Millerite, Quartz
US 27 roadcut, Halls Gap, Lincoln Co., Kentucky, USA
Miniature, 4.0 x 3.5 x 3.0 cm
This is a very nice miniature of classic Halls Gap millerite, from a now-inaccessible location closed to further collecting visits (though I got there as a kid, before they closed it off). This specimen features a very rich nest of acicular millerite crystals in a quartz- lined geode, typical for the locality (when digging, you would look for geodes in slightly green, or nickel-rich, rock layers). Bill obtained this specimen from the Carlton Davis collection and I can say this is the first millerite specimen I ever saw, when Carl taught me about minerals in the mid-1980s. Ex. Bill Pinch and Carlton Davis Collections.