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A class combination piece famous Minerva 1 Mine With Illinois
Minerva #1 Mine, Cave-in-Rock District, Hardin Co., Illinois, USA
Small Cabinet, 6 x 5.7 x 2.7 cm
A first-class combination piece from the famous Minerva #1 Mine! With Illinois Fluorites, you always want good luster and gemminess, but rarely do you find them together. Here you have it - lustrous, gemmy crystals with a nice purple color. The largest is 2.2 cm. Attractively mounted on the Fluorites are numerous, doubly-terminated wheat sheaf Calcites that reach up to 2.8 cm tip to tip. On top of that, the Calcites are fluorescent. Don't be deceived by the fact that the back faces of the Fluorites are textured by contact to former matrix association - these Fluorites are quite gemmy, and they have interesting, almost octahedral, phantoms, as well. Unusual, sharp aesthetics!
GORGEOUS AESTHETIC gemmy doubly terminated twinned Calcite crystal
Elmwood mine, Carthage, Smith Co., Tennessee, USA
Cabinet, 12.7 x 7.3 x 4.4 cm
GORGEOUS and AESTHETIC, this gemmy, doubly-terminated and twinned Calcite crystal is from the famous Elmwood Mine. The rich amber color and gemmy terminations are exactly what you look for, and the condition is so good (just very minor edge wear and contacts) that it borders on pristine. There are minor amounts of Sphalerite and Barite, as well. A CLASSIC Elmwood Calcite crystal for form and color, and it even has a modest orange fluorescence as a bonus, which is unusual for the location. Although the mine is currently producing now, it is not giving up crystals of this combination of sharp shape combined with gemminess, color and luster - the new production is superb, but very different.
A large spectacular pristine cluster grey Calcites known Brushy Creek
Brushy Creek Mine, Greeley, Viburnum Trend District, Reynolds Co., Missouri, USA
Large Cabinet, 22.2 x 15 x 7 cm
A large, spectacular, pristine cluster of grey Calcites from the well-known Brushy Creek Mine in Missouri. The condition is excellent, and sparkly Chalcopyrite and Marcasite has coated the recessed areas of the lustrous Calcites, making it exceptionally beautiful (what actually happened is that the original crystal was covered in Chalcopyrite, and then the Calcite began growing again, enveloping the original crystal in some areas and leaving the chalcopyrite exposed in others so this is actually a phantom). Really, the overall aesthetics are stunning and complex - more so in person as the sparkly nature of the coating does not convey well. These are from a major find in the early 1990s..
Fine highly representative combination piece Peru specifically
Pachapaqui District, Bolognesi Province, Ancash Department, Peru
Large Cabinet, 16.1 x 9 x 5 cm
Fine, highly representative combination piece from Peru, specifically the Pachapaqui District. The initial plate of lustrous, striated Pyrites was generously ringed by sharp, translucent to gemmy Sphalerite crystals (up to 1.9 cm), along with Galena cubes. The final generation is hundreds upon hundreds of 3-4 mm of complex, light pink Manganoan Calcite crystals. One side of the piece is completely covered, while the presentation side has the many Calcites placed decoratively on and around the sulfides. As expected, the Manganoan Calcites fluoresce a brilliant orange. There are a number of cleaves on the Sphalerites from contacting, but by their very nature they blend in well, and the overall good aesthetics of this piece are not really affected.
As pieces Lillie collection unique An intergrown lustrous translucent
Hill-Ledford Mine, Ozark-Mahoning, Cave-in-Rock Dist., Illinois, USA
Cabinet, 11.0 x 10.9 x 4.6 cm
As with so many pieces in the Lillie collection, this one is unique! An intergrown, lustrous and translucent, lavender colored crystals of fluorite, to 1.2 cm across, host a few lustrous and translucent, straw colored calcite crystals to 5 cm across. The calcite crystal perched aesthetically on top of the fluorite crystals is twinned and complete all around !. A 9 mm galena crystal can be seen just to the left of the twinned calcite. Mined in the mid 1960's. Sering Collection. Former price $5500 on tag. RCL 1987.
Nearly pristine large calcite crystal glassy translucent rich amber
Sub-Rosiclare Level Bahama Pod Denton Mine, Ozark-Mahoning, Harris Creek Dist., Illinois, USA
Cabinet, 11.7 x 11.2 x 7.3 cm
Nearly pristine, this large calcite crystal is glassy and translucent with a rich amber color. Most of the faces are smooth, but two clearly exhibit interesting and subtle stepped growth. This is a classic style rarely seen in such large, well-developed crystals in good condition and was mined in October 1992 from a single large pocket. It glows when backlit! RCL 1953.
Really unusual specimen unique Ross s experience according label An
Rosiclare Level, Denton Mine, Ozark-Mahoning Co., Illinois, USA
Large Cabinet, 18.8 x 14.0 x 11.0 cm
Really unusual specimen, unique in Ross's experience according to his own label: An earlier generation of fluorite and calcite forms the matrix for this specimen. Thin layers of lustrous, tan rhombohedral calcite then covered the original fluorite crystals. Aesthetically perched on all of this is a cluster of intergrown, lustrous and translucent, color zoned fluorite, in crystals to 4.8 cm across. The cores of the fluorite crystals are a dark amber, surrounded by a purple zone, then a dark purple rim and finally by a nearly colorless zone. Mined in April 1989 from the number four ore body. RCL 1843.
As Lillie collection pieces unique Two huge lustrous translucent dark
Hill-Ledford Mine, Ozark-Mahoning, Cave-in-Rock Dist., Illinois, USA
Large Cabinet, 22.2 x 19.6 x 11.5 cm
As with so many of the Lillie collection pieces, this is unique: Two, huge, lustrous and translucent, dark purple fluorite crystals, to 15 cm in length, are nearly covered in a druse of colorless calcite crystals. A few second generation, ivory colored, doubly terminated calcite crystals, to 1.5 cm in length, are perched on the druse. His label notes the unusual formation of parallel growth on the fluorites, stacked upon a dodecahedral core. The formation is highly unusual and very geometric, Although not gemmy, this piece has a form and presence to it, that is highly unusual. Mined circa mid-1960's. RCL 1318.
A beautiful Illinois calcite just sparkles person This solid mound
Bethel Level, Annabel Lee Mine, Ozark-Mahoning Co., Illinois, USA
Large Cabinet, 16.7 x 16.0 x 9.2 cm
A beautiful Illinois calcite that just sparkles in person! This is a solid mound of sparkling, translucent, rhombohedrons of rich amber colored calcite, to 2.6 cm across, is emplaced on shards of limestone. Mined August 1989 from the south end of the ore body near the top of the incline. RCL 1949.
This amazing specimen unique It incredibly gemmy glassy transparent
Annabel Lee, Sub-Rosiclare Level, Harris Creek, Hardin Co., Illinois, USA
Cabinet, 10.5 x 7.9 x 6.2 cm
This amazing specimen is unique. It has incredibly gemmy, glassy, transparent crystals that are RAZOR SHARP, perched on a strange Baryte matrix. These are sharp, color zoned fluorite crystals to 3 cm across, which feature amber colored cores and light purple edges that are riveting in person - the human eye sees it better than a camera lens. On closer examination, the Baryte is casted after former calcites. From the Poe pod in 1993 and Lillie Collection, RCL #0458. Former dealer price was (no kidding) $20,000 when we purchased 1800 specimens from this collection and re-amortized pricing across the board. There is no question that it is a remarkable piece. It leaps out to the viewer, and is really "different" in aspect than all others here.
This really balanced contrasting combo specimen features doubly
Rosiclare Level, Butterknife Pod, Denton Mine, Ozark-Mahoning, Harris Creek Dist., Illinois, USA
Small Cabinet, 8.5 x 8.3 x 6.1 cm
This really balanced and contrasting "combo specimen" features a doubly terminated, lustrous and translucent, amber colored calcite crystal, 7 cm in length which is perched on lustrous and translucent, color zoned fluorite crystals to 3.2 cm across. The fluorite crystals exhibit a light purple core and darker colored edges. It is starkly dramatic, 3-dimensional, and complete all around. Mined in 1987 from the Butterknife pod. RCL #0786.
Unusual calcite These slightly lustrous translucent amber colored
Rosiclare Level, Minerva Mine #1, Ozark-Mahoning, Cave-in-Rock Dist., Illinois, USA
Cabinet, 14.4 x 13.5 x 8.6 cm
Unusual calcite: These slightly lustrous and translucent, amber colored calcite crystals, to 13.5 cm in length, exhibit wonderfully sculpted stepped growth. Mined from the crosscut ore body. RCL 0180.
Perched aesthetically St Genevieve limestone glassy gemmy amber
Rosiclare Level, Denton Mine, Ozark-Mahoning Co., Harris Creek Dist., Illinois, USA
Large Cabinet, 16.2 x 9.7 x 9.4 cm
Perched aesthetically on St. Genevieve limestone are a few glassy and gemmy, amber colored calcite crystals, to 5.5 cm across. At least two of the crystals are doubly terminated. Mined in April 1985 from the main ore body. A nice piece for showing how these things form in the ground, amidst separated shards of matrix in pockets such as this. The calcites are unusually fat and translucent, well-isolated and dramatic. RCL 0779.
A cluster exceptionally lustrous translucent color zoned light dark
Sub-Rosiclare Level, Denton Mine, Ozark-Mahoning, Illinois, USA
Cabinet, 14.2 x 9.1 x 7.5 cm
A cluster of exceptionally lustrous and translucent, color zoned, light and dark purple fluorite crystals to 3 cm across is festooned with doubly-terminated, lustrous and translucent, amber colored calcite crystals to 1.8 cm in length. From the Bahama ore body in 1991. The fluorite crystals exhibit truly amazing luster and the camera cannot capture it except from the side angles. This is a dramatic combination piece with great contrasts, nearly complete all around except for only very minor dings. RCL 1758. Very nice combo specimen!
Steel gray pseudo octahedral composite crystals argentite acanthite
Schlema, Erzgebirge, Saxony, Germany
Miniature, 5.0 x 4.0 x 2.5 cm
Steel-gray, pseudo-octahedral, composite crystals of argentite (now acanthite) to 1cm, associated with off-white calcite in this showy, display-worthy piece from a classic European locality.
Okorusu renowned multi hued attractive Fluorites I remarkable piece
Okorusu Mine, Otjiwarongo District, Otjozondjupa Region, Namibia
Large Cabinet, 14.7 x 7.3 x 6.5 cm
Okorusu is renowned for its multi-hued, attractive Fluorites, and I find it remarkable that a piece this good has become available. The crystals are sharp, a DEEP transparent purple/green, and multiply-phantomed. When backlit, this piece GLOWS with colors subtly changing from green to blue throughout, and you can clearly see that there are both cubic phantoms and fainter, thicker octahedral phantoms. Amazing! The luster is good, fluorescence excellent, and the largest crystal is an impressive 4.2 cm. There is also a coating of botryoidal, slightly fluorescent Calcite. You can display this fine Fluorite specimen from either side, depending on whether you prefer pure Fluorites or the combination, or rotate periodically. It is one of the better pieces from here that I have seen for sale in awhile, and is representative of older material from the 1`970s and early 1980s finds, as it last changed hands in 1994. Choice aesthetics.
Certainly famous Calcites Copper coveted Michigan specimens This
Cliff Mine, Keweenaw County, Michigan, USA
Thumbnail, 2.9 x 2 x 1.4 cm
Certainly, the famous Calcites with Copper are among the most coveted of all Michigan specimens. This thumbnail has so much going for it: color, rich inclusions, perfect shape, and luster. The Calcite itself is gemmy and doubly-terminated, and it is so rich with Copper that it takes on an unusually dark copper-red color hue, only rarely seen (I grew up near there and have seen only a handful of such "red calcites" in my life). This is really quite a choice specimen with excellent aesthetics. Overall, it must be the best such calcite thumbnail for my tastes, that I can recall. It has form, symmetry, color, luster, unusual qualities in the inclusions, and it just lights up in a display case like a little jewel.
A striking 3 8 cm GEMMY calcite incredible superb luster great
N'Chwaning II Mine, Kalahari, South Africa
Miniature, 3.8 x 1.1 x 1.1 cm
A striking 3.8 cm GEMMY calcite with the most incredible superb luster, and great 'brightness.' What is so unique about this piece is the elongated habit and what appears to be Spinel twinning. The entire length is dominated by one single crystal. The calcites are really like glass, and I have not seen its equal for habit. These were from one special pocket in the mine in the late 1980s and have since been sold routinely as Moroccan anglesites when they turn up again on the market. This is only the second such piece that I have owned. It was sold to the former owner for $2000 as an anglesite. Top-notch Anglesites from the famous locality of Touissit are hard to find, and this calcite could pass! But it is, indeed, a calcite. The weight is wrong for anglesite, though it looks like it more than calcite.
A significant large calcite fluorite district This huge doubly
Sub-Rosiclare Level, Denton Mine, Illinois, USA
Large Cabinet, 17.6 x 11.2 x 8.2 cm
A significant large calcite from the fluorite district: This huge, doubly-terminated, lustrous and translucent, rich amber colored calcite crystal measures in at a whopping 17 cm in length. Each termination is completely different from the other, which is highly unusual - most such cases show symmetry. The top termination as shown in the main photo I personally find the most attractive because of its stark simplicity with the simple rhombohedral termination atop the scalenohedral form. Others in the office like the complex termination, pointing up. You can choose, and we will make the base either way. It is perched on a sliver of matrix that includes as a nice accent a few galena crystals, to 1.5 cm across. There are also a few drusy, ruby jack sphalerite crystals and one small fluorite crystal under one corner of the calcite crystal. Cute associations! This piece was mined in May 1993. RCL 57
Just impressive big matrix calcite unusual aspect district
Denton Mine, Hardin Co., Illinois, USA
Large Cabinet, 20.2 x 15.0 x 8.7 cm
Just an impressive big matrix calcite of unusual aspect for this district. Aesthetically emplaced on a brecciated limestone and purple fluorite crystals is a large doubly-terminated calcite crystal cluster highlighted by small gemlike crystals to the sides. The calcite is lustrous and translucent with a rich amber color, and is 13 cm in length. There are a few insignificant bruises on the large calcite crystal which can be easily removed with acid if desired. Still and all, this is big, showy, and priced right, but it is nevertheless an major display piece for this district. RCL 1900
This huge single scalenohedral calcite crystal 5 5 pounds weight It
Bethel Level, Minerva Mine #1, Cave-in-Rock District, Illinois, USA
Large Cabinet, 28.7 x 11.8 x 9.7 cm
This huge, single scalenohedral calcite crystal is 5.5 pounds in weight! It is gorgeous: lustrous and translucent, along with exhibiting a superb, rich amber color. As the crystal grew it split into multiple terminations, almost 2/3 of which have pristine terminations (and the ones that have small cleavages at the tips get lost in the overall look anyhow). An amazing specimen! Lillie noted on the back of his label that this was one of the specimens selected by Chicago Field Museum in an attempt at a deal before he sold the collection, and that it is the largest good calcite of this style he has seen from the district. RCL 870
Every surprise fluorite mines Lillie loved add collection Here
Rosiclare Level, South-End Main Orebody, Rosiclare Level, Denton Mine, Illinois, USA
Large Cabinet, 15.5 x 10.1 x 6.4 cm
Every now and then we get a surprise from these "fluorite mines," and that is what Lillie loved to add to his own collection. Here is a remarkable "combo specimen" that is just beautiful and complete all around, aside from anything else. It is an old piece from 1988, with purple fluorite crystals to 2.5 cm (showing beveled edges) across along with a splendent, battleship gray galena crystal (measuring 3.7 cm across), perched aside a stalactite of jet-black sphalerite crystals. Those are incredibly lustrous and to 1.5 cm across. In addition, a druse of nearly colorless calcite has formed in the interstitial spaces between sphalerite crystals. The calcite crystals glow a light tan color under fluorescent light. Lillie notes on his label that he thinks this is an example where "dissolution of spar results in shells or hollow casts of sphalerite/spar...excellent specimen." RCL 1010
Glassy gemmy light amber colored calcite crystals 1 5 cm totally cover
Bethel Level, Annabel Lee Mine, Illinois, USA
Small Cabinet, 9.8 x 8.5 x 5.5 cm
Glassy and gemmy, light amber colored calcite crystals, to 1.5 cm across, totally cover a mound of cleaved, light blue fluorite. This is a choice piece of a rare calcite style showing complex growth faces and was considered highly desirable. In person, these are like little jewels. Mined in April 1995. RCL 599
An elegant scalenohedron lustrous translucent amber colored calcite
Bethel Level, Minerva Mine #1, Cave-in-Rock District, Illinois, USA
Cabinet, 10.0 x 3.9 x 2.6 cm
An elegant scalenohedron of lustrous and translucent, amber colored calcite-or is it?! Look closely and you can see that the specimen exhibits two secondary calcite crystals at right angles to the main crystal - and those would be twins! Twinning is rare in Illinois calcite, and this particular habit ("butterfly twin"), even most so. Two twins in oriented growth on the same face of this large calcite are highly unusual. RCL 320
A fine large Illinois specimen featuring classic combination species
Rosiclare Level, South-End Main Orebody, Rosiclare Level, Denton Mine, Harris Creek District, Illinois, USA
Cabinet, 14.3 x 12.6 x 8.7 cm
A fine large Illinois specimen featuring a classic combination of species but with unusual size. Contrasting nicely with its corroded deep purple fluorite pedestal is a well formed, doubly terminated, glassy and translucent, rich amber-colored calcite scalenohedron. It is in remarkable condition given its huge size, measuring 14 cm in length. There are also present a few, tabular, white, barite crystals, to 1.3 cm across. Mined in 1981. No damage and complete all around, including the exposed termination! The piece shows nicely in a case, and the calcite glows when backlit. This is fairly important for the locality. RCL 868
This really neat combo specimen 4 big Illinois species Emplaced
Rosiclare Level, Minerva Mine #1, Cave-in-Rock District, Illinois, USA
Cabinet, 11.6 x 11.1 x 7.6 cm
This really neat "combo specimen" has 4 of the big Illinois species. Emplaced on massive sphalerite are lustrous, black sphalerite crystals, to 4 cm across; unusual spheres of white barite, to 1.8 cm across; two, lustrous and translucent, amber colored fluorite crystals, to 2.1 cm across; and colorless, scaleohedrons of translucent calcite to 1.8 cm in length. The combination of shapes and colors and geometries is really interesting to look at! Surprisingly, it is the ball-shaped botryoids of snow white barite that draw my own eye the most. RCL 209, mined 1992.
Hedgehog sized shaped piece features spiky calcite scalenohedrons 5 5
Bethel Level, Minerva Mine #1, Cave-in-Rock District, Illinois, USA
Large Cabinet, 16.3 x 13.0 x 9.5 cm
"Hedgehog" sized and shaped, this piece features spiky calcite scalenohedrons to 5.5 cm in length of lustrous and translucent, ivory colored calcite. They totally cover a calcite matrix included with minor fluorite. Mined in April 1995. Just a neat, unusual calcite from the district! RCL 1898
A large dramatic specimen glowing purple color saturated grape purple
Spivey Mine, Allied Chemical Company, Harris Creek District, Illinois, USA
Large Cabinet, 16.5 x 11.0 x 7.7 cm
A large, dramatic specimen with glowing purple color and a saturated grape-purple edge phantom effect inside each and every crystal. The sharp fluorites are accented by sparkling, elongated crystals of calcite perched on top as if dripped on. To me, some of the best fluorites from this district are immediately recognizable because of this complex patterning, and they are unlike fluorite from anywhere else. I do not often care which mine a piece comes from, beyond the aesthetic qualities, but this is from the rarely seen locality of Spivey Mine, set apart from other mines here and from which specimens are seldom seen. Much more impressive in person, when backlit it practically glows.
This sparkling plate crystal growth sides The primary display covered
Rosiclare Level, Minerva Mine #1, Cave-in-Rock District, Illinois, USA
Large Cabinet, 18.7 x 15.6 x 3.8 cm
This sparkling plate has crystal growth on both sides. The primary display side is covered with glassy and gemmy, amber-colored fluorite crystals, to 1.3 cm across. They have veils within some crystals of hydrocarbons, a unique occurrence in this district that is not seen in other fluorite deposits. A few ruby jack sphalerite crystals, to 2.3 cm in length, are perched atop in an unusual association which makes the piece notable for this paragenesis. Those have tiny chalcopyrite crystals on them. There are also a few colorless calcite crystals to 1.5 cm across. This specimen was mined in June 1991 and marked by Ross Lillie at the time as going into his permanent collection for the unusual style and association. His label notes: "Excellent specimen of spar and zinc... copious hydrocarbons." It fluoresces a light green color presumably due to those inclusions of petroleum. RCL 469
Mined April 1987 specimen composed glassy gemmy light amber colored
Rosiclare Level, Butterknife Pod, Denton Mine, Harris Creek District, Illinois, USA
Cabinet, 11.6 x 6.9 x 4.4 cm
Mined in April 1987, this specimen is composed of many glassy and gemmy light amber colored calcite crystals, to 2.4 cm in length, all perched on a sliver of sphalerite. Ross Lillie notes on his label that the crystal habit (elongated rhombohedra showing extended faces and slight curvature) was a rare form from this one unique pocket. RCL 782