Fluorite on Baryte With Sphalerite
Small Cabinet, 7.0 x 5.8 x 4.0 cm
Rosiclare Level, Minerva #1 Mine, Cave-in-Rock District, Hardin Co., Illinois, USA
Ex. Ross Lillie

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A starkly contrasting, superb combination piece from the famous Minerva # 1 (now Ozark-Mahoning #1) mine in southern Illinois. The Fluorites have very good luster and gemminess, with five color zones of phantoms within. Classic Minerva style! The Fluorites rest on a rare matrix we seldom see, of white, botryoidal Baryte. The Baryte overlays and itself rests on, and is penetrated by, Sphalerite. The Fluorites fluoresce a light purple, while the Baryte a variable whitish-orange. Excellent aesthetics, and in mint condition, this is a truly special piece of a very rare style. Mined in late 1992.
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