September 2016 Update, Page 1

 

 

Rhodo 2

Too pink... actually red in color.

Too pink... actually red in color.

Rhodo 2      Rhodochrosite    Sweet Home Mine, Alma County, Colorado.  Ex. Nancy Collins collection.  Prev. Collector's Edge specimen.  13.5 cm wide, 12.3 cm high and 5.5 cm thick.  Sawn flat on base but natural broken rock on backside.  This is an early Collector's Edge specimen before they began using diamond chainsaws for specimen extraction.  Nice red, transparent to translucent crystals to 1.3 cm on edge each.  Large, robust and comes on a custom engraved acrylic base as seen in the photographs.  Excellent condition with only minor edge breakage as seen.  $3,500

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

OKN-712

OKN-712     Tourmaline    Aracuai, Jequitinhonha Valley, Minas Gerais, Brazil.  Ex. Harold L. Dibble collection.  Finding miss-sharpen tourmaline crystals is not all that uncommon but one of this size and high quality is truly unique.  It was one of the centerpieces of Harold's collection.  This single terminated crystal  is 28 cm long (almost a foot!) and the primary crystal is 3.5 cm wide and 2.1 cm thick on average.  It is very high in luster and one side crystal is clipped off, a likely contact.  I'd describe it as damage free.  It displays great from any direction.  The curve is not what is commonly seen, a healed break or series of breaks.  It is just simply curved... smooth, symmetrical and spread over the entire length of this massive crystal!  The termination is complex and generally fibrous in form.  All the prism faces show moderate striations.  This is one of those specimens that collectors simply go, "Wow"! and stare blindly at.  Even better in-hand.  $3,000

 

 

 

 

 

OKN-558

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OKN-558     Herkimer Diamond on Dolomite    Benchmark Quarry, St. Johnsville, New York.  Ex. Michael Walter collection.  A fine Herk measuring almost 3 cm is cradled in a floater shard of dolomite heavily crystallized with dolomite.  10.5 x 8.4 x 4 cm overall.  One very tiny touch mark on one crystal surface is barely noticeable.  Great piece from a long closed location.  $130

 

 

 

 

 

OKN-559

OKN-559     Herkimer Diamond on minor Dolomite    Benchmark Quarry, St. Johnsville, New York.  Ex. Michael Walter collection.  4.5 x 3.2 x 3 cm single crystal with tiny section of attached crystalline dolomite and several attached white dolomite crystals along one edge.  Tiny backside tip ding.  Enhydros with bubbles (small).  $80

 

 

 

 

 

OKN-558

OKN-558     Herkimer Diamond on Pyrite    Benchmark Quarry, St. Johnsville, New York.  Ex. Michael Walter collection.  A 3.8 x 3 x 2.6 cm crystal with attached pyrite and pyrite rods.  Nice crystal with no damage.  $75

 

 

 

 

 

OKN-563

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OKN-563     Herkimer Diamond and Calcite on Dolomite     Treasure Mountain Mine, Fall Hill, Little Falls, New York.  Collected by Michael Walter, 2002, ex. Michael Walter collection.  One thing this now closed location had that other locations seldom produced was small skeletal crystals.  This fine example has had the Herk reattached to the matrix but other than that shows as damage free and is simple perfection.  The calcite crystal is a nice bonus, too.  The piece measures 5.2 x 5 x 5 cm overall.  It is a super miniature in all respects.  Very aesthetic and a nice value for the quality.  $200

 

 

 

 

 

OKN-561

OKN-561     Herkimer Diamond     Treasure Mountain Mine, Fall Hill, Little Falls, New York.  Collected by Michael Walter, 2002, ex. Michael Walter collection.  A fine skeletal crystal measuring 4.9 x 3.7 x 2.6 cm.  floater with healed backside (small) contacts.  No damage.  Fine example!  $60

 

 

 

 

 

OKN-577

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OKN-577     Herkimer Diamond on Dolomite     Treasure Mountain Mine, Fall Hill, Little Falls, New York.  Collected by Michael Walter, 2002, ex. Michael Walter collection.  A floater matrix specimen with a 2 cm black Herk on a well crystallized dolomite matrix.  3.7 x 3.5 x 3.4 cm overall.  No damage, one termination is crude and other excellent in form.  Nice.  $45

 

 

 

 

 

 

OKN-565

OKN-565     Sphalerite with Dolomite    Benchmark Quarry, St. Johnsville, New York.  FIGURED SPECIMEN in Collector’s Guide to Herkimer Diamonds, p. 41, Figure 31, 2014, Schiffer Publishing Company.  2.5 x 2.3 x 1.3 cm single sphalerite crystal of a rich red color (translucent) and complex surface shape.  Small dolomite crystal in center of crystal.  One of the very finest sphalerites I have seen from the location (in top two) and finest of the 70 or so recovered from a single pocket find in the early 2000s.  I have seen no others of this form and rarely have I seen any others from any of the Herkimer diamond mines or surrounding locations.  A very rare thing indeed!!  No damage and views well from any direction.  An important competition level TN specimen.  $450

 

 

 

 

 

 

OKN-567

OKN-567     “Black” Herkimer Diamond cluster      Treasure Mountain Mine, Fall Hill, Little Falls, New York.  FIGURED SPECIMEN in Collector’s Guide to Herkimer Diamonds, p. 51, Figure 33, 2014, Schiffer Publishing Company.  Damage free floater!  One crystal, the largest, is partially sceptered by a glass clear cap.  2.7 x 2 x 1.3 cm is small, only a thumbnail specimen, but is the finest of these I have ever seen.  Very aesthetic and that is why it is figured in this book.  A great price for a competition grade TN specimen.  $200

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

OKN-569

OKN-569     Herkimer Diamond Scepter      Treasure Mountain Mine, Fall Hill, Little Falls, New York.  FIGURED SPECIMEN in Collector’s Guide to Herkimer Diamonds, p. 51, Figure 33, 2014, Schiffer Publishing Company.  Collected by Paul Nuckols.  Large, 6.5 x 3.5 x 3 cm example of classic form (for the locale).  Rich, black 1.3 cm wide by 3.5 cm long stem partially surrounded by two well developed rider crystals.  Double terminated, floater with no damage.  This size, quality, and closed location make specimens like this one extremely uncommon.  Just try and find another one this good for sale anywhere, and this one is even figured!  Further… it is NOT repaired as almost all Herkimer diamond scepters or clusters are.  I really hate to give it up.  Even comes with a custom engraved acrylic base.  This is actually a rather low price for the specimen.  Someone will cherish this piece for years to come.  $4,000

 

 

 

 

 

 

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-571

OKN-571     Herkimer Diamonds    Herkimer Diamond Mines Resort, Middleville, New York.  FIGURED SPECIMEN in Collector’s Guide to Herkimer Diamonds, p. 78, Figure 174, 2014, Schiffer Publishing Company.  Collected by Michael Walter.  A floater pair with a rare, distinct, phantom of anthraxolite.  Measures 2.7 x 2.3 x 1.4 cm overall.  Tiny ding at base of one crystal where they merge.  Tough to notice.  Nice, uncommon, attractive piece.  $250

 

 

 

 

 

 

OKN-572

OKN-572     Herkimer Diamond Scepter      Treasure Mountain Mine, Fall Hill, Little Falls, New York.  FIGURED SPECIMEN in Collector’s Guide to Herkimer Diamonds, p. 51, Figure 33, 2014, Schiffer Publishing Company.  Collected by Paul Nuckols.  Some might call this a reverse scepter because the cap taper down (becomes smaller toward the termination).  I just believe it is a scepter with riders that get smaller toward the terminal end of the crystal.  In any case it is unusual and of that elite size that is now so very difficult to acquire (these were actually always rare in this size and quality). Closed locality.  5.6 x 3 x 2.3 cm overall.  A dark 3 cm long stem is covered from one view and visible in another.  Once matrix attached, now mostly healed second termination.  Good clarity to cap and all the riders this piece is better in hand than in any image I can take of it.  No damage.  Probably never repaired but I cannot say this for sure.  Comes with custom engraved acrylic base.  Fantastic piece.  $3,200

 

 

 

 

 

 

OKN-573

OKN-573     Herkimer Diamond Scepter      Treasure Mountain Mine, Fall Hill, Little Falls, New York.  FIGURED SPECIMEN in Collector’s Guide to Herkimer Diamonds, p. 34, Figure 54, 2014, Schiffer Publishing Company.  Collected by Paul Nuckols.  Another great, large specimen of these rare scepters.  This one measures 6.1 x 3 x 2.5 cm overall.  It has a very clear, combination cap in parallel growth that manifests itself with three terminations.  The only damage is a micro ding on the backside of one of these terminations.  Very minor skeletal growth, a thick and tapering stem of a deep black color and exceptional luster all make this a more desirable piece.  Fantastic in-hand.  Floater.  Comes with a custom engraved acrylic base.  Really uncommon and exceptional for the location.  $2,400

 

 

 

 

 

 

OKN-574

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.

 

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