Fluorite on Baryte
Sub-Rosiclare Level, Poe Pod, Annabel Lee Mine, Harris Creek District, Illinois, USA
Cabinet, 13.0 x 12.3 x 5.0 cm
Ex. Ross Lillie
Another large and attractive combination piece from this special pocket of 1994, of deep purple Fluorite on a plate of crystalline Baryte. The isolation and stark contrasts make this pocket special and notable. Not many were found. The Fluorite has good luster, and it is most unusual to find such isolated crystals like this on matrix. The largest Fluorite is 3 cm, and although one corner is dinged, no pieces from this pocket came out unscathed, due to damage in blasting into the pocket. This is noted on Lillie's own label, followed by "minor damage accepted as there were no perfect ones... best of the lot." The overall aesthetics, size, and rarity make this a fine specimen.