Barite flowerlike clusters
Rosiclare level, Minerva Mine #1, Minerva Oil Co, Cave-in-Rock district
5.8 x 3.9 x 1.7 CM (cabinet)
Outstanding quality and esthetics with a pale blue color, this is attractive from every angle of view. The Barites were overshadowed by the great Fluorites from the mine and relatively few were collected, they are now scarce in any quality.
Choice, colorful purple and yellow zoned Fluorite crystals epitaxialy coated on some edges by gemmy scalenohedral Calcites. 1970's vintage specimen ex. Ernie Schichter, this is quite showy and in very good condition. Better in person, these are usually quite a bit more expensive in this quality.
Fluorite with Phantoms
stock #17.1-AX- 20-157
Cave-in-Rock, Hardin County
8.2 x 6.7 x 4.5 CM (cabinet)
pre Tucson 2015 update
Excellent form and sharp edged cubes typify this fine old Cave in Rock Fluorite. In excellent condition and with a nice contrasting matrix of tiny golden Sphalerites and white Calcites. Moderate backlighting makes this glow deep purple hues and the phantoms are very evident. Backside contacting is typical but the 3 dimensional presentation is much better than usual.
A sharp multi-color pastel Fluorite with good clarity and phantoms. The crystals show excellent growth patterns and have sharp crystals of golden Chalcopyrite included inside. This looks fantastic with good lighting. A classic locale, the Denton Mine once produced a lot of good Fluorites, but is now gone forever. Some color changing based on light source, the core color is a pale yellow with blue to purple outer phantoms.
We all miss the great Fluorites that were once common when the southern Illinois mines were still open. At last something NEW from the region! This little known Hardin County Fluorite locale (the junction area of the Victory and the Crystal Mine) recently produced a very few nice specimens for a small collector team. Here a super sharp 4.5 CM cube is centered on a mix of cubes and etched masses of bright purple and yellow. Nice phantoms are seen on the edges, but the overall impact is very good. One of the better small cabinet specimens from this find.
We all miss the great Fluorites that were once common when the southern Illinois mines were still open. At last something NEW from the region! This little known Hardin County Fluorite locale (the junction area of the Victory and the Crystal Mine) recently produced a very few nice specimens for a small collector team. This is a particularly fine example of the distinctive habit, it has a main elongated crystal with very sharp edges resting on a jumble of smaller etched yet sharp crystals all having the same yellow core. Dark purple color that shows clear phantoms when backlit. Fine condition, displays well and an uncommon locale.
stock #SOLD ALEC-20-160
Cave-in-Rock, Hardin County
5.1 x 4.5 x 2.1 CM (small cabinet/ large miniature)
A nicely etched "mushroom" like crystal of multi-color Fluorite. An esthetic piece, the core is distinct yellow with a blue overgrowth and a few zones of light purple making for a colorful display. A few tiny Calcites add nice accents. Better in person, this is a nice example with good form, color and in fine condition.
Calcite on Flourite
Minerva #1 Mine, Cave-in-Rock, Hardin County
6.8 x 5 x 4.3 CM (cabinet)
Delicate and esthetic slender crystals of calcite are perched in a jackstraw jumble on purple Fluorite. Despite a few cleaved tips this still displays super well. Classic old time specimen, this sort of material is now quite uncommon.