Old VanBuskirk Farm (this is the historic Russell Danburite Occurrence),

Russell, St. Lawrence County, New York

 

     

                 Danburite and Diopside                                           Danburite                                   Danburite, Quartz, Diopside                              Tremolite

 

To quote Bob Jones, Editor of Rock and Gem Magazine, Dec. 2013, p. 40, "You never see these classics today except in museums". gives you an idea of why the specimens to follow are important.

Danburite was named after its discovery in Danbury, Connectict in 1839.  The specimens were so poor that they appear almost massive and as a result there was never proper crystallography done on the specimens from the type locality.  It was not long after that the finest danburites known for the time were discovered on the Van Buskirk farm in northern New York State.  The species was then fully described from crystals found there.  Very little collecting was done at this new locality but, enough material was recovered to feed the important museums of the time.  Today, the site has been rediscovered.  Although collecting is not currently allowed, specimens occasionally surface.  They are seldom aesthetic like the contemporary discoveries in Mexico and Russia but, they are certainly important. 

Discovered and recovered by another local field collector, this was a single pocket find of lustrous black/green Tremolite in two generations.  Crystals to 5 cm.  Aesthetic for the species and among the finest ever found in New York State.  Any faces showing lower luster have microscopic layers of talc on their surfaces.  About a half dozen specimens are available in TN to miniature sizes.  Well priced for such important material.

 

 

 

OKO-825

OKO-825     Danburite     Old VanBuskirk Farm, Russell, St. Lawrence County, New York.  Collected by Donnie Carlin, Jr. 2008.  An east coast classic seldom seen in the contemporary mineral market.  This fine thumbnail sized piece shows numerous small gemmy crystals, beautifully terminated with poorly formed diopsides as an accessory.  3.5 x 2.2 x 2.2 cm overall.  No damage.  Small crystals but, high quality.  $40

 

 

 

 

 

OKO-826

OKO-826     Danburite     Old VanBuskirk Farm, Russell, St. Lawrence County, New York.  Collected by Donnie Carlin, Jr. 2008.  An east coast classic seldom seen in the contemporary mineral market.  This fine thumbnail sized piece shows several damage- free, well terminated danburites crystals around a crudely formed, gray quartz crystal.  It measures 2.4 x 2.4 x 1.6 cm.  $45

 

 

 

 

 

OKO-827

OKO-827     Danburite     Old VanBuskirk Farm, Russell, St. Lawrence County, New York.  Collected by Donnie Carlin, Jr. 2008.  An east coast classic seldom seen in the contemporary mineral market.  This fine thumbnail sized piece is a single crystal with excellent form, nice luster and good translucence with some areas being gemmy.  1.6 x 1.4 x 1.3 cm.  No damage.  Excellent views from any direction.  Very nice!  $70

 

 

 

 

 

OKO-828

OKO-828     Danburite     Old VanBuskirk Farm, Russell, St. Lawrence County, New York.  Collected by Donnie Carlin, Jr. 2008.  An east coast classic seldom seen in the contemporary mineral market.  This fine thumbnail sized piece shows a large crystal in front (it has a termination chip but there is no other damage to the piece) of many gemmy, smaller crystals in background.  2.8 x 2.6 x 1.7 cm.   $35

 

 

 

 

 

OKO-829

OKO-829     Danburite     Old VanBuskirk Farm, Russell, St. Lawrence County, New York.  Collected by Donnie Carlin, Jr. 2008.  An east coast classic seldom seen in the contemporary mineral market.  This fine thumbnail sized piece shows a shallow opening filled by transparent to translucent crystals that are damage-free.  3.7 x 3.2 x 1.6 cm.  $50

 

 

 

 

 

OKO-830

OKO-830     Danburite     Old VanBuskirk Farm, Russell, St. Lawrence County, New York.  Collected by Donnie Carlin, Jr. 2008.  An east coast classic seldom seen in the contemporary mineral market.  This fine thumbnail sized piece is composed of a well terminated, damage free, single crystal that measures 2 x 1.2 x 1.1 cm.  A nice example of this rare material.  $30

 

 

 

 

 

OKO-831

OKO-831     Danburite     Old VanBuskirk Farm, Russell, St. Lawrence County, New York.  Collected by Donnie Carlin, Jr. 2008.  An east coast classic seldom seen in the contemporary mineral market.  This fine thumbnail sized piece is composed of a well terminated, damage free, single crystal that measures 1.2 x 1.2 x 1.2 cm.  Gemmier than most.  A nice example of this rare material.  $40

 

 

 

 

 

OKO-832

OKO-832     Danburite     Old VanBuskirk Farm, Russell, St. Lawrence County, New York.  Collected by Donnie Carlin, Jr. 2008.  An east coast classic seldom seen in the contemporary mineral market.  This fine thumbnail sized piece is composed of numerous gemmy to translucent, well-formed and fully terminated crystals.  The piece measures 3.1 x 2.5 x 1.5 cm.  No damage.  $80

 

 

 

 

 

OKO-833

OKO-833     Danburite     Old VanBuskirk Farm, Russell, St. Lawrence County, New York.  Collected by Donnie Carlin, Jr. 2008.  An east coast classic seldom seen in the contemporary mineral market.  This fine thumbnail sized piece is composed of numerous gemmy, well-formed and fully terminated crystals.  The piece measures 2.5 x 2.5 x 1.2 cm.  No damage.  $50

 

 

 

 

 

OKO-834

OKO-834     Danburite     Old VanBuskirk Farm, Russell, St. Lawrence County, New York.  Collected by Donnie Carlin, Jr. 2008.  An east coast classic seldom seen in the contemporary mineral market.  This fine thumbnail sized piece is composed of numerous gemmy, well-formed and fully terminated crystals.  The piece measures 2.8 x 2.1 x 1.3 cm.  Various nice views.  Small but excellent quality.  No damage.  $20

 

 

 

 

 

OKO-835

OKO-835     Danburite     Old VanBuskirk Farm, Russell, St. Lawrence County, New York.  Collected by Donnie Carlin, Jr. 2008.  An east coast classic seldom seen in the contemporary mineral market.  This fine thumbnail sized piece is composed of a single gemmy to translucent, well-formed and fully terminated crystal.  The piece measures 2.5 x 1.4 x 1.5 cm.  No damage.  Contact to back and base shows it is partially healed.  $70

 

 

 

 

 

OKO-836

OKO-836     Danburite     Old VanBuskirk Farm, Russell, St. Lawrence County, New York.  Collected by Donnie Carlin, Jr. 2008.  An east coast classic seldom seen in the contemporary mineral market.  This fine thumbnail sized piece is composed of several gemmy to translucent, well-formed and fully terminated crystals that are on a non-terminated crystal.  The piece measures 2.6 x 1.8 x 1.3 cm.  No damage to display crystals on top.  $90

 

 

 

 

 

OKO-837

OKO-837     Danburite     Old VanBuskirk Farm, Russell, St. Lawrence County, New York.  Collected by Donnie Carlin, Jr. 2008.  An east coast classic seldom seen in the contemporary mineral market.  This fine thumbnail sized piece is composed of several gemmy, well-formed and fully terminated crystals on a small matrix plate.  The largest crystal is .8 cm and exceptionally gemmy having only a couple minor internal fracture lines.  The piece measures 2.2 x 2 x 1.3 cm.  No damage to display crystals on top or flanking crystals.  $60

 

 

 

 

 

OKO-838

OKO-838     Danburite     Old VanBuskirk Farm, Russell, St. Lawrence County, New York.  Collected by Donnie Carlin, Jr. 2008.  An east coast classic seldom seen in the contemporary mineral market.  This fine thumbnail sized piece is composed of several gemmy to translucent, well-formed and fully terminated crystals that are on a matrix of danburites and diopside crystals.  The piece measures 2.3 x 1.8 x 1.2 cm.  No damage.  $70

 

 

 

 

 

OKK-118

Termination

OKK-118    Tremolite     Old VanBuskirk farm (the historic danburite occurrence), Russell, St. Lawrence County, New York, collected 2013.  A fine lustrous single crystal measuring 4.3 x 1.1 .6 cm.  Single terminated and twinned.  Zero damage and a very respectable piece for this small find.  $35

 

 

 

 

 

 

OKK-119

OKK-119    Tremolite     Old VanBuskirk farm (the historic danburite occurrence), Russell, St. Lawrence County, New York, collected 2013.  A fine lustrous single crystal measuring 4 x 1.3 x 1 cm.  Single terminated and twinned.  Small side crystal.  Contact on one side.  $30

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

OKK-171

OKK-171    Tremolite     Old VanBuskirk farm (the historic danburite occurrence), Russell, St. Lawrence County, New York, collected 2013.  A fine lustrous single crystal measuring 5.2 x 1.2 x 1 cm.  Single terminated and unusually large for the find.  Zero damage and interesting surface features.  $60

 

 

 

 

 

 

OKK-172

OKK-172    Tremolite     Old VanBuskirk farm (the historic danburite occurrence), Russell, St. Lawrence County, New York, collected 2013.  A fine lustrous single crystal measuring 3.7 x 1.4 x 1 cm.  Single terminated with minor second generation growth of tremolite.  Zero damage and a very respectable piece for this small find.  $50

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