Fluorite on Baryte
Sub-Rosiclare Level, Minerva #1 Mine, Cave-in-Rock, Hardin Co., Illinois, USA
Small Cabinet, 5.7 x 5.5 x 3.7 cm
Ex. Ross Lillie
Some of the most gorgeous, sparkling Baryte crystals we have yet seen from the mine make this an unusual specimen. Lovely set of overlapping, sky blue Fluorite crystals nestled in a sparkling white matrix of shiny Barytes, from 1994 mining at the Minerva #1 mine in southern Illinois. The gemmy Fluorites share a yellow core, and there are slight, purple phantoms within. The largest is 1.8 cm on edge. The Fluorites have a satin luster, and some of the edges show a distinct and interesting stepped growth on close inspection. There are globular strontianite inclusions, as well as the lustrous, 1 cm Baryte blades that cover the matrix and some sides of the Fluorite cubes. This is very unusual combination piece for the mine, fascinating in person. RCL 326