Calcite (fl) on Fluorite
Large Cabinet, 18.4 x 14.5 x 5.5 cm
Rosiclare Level, Minerva #1 Mine, Cave-in-Rock, Hardin Co., Illinois, USA
Ex. Ross Lillie
Distinctive and quite impressive, this very large plate consisting of thousands of slender Calcite crystals is almost unmatched. Many of the Calcites easily reach 2 cm in length, they are well-formed and sharp, and grayish-tan in color. About half are individual and the remaining crystals are in attractive 'brush-like' clusters. In addition to the shear quality of the plate, the Calcites have a beautiful, almost haunting, blue-white fluorescence that adds greatly to the aesthetics and the interest. Mined in the 1960s. RCL0920
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