Minerva #1 Mine, Cave-in-Rock, Hardin Co., Illinois, USA
Small Cabinet, 6.6 x 5.1 x 3.4 cm

The crystals in this small cabinet piece are so gemmy that you can see right through to the textured base of the specimen. With such great clarity, and good luster, you can really appreciate the fine, subtle zoning and the lovely purple-blue color. Save for one ding, the piece is in very good condition. The crystals range up to 2.8 cm, and the definition between the crystals is exactly what you would want. As Illinois Fluorites go, the gemminess is TOP-notch, and the overall aesthetics are very good and balanced, making this a standout specimen of the style in its size range.