Quartz -Black stem / phantom Herkimer
Benchmark Quarry, St. Johnsville, Montgomery County
2.1 x 1.4 x 1.2 CM (thumbnail)
Late Summer 2018
A super fine thumbnail from the one time find (a single pocket) at the Benchmark quarry that produced these remarkable phantoms. The Quartz has the typical form of a Herkimer Diamond, but there is a small black stem that extends into the center of the transparent head. The stem is hexagonal and clearly seen inside the clear Quartz. Flawless condition and very sharp, this is even more clear and lustrous in person. A classic USA thumbnail, this like every other piece was collected by Bill Hladysz and had been in his collection.
A fine and delicate Herkimer style Quartz with the rare desirable black body or stems supporting the clear head. In excellent condition and with fine bright luster on all sides. Choice and undamaged, this modern classic has fine display impact on all sides and is much better in person.
Quartz v. Herkimer
Middleville, Herkimer County
8.3 x 6 x 7.1 CM (cabinet)
Worldwide mix summer
A blocky matrix with druzy Quartz hosting several very clear, undamaged Herkimer type Quartz. The diamonds are mostly colorless but a few are the golden type, and all are very clear and lustrous. The largest crystal has a very big internal bubble cavity that holds unusual worm like petroleum inclusions. These are vividly fluorescent and have three distinct colors. A fine and impressive cabinet piece that is especially interesting under the microscope.
A Northeastern US mineral legend, the black stemmed scepters of Herkimer are quite rare and despite hundreds of diggers toiling in the hard Dolomite only a few are found every few years. From a recent exceptional pocket this is a perfect example with no damage (extra rare) and doubly terminated (crudely) which is almost unheard of. The black stem is partly deep smoky brown with a few tiny areas of transparency. The top is sharp and glassy and also has dark inclusions some of which are brightly fluorescent. A fine small example of this most uncommon of Herkimer Diamond Quartz!
A sizable, sharp and glassy pair of intergrown Herks that have far better than average clarity. These have some fine bubbles. anthraxolite flakes and tubes included within, but the best is the rare "crystal voids" that are cavities shaped exactly like a small doubly terminated quartz. Contacted on the rear and with a few chips but still displays well and the inclusions are easy to view.