Fluorite, Sphalerite
Annabel Lee mine, Harris Creek Sub-District, Illinois - Kentucky Fluorspar District, Hardin Co., Illinois, USA
Small Cabinet, 7.2 x 4.8 x 3.4 cm
This crystal, intricately zoned, has the best glassy and gemmy qualities you could ask for. It is centrally perched on matrix. They just don't make them much better! The mines are now closed, and specimens of this quality simply haven't been available in years at ANY price. As expensive as they may seem now to those of us who remember picking through tonnes of the stuff as a kid, they can only go up in price further as demand continues for those who want to own a great US classic, and yet the supply now is only from recycled collections. Even when common, though, this one would stand out for quality... 7.2 x 4.8 x 3.4 cm