Quartz with Hematite
Chubb Lake, St. Lawrence County
2.2 x 2.1 x 2.1 CM (thumbnail)
A superb thumbnail- doubly terminated Quartz from Chubb Lake that looks remarkably like a fine English (Cumberland area) Quartz. This has inclusions of sharp Hematite crystals and a few on the exterior of a few faces as well. The crystal is quite transparent but densely included with the Hematites so it seems murky inside. In flawless condition, this has very sharp edges and almost non-existanct prism faces (they are under 1 mm in size). This locality has been closed for decades and dates back to the 1850 vintage. Good pieces of this quality are quite rare, certainly less common that their British counterparts.
Fluorite - gem clear
Penfiled Quarry, Penfield, Monroe County
3.2 x 2.3 x 2.3 CM (thumbnail)
An ultra clear sharp and glassy Fluorite cube perched on Dolomite. Choice thumbnail or small miniature of a Penfield New York Fluorite, this was collected more than two decades ago. Flawless with no damage at all even under strong magnification. The matrix is clearly seen through the Fluorite, which I would describe as a clear colorless ice. In some light however a very slight hint of blue is seen. A modern USA classic, New York Fluorites are relatively rare, and are prized when perfect and esthetic.
Sphalerite on Quartz
Clinton, Onieda County
3.5 x 2.7 x 2 CM (small miniature/ large thumbnail (toenail))
A bright lustrous Sphalerite crystal perched above a sparkling Quartz matrix. From an important 1987 find in Clinton, NY. this is an excellent clean example. The Sphalerite shows the complex form that is typical with multiple twinning and is translucent, light passing through gives a rich yellow to rootbeer color. Can be trimmed to a thumbnail if desired. A modern classic from the Northeastern USA not often available.
A rare doubly terminated, complete enstatite (Hypersthene) crystal 2 CM long on bright red Alamandine. From the famed Gore Mt Garnet locality that produced huge masses of Almandine years ago. Hypersthene was also fairly common but mostly massive or very poorly formed. This Enstatite is crude but with clear form with a melted edge look. The crystal is perfect, undamaged and nicely perched on the Garnet matrix, this is not typically a pretty mineral but this crystal has charm. This is the best formed and most distinct Enstatite I have seen from the locale, a fine thumbnail for the region.
Calcite -light violet
Hyatt Mine, Talcville, St. Lawrence County
3.4 x 2.1 x 1.7 CM (small miniature/ large thumbnail (toenail))
Late Summer 2018
A single scalenohedral Calcite crystal with a light Violet hue. Sharp with a slight milky zoning, this is in good condition as well. Calcites from this locale are not often available.
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.
Sphalerite and Calcite
ZCA Corp./Hyatt Mine, Talcville, St. Lawrence Co.
3 x 2.4 x 1.7 CM (thumbnail)
Late Summer 2018
Gem clear crystals of honey colored Sphalerite with a few small white Calcites as accent on massive matrix. Very fine large thumbnail with fine bright luster. Better in person, these are now a modern US classic, but not often available. Ex. Hladysz collection, several crystals show pronounced smooth curved faces.