October 2013 Update

 

Rose Road Wollastonite Occurrence, Pitcairn, St. Lawrence County, New York, 2013.

I worked an amazing vein of large gray to tan to light green Scapolites, Titanite, Phlogopite and purple Diopside last fall and this spring.  I am offering TN to cabinet pieces of excellent form but in this posting am showing the best of the material I have to offer.  This is the first time scapolite has been found at the location.  Scapolite is orange under SW UV and in crystals to 15 cm. The diopside is low in iron, perhaps accounting for the unusual color, and very much different from the classic green material from only 100 meters away!  It is in crystals to 2 cm each which are seldom in good form or for that matter, even stable as specimens. These look quite ugly in images and all are better in hand.

 

OKK-114

OKK-114    Scapolite on Diopside    Northwestern Diggings, Rose Road Wollastonite Occurrence, Pitcairn, St. Lawrence County, New YorkCollected by Michael Walter, March, 2013.  This is the finest specimen I have offered for sale.  It has numerous double terminated scapolites in purple diopside crystallized matrix.  The matrix is stabilized but has no luster change or other evidence of the stabilization.  It is a cabinet piece measuring 14.5 x 9 x 8 cm overall with white crystals to 4.4 cm.  No damage, great display piece at an outstanding price.  $160

 

 

 

 

OKK-115

OKK-115    Scapolite     Northwestern Diggings, Rose Road Wollastonite Occurrence, Pitcairn, St. Lawrence County, New YorkCollected by Michael Walter, April, 2013.  This beauty is a prismatic single crystal measuring 6.3 x 2.2 x 2 cm.  It is a very rare floater broken free from massive calcite.  This is easily as nice as the few I kept for my collection and sold to the New York State Museum.  No damage or issues of any kind.  They don't come out cleaner!  $140

 

 

 

 

OKK-116

OKK-116    Scapolite     Northwestern Diggings, Rose Road Wollastonite Occurrence, Pitcairn, St. Lawrence County, New YorkCollected by Michael Walter, April, 2013.  This example is a prismatic single crystal measuring 8.1 x 2.4 x 2.4 cm.  It is a very rare floater broken free from massive calcite, some of which remains attached on the base of one side.  This is easily as nice as the few I kept for my collection and sold to the New York State Museum (I probably should have kept this one).  No damage or issues of any kind.  Interesting surface features.  Superb specimen.  $150

 

 

 

 

OKK-117

OKK-117    Scapolite with minor attachments of Diopside and Titanite    Northwestern Diggings, Rose Road Wollastonite Occurrence, Pitcairn, St. Lawrence County, New YorkCollected by Michael Walter, April, 2013.  This example is a stocky single crystal measuring 7 x 6 x 4.5 cm.  It is double terminated but only slightly so with that end having matrix contact.  One edge has matrix of titanite and purple diopside.  It sits on end and an aesthetic angle.  Minor calcite.  Superb specimen.  $150

 

 

 

 

Old VanBuskirk farm (this is the historic Russell danburite occurrence), Russell, St. Lawrence County, New York, 2013

Discovered and recovered by another local field collector, this was a single pocket find of lustrous black/ green Tremolite in two generations.  Crystals to 5 cm.  Aesthetic for the species and among the finest ever found in New York State.  Any faces showing lower lusters have microscopic layers of talc on their surfaces.  About a half dozen specimens are available in TN to miniature sizes. 

 

OKK-118

Termination

OKK-118    Tremolite     Old VanBuskirk farm (the historic danburite occurrence), Russell, St. Lawrence County, New York, collected 2013.  A fine lustrous single crystal measuring 4.3 x 1.1 .6 cm.  Single terminated and twinned.  Zero damage and a very respectable piece for this small find.  $35

 

 

 

 

OKK-119

OKK-119    Tremolite     Old VanBuskirk farm (the historic danburite occurrence), Russell, St. Lawrence County, New York, collected 2013.  A fine lustrous single crystal measuring 4 x 1.3 x 1 cm.  Single terminated and twinned.  Small side crystal.  Contact on one side.  $30

 

 

 

 

OKK-170

OKK-170    Tremolite     Old VanBuskirk farm (the historic danburite occurrence), Russell, St. Lawrence County, New York, collected 2013.  A fine lustrous single crystal measuring 2.8 cm rests in a second generation of tiny tremolites.  This is a very rare double terminated example.  Zero damage and a very respectable piece for this small find.  The entire piece measures 3.8 x 2.5 x 1.5 cm.  $70

 

 

 

 

OKK-171

OKK-171    Tremolite     Old VanBuskirk farm (the historic danburite occurrence), Russell, St. Lawrence County, New York, collected 2013.  A fine lustrous single crystal measuring 5.2 x 1.2 x 1 cm.  Single terminated and unusually large for the find.  Zero damage and interesting surface features.  $60

 

 

 

 

OKK-172

OKK-172    Tremolite     Old VanBuskirk farm (the historic danburite occurrence), Russell, St. Lawrence County, New York, collected 2013.  A fine lustrous single crystal measuring 3.7 x 1.4 x 1 cm.  Single terminated with minor second generation growth of tremolite.  Zero damage and a very respectable piece for this small find.  $50

 

 

 

 

Rock Island Road Cut, Gouverneur, St. Lawrence County, New York, 2013 

An opening approximately 10 feet above the road’s surface had been known for decades... what was not known was there was a 15 foot solution cavity in the marble directly behind it!  The vug contained hundreds of stalactititic and dendritic clusters of white barite.  Individual crystals are small, up to a centimeter, but the groupings are aesthetic.  Specimens to tens of pounds were discovered in the mud covering the floor of the cavity with the most attractive being in the miniature to small cabinet size ranges.  I acquired several hundred and the remainder are being donated to the New York State Museum.  Some excellent examples are seen here in images that seldom show how attractive they really are.

 

OKK-173

OKK-173    Barite     RESERVED   Rock Island Road Cut, Gouverneur, St. Lawrence County, New York, collected 2013.  Several intergrown stalactitic forms, flower like, that are white and have lots of sparkle.  5 x 3..5 x 2.6 overall. Very attractive and exceptional for the locality.  No damage.  $45

 

 

 

 

OKK-174

OKK-174    Barite     Rock Island Road Cut, Gouverneur, St. Lawrence County, New York, collected 2013.  Several intergrown stalactitic forms, flower like, that are white and have lots of sparkle.  4.9 x 2.7 x 2.7 cm overall. Very attractive and exceptional for the locality.  No damage.  $50

 

 

 

 

 

OKK-175

OKK-175    Barite       RESERVED      Rock Island Road Cut, Gouverneur, St. Lawrence County, New York, collected 2013.  Several intergrown stalactitic forms, flower like, that are white and have lots of sparkle.  3.5 x 2.5 x 2.1 cm overall. Very attractive and exceptional for the locality.  No damage.  $30

 

 

 

 

OKK-176

OKK-176    Barite        RESERVED     Rock Island Road Cut, Gouverneur, St. Lawrence County, New York, collected 2013.  Several intergrown stalactitic forms, flower like, that are white and have lots of sparkle in a divergent spray.  4.5 x 2.2 x 1.1 cm overall. Very attractive and exceptional for the locality.  No damage.  $40

 

 

 

 

OKK-177

OKK-177    Barite          RESERVED   Rock Island Road Cut, Gouverneur, St. Lawrence County, New York, collected 2013.  Several intergrown stalactitic forms, flower like, that are white and have lots of sparkle.  4 x 3 x 2.6 cm overall. Very attractive and exceptional for the locality.  No damage.  $30

 

 

 

 

OKK-178

OKK-178    Barite     Rock Island Road Cut, Gouverneur, St. Lawrence County, New York, collected 2013.  Numerous intergrown stalactitic forms, flower like, that are white and have lots of sparkle.  6 x 5.9 x 4 cm overall. Very attractive and exceptional for the locality.  No damage.  $175

 

 

 

Some blow-up images will not match with the image of the mineral specimens in the September- November listings. 

I'm sorry and will try to have this problem corrected starting with the December postings. 

 

 

 

OKK-103

Backside

OKK-103    Cuprite     Poteryaeyskoe Mine, Rubtsovskoe, Rudnyi Altai, Western-Siberian Region, Russia.  This example is a competition grade piece measuring 3 x 2.7 x 2.5 cm, yet it should still fit nicely into the 1 inch restrictions.  Large, lustrous crystals to 2 cm each compose the group which is very aesthetic and in excellent condition.  There are some mico-abrasions visible with 10x but no visible damage to the eye.  Minor base and very minor backside contact.  Fantastic views from all critical angles.  A very nice find and price.  $275

 

 

 

 

OKK-558

OKK-558    Calcite     Linwood Mine, Buffalo, Scott County, Iowa.  #.1 x 3 x 2.2 pair of crystals on very minor dolostone matrix.  Exceptional quality being totally clean and viewable from all sides and having better than normal clarity.  Some faces very slightly frosted while most are glassy.  This is the nicest TN sized example of this material that I have ever handled.  Perfect example!  $130

 

 

 

 

 

OKK-106

OKK- 106   Cuprite     Poteryaeyskoe Mine, Rubtsovskoe, Rudnyi Altai, Western-Siberian Region, Russia.  A very aesthetic cluster of smaller crystals to 1.2 cm on edge each.  It measures 3 x 2.7 x 2.4 cm and is a floater.  Two crystals on the backside have chips but it makes for an exceptional piece in all other views.  I am very picky with these so the quality of the few I do own are exceptional.  $175

 

 

 

 

OKK-104

OKK-104    Sphalerite     Niagara Quarry, Niagara Falls, New York.  Ex. Michael Walter collection.  I have always been extremely picky with NY State minerals so this TN sized sphalerite is very nice.  It is composed of two crystals, one being obviously twinned, and measures 2.1 x 1.8 x 1.4 cm.  Great clarity and luster to this attractive specimen and certainly exceptional of the location.  Zero damage.  A rare fine in this quality.  $295

 

 

Some blow-up images will not match with the image of the mineral specimens in the September- November listings. 

I'm sorry and will try to have this problem corrected starting with the December postings. 

 

 

 

OKK-107

OKK-107    Amethyst    Los Viras Mine, Vera Cruz, Mexico.  3.7 x 1.5 x 1.3 cm scepter with nice color and form.  Very minor abrasions, views nicely all around.  $30

 

 

 

 

OKK-108

OKK-108    Quartz  and Feldspar     near Boekenhout-Mpumalanga, South Africa.   3 x 2.7 x 2.5 cm group of crystals showing fine balance, nice contrast and only minor damage to the quartz on back.  Displays great!  Nice gemmy smoky quartz with light phantom.  $40

 

 

 

 

OKK-109

OKK-109    Calcite, Dolomite, and Herkimer Diamond      Treasure Mountain Mine, Fall Hill, Little Falls, New York.  Collected by Michael Walter, summer 2002.  All the important minerals from the locality are here in this one fine TN sized piece!  Minor phosphorescent calcite overgrowths on the calcite crystal.  No damage.  3.9 x 2 x 2 cm.  Very uncommon to see this association with good quality crystals of all species.  $70

 

 

 

 

OKK-110

OKK-110    Cuprite      Poteryaeyskoe Mine, Rubtsovskoe, Rudnyi Altai, Western-Siberian Region, Russia.  Lustrous well formed crystals to 1 cm on edge make up this 2.8 x 2.2 x 2.5 cm group.  Two contact areas so at least one will be visible in most views.  Nice, but priced accordingly.  $60

 

 

 

OKK-111

OKK-111     Pyrite     Eagle Mine, Gilman, Colorado.  Ex. Paul and Dawne Dunning collection.  2.4 x 1.7 x 1.5 cm group with several contacts and chips as seen in the images.  Still a nice representative specimen.  $15

 

 

 

OKK-112

OKK-112     Pyrite     Eagle Mine, Gilman, Colorado.  Ex. Paul and Dawne Dunning collection.  A 2.4 x 2.1 x 1.7 cm group of cubes of complex form.  Nice condition but minor edge chipping is evident with aid of magnification.  Good quality overall for this material.  $25

 

 

 

 

OKK-113

OKK-113     Pyrite and Fluorite    Eagle Mine, Gilman, Colorado.  Ex. Paul and Dawne Dunning collection.  2.4 x 1.9 x 1.3 cm group with several contacts and chips as seen in the images.  This one has a clear fluorite on its uppermost edge.  A nice representative specimen.  $25

 

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