Private Viewing

This section of our site is open for all to view, however, all minerals seen here are currently being reserved for a client(s).  This section will allow customers to see images of specimens which they are considering buying that were not available on our listings.  If you discuss a specific piece with us that is not in the listing this will allow you a means by which to view the specimen before your purchase.

There is the possibility that the person considering the purchase of any of these specimens may decide not to purchase.  If you see something here you would like we can put you on a waiting list.  






Herkimer Diamond Scepter       Treasure Mountain Mine, Fall Hill, Little Falls, New York.  3.6 x 2 x 1.7 cm competitive grade thumbnail sized specimen.  Fits in a 1 x 1 cube.  No damage or repairs.  Floater, no attachments.  A couple tiny skeletal areas on cap and a couple of tiny water clear rider crystals on stem.  Exceptionally clear cap and very dark stem.  Good from any direction.  These are miserable things to photograph so I know it is better in person.  This is a magazine cover quality piece and as good as they get.








OKP-218        Tourmaline      Jonas Mine, Itatiaia, Minas Gerais, Brazil.  Ex. Harold L. Dibble collection   This specimen measures 6.5 x 4.1 x 3.1 cm.  No the best of these that I have seen but it is complete and...  JONAS. 








OKO-784      Barite    Cartersville, Georgia.  Ex. Harold L. Dibble.  When they are in god condition, as this one is, these specimens are interesting as well as aesthetic.  The saw blade form to these tabular crystals is quite unusual in selenite gypsums and these are classics.  4 x 3.6 x 2.5 cm.  The dark, phantom cores being overgrown by the transparent/ translucent light yellow colored crystals created a fine contrast to each crystal so they are easily differentiated in clusters such as this.  Only damage is a couple broken crystals near edge on one side (back?).  Minor Styrofoam on base.  A fine example. 



































Lazulite   2.1 x 1.8 x 1.8 cm.  No damage.  




































Lowville Quartz

A new locality being simply called Lowville has recently been producing specimens seen for sale on the mineral market this past year.  The location and details of the find have been kept secret due to the occurrence being on private land somewhere near Lowville in Lewis County, New York.  Several pockets to half a meter in diameter have produced specimens include Herkimer style quartz to eight centimeters with noteworthy variety:  skeletal crystals, scepters, and black crystals have all been found.  One other dealer had a few good examples from this find and a second dealer has many examples (all of poor quality) this past year.  I managed to find the collectors and acquire all the material they had horded away for Tucson 2012 in a single purchase.  Although expensive I will be a few of the best specimens from the find, comparable to the best previously offered, at approximately one third of the prices that they were offered for. 

It appears that the crystals that exceed several centimeters are nearly always skeletal in form and usually smoky colored.  Small crystals are virtually indistinguishable from the small crystals found at the localities within the traditional Herkimer diamond region.  Crystals can be found on matrix and as floaters, free of any attachment to rock.  Calcites of various colors are present in combination with many of the specimens making them truly unique for New York State and exceptionally aesthetic for quartz from anywhere.





OKJ-366    Herkimer Style Quartz and Calcite    Lowville, Lewis County, New York.  This example is a slightly Herkimer form crystal measuring 6 x 5 x 3.4 cm.  Almost all the faces show skeletal form with one having two chips.  There is also a very tiny, shallow tip ding all of which are not distracting or readily evident.  The crystal is smoky and of excellent quality without any serious distracters.   Base attachment.  Calcites are clear to red to black in color and most are concentrated on one edge.  Exceptional quality for the location. 





















































































































































































































































































OKM-175    Fluorite     Cave-In-Rock, Illinois.  Ex. Harold L. Dibble collection.  Next to pink, blue is likely the most popular fluorite color (especially with Illinois fluorites).  This large example is composed of cubes to 5.7 cm on edge.  Light blue with big gemmy areas.  Several cleaves off corners really drops this specimens desirability and price.  Still a nice colorful display piece.








Nice phantoms

OKF-030    Fluorite      Denton Mine, Harden Co., Illinois.   What an impressive mineral specimen!  It is a piece I traded some great Canadian material many years ago.  It has remained in my collection and now is not something I collect any longer.  The primary cube measures an impressive 10.1 cm on edge.  It is gemmy with a rich yellow interior and a wonderful purple phantom.  Hoppered growth is attractive and interesting.  Displays well.  One corner cleave.  10.2 x 7.2 x 6.5 cm.  If you can live with the tiny corner being missing you can get this one at 1/3rd the price it would be at if totally damage free.









Minor backlighting

Custom engraved acrylic base.

OKI-705    Tourmaline and Albite    Stak Nala, Gilgit-Skardu Road, Northern Areas, Pakistan.  Another fine grouping with two fine, single terminated crystals in albite.  The piece measures 4.8 x 4.5 x 2.7 cm with crystal of 4.6 and 3.8 cm each.  The crystal caps show the color to be a rich bluish green.  Terminations are clear and grade town to translucent.  The crystals are even more lustrous than normal and the terminations especially so.  No damage.  Very aesthetic specimen which stands up beautifully for display.  Beautifully balanced in its form and very showy.  Comes with custom engraved acrylic base. 







Minor backlighting

Custom engraved acrylic base.

OKI-701    Tourmaline, Topaz, Quartz, Cleavelandite and Muscovite      Stak Nala, Gilgit-Skardu Road, Northern Areas, Pakistan.  This fine specimen is composed of a great diversity of pegmatite minerals in an aesthetic grouping.  It is from the famous “Blue Cap Pocket” of the early 1990s.  This has remained the only noteworthy find of tourmalines from this prolific locale which had blue color zones in their composition.  There are five blue tourmalines in this group that are up to 5.2 cm each.  All are nicely terminated and three are clearly visible while two are moderately buried among the other minerals.  The blue color is obvious in the transparent tips and like other Stak Nala specimens the color becomes darker and more translucent to opaque as the crystal’s base is approached.  The mica books are especially nice being large, thick, and very translucent.  Everything is damage free and very clean.  There is one minor repair to this specimen.  The luster is fine and the tourmalines show nice striations.  No bad views at all.  Stands nicely and measures 6.5 x 6 x 5 cm overall.  Comes with custom engraved acrylic base.  Outstanding! 











Side view of the barite ball

Side view of the sphalerite

OKM-727    Barite, Sphalerite, Fluorite on Dolomite      Elmwood Mine, Carthage, Smith County, Tennessee.   Nice barite ball, high luster sphalerite and several very tiny fluorites on dolomite matrix.  The dolomite is overgrown in micro quartz giving it a nice appearance.  Floater less a tiny backside contact.  One tiny sphalerite is missing otherwise damage free.  7.5 x 6.3 x 5.2 cm overall.  Great views all around.  Very showy piece.  An excellent example of the better material from this important find.   









OKM-727    Sphalerite and Fluorite on Dolomite      Elmwood Mine, Carthage, Smith County, Tennessee.   Perfectly placed cluster of sphalerite measuring 5.5 cm that radiates out in all directions.  It sits on quartz druse coated dolomite and is a damage free floater!  Numerous fluorites to .6 or.7 cm each are scattered about on the matrix and sphalerite.  They are nearly clear with a slight purple tint and of the clear corner variety for which the occurrence is so famous.  A spotless specimen with high luster and outstanding display characteristics.  Should be displayed on edge horizontally with the crystals high on the dolomite (a position in which I failed to photograph the specimen.  Sorry.  







OKAA-030    Fluorite on Sphalerite  Cumberland Mine, Smith County, Tennessee.  This is a very fine domical example with cubes to approximately 1 cm each (most of the cubes are around the same size.  They are transparent, an attractive light purple/ blue color, and have curved edges.  They rest lightly on lustrous sphalerite and are wide spread.  The entire specimen measures 12.2 x 10 x 6 cm and is heavy and attractive.  It sits nicely for display and looks good from any direction.  One tiny dig on a very small fluorite will not be seen without magnification and a good search.  Displays damage free.  Nice specimen in all respects.







OKAA-020     Sphalerite on Quartz     Cumberland Mine,  Drift 17-W-3, Smith County, Tennessee.  This is a large 28 x 22 cm plate of sphalerite crystals on a coating of micro quartz.  Great color contrast, high luster and nice distribution of crystals on the matrix.  Individual crystals to 4 cm in large groupings.  The guy who was in charge of mining out these pockets, Brian, described the pocket this specimen came from as such…"a huge pocket with plates of sphalerite, only, on micro quartz.  Approx 3,000 plates from fist sized to 3 feet in diameter lying loose in the bottom of the hole, most being damaged."  This has no damage on face because it landed face up on the top of the heap.  All damage is on back of plate, along with some additional intact sphalerites.  The images all seem to have a stronger silver color to the sphalerites than they should.  They are the normal color for the sphalerites from this mine and the contrast between the quartz and sphalerite is more dramatic and aesthetic than the picture portray.  This is a wonderful display piece which is a must for any serious Elmwood collector who does not have one.







OKH-628    Etched Fluorite Corner    Carthage, Tennessee.  Ex.  Paul and Dawne Dunning Collection.  I have owned and sold dozens of these over the years.  This may in fact be the nicest one that I have managed to get my hands on.  It measures 6.2 by 3.2 x 3.4 cm.  It is totally gem internally, shows zero damage, and only one small internal crack.  These are certainly not common any longer especially in this high quality.






OKE-037    Fluorite on Sphalerite   Carthage, Tennessee.  6.4 x 4.3 x 3.5 cm specimen which as all the aesthetics one could ask for.  4 cubes to 1.4 cm each are nicely dispersed on a lustrous sphalerite matrix.  One cube directly on edge is partially clipped.  Very displayable.  Top quality all the way. 








TRUE color

OKN-811   Fluorite     Cave-In-Rock, Illinois.  Ex. Harold Dibble collection.   This is a large partial cube that measures 9.5 x 7.5 x 6 cm which would not show true color when I photographed it.  I've left these off color photos so it can be evaluated for shape and condition.   HOWEVER, it is BLUE with a minor purple core.  It has big, gemmy blue sections and a thin purple phantom.  The last photo was taken with my cell phone and does show how it looks in hand to the eye in any light.  There is chipping as can be seen but it is still a desirable example in a very desirable color. 







OKN-749       Fluorite, Calcite (strontianite?)       Rosiclare Level, Denton Mine, Ozark-Mahoning Company, Harris District, Illinois.  Ex. Harold Dibble collection.  A 13.4 x 7.1 x 5.6 cm piece that is in excellent shape (maybe a couple of damaged calcites).  Edges and back are natural, not broken (healed), and the cubes are up to 5.1 cm on edge.  Good luster, but not exceptional.  White mineral in poorly formed crystals, almost a druse, of what appears to be strontianite.  Sits and displays great. 








OKN-740     Fluorite with Hydrorbon     Rosiclare Level, Minerva #1 Mine, Ozark- Mahoning Company, Ca-In-Rock District, Illinois. Ex. Harold Dibble collection.  10.5 x 9.2 x 5.5 cm overall with bright yellow crystals to 4.5 cm on edge.  Excellent form, transparency, phantoms, and of course, the obvious hydrocarbon inclusions.  Damage to edges as seen and one small repair to an edge crystal.  Aesthetic and desirable material from a famous mining region. 








OKO-730     Fluorite     Cave-In-Rock, Illinois.    Ex. Harold L. Dibble collection.  Blues, purples and yellows are all here and well represented.  The specimen sits well the way it is being held in the first image.  Notable damage on corners of biggest cube but still a specimen that is attractive and belongs in someone's collection.  14.4 x 13 x 10.7 cm.  Lower luster, etching on edges and back.







Mild backlighting

OKM-984    Fluorite    Cave-In-Rock, Illinois   Ex. Harold L. Dibble collection.  A yellow cube  with a thick purple overgrowth.  Excellent color with very minor edge chatter.  6.8 x 4.8 x 3.5 cm.  Contacts on back and a small area of one side.  Nice example. 








OKN-983     Strontianite, Calcite, Fluorite     Minerva #1 Mine, Hardin Co., Illinois.  Ex. Harold L. Dibble collection.  10.5 x 7 x 6.6 cm mound of crystals of exceptional quality.  No damage which is nothing short of a miracle when it comes to these fine, acicular points.  A heavy coverage of translucent white spikes almost everywhere on this calcite encrusted, domical matrix.  Small cubes and partial (etched) cubes of rich purple fluorite are a nice addition and contrasted on the beds of strontianite balls.  Views well from any direction.  Nice luster for strontianite (better than the images portray).  $485







OKK-152    Fluorite      Rosaclare, Illinois.  Previous New York State Museum collection.  Light purple on yellow, transparent cubes.  Good luster to this attractive piece.  The chalcopyrite inclusions are quite spectacular being well formed tetrahedrons suspended in transparent fluorite.  8.5 x 5.2 x 5.1 cm.  Very visible and aesthetic.  No damage to main body of piece, edge contacts. 







OKJ-955     Fluorite with Barite and Chalcopyrite      Spar Mountain Area, Cave-In-Rock, Illinois.  Ex. James Turek collection.   This fine plate of fluorites is very aesthetic sporting well formed cubes to .8 cm on edge.  The cubes are yellow in central regions of the piece and light purple as you approach the edge of the specimen.  They have beautiful purple phantoms that are paper thin, lots of chalcopyrites as inclusions and on their surfaces, and fantastic luster.  There is only very minor  chipping on a couple of fluorites and the piece has only one edge showing any attachment.  This makes everything you view, front, back, edges, totally mineralized.  It measures 7.4 x 7 x 2 cm and allows lots of light through it for a very attractive display.  A couple diamond shaped barites of a light gold color add a bit more diversity.  A very fine piece at a reasonable price. 







OKH-615     Calcite on Fluorite   Cave-In-Rock, Illinois.  Paul and Dawne Dunning Collection.  This specimen is composed of bright yellow fluorite, healed on all sides except base, coated by single and double terminated calcites.  7 x 6.1 x 4.5 cm overall.  After close inspection I find a few, but very few, cleaved calcites.  This specimen is an outstanding condition overall.  It is rare to see these types of calcites from this location in this high of a quality.  Usually the damage is far more extensive.  I know I’m dwelling on the specimen’s condition but it is of course one of the most important aspects of any collectible mineral.  Rest assured that this is likely one of the finer calcites on fluorites that one could find in this day and age from Illinois.  $250








OKH-580      Fluorite and Calcite     Cave-In-Rock, Illinois.  Ex.  Paul and Dawne Dunning Collection.   Several interlocking cubes with the most dominant one measuring 2.5 cm on edge.  The color is a rich purple but internally the cores are yellow.  The surfaces appear to have very low profile overgrowths by texahexahedral forms.  Calcite search gemmy and beautifully formed in most cases a deep rich yellow.  The specimen is basically a floater with a couple minor attachment points.  Some Styrofoam still attached to back that would be easy to remove.  The overall dimensions of the specimen are 3.2 x 3 x 2.8 cm.  This is a highly aesthetic though small example. A desirable high luster interesting and colorful specimen.







OKM-204      Quartz Gwindel      Goschenen, Uri, Switzerland.  Ex. Harold L. Dibble collection.  For a change a small gwindel quartz... only 4.2 x 3 x 1.6 cm overall.  One edge shows contact and some minor chipping.  Good transparency, even smoky color, obvious twist all make this open gwindel a fine example but not a showpiece costing thousands.  $250