- Fluorite "corners" with Baryte
- Small Cabinet, 6.7 x 6.4 x 5.2 cm
- Elmwood Mine, Carthage, Smith Co., Tennessee, USA
- Ex. Jack Halpern
Jack Halpern has impeccable taste in minerals over 40 years of collecting, as this incredibly aesthetic Fluorite-Baryte specimen shows. It is one of the most uniquely beautiful pieces of its very rare kind we've seen and resembles a sci-fi planetary landscape. Two totally transparent, tapered spires of lavender Fluorite rise out of an etched landscape of smaller, spiked and sparkly geometric forms left behind after the solution "removal" process left stalks where cubes used to be, with the corners sticking out from the stalk. Around the base are clusters of creamy white Baryte from 1 to 2 cm in size and these can also be found on the bottom of the piece. At the bottom (or the side, if you set it that way) there are intact remnants of the lustrous gemmy cubic corners of glassy, speckled Fluorite. These represent opposing ends of the spires found on top! This is a fascinating example of preferential dissolution of a specimen where it is all the same species, but different regions of the crystal (sides vs corners) differently to the environment of the pocket, or formed at different times. It is famous for Elmwood, though from the 1980s and before. An intriguing and stunning piece. Ex. Jack Halpern collection with label.