- Galena, Fluorite, Sphalerite
- Large Cabinet, 19.9 x 14.1 x 11.5 cm
- Sub-Rosiclare Level, Annabel Lee Mine, Illinois, USA
- Ex. Ross Lillie
Galena is always very rare in this fluorite producing district, and superb large specimens all the more so. This association piece showcases fine galenas atop a large pedestal of fluorite. A large plate of matte luster, translucent, purple fluorite crystals, to 2 cm across, are the host for several splendent galena crystals, to 4 cm across. There are also minor lustrous sphalerite crystals attached on the sides of the specimen. Mined in 1989 and acquired shortly after. Ross Lillie notes on his label that these galena crystals are unusual: "note rounding of the galena crystals from rotation in pocket, and late stage oil coating. Pocket approx 6 x 4 feet and 8-10 feet deep." RCL 1551. This is a HEAVY and large piece, and the crystals of fluorite are sharp enough to cut fingers on. While not lustrous, they do present the galenas dramatically and this is, primarily, a galena specimen.