Graphite Specimens

From Rossie, St. Lawrence County, New York

 

   

                                                                                                                                             All Specimens Are Graphite

 

    Large graphite crystals are very rare things that few collectors will ever have a chance to add to their mineral collection.  The specimens seen here were discovered in the summer of 2018.  The find consisted of a single pocket connected to a section of mineralized vein.  In total very few specimens were recovered, but those that were are comparable with the finest from anywhere in the world. 

    First of all these crystals are exceptionally large (up to 8 cm each).  They were found as individual crystals, crystals delicately perched on matrices of massive and sometimes crystallized minerals, and in rare instances as interlocking clusters of crystals.  What makes these graphite crystals even more interesting is that most have an attractive reticulated surface patterning.  Very few have nice hexagonal form.  Normally, the crystals are rounded and they are often naturally curved, bent, or found embedded in fluorite or calcite (both of which formed after the graphite).  Associated minerals include calcite, fluorite, diopside, feldspar, and mica.  If specimens are stabilized it is done with the acryloid B-72, sometimes in a vacuum chamber, and the stabilizing fluid is applied to the matrix, not the graphite crystals.

 

In most cases I consider these specimens are too fragile to be shipped and they have to

be picked up at any of the shows we do around the country. 

See our Show Schedule for dates and locations.

 

 

OKP-992

OKP-992    Graphite on Diopside      Rossie Township, St. Lawrence County, New York.  Collected by Michael Walter, June-July, 2018.  These graphite crystals are silver/gray in color, clean and they show the typical rounded form but more importantly they show clearly the well-developed, reticulated patterning in high relief on each crystal.  The piece measures 8.1 x 5.9 x 4.5 cm overall with interlocking crystals to 2.8 cm each.  It is an excellent example of this exceptional material in a robust matrix specimen.  The matrix has been stabilized and the crystals are in excellent condition.  The diopside matrix is both massive and in crude crystals.   $1,400

 

 

 

 

 

OKP-993

OKP-993    Graphite on Diopside with Fluorite      Rossie Township, St. Lawrence County, New York.  Collected by Michael Walter, June-July, 2018.  These graphite crystals are silver/gray in color, exceptionally clean and they show the typical rounded form but more importantly they show clearly the well-developed, reticulated patterning on each crystal.  The piece measures 6.1 x 3.5 x 3 cm and has crystals to an incredible 4 cm each!  The crystals are embedded in calcite and the voids between crystals have dome fillings by fluorite.  This small cabinet specimens is better than most with nice differentiation between crystals and good contrast with the other mineral species.  The matrix has been stabilized and the crystals are in excellent condition.   $900

 

 

 

 

OKP-994

OKP-994    Graphite on Diopside      Rossie Township, St. Lawrence County, New York.  Collected by Michael Walter, June-July, 2018.  These graphite crystals are silver/gray in color, clean and they show the typical rounded form but more importantly they show clearly the well-developed, reticulated patterning on each crystal.  The piece measures 8 x 6.5 x 6.1 cm overall with smaller than usual (for the find) crystals to 1 cm each. What makes the specimen unusual is it is the finest example of graphite on diopside with diopside crystals to over 4 cm each.  The matrix has been stabilized and the largest diopside crystal is repaired.    $600

 

 

 

 

 

OKP-995

OKP-995    Graphite on Diopside with Fluorite      Rossie Township, St. Lawrence County, New York.  Collected by Michael Walter, June-July, 2018.  The graphite crystals composing this piece are silver/gray in color, exceptionally clean and they show the typical rounded form but more importantly they show clearly the well-developed, reticulated patterning on each crystal.  The piece measures 7.1 x 5 x 3.5 cm and has crystals to 2.5 cm each.  The crystals are interlocking and show some minor fillings by fluorite.  The matrix has been stabilized and the crystals are in excellent condition.  This example is better in-hand than the images indicate.  $1,500

 

 

 

 

OKP-996

OKP-996    Graphite on Diopside with Fluorite and Calcite    Rossie Township, St. Lawrence County, New York.  Collected by Michael Walter, June-July, 2018.  The graphite crystals composing this piece are silver/gray in color, exceptionally clean and they show a more angular form but more importantly they show the well-developed, reticulated patterning on each crystal.  The piece measures 6.8 x 5.5 x 3 cm and has crystals to 3.5 cm each.  These crystals are present in thicker than normal layers.  The crystals are interlocking and show some minor fillings by fluorite and calcite.  The matrix has not been stabilized and the crystals are in excellent condition.     $600

 

 

 

 

OKP-997

OKP-997    Graphite on Diopside with Fluorite      Rossie Township, St. Lawrence County, New York.  Collected by Michael Walter, June-July, 2018.  The graphite crystals composing this piece are silver/gray in color, exceptionally clean and most show nice hexagonal form which is very uncommon from specimens from this find.  More importantly the crystals show clearly the well-developed, reticulated patterning on both sides of each crystal.  The piece measures 5 x 4 x 3.5 cm and has crystals to 1.7 cm each.  The crystals are nicely separated on a matrix made of diopside crystals.  The matrix has been stabilized and the crystals are all complete and interesting.  Excellent views from any side.  This example is better in-hand than the images indicate and probably the best value of all the specimens offered.    $750

 

 

 

 

 

OKP-998

OKP-998    Graphite with Calcite and Fluorite      Rossie Township, St. Lawrence County, New York.  Collected by Michael Walter, June-July, 2018.  The graphite crystals composing this piece are silver/gray in color, exceptionally clean and they show the typical rounded form with some being hexagonal.  They show clearly the well-developed, reticulated patterning on each crystal which makes these specimens so special.  The piece measures 4.5 x 3.3 x 2.2 cm and has crystals to 1.4 cm each.  The crystals are separated and nicely contrasted by their background of calcite and fluorite.  This example is better in-hand than the images indicate.    $400

 

 

 

 

 

OKP-999

OKP-999    Graphite with Calcite and Fluorite      Rossie Township, St. Lawrence County, New York.  Collected by Michael Walter, June-July, 2018.   The graphite crystals composing this piece are silver/gray in color, exceptionally clean and they show the typical rounded form.  They are thick and thickly stack with slight separation by fluorite as seen in the third image which is a top down view.  They show clearly the well-developed, reticulated patterning on each crystal and it is in exceptionally high relief.  The piece measures 7.5 x 6 x 5.5 cm and has crystals to an incredible 5.7 cm each!  The crystals are curved as can also be seen from the top down view in the third image.  It sits nicely showing the largest crystals vertically.  This example is one of the most important specimens from the discovery and I believe a museum caliber piece.   $4,000

 

 

 

 

 

 

OKP-100

OKP-100    Graphite with Calcite      Rossie Township, St. Lawrence County, New York.  Collected by Michael Walter, June-July, 2018.  The graphite crystals composing this piece are silver/gray in color, exceptionally clean and they show the typical rounded form with some being slightly hexagonal.  They show clearly the well-developed, reticulated patterning exceptionally well on each crystal.  The piece measures 5.4 x 4 x 3.2 cm and has crystal (the largest crystal running through the center of the specimen) to an amazing 5.5 cm each.  The specimen was splitting parallel to the front view and has been stabilized (in this case repaired).  This is a very fine example of exceptionally large crystals.    $1,800

 

 

 

 

 

OKP-101

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OKP-101    Graphite with Calcite       Rossie Township, St. Lawrence County, New York.  Collected by Michael Walter, June-July, 2018.  The graphite crystal seen here is silver/gray in color, exceptionally clean and it shows the typical rounded form.  It shows clearly the well-developed, reticulated patterning on one side and only slightly so on the other.  The piece is a single crystal that measures 3.3 x 2.1 x .7 cm.  As can be seen the crystal has some residual calcite stuck to one surface (I'd call this the front because the reticulated patter is finest on this side).      $750

 

 

 

 

 

OKP-102

OKP-102    Graphite      Rossie Township, St. Lawrence County, New York.  Collected by Michael Walter, June-July, 2018.  The graphite crystal seen here is silver/gray in color, exceptionally clean and it shows the typical rounded form.  It shows clearly the well-developed, reticulated patterning on one side and only moderately so on the other.  The piece is actually a book of crystals that measures 4.1 x 2.6 x .6 cm.  It has a very crude hexagonal form and represents only half of a full crystal (it was once on matrix).    $950

 

 

 

 

 

OKP-103

OKP-103    Graphite on Diopside with Fluorite       Rossie Township, St. Lawrence County, New York.  Collected by Michael Walter, June-July, 2018.  The graphite crystals composing this piece are silver/gray in color, exceptionally clean and they show the typical rounded form but more importantly they show clearly the well-developed, reticulated patterning on each crystal.  The piece measures 8 x 4.2 x 3.6 cm and has crystals to 1.8 cm each.  The crystals are interlocking and show some minor fillings by fluorite.  This example is better in-hand than the images indicate and a major specimen from the find.  It is composed mostly of graphite with some mixed in diopside crystals.    $2,000

 

 

 

 

 

OKP-104

OKP-104    Graphite and Fluorite      Rossie Township, St. Lawrence County, New York.  Collected by Michael Walter, June-July, 2018.  The graphite crystals composing this piece are silver/gray in color, exceptionally clean and they show the typical rounded and twisted form but more importantly they show clearly exceptionally well-developed, reticulated patterning on each crystal.  In fact, there is even a clear imprint of this pattern left on one area of the fluorite!  The piece measures 4.5 x 4.1 x 2.7 cm and has crystals to 3.3 cm each.  The crystals stand up in high relief with fluorite separating individual crystals.  They are morphed and complex looking. The crystals are in excellent condition and very interesting to observe.  This example is better in-hand than the images indicate.    $1,200

 

 

 

 

 

OKP-105

OKP-105    Graphite with Calcite      Rossie Township, St. Lawrence County, New York.  Collected by Michael Walter, June-July, 2018.  The graphite crystals composing this piece are silver/gray in color, exceptionally clean and they show the typical rounded form but more importantly they show clearly the well-developed, reticulated patterning on each crystal.  The piece measures 6.1 x 4 x 3.8 cm and has crystals to 1.8 cm each.  The crystals are interlocking and show some encasing calcite. One crystal stands up off the piece in high relief.  The other crystals are in excellent condition however most lie flat on the matrix.  A fine example for the price.    $375

 

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