February 2019 Update, Page 2




OKQ-207    Grossular, Diopside, Brucite     York River Skarn Zone, near Bancroft, Ontario, Canada.  Collected by Michael Walter, 1999.  This location is now a Provincial Park and collecting is prohibited.  This large domical cluster of crystals measures 10 x 5.8 x 5.8 cm.  The base is a contact area and all other surfaces are crystallized.  As a result, it views great from any direction.  It is in excellent condition with only one small area of natural contact.  $300







OKQ-208     Fluo-magnesio-kataphorate, Fluorapatite, Titanite      Bear Lake Diggings, Tory Hill, Ontario, Canada.  Collected by Michael Walter.  This is the finest miniature sized specimen of this material that I collected back when the site was open to collectors.  It measures 4.5 x 4 x 2.1 cm and has good views from any direction (once the mineral putty is fully removed).  Some might feel the back side, third image, is the best view but there is some contact on that side.  Damage-free and of an exceptionally high luster.  Exceptional!    $195






OKQ-209    Quartz and Calcite     Steele Mine, Black Rapids, Lyndhurst, Ontario, Canada.  Ex. Dr. Steve Chamberlain collection.  This cluster measures in at 14 x 6 x 3.4 cm and ranks as exceptional for the occurrence.  It is a floater with a couple of minor dings but is in excellent condition overall.  It has a nice mix of transparency with translucent phantoms and overgrowths as seen in the last two images.  The luster is very good for one of these.  It is a pleasure to inspect and will be a nice attention to someone's quartz suite.  $125






OKQ-210    Calcite     Steele Mine, Black Rapids, Lyndhurst, Ontario, Canada.  Ex. John Davis collection.  This single crystal show complexity and quality that is way better than usual for this location.  It measures 4.4 x 3.9 x 3.3 cm and is damage-free.  Minor base contact, views great from any side, excellent translucent white overgrowths on transparent yellow crystal.  A fine example in all regards.  $70






Healed Base

OKQ-211    Anatase on Quartz with minor Hematite inclusions      Kullu District, Himachal Pradesh, Himalaya Mountains, Northern India.  This material is new to the market and rivals other alpine quartz from important find around the world.  It is water clear with very little internal distractions and possesses the highest luster found in quartz (which is not seen clearly in my images).  As with many new discoveries it is rare to find damage free specimens and that is why I do not have many for sale.  This piece measures 9.4 x 8.5 x 6 cm and is the finest cabinet sized specimen I have yet encountered.  There is no damage and the form of the crystal is beautiful.  The base is healed so the specimen is a floater.  The darkened area is included by blades of hematite and several terminal faces have tiny, metallic anatase crystal attachments.  This specimen looks like a pure chunk of ice and is much better in hand.  $650







OKQ-213      Quartz with Tremolite inclusions     Valentine Mine (Gouverneur Talc #4 Mine), Harrisville, Lewis County, New York.  This site is famous for a single discovery of pseudo cubic terminated quartz that had interesting selective face phantoms and very interesting acicular tremolite inclusions.  This piece has the best inclusions for both size and density that I have seen in the many years that I have been able to handle specimens from the locality.  The piece measures 7.4 x 5 x 4 cm.  The piece is unusually clear for Harrisville and all its surfaces that were once in contacted on matrix have been healed.  Most specimens will show several inclusions... this one shows hundreds of them!  Minor rubs on the main, central crystal but still an important specimen for the location.  $260






OKQ-214     Malachite pseudos after Azurite      Vulture Mine, Aquila, Arizona.  This 5 x 4.3 x 1.8 cm piece is a shallow dome that has numerous balls of well-formed malachite pseudos standing in high relief.  No damage.  $75






OKQ-215     Malachite pseudos after Azurite      Vulture Mine, Aquila, Arizona.  This 4.8 x 3 x 2.1 cm piece has numerous balls of larger, well-formed malachite pseudos standing in high relief.  No damage.  Better in person.     $75






OKQ-216    Fluorite and quartz coated Barite on Quartz     Yaogangxian Mine, Bai Shi Du, Chen Xhou, Yizhang County, Hunan Province, China.  This unusual specimen was purchased at the 2018 Tucson show from a dealer I have found through the years to be reliable and honest.  I questioned the locality having seen most of the material to come from it over the past couple of decades (even the more obscure things).  I believe the locality to be accurate and the specimen one of the most unique that this once prolific site produced.  A single dark purple, almost black looking fluorite is perched in high relief on a bright matrix of druse quartz.  The really unusual thing is to see pink barite in association with it.  The aesthetics speak for themselves and the piece is even better in person.  It is a thin plate that measures 15.4 x 13 cm and is approximately 3 cm thick.  The cube has a "Wilbur" on one corner but the piece is still highly desirable.  Very flashy!  $1,500


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