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The fine blue Barites Frizington true classics The largest crystal 3 5
Frizington, Cumberland, Cumbria, England
Small Cabinet, 6.4 x 6 x 4.7 cm
The very fine blue Barites from Frizington are true classics. The largest crystal here (3.5 cm) is doubly-terminated, as are a number of the other crystals. The luster is outstanding, and the grey-blue color is both delicate and dazzling in its own way. The Barites rest on a bed of lustrous, curvaceous Dolomite crystals, and these are decorated by thousands of iridescent, micro Specular Hematites. The aesthetics are truly distinctive, and it displays vertically or horizontally. The overall form and shape hides the fact that one Barite on each side, low and out of the way, has been cleaved, although it is hard to spot in the overall 3-dimensional frontal presentation. This piece is that good, that if perfect, it would command several times higher a price. As it is, it still displays wonderfully and looks like it should cost far more. It is a truly classical example of these fine old specimens, in just the right size! Better in person.
Tabular lustrous translucent straw yellow Baryte crystals 2 2 cm
Denton, Rosiclare Level, Harris Creek, Hardin Co., Illinois, USA
Small Cabinet, 6.1 x 4.9 x 3.0 cm
Tabular, lustrous and translucent, straw yellow, Baryte crystals, to 2.2 cm across contrast nicely with a lustrous and translucent, deep lavender colored cube of fluorite measuring 3.4 cm on an edge. Mined in July 1982 from the northwest edge of the main ore body. Collected by Ross Lillie from a basketball sized pocket. RCL 0340.
Overgrowing core fluorite tabular crystals 2 3 cm sparkling snow white
Minerva #1, Rosiclare Level, Cave-in-Rock, Hardin Co., Illinois, USA
Cabinet, 12.2 x 8.7 x 7.2 cm
Overgrowing a core of fluorite are tabular crystals, to 2.3 cm across, of sparkling, snow-white Baryte. Perched nicely on the Baryte are lustrous and translucent, light amber colored calcite crystals to 5.6 cm in length. This largest calcite is also doubly terminated. From advance mining in northeast drift. This is another really unique, aesthetic specimen from the Lillie collection. Previous dealer price on this was $3500 in the collection sale, and it is frankly worth that, in my opinion (though we amortized most prices downward in making a large deal to bring these to the web.) RCL0215