Fluorite on Baryte
Sub-Rosiclare Level, Annabel Lee Mine, Hardin Co., Harris Creek District, Illinois, USA
Miniature, 4.1 x 3.2 x 3.0 cm
Ex. Francis and Patricia Benjamin
An exquisite gemmy, transparent, slightly lavender-colored crystal (but more colorless) of extremely unusual nature for the district!!! You seldom see them so glasssy and gemmy, and water clear, from this mine or region.The Benjamins collected especially fine fluorite miniatures, for both aesthetic quality and as a color suite. This piece had a unique place as one of the few Illinois specimens in the collection. It is admittedly pricey, but it has a quality that is just amazing to me, having grown up out there and never seen anything like this from the district myself even when it was producing