stable for display.  17 x 14 x 10 cm.  Impressive if you are knowledgeable about the material that has come from this location in the past.  $3,200

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

OKK-947

OKK-947       Quartz       Ron Coleman Mine, near Hot Springs, Arkansas.  Ex. Michael Walter collection, collected by Michael Walter.  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 nice plate of single and double terminated crystals to 5.7 cm each.  13 x 7 x 5.3 cm overall.  The crystals have a milky base/ matrix but the crystal terminations and prisms are glass clear.  No damage except contacts along edges.  The images fail to convey how clear these crystals really are.  The crystals are all damage free, of course.  Great example.  $250

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

OKK-948

OKK-948       Chalcopyrite on Dolomite     Blackrock, Arkansas.  Ex. Michael Walter collection, perv. Nancy Collins 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 sharp looking plate of deep salmon/ pink dolomite crystal.  Small chalcopyrites sit up high on several crystals.  9.4 x 9.2 x 2.6 cm.  No damage.   $180

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

OKK-953

OKK-953    Fluorapatite     Bear Lake Diggings, Tory Hill, Ontario, Canada.  Ex. Michael Walter Collection.  Collected by Michael Walter, 1997.  Figured Specimen, Rock and Gem Magazine, July 2001, p. 26.  A large stocky single, double terminated crystal measuring 9 x 5 x 4.3 cm.  This is one of those rare examples from Ontario that is reasonably well terminated.  One of the nicest I ever found out of the many thousands.  All sides are very lustrous, some with small gemmy areas, good even green color, no staining, heavy and substantial.  A fine piece to handle and admire.  These have become rare finds now.  $300

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

OKK-951

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OKK-951      Grossular on Clinopyroxene   York River Skarn Zone, near Bancroft, Ontario, Canada.  Ex. Michael Walter collection, collected by Michael Walter, 1999.  Figured Specimen, Gems of Wisdom, Gems of Power, book by Teresa Kennedy, Marlowe and Company, New York, 2007.  6 x 6 x 4.9 cm piece with a nice large garnet sitting high on what is most likely diopside.  The 3.5 cm crystal is of nice luster and translucent to gemmy in small areas.  There is minor chipping and one sizable chip.  There are excellent views and it is a substantial crystal.  This price is very reasonable for one of these top specimens as there are very few of this size and quality.   $550

 

 

 

 

 

 

OKK-950

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Best side for condition (no chip)

OKK-950    Epidote    Tormiq, above Baghicha, Gilgit- Skardu Road, Baltistan, Northern Areas, Pakistan.  Ex. Michael Walter collection.  Figured Specimen, Gems of Wisdom, Gems of Power, book by Teresa Kennedy, Marlowe and Company, New York, 2007.   An old example of this material that is a very aesthetic miniature.  It measures 4.3 x 3.5 x 2.5 cm with the largest single terminated crystal measuring 4.2 cm.  A beauty with gemmy deep green crystal.  On back is a tiny chip on one central crystal (ON BACK).  Excellent condition, form and aesthetics.  $600

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

OKK-950

OKK-950    Epidote    Tormiq, above Baghicha, Gilgit- Skardu Road, Baltistan, Northern Areas, Pakistan.  Ex. Michael Walter collection.  Figured Specimen, Gems of Wisdom, Gems of Power, book by Teresa Kennedy, Marlowe and Company, New York, 2007.   An old example of this material that is a very aesthetic miniature.  It measures 7.7 x 2.5 x 2 cm.  Long piece coated with plenty of small transparent, highly striated crystals.  Contacts on both ends but otherwise good condition.  $300

 

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