September 2015 Update

 

OKM-720

OKM-720   Fluorite and Inesite on Quartz     Daye Mines, Huangshi, Hubei Prov., China.  A fine plate measuring 10 x 7.2 x 3.3 cm with fluorites modified by dodecahedrons and other forms.  The inestite balls are up to 1.7 cm each and of a light pink color.  The only damage is one small quartz point... missing sheared of at its base.  It can be seen in the upper center of the piece.  I have made a major price adjustment for this.  Great form and luster for all the species present.  Exceptional for the location/species (the inestite).   $450

 

 

 

 

 

 

OKM-721

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OKM-721   Dolomite and Quartz     Shangbao Mine, Hunan Prov., China.  Pale pink dolomites and clear to milky quartz in a floater cluster.  It measures.5 x 4.5 x 2.7 cm.  Nice condition, sharp form but pale colors.  Interesting material from this very famous fluorite locale.  $35

 

 

 

 

 

 

OKM-722

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OKM-722     Calcite and Fluorite on Quartz with Muscovite and Ferberite     Yaogangxian Mine, Bai Shi Du, Chen Xhou, Yizhang County, Hunan Prov., China.  Famous material that has become more and more difficult to obtain.  This piece measures 8.2 x 8 x 5 cm and has a centrally positioned cube measuring 2.3 cm on edge.  No damage.  Light pink calcite disc chains can be seen in several places, lots of quartz all over, minor sharp ferberites.  An attractive, busy display.  Internal fracturing to the fluorites.  A floater less contact on a very small area of one edge.  Nice!   $290

 

 

 

 

 

 

OKM-724

OKM-724 Fluorite    Xinyang, Henan Prov., China.  This material needs some explanation... first of all, "yes", this is from the HEnan Province not the HUnan Province.  Not a noteworthy area for Chinese specimens. Upon first seeing a few specimens at last year's Tucson show I passed on them because the color was so spectacular (that old saying, "if it is too good to be true, it probably is").  After speaking with numerous other experts I believe they are the real deal, not irradiated, not oiled, not artificial in any way.  The color is not reflected well in the images!  They are spectacular!  This color is unheard of in fluorite.  I would most accurately describe it as between a dark emerald green and a dioptase green!  Cameras have a difficult time capturing the color accurately.  The crystals are small intergrown cubes that in many cases appear to have formed as casts after another botryoidal materal, in plates of solid fluorite or rarely as discrete crystal groups on a carbonate rock.  All are unbelievable display pieces which will brighten any collection. If you collect fluorite you have to have one of these.

This piece seen here measures 9.5 x 8.3 x 2.4 cm overall.  It is composed of solid fluorite in large botryoidal masses, of great luster and rich color. Damage free, with only edge contacts on approximately 50% of its sides.  Very deep color.  Entire specimen is translucent when backlit.  This specimen displays from the front only.  $300

 

 

 

 

 

 

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OKM-725

Much more impressive in-hand. Color a richer green!

OKM-725 Fluorite    Xinyang, Henan Prov., China.  This material needs some explanation... first of all, "yes", this is from the HEnan Province not the HUnan Province.  Not a noteworthy area for Chinese specimens. Upon first seeing a few specimens at last year's Tucson show I passed on them because the color was so spectacular (that old saying, "if it is too good to be true, it probably is").  After speaking with numerous other experts I believe they are the real deal, not irradiated, not oiled, not artificial in any way.  The color is not reflected well in the images!  They are spectacular!  This color is unheard of in fluorite.  I would most accurately describe it as between a dark emerald green and a dioptase green!  Cameras have a difficult time capturing the color accurately.  The crystals are small intergrown cubes that in many cases appear to have formed as casts after another botryoidal materal, in plates of solid fluorite or rarely as discrete crystal groups on a carbonate rock.  All are unbelievable display pieces which will brighten any collection. If you collect fluorite you have to have one of these.

This piece seen here measures 14.2 x 10.7 x 4.4 cm overall.  It is composed of solid fluorite in big botryoidal groups.  The large plate is fully formed on all sides except the bottom edge, and minor areas on one side and lower section on the display face.  These are all natural contacts.  Minor brown calcite is on front of piece with the back being heavily coated by the calcite. Entire specimen is translucent when backlit. Excellent example of this rare material.  $420

 

 

 

 

 

OKM-726

Don't forget the green is not accurate. Much richer color!

OKM-726 Fluorite    Xinyang, Henan Prov., China.  This material needs some explanation... first of all, "yes", this is from the HEnan Province not the HUnan Province.  Not a noteworthy area for Chinese specimens. Upon first seeing a few specimens at last year's Tucson show I passed on them because the color was so spectacular (that old saying, "if it is too good to be true, it probably is").  After speaking with numerous other experts I believe they are the real deal, not irradiated, not oiled, not artificial in any way.  The color is not reflected well in the images!  They are spectacular!  This color is unheard of in fluorite.  I would most accurately describe it as between a dark emerald green and a dioptase green!  Cameras have a difficult time capturing the color accurately.  The crystals are small intergrown cubes that in many cases appear to have formed as casts after another botryoidal materal, in plates of solid fluorite or rarely as discrete crystal groups on a carbonate rock.  Entire specimen is translucent when backlit.  All are unbelievable display pieces which will brighten any collection. If you collect fluorite you have to have one of these.

This piece seen here measures 16.5 x 10.7 x 4 cm overall.  It is composed of solid fluorite in big botryoidal groups.  The large plate is fully formed on all sides with all edges being healed and many showing minor brown calcite overgrowths.  The display face also shows a few small brown calcites.  It is thinner that 4 cm in most areas allowing for more light to transmit through the entire piece as compared to the other specimen like this.  A great price on this one.  $395

 

 

 

 

 

OKM-727

Side view of the barite ball

Side view of the sphalerite

OKM-727    Barite, Sphalerite, Fluorite on Dolomite      Elmwood Mine, Carthage, Smith County, Tennessee.   Nice barite ball, high luster sphalerite and several very tiny fluorites on dolomite matrix.  The dolomite is overgrown in micro quartz giving it a nice appearance.  Floater less a tiny backside contact.  One tiny sphalerite is missing otherwise damage free.  7.5 x 6.3 x 5.2 cm overall.  Great views all around.  Very showy piece.  An excellent example of the better material from this important find.    $120

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

OKM-728

OKM-727    Sphalerite and Fluorite on Dolomite      Elmwood Mine, Carthage, Smith County, Tennessee.   Perfectly placed cluster of sphalerite measuring 5.5 cm that radiates out in all directions.  It sits on quartz druse coated dolomite and is a damage free floater!  Numerous fluorites to .6 or.7 cm each are scattered about on the matrix and sphalerite.  They are nearly clear with a slight purple tint and of the clear corner variety for which the occurrence is so famous.  A spotless specimen with high luster and outstanding display characteristics.  Should be displayed on edge horizontally with the crystals high on the dolomite (a position in which I failed to photograph the specimen.  Sorry.   $300

 

 

 

 

 

 

OKM-729

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OKM-729    Fluor-uvite     Bush Farm, Gouverneur, St. Lawrence County, New York.  Collected by Scott Wallace, June 5, 2011.  I found this wonderful little piece looking through some of my old show inventory that I never managed to take to any shows.  It measures 3.5 x 2.8 2 cm and has crystals to 2.1 cm.  What it lacks in size it makes up for in quality.  Damage free crystals with nice translucence in a rare cluster.  Even the back is well formed, just not as attractive as the front and side views.  Small fray on back of large crystal is minor and out of view.  Great example in very uncommon quality.   $85

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

OKM-730

Dolomite casts after calcite

OKM-730     Dolomite with Dolomite casts after Calcite on Calcite     Lead Mine Road, Macomb, St. Lawrence County, New York.  Reference the Mineral News, June 2015 for a full description of this material and the location.  A new find of what may turn out to be the nicest dolomite found in St. Lawrence County.  Normally, just an accessory species these dolomites are fine enough to stand on their own as collectable mineral specimens.  This large specimen shows two different generations of dolomite on ugly calcite.  The first is in the form of casts over rhombs visible on the lower left of the first image and in the close-up.  The second generation are fine saddle shaped crystals to 1.5 cm each most of which form a fish scale like overgrowth on the largest calcite rhombs.  Obviously not just dolomite but an interesting paragenesis from a previously unknown location that is also attractive.  No damage.  Measures 11 x 9.2 x 5 cm.  An excellent example.   $145

 

 

 

 

 

 

OKM-731

 

OKM-731     Dolomite     Lead Mine Road, Macomb, St. Lawrence County, New York.  Reference the Mineral News, June 2015 for a full description of this material and the location.  A new find of what may turn out to be the nicest dolomite found in St. Lawrence County.  Normally, just an accessory species these dolomites are fine enough to stand on their own as collectable mineral specimens.  This cluster measures 4.7 x 4 x 3.5 cm.  The crystals are all large, complex, saddle shaped and of a very high luster.  They are up to 2.6 cm each.  Minor calcite overgrowths on one side.  Small contact where it once grew on a schalenohedral crystal.  No Damage.  Attractive!  $75

 

 

 

 

 

 

OKM-732

 

OKM-732     Dolomite      Lead Mine Road, Macomb, St. Lawrence County, New York.  Reference the Mineral News, June 2015 for a full description of this material and the location.  A new find of what may turn out to be the nicest dolomite found in St. Lawrence County.  Normally, just an accessory species these dolomites are fine enough to stand on their own as collectable mineral specimens.  This cluster measures 4 x 3.2 x 2.6 cm.  The crystals are all large, complex, saddle shaped and of a very high luster.  They are up to 2.2 cm each.  The typical high pearly luster seen with these specimens.  Small contact where it once grew on a schalenohedral crystal.  No Damage.  Attractive!    $35

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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OKM-733     Dolomite      Lead Mine Road, Macomb, St. Lawrence County, New York.  Reference the Mineral News, June 2015 for a full description of this material and the location.  A new find of what may turn out to be the nicest dolomite found in St. Lawrence County.  Normally, just an accessory species these dolomites are fine enough to stand on their own as collectable mineral specimens.  This is the finest of the clusters and measures 5 x 5.5 x 4 cm.  The crystals are all large, complex, saddle shaped and of a very high luster.  They are up to 1.8 cm each.  The typical high pearly luster seen with these specimens.  Small contact where it once grew on a schalenohedral crystal.  Beautiful rosette form.  No Damage.  Attractive!    $125

 

 

 

 

 

 

OKM-734

OKM-734     Dolomite      Lead Mine Road, Macomb, St. Lawrence County, New York.  Reference the Mineral News, June 2015 for a full description of this material and the location.  A new find of what may turn out to be the nicest dolomite found in St. Lawrence County.  Normally, just an accessory species these dolomites are fine enough to stand on their own as collectable mineral specimens.  This cluster measures 3.5 x 3.2 x 2.8 cm.  The crystals are all large, complex, saddle shaped and of a very high luster.  They are up to 2 cm each.  The typical high pearly luster seen with these specimens.  Small contact where it once grew on a schalenohedral crystal.  No Damage.  Attractive!    $35

 

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