November 2018 Update

 

 

OKQ-172

OKQ-172     Fluorite      Long Yan Mine, Yongchun County, Fujian Province, China.  At the time of this posting there still only appears to be one specimen that is similar to this new material that I have found to confirm the locality (it was on Mindat and noted it as being Yongchun County).  Like other new Chinese minerals the locality confirmation will normally solidify within a few months to a year.  In any case, several new styles and colors of fluorite are being attributed to this locality and I have examples of several here.  This form I found to be the most interesting and I believe it will be the least common to reach the market.  It appears to be the product of one unique vein or pocket so I purchase all I saw that were not damaged (which was only about a dozen that was with two dealers).  These specimens are composed of first generation octahedrons that have highly modified surfaces (I think by dodecs).  The color of this first generation of crystal is green but the cores show some blue.  The second generation is what makes the specimens special... these crystals are clear, TABULAR dodecahedrons.  I've shot two close-ups so you can better appreciate these unique crystals.  This example measures 10.5 x 7.3 x 3.5 cm.  This is a fine, damage-free, aesthetic fluorite specimen of complex morphology.  $180

 

 

 

 

 

OKQ-173

OKQ-173     Sphalerite and Calcite    RESERVED    Elmwood Mines, Carthage, Tennessee.  This is an aesthetic example of this material on quartz coated dolomite.  The crystals are up to 3.2 cm across and the specimen measures 8.4 x 6.8 x 5 cm.  Tiny, gemmy calcites can be seen in a few places on the surfaces of the sphalerites.  The luster is very high on this specimen and there is no damage to the piece.  $75

 

 

 

 

 

OKQ-174

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OKQ-174     Fluorite and Quartz     Long Yan Mine, Yongchun County, Fujian Province, China.  At the time of this posting there still only appears to be one specimen that is similar to this new material that I have found to confirm the locality (it was on Mindat and noted it as being Yongchun County).  Like other new Chinese minerals the locality confirmation will normally solidify within a few months to a year.  In any case, several new styles and colors of fluorite are being attributed to this locality and I have examples of several here.  This form is composed of green dodecahedrons of nice color and clarity on a core of blue crystals.  When backlit the blue becomes very obvious and attractive.  Yellow quartz druse can be seen between some of the crystals.  This example measures 7.3 x 5 x 2.7 cm.  This is a fine, damage-free, aesthetic fluorite specimen and at an excellent price for the quality.  $65

 

 

 

 

 

OKQ-175

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OKQ-175     Fluorite and Quartz     Long Yan Mine, Yongchun County, Fujian Province, China.  At the time of this posting there still only appears to be one specimen that is similar to this new material that I have found to confirm the locality (it was on Mindat and noted it as being Yongchun County).  Like other new Chinese minerals the locality confirmation will normally solidify within a few months to a year.  In any case, several new styles and colors of fluorite are being attributed to this locality and I have examples of several here.  This form I found to be the most interesting and I believe it will be the least common to reach the market.  It appears to be the product of one unique vein or pocket so I purchase all I saw that were not damaged (which was only about a dozen that was with two dealers).  These specimens are composed of first generation octahedrons that have highly modified surfaces (I think by dodecs).  The color of this first generation of crystal is green but the cores show some blue.  The second generation is what makes the specimens special... these crystals are clear, TABULAR dodecahedrons.  I've shot two close-ups so you can better appreciate these unique crystals.  When backlit the blue becomes very obvious and attractive.  Yellow quartz druse can be seen coating many of the first generation crystals.  This example measures 9.2 x 6 x 2.8 cm.  This is a fine, damage-free, aesthetic fluorite specimen and at an excellent price for the quality.  $125

 

 

 

 

 

OKQ-176

OKQ-176     Spodumene     RESERVED      Afghanistan.  This example is transparent with internal veils and light external striations.  The base is beautifully healed and the specimen is damage free.  It measures 5 x 3.1 x 1.2 cm.  The luster is better than the photos indicate.  $60

 

 

 

 

 

OKQ-177

OKQ-177     Spodumene    Afghanistan.  This example is transparent with minor internal veils and light external striations.  The base is beautifully healed and the specimen is damage free and of nice luster.  There is minor white feldspar present on base.  It measures 4.8 x 1.3 x .9 cm.   $50

 

 

 

 

 

OKQ-178

OKQ-178     Calcite with Hematite     Santa Eulalia District, Mun. de Aquiles Seran, Chihuahua, Mexico.  Ex. Edward Edmond Barry collection.  This is likely the finest example of this once readily available material that we have had the privilege to sell.  It is exceptionally large, measuring in at 20 x 14 x 10.5 cm with crystals to 3.5 cm on edge.  There are a couple tiny cleaves that are not distracting so the specimen displays as if damage free.  As can be seen it is very domical in form allowing for excellent views from any direction.  It sits and displays beautifully.  Examples of this classic material are almost never seen anymore and certainly not in fine examples at this price.  $750

 

 

 

 

 

 

OKQ-179

OKQ-179     Azurite with Cerussite     RESERVED       Tsumeb Mine, Tsumeb, Namibia.  Ex. Edward Edmond Barry collection.  Classic material like this from Tsumeb is still readily available and this one is a good example at a fair price.  It is what Tsumeb is famous for.  As seen, the main crystal is complete, of high luster (as is the entire piece), it has an obvious crack when viewed in close-up and measures over 2 cm.  The piece measures 7.5 x 5.6 x 4.2 cm.  Some of the peripheral crystals are complete and some are damaged, as seen.  The specimen sits and displays well.  The cerussite is minor.  $350

 

 

 

 

 

OKQ-180

OKQ-180    Celestine    Dundas Quarry, Dundas, Ontario, Canada.  Ex. Edward Edmond Barry collection.  This specimen is a bit awkwardly constructed but is composed of well formed and large crystals of celestine.  It measures 7.9 x 5.5 x 5.4 cm and the largest crystal is 4.2 cm long.  The specimen has some crystal contacts on edge and back.  $175

 

 

 

 

 

OKQ-181

OKQ-181    Heulandite     from a forested area near Aurangabad, Maharashtra, India.  I purchased a lot of 80 of these specimens which were marketed as "Red Heulandites".  They are a deep salmon color and lean toward red but I find the color "red" to be somewhat subjective.  This is one of the best examples... it is sculpted as most good Indian mineral specimens are, so it sits nicely.  It measures 9 x 6.5 x 3.4 cm.  No damage, excellent luster and form, and a richer and rarer color than the norm.  $65

 

 

 

 

 

OKQ-182

OKQ-182    Heulandite     RESERVED      from a forested area near Aurangabad, Maharashtra, India.  I purchased a lot of 80 of these specimens which were marketed as "Red Heulandites".  They are a deep salmon color and lean toward red but I find the color "red" to be somewhat subjective.  This is one of the best examples... it is sculpted as most good Indian mineral specimens are, so it sits nicely.  It measures 7.4 x 4.5 x 3.6 cm.  No damage, excellent luster, excellent translucence, and a richer and rarer color than the norm.  $65

 

 

 

 

 

OKQ-183

OKQ-183    Heulandite     from a forested area near Aurangabad, Maharashtra, India.  I purchased a lot of 80 of these specimens which were marketed as "Red Heulandites".  They are normally a deep salmon color and lean toward red but I find the color "red" to be somewhat subjective.  This is one of the best examples... it is sculpted as most good Indian mineral specimens are, so it sits nicely.  It measures 7 x 4.6 x 3.1 cm.  No damage, excellent luster and form, and a richer and rarer color than the norm, and finally, this one is what I would describe as being RED.  $75

 

 

 

 

 

OKQ-184

OKQ-184    Heulandite     from a forested area near Aurangabad, Maharashtra, India.  I purchased a lot of 80 of these specimens which were marketed as "Red Heulandites".  They are normally a deep salmon color and lean toward red but I find the color "red" to be somewhat subjective.  This is one of the best examples... it is sculpted as most good Indian mineral specimens are, so it sits nicely.  It measures 5.4 x 4.2 x 3 cm.  No damage, excellent luster and form, and a richer and rarer color than the norm, and finally, this one is what I would describe as being RED.  $85

 

 

 

 

OKP-886

OKP-886       Calcite        Chittenango Falls, Madison County, New York.  Ex. John Davis collection.  The front face of this 7.1 x 4.5 x 3.2 cm piece is aesthetic with lots of doubly-terminated calcites.  One crystal looks to be missing one termination it has an attachment mark from another crystal) but you have to search to find it.  $30

 

 

 

 

 

OKP-887

OKP-887       Celestine and Calcite        Chittenango Falls, Madison County, New York.  Ex. John Davis collection.  The front face of this 5.4 x 3.9 x 1.7 cm piece is damage-free and aesthetic.  There is a 2 cm, light blue, doubly terminated celestine that has a slightly etched surface.  $50

 

 

 

 

 

OKP-889

OKP-884       Celestine on Calcite        Chittenango Falls, Madison County, New York.  Ex. John Davis collection.  The specimen here is a small vug cntaining one blocky, totally complete, light blue and white celestine crystal that is 1.3 cm on edge.  The piece measures 5.1 x 3 x 3 cm and is damage-free.  $35

 

 

 

 

 

OKP-888

OKP-888       Celestine and Calcite        Chittenango Falls, Madison County, New York.  Ex. John Davis collection.  This piece has lots of fine doubly terminated calcites on every side and in every crevice.  There are numerous crystals (to 2 cm each) of light blue, doubly terminated celestines that have etched surface and what look to be gemmy interiors.  Some minor damage but it is not distracting.  7.5 x 5 x 4.5 cm.  Views nicely from any direction.  $80

 

 

 

 

 

OKP-890

OKP-890       Celestine on Calcite        Chittenango Falls, Madison County, New York.  Ex. John Davis collection.  This specimen shows part of a vug that contains nice quality celestines to 1.5 cm on edge.  They are gemmy in areas, a nice blue color and have complex terminations.  No damage.  5.7 x 4.7 x 3.1An excellent example of this uncommon material.  $55

 

 

 

 

 

OKP-892

OKP-892       Celestine       Chittenango Falls, Madison County, New York.  Ex. John Davis collection.  This is a attractive plate of rich blue crystals that measures 3.8 x 3.1 x 1.6 cm.  There is edge damage from contacts but central crystals are very nice, as can be seen.  $40

 

 

 

 

 

OKP-893

OKP-893      Fluorite on Barite      Madoc, Ontario, Canada.  Ex. John Davis collection.  This is a small example of an unusual color of green for this area.  Also, the crystals are gemmy which is not the norm.  The specimen measures 4.1 x 3.4 x 2.3 cm and has some chipping, as seen.  $30

 

 

 

 

 

OKP-894

OKP-894      Calcite with Sphalerite on Dolomite      Joplin, Missouri.  Ex. John Davis collection.  This is a nice example of this common material.  It measures 10 x 5.3 x 5.2 cm and has nice singly and doubly-terminated crystals to 4 cm each.  One crystal on backside is broke off but not distracting.  $75

 

 

 

 

 

OKP-895

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OKP-895     Fluorite and Calcite     Cave-In-Rock, Hardin County, Illinois.  Ex. John Davis collection.  This fine small cabinet sized piece measures 7.1 x 6.5 x 4.7 cm.  The calcites have clear tabular overgrowths and the fluorites show excellent phantoms and rich color.  Minor contacts on a couple of the fluorites.  Matrix contacts back and one side.  Very respectable example of this now very desirable material.  $130

 

 

 

 

 

OKP-896

OKP-896     Smithsonite     RESERVED      Mexico.  Ex. John Davis collection.  A nice valley filled by bright, lustrous smithsonite in this 5.7 x 4.5 x 4.5 cm piece.  No damage.  $40

 

 

 

 

 

 

OKP-897

OKP-897       Celestine       Chittenango Falls, Madison County, New York.  Ex. John Davis collection.  These crystals are both white and blue, singly and doubly-terminated and somewhat dirty looking.  There are a couple broke crystal but the piece is in very good condition overall.  It measures 8.6 x 6.3 x 3.1 cm.  It is a good reference specimen from a tough to get locality.  $25

 

 

 

 

 

OKP-898

OKP-898       Celestine       Chittenango Falls, Madison County, New York.  Ex. John Davis collection.  These crystals are both white and blue, singly and doubly-terminated and somewhat dirty looking.  There are strong edge contacts/breakage, as seen.  It measures 5.6 x 4.7 x 2 cm.  It is a good reference specimen from a tough to get locality.  $25

 

 

 

 

 

OKP-899

OKP-897       Celestine on Calcite      Chittenango Falls, Madison County, New York.  Ex. John Davis collection.  This interesting piece is composed of a plate of calcite coated dolomite that nicely crystallized on both sides and its edges.  The contact is along the bas of the piece.  There is one large (2.9 x 2.6 x 1 cm), slightly etched, doubly-terminated blue celestine crystal sitting up high on one side of the specimen.  It measures 6.6 x 5.4 x 1.5 cm overall.  Interesting surface etching.  No damage.  $80

 

 

 

 

 

OKP-900

OKP-900       Celestine       Chittenango Falls, Madison County, New York.  Ex. John Davis collection.  This is another partial vug with outstanding gemmy crystals.  Their transparency is better in person and they are all perfect except on on the very edge having a contact from a missing crystal.  It measures 5.5 x 3.5 x 3.3 cm.  It is an excellent, damage-free example of this rare material.  $40

 

 

 

 

 

OKP-901

OKP-901       Celestine and Calcite      Chittenango Falls, Madison County, New York.  Ex. John Davis collection.  Several elongated, doubly-terminated, light blue celestine crystals are intermixed with these calcites.  The celestines are slightly etched, as can be seen.  The piece measures 5.3 x 3.2 x 3 cm.  A couple of the calcites show damage but the overall condition is quite good.  $60

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