Galena and Fluorite on Sphalerite, With Pyrite
Sub-Rosiclare Level, Annabel Lee mine, Harris Creek District, Illinois, USA
Small Cabinet, 8.3 x 7.3 x 3.2 cm
Ex. Ross Lillie
Outstanding Galena specimen from the Annabel Lee Mine, where sharp galena is unusual. The lustrous Galenas are sharp, lustrous, and they have attractively modified corners. The largest is 2.3 cm on edge. They rest on a bed of blue Fluorites, themselves resting on matrix. The Fluorites are silky up to 8 mm on edge, and are sprinkled with flashy Pyrites up to 1 mm. Around the edge of the matrix are Ruby Jack Sphalerites, and if you flip the specimen over, the reverse side is covered by lustrous and gemmy Sphalerites. To add even more interest, there is a band of light blue Fluorites that winds its way across the Sphalerites. Mined in 1986, this piece was found in a pocket that was 12' x 3' x 3'! Very fine aesthetics. RCL 1869