Fluorescent Minerals for Sale

 

Until my recent acquisition of a decent ultraviolet light, I failed to recognize the fascination that collectors have with fluorescent minerals.  Fluorescent mineral specimens are both attractive and interesting.  The ones we will attempt to offer are interesting in both fluorescent light and good old white light, as well. 

 

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.

Here are some examples of the fluorescent minerals from Pitcairn...

 

    Scapolite (LW)

    Corundum in Scapolite (LW)

    Phlogopite (SW)

    Albite (SW)

    Fluorapatite (SW)

 

 

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.  Fluorescent.  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.  Fluorescent.  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.  Fluorescent.  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.  Fluorescent.  Superb specimen.  $150

 

Phlogopite    

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

 

This material was found as much by accident as planned digging.  Previously the species was unknown to this historic locality.  These specimens were found on a single small exposure several feet below the surface.  Some were loose in the soil and more were found in a small section of a calcite vein.  Extensive digging was conducted over a week long period once the significance of these specimens was recognized but no further micas presented themselves.  Since that time the area has been torn up with no evidence coming forth to explain this unusual find. 

 

The crystals themselves are in books that may be either well formed hexagonal prisms or in crystals, usually larger, that are stepped or etched on their prism faces.  All crystals are terminated by pinnicoids that can be smooth but are also usually stepped or covered by growth features.  When the crystal faces are smooth the interiors can be observed, and to great surprise, they are gemmy internally.  The exterior color is a copper like, reddish brown.  Internally they range from red to yellow to green.  Please keep in mind that translucence will not be evident in the images as I do not backlight my photographs.  They are brightly fluorescent under short wave UV light and will rank among the finest micas to be found anywhere in New York State.

 

 

OKJ-714

OKJ-714    Phlogopite     Rose Road Wollastonite Occurrence, Pitcairn, New York.  Collected by Michael Walter, summer 2012.  This is the finest TN I have to offer.  It measures 3.3 x 3 x 2.3 cm overall and is composed of several crystals to 2 cm in diameter imbedded in fragmental calcite.  The crystal are well exposed and double terminated.  No Damage.  Fluorescent.  Good luster and form typical of the large crystals from this unusual find.  $300

 

 

 

 

 

 

OKJ-715

OKJ-715    Phlogopite     Rose Road Wollastonite Occurrence, Pitcairn, New York.  Collected by Michael Walter, summer 2012.  This fine example measures 2.8 x 2 x 1.6 cm overall and is composed of several crystals to 2.1 cm in diameter.  The crystal are well exposed and double terminated.  Good luster and form typical of the large crystals from this unusual find.  Fluorescent.  No apparent contacts, one crystal has been cleaved.  $125

 

 

 

 

 

 

OKJ-716

OKJ-716    Phlogopite     Rose Road Wollastonite Occurrence, Pitcairn, New York.  Collected by Michael Walter, summer 2012.  This grouping is composed of crystals to 2 cm each.  4 x 2.5 x 2.3 cm overall.  The crystal are well developed and double terminated.  Good luster and form typical of the large crystals from this unusual find.  Fluorescent.  Fragile.  $200

 

 

 

 

 

 

OKJ-717

OKJ-717    Phlogopite     Rose Road Wollastonite Occurrence, Pitcairn, New York.  Collected by Michael Walter, summer 2012.  Here is the largest grouping I have available.  It measures 10 x 6 x 5 cm.  The individual crystals are up to 3 cm each.  The crystal are well developed and double terminated.  Good luster and form typical of the large crystals from this unusual find.  Fluorescent.  This is the only specimen on the matrix rock from the area.  $385

 

 

 

 

 

 

OKJ-718

OKJ-718    Phlogopite     Rose Road Wollastonite Occurrence, Pitcairn, New York.  Collected by Michael Walter, summer 2012.  This grouping is composed of three crystals embedded in the massive calcite from the vein.  They are up to 1.2 cm in diameter each with the entire specimen measuring 4.7 x 3 x 1.9 cm.  The crystal are well developed and double terminated.  Because they have smoother prism faces they will appear totally gemmy when backlit.  Fluorescent.  Good luster and form typical of the smaller crystals from this unusual find.  $225

 

 

 

 

 

 

OKJ-719

OKJ-719    Phlogopite     Rose Road Wollastonite Occurrence, Pitcairn, New York.  Collected by Michael Walter, summer 2012.  This piece is composed of a single double terminated crystal measuring 1.1 cm embedded in the massive calcite from the vein.  4.3 x 3.2 x 2.1 cm overall.  It appear strongly translucent to gemmy when backlit.  Fluorescent.  Good luster and form typical of the smaller crystals from this unusual find.  Very nice example for this price.  $100

 

 

 

 

 

 

OKB-554

OKB-554   Cerussite   Milbladen, Morocco.   Big single crystal with smaller rider.  Grades from gemmy areas to areas which are almost opaque.  Nice color form (floater crystal) with very minor barite.  4.5 x 3.5 x 3 cm.  25$

 

 

 

 

 

 

OKB-555

OKB-555   Cerussite on Barite    Milbladen, Morocco.    Huge (almost 6 cm) cerussite on large barite plate.  13 x 10 cm overall.  Cerussite is translucent, complex and highly etched.  Nice display with the cerussite sitting up very high off the matrix.  65$

 

 

 

 

 

 

OKB-556

OKB-556   Cerussite on Barite    Milbladen, Morocco.    Crystal cluster with individuals to 2 cm each.  Very gemmy specimen with minor pink barites on its base.  Very nice. 35$

 

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