Calcite (fluorescent) with Hematite
Cabinet, 13.3 x 11.2 x 6.7 cm
Beckermet Mine, Egremont, West Cumberland Iron Field, Cumbria, England, UK
Ex. Dr. Art Soregaroli
Large cluster of well-formed, prismatic crystals with sharp 'mercedes' terminations. The Calcites have a very good, 'watery' luster on the faces, and they are included by Hematite and other, black oxides. These inclusions add color and attractive phantoms to the Calcites. The largest crystal is 4 cm tall, and all the Calcites have a brilliant orange fluorescence. One knob on the piece has a cleaved crystal, and a few of the Calcites have a few small dings (easily touched up), but the complexity and the quality of this cabinet specimen more than makes up for that. Overall, this is a fine example of a classic species from a classic mining district. It is probably from the early to mid 1900s.
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