Lowville New York Specimens For Sale

 

 

                                                           All specimens above are Quartz and Calcite                                                                                            Rare Twin of Calcite from Lowville

 

Joe Polityka’s recent Springfield Review in The Mineralogical Record (vol. 43, no. 6, p. 721) notes a new locality being simply called Lowville that has recently been producing specimens seen for sale on the mineral market over the past two years. The location and details of the find have been kept secret due to the occurrence supposedly being on private land.  The other rumor says it is on public land and it has now been closed to collecting.  Whatever the case this location is in Lowville, Lewis County, New York. Several pockets to half a meter in diameter have produced specimens include Herkimer style quartz to eight centimeters with noteworthy variety: skeletal crystals, scepters, and black crystals have all been found. One other dealer had a few good examples from this find and a second dealer has many examples (all of poor quality) this past year. I managed to find the collectors and acquire all the material they had horded away in several large purchases.

I’ve received many requests for good specimens from this find that are not priced at several thousand dollars or more as the original pieces were.  I will offer here numerous specimens from the find that are good quality specimens of various species.  A number will be exceptional thumbnail sized specimens in all price ranges, many of competition grade, and of the highest quality found.  A number of them are of the quality that we would expect to see as cover specimens on our most popular periodicals.  My photographs will not approach that level for these descriptions, but to not underestimate the quality of this material.  It is everything it is billed to be and more.  I can safely say that all the specimens are much better in-hand than the images will indicate.  There will be a few more in the next listing, as well.

It appears that the crystals that exceed several centimeters are nearly always skeletal in form and usually smoky colored. The smallest of the crystals are virtually indistinguishable from the small crystals found at the localities within the traditional Herkimer diamond region.  Because of this I won’t offer the little ones.  The crystals to follow can be found on matrix and as floaters, free of any attachment to rock. Calcites of various colors are present in combination with many of the specimens making them truly unique for New York State and exceptionally aesthetic for quartz from anywhere.  Multiple forms and several generations are present in some specimens.  There are even "butterfly" TWIN calcites from this find that I believe represent the only twinned crystals of calcite to come from any Herkimer or Herkimer like formation known!  A fine one is shown in the far right image above.

 

 

 

 

OKN-574

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OKN-574     Herkimer Style Quartz with Calcite     Lowville, Lewis County, New York.  FIGURED SPECIMEN in Collector’s Guide to Herkimer Diamonds, p. 37, Figure 64, 2014, Schiffer Publishing Company.  This is one of the most photogenic and aesthetic specimens from the location.  It measures 5.5 x 3.8 x 3.4 cm.  It is not perfect… there are several tiny chips in the .5 to 2 millimeter range.  This is insignificant as it displays great but they are there.  Even in close-up photos they are not distracting unless looked for.  I still rank this as one of the finest specimens recovered from this limited find and I have seen all the specimens from the find, to my knowledge.  The calcites are gemmy, multi-colored and damage free.  They are even on the healed surfaces of the quartz where it was once on matrix and in obscure skeletal depressions.  Floater.  Skeletal faces are mainly on the terminal faces vs. the prism.  Prism is smoky colored and grades to a very clear termination.  Frankly, this is one of those mind blowing miniatures that seldom are offered for sale, little known in a public setting like this.  Comes with a custom engraved acrylic base.   $2,700.

 

 

 

 

 

 

OKN-570

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OKN-570     Herkimer Style Quartz with Calcite     Lowville, Lewis County, New York.  FIGURED SPECIMEN in Rocks and Minerals Magazine, exhibited at the 2013 Rochester Mineralogical Symposium.  A fine example of this aesthetic material that measures 5.1 x 4.5 x 4.3 cm.  Calcites are selectively grouped around the base and up one side of the specimen creating a wonderful visual display.  Sits nicely on base contact.  Backside of quartz is skeletal.  Light smoky color, fine luster, great piece.  Calcites are in two generation with a druse of crystal, the first generation, forming the contact with the quartz and the larger rhombs, the second generation, on top of this first generation.  The calcites are pristine.  A micro “Wilbur” on quartz termination barely visible from back view.  Fine piece for the location.  $950

 

 

 

 

 

 

OKN-568

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OKN-568     Herkimer Style Quartz with Calcite and Pyrite      Lowville, Lewis County, New York.  FIGURED SPECIMEN in Collector’s Guide to Herkimer Diamonds, p. 66, Figure 37, 2014, Schiffer Publishing Company.  This aesthetic miniature is nicely balanced with the transparent rhombohedral calcites that show the first stage of schalenohedral growth within them.  Fantastic calcites!  These calcites almost engulf a clear, slightly smoky colored, quartz.  Tiny dab of pyrite crystals on tip of largest Herk.  Base contact and a crystal missing on the side but it still displays nicely from any view.  Stands on edge for display.  One of the most aesthetic examples of this material I have seen.  More aesthetic than those I’ve seen used for posters or in other books.  4 x 2.9 x 2.6 cm with Herks to 2.6 and calcites to 2.7 cm each.  Fantastic specimen.  $1,500

 

 

 

 

 

 

OKL-198

OKL-198     Dickite, Calcite, Quartz     Lowville, Lewis County, New York.  This is the first documented occurrence of this phyllosilicate (in the kaolinite-serpentine group of minerals) from any Herkimer or Herkimer like occurrence in the Little Falls or Beekmantown dolostones.  This material comes from within closed pockets and it is likely a hydrothermal breakdown from a feldspar within the surrounding rock.  Only four or five examples of dickite have been found.  The others went to the New York State Museum.  This example measures 7.8 x 5.2 x 5 cm overall with dickite in masses to 1.3 cm across.  The entire domical piece is crystallized and in fine shape however the dickite is the mineral of note.  $80

 

 

 

 

 

OKL-199

OKL-199     Dickite, Calcite, Quartz, Dolomite    Lowville, Lewis County, New York.  This is the first documented occurrence of this phyllosilicate (in the kaolinite-serpentine group of minerals) from any Herkimer or Herkimer like occurrence in the Little Falls or Beekmantown dolostones.  This material comes from within closed pockets and it is likely a hydrothermal breakdown from a feldspar within the surrounding rock.  Only four or five examples of dickite have been found.  The others went to the New York State Museum.  This example measures 7.7 x 5.2 x 3 cm overall with a single bright white dickite in mass measuring .7 cm across.  The entire piece is crystallized on one side and in fine shape however the dickite is the mineral of note.  $60

 

 

 

 

 

 

OKN-451

OKN-451    Calcite   Lowville, Lewis County, New York.  Ex. Dawne and Paul Dunning collection.  This is from the old historic find right in the town, not the contemporary material… you can tell this because the matrix is fluorite.  4.5 x 4.5 x 3.2 cm group with one large, whitish gray, translucent “nail head” form calcite.  Peripheral damage but the main crystal is spotless.  Very uncommon material!!  $35

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

OKN-452

OKN-452    Calcite   Lowville, Lewis County, New York.  Ex. Dawne and Paul Dunning collection.  This is from the old historic find right in the town, not the contemporary material… you can tell this because the matrix.  5.7 x 4.7 x 3.6 cm group with several large, whitish gray, translucent “nail head” form calcites.  Minor peripheral/ contact damage but the main crystals are in excellent condition.  Very uncommon material!!  $100

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

OKK-656

OKK-656    Quartz and Calcite     Lowville, Lewis County, New York.  Ex. Michael Walter New York State collection.  Recovered summer 2011.  A top piece showing gemmy yellow to red calcites on smoky quartz.  Minor chips to a couple skeletal faces (moderate skeletal development really hides this well) otherwise this large quartz and its calcites are in fine condition and it is very displayable.  5.9 x 4.4 x 3.6 cm overall.  Only a very tiny base contact.  Excellent from any view.  Great example of this desirable material.  One of the best I have offered.   Comes with custom engraved acrylic base.  Planned on keeping it but it is from Lewis County, so nope.  $1,200

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

OKJ-366

OKJ-366    Herkimer Style Quartz and Calcite    Lowville, Lewis County, New York.  This example is a slightly Herkimer form crystal measuring 6 x 5 x 3.4 cm.  Almost all the faces show skeletal form with one having two chips.  There is also a very tiny, shallow tip ding all of which are not distracting or readily evident.  The crystal is smoky and of excellent quality without any serious distracters.   Base attachment.  Calcites are clear to red to black in color and most are concentrated on one edge.  Exceptional quality for the location.  $750

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

OKJ-940

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OKJ-940    Calcite on Hydrocarbon    Lowville, Lewis County, New York.  Recovered summer 2011.  This domical ridge of dolostone matrix is crystallized on all sides.  It measures 8.1 x 4 x 3.6 cm.  Lustrous black hydrocarbon coats much of the matrix providing a dark colored matrix for the clear, yellow, to light red crystals.  The luster is very high the crystal for ice and there is no damage.  A very fine example of this unusual material.  $120

 

 

 

 

 

 

OKJ-942

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OKJ-942    Dolomite and Calcite     Lowville, Lewis County, New York.  Recovered summer 2011.  A plate of matrix with nice gray dolomites with partial pyrite coatings and gemmy yellow calcites.  Some of the calcites have a flow texture and are more red in color.  8 x 6.6 x 3.6 cm overall.  A floater with only a couple of healed areas that must once have been attachment points.  Very nice.  $65

 

 

 

 

 

 

OKJ-443

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OKJ-443    Calcite on Quartz    Lowville, Lewis County, New York.  This spray of quartz crystals radiates from a central point and measures 5.2 x 4.2 x 2.9 cm overall.  There are numerous well formed, high luster calcite crystals on the quartz central to the specimen that are brownish red in color (due to hydrocarbon inclusions) and they are gemmy.  There is no damage to the specimen and it has very minimal contact along its base and to one calcite.  The quartz is also high in luster and contains large dark, almost black, phantoms that extent almost to the surface of each crystal.  This is a very high quality example of one variety of the diverse quartz from this new location.  Exceptional.  $1,500

 

 

 

 

 

 

OKJ-444

OKJ-444    Calcite    Lowville, Lewis County, New York.  This plate of calcite crystal measures 9 x 3.4 x 2 cm and is really clean.  The calcites are up to .7 cm each, gemmy, almost all double terminated and show a diverse range of colors.  They go from clear to brown to red to yellow.  I only find one tiny area on the edge showing any contact, and it is extremely minimal.  Some of the backside is crystallized, as well.  Very attractive and much better than most calcites from this location.   $240

 

 

 

 

 

 

OKJ-445

OKJ-445    Quartz Calcite, Dolomite, and Pyrite    Lowville, Lewis County, New York.  A really fine example of all the species mentioned (except the pyrite which is minor).  The plate measures 6.5 x 5.2 x 4 cm, is domical in form and sports phantomed quartz crystals spraying our from amongst well formed dolomites and gemmy calcites.  The luster is high and there is a diversity in colors and forms which almost make the display overwhelming.  There are several small contacts that have been healed and only one edge showing a small area of contact to the dolomite (otherwise a floater plate).  Much, much better in-hand.  $650

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

OKJ-480

OKJ-480    Quartz and Calcite     Lowville, Lewis County, New York.  Recovered summer 2011.  A thumbnail sized specimen measuring 4 x 2.8 x 1.8 cm.  Excellent form, luster, and having nice black phantoms in all quartz crystals.  Chip on one edge of the big crystal otherwise excellent condition (position accordingly and it looks great.  A floater with magnificent form which is much better than these images can convey.   $340

 

 

 

 

 

 

OKJ-480

OKJ-493    Quartz and Calcite     Lowville, Lewis County, New York.  Recovered summer 2011.  A thumbnail sized specimen measuring 4 x 1.7 x 1.7 cm.  Excellent form, luster, and unusually clear for this material.  Nice coatings by calcite and some minor pyrite.   Double terminated floater with on tiny Wilber.   $290

 

 

 

 

 

 

OKJ-468

OKJ-468    Quartz and Calcite     Lowville, Lewis County, New York.  Recovered summer 2011.  A thumbnail sized specimen measuring 4 x 2.7 x 1.7 cm.  Excellent form, luster, and damage free front with clear and reddish calcites on phantom quartz.  Black hydrocarbon on surface, as well.  Very fine crystal group.  $275

 

 

 

 

 

 

OKJ-475

OKJ-475    Quartz and Calcite     Lowville, Lewis County, New York.  Recovered summer 2011.  A thumbnail sized specimen measuring 3.6 x 2.5 x 1.7 cm.  Excellent form, luster, and unusually clear skeletal crystal.  Nicely distributed calcites.  Chip/ contact off of back base not visible when mounted.  Nice specimen.   $275

 

 

 

 

 

OKJ-477

OKJ-477    Quartz     Lowville, Lewis County, New York.  Recovered summer 2011.  A thumbnail sized specimen measuring 3 x 2.2 x 2.2 cm.  Excellent form, luster, and clear example.  Tiny ding on one termination and micro chip on back.  Neither visible when mounted.  Clacites are well developed and in skeletal faces on several sides.  $250

 

 

 

 

 

 

OKJ-472

OKJ-472    Quartz and Calcite     Lowville, Lewis County, New York.  Recovered summer 2011.  A thumbnail sized specimen measuring 3 x 2 x 1.3 cm.  Excellent form, luster, and damage free.  A coating of calcites coats much of base of the grouping.  Crystal contact on back near base.  Excellent form and good hydrocarbon phantom.  $250

 

 

 

 

 

 

OKJ-462

OKJ-462    Quartz and Calcite     Lowville, Lewis County, New York.  Recovered summer 2011.  A thumbnail sized specimen measuring 3.5 x 5 x 1.7 cm.  Excellent form, luster, to these several intersecting crystals.  A coating of calcites coats some of base and one side of the grouping.  Minor tip abrasions.  Excellent form and good hydrocarbon phantom.  $240

 

 

 

 

 

 

OKJ-464

OKJ-464    Calcite Scepter     Lowville, Lewis County, New York.  Recovered summer 2011.  A thumbnail sized specimen measuring 3 x 2.5 x 2.5 cm.  Excellent form, luster, and damage free, single terminated primary crystal.  It sits against a plate of pyrite with minor quartz.  $230

 

 

 

 

 

 

OKJ-473

OKJ-473    Quartz      Lowville, Lewis County, New York.  Recovered summer 2011.  A thumbnail sized specimen measuring 3 x 2 x 1.2 cm.  Excellent form, luster, and damage free.  Contact is on edge.  Fantastic hydrocarbon phantoms and aesthetic grouping.   $230

 

 

 

 

 

 

OKJ-499

OKJ-499    Quartz      Lowville, Lewis County, New York.  Recovered summer 2011.  A thumbnail sized specimen measuring 3.6 x 2.3 x 1.7 cm.  Excellent form, luster, and only a very tiny rub on one lower termination.   Small backside contact on what I would describe as on of the best values in this grouping of specimens.  Fine phantoms and an interesting and aesthetic aggregate of crystal.  $170

 

 

 

 

 

 

OKJ-460

OKJ-460    Calcite      Lowville, Lewis County, New York.  Recovered summer 2011.  A thumbnail sized specimen measuring 2.5 x 2 x 1.7 cm.  Excellent form, luster, and only the most minor of bruising in a couple spots.  The pair of nailhead form crystals rests on large dolomite crystals.  A floater with aesthetic form and good translucent to transparent crystals.  $165

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

OKJ-471

OKJ-471    Calcite      Lowville, Lewis County, New York.  Recovered summer 2011.  A thumbnail sized specimen measuring 3.2 x 2.8 x 2.5 cm.  The grouping is a nice stack but it does have some side and back damage to a few calcites.  Good representative piece.  $90

 

 

 

 

 

 

OKJ-485

OKJ-485    Calcite  on Dolomite    Lowville, Lewis County, New York.  Recovered summer 2011.  A large thumbnail sized specimen measuring 4 x 2.9 x 2.2 cm.  The grouping is a nice stack but it does have one cleaved crystal on side  Good representative piece.  $90

 

 

 

 

 

 

OKJ-490

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OKJ-490    Calcite, Quartz, Dolomite, and Metallic Unknown    Lowville, Lewis County, New York.  Recovered summer 2011.  A large thumbnail sized specimen measuring 3 x 2.5 x 2.4 cm.  The grouping is a nice stack of dolomite with metallic gold colored overgrowths of an unidentified species.  The piece damage free, hollow, and crystallized on its inside.  Very unusual, aesthetic and interesting specimen.  Very little base contact, pretty much a floater.  Very nice piece.  $220

 

 

 

 

 

 

OKJ-470

OKJ-470    Quartz  and Dolomite    Lowville, Lewis County, New York.  Recovered summer 2011.  A small thumbnail sized specimen measuring 2 x 1.7 x 1.6 cm.  The grouping is a floater with no damage.  It is primarily deep dark crystals which show jet black phantoms just below the surface of each of the quartz crystals.  Minor dolomites add an attractive contrast.  Very attractive TN.  $150

 

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