Calcite w. Dolomite & Marcasite
Benchmark Quarry, St. Johnsville, Montgomery County
6.5 x 3.3 x 3.4 CM (cabinet)
pre Tucson 2015 update
A very odd and esthetic twinned calcite sits on a thin shaft of matrix that has some Marcasite and Dolomite adding nice accents. The yellow Calcite has a great contrast to the matrix, and is quite translucent. This is the best form of this type Calcite I have seen, it comes from from the amazing NY collection of William Hladysz. Certainly one of a kind.
Walworth Quarry, Walworth, Wayne County
3.5 x 2.4 x 2 CM (miniature)
pre Tucson 2015 update
An "air clear", sharp, lustrous example of the very desirable Walworth NY Fluorite. These are famed for the clarity and overall esthetics as well as their rarity. Only a few specimens are found each year, some years there are none. This specimen was collected in the 70's by Bill Haladyz, it has the quality that has made these highly collectable. Better in person, this is classic USA Fluorite unlike from anyplace else worldwide.
A wonderful combination specimen with impressive esthetics. From the Hladysz collection, this is an outstanding example of what could sometimes be found at the Benchmark Quarry 25 years ago. Bill Hladysz had exclusive permission to extract specimens there for decades, this is a gem from his personal collection now being dispursed. No eye visible damage, what may look like a chip on the calcite is not, it is a stepped edge growth.
Celestite and Calcite
Chittanango Falls, Fenner Township, Madison County
4.9 x 2,8 CM (miniature)
From the American classic locality of Chittenango Falls, this is a bright and perfect miniature specimen. Ex Larry White collection, The blue Celestites are especially gemmy and bright, the Calcites are sharp, undamaged with distinct twinning. Especially esthetic for this locality!
The best USA magnetites are these unique cubic crystals. Good ones are not common. This example has lusterous and fine crystals that reach 1.4 CM. Displayable from several sides, one face has a contrasting Talc that sets off the dark Magnetite well. Far better than average condition, but with damage at the outer edges and contacts/chipping can be seen. Since the magnetite here is exceptionally fragile, this degree of damage is actually very minimal, and the piece is a fine example of a rare form and a classic occurance. Ex. Ernie Schlicter, 1970's vintage.
Calcite (frosted) on Quartz
Rossie Lead Mine, St. Lawrence Co.
4.8 x 4 CM (miniature)
From the classic old locality of Rossie that was active from 1830 to 1860. A nicely frosted main crystal with a few smaller on the sides sits on a quartz matrix. No damage. good clarity and some internal rainbows . This seems to be an untwinned crystal that was less common at Rossie. Calcites from here were used in many crystalographic illustrations and studies in the classic literature. These are rarely available now.
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.
Quartz- Black Stemmed Scepter
Treasure Mountain, Little Falls, Herkimer County
3.5 x 1.7 CM (small miniature)
The most desirable style of Herkimer "diamonds" is the the Black Stem scepter. These only occur in a single small zone and are not currently being found. This is a good, clean and undamaged example collected in the early 90's. Very distinct phantoming and lots of interesting inclusions.