Quartz and Other Mineral Specimens from Harrisville, New York

Quartz specimens from the Valentine Mine in Harrisville are among some of New York States most aesthetic specimens.       

Several years ago Rocks and Minerals Magazine published and article on the Valentine Mine, also known as the number 4 Mine of Gouverneur Talc Company, in Harrisville, NY.  This small occurrence has produced some of the most unusual and aesthetic minerals found in New York State. 

This mine has produced some of the nicest and most interesting quartz to come from New York State in recent years.  Red hematite inclusions are certainly interesting but add acicular wollastonite (tremolite?) needles and you end up with some truly unique specimens.  Oh, by the way, most of the terminations are pseudocubic in form.  The calcites are also fantastic.  Don’t forget the unusual feldspars as well.  There is a great Rocks and Minerals article on this mine.   

Shame to find out recently that the mine has closed collecting to all, including clubs.  That’s what we get when morons sneak onto private property.  To whom it may concern, “thanks for ruining it for the rest of us!”  All the specimens you see here have been acquired from the collection of Bill deLorraine, geologist for St. Lawrence Zinc and one of the authors of the Rocks and Minerals article or were personally collected when access used to be granted. 

 

 

 

OKK-949

OKK-949     Quartz with Hematite     Valentine Mine, Gouverneur Talc Mine #4, Harrisville, New York.  Ex. Michael R. Walter Collection.  Ex. Bob Morgan collection, prev. Bill deLorrraine.  Fine pseudocubic crystals of the harlequin variety of quartz.   Lots of character.  Long exhausted find of some of the nicest New York State quartz.  5.4 x 3.2 x 2.7 cm.   $40

 

 

 

 

  

OKB-643

OKB-643    Calcite on Pseudocubic Quartz    Valentine Wollastonite Mine, Harrisville, New York.    Double terminated calcites on quartz.  Selective phantoms and inclusions.  10 x 7 cm overall size.  45$

 

 

 

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OKB-644    Calcite on Pseudocubic Quartz    Valentine Wollastonite Mine, Harrisville, New York.    Double terminated calcites on double and single terminated quartz.  Selective phantoms and inclusions.  9.5 x 6 cm overall size.  Fully mineralized on both sides of specimen.  38$

 

 

 

 

OKB-645

OKB-645    Pseudocubic Quartz    Valentine Wollastonite Mine, Harrisville, New York.    Clear double terminated quartz with white secondary overgrowths on the terminations only.  10.8 cm long.  28$

 

 

 

 

 

OKB-647

OKB-647    Quartz    Valentine Wollastonite Mine, Harrisville, New York.    Translucent double terminated quartz with minor white secondary overgrowths on the terminations only.  Unusual because it is not pseudocubic.  8 x 3.5 cm.  Tiny rider crystals.  Fully euhedral.  10.8 cm long.  20$


 

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