Baryte on Fluorite
Cabinet, 15.5 x 7.3 x 4.0 cm
Rosiclare Level, Annabel Lee Mine, Harris Creek District, Illinois, USA
Ex. Ross Lillie

This specimen is almost a floater, with just a tiny small attachment at one end. It is a two-sided piece which shows Baryte on one side and an unusual, highly-elongated rectangular fluorite on the other side (unusual form, for the locality). A rich layer of gemmy, highly lustrous Baryte crystals coats deep purple Fluorite on one side... and we cannot decide which angle we prefer to display to the front. The bladed, maize-colored Barytes have exceptionally glassy luster, and they range up to about 1.2 cm in size. The plate of Fluorites has good luster and a deep purple color that is classic, indicative of the area. A very small amount of edge wear is insignificant to the overall aesthetics, and the high elongation of one face makes the piece stand out dramatically. This was mined in 1995 during pillar-robbing at the south end. High quality Barytes on good quality Fluorite!

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