Outstanding classic Fluorite. A transparent, lustrous and very sharp cluster of fine zoned cubes with the elusive glassy quality that made the Minerva mine so important. Ex Ernie Schlichter in excellent condition, I can find just one small cleave on the backside, the display sides are pristine. The color is especially vivid in person. A few small dark cubes and Calcites are at the bottom and add some contrast to the main very bright crystals. Looks fine from several angles, the few available pieces in this quality range are fast getting rare and very costly.
An American classic, sharp Fluorite with excellent color and form from the Minerva #1. Complex cubic stepping and hoppers on several faces and a few Chalcopyrite crystals add a nice accent. The Fluorite cubes are very sharp, in fine condition, colorful and translucent to transparent. Looks great from several angles and with backlighting is really dramatic. The photos here are NOT backlit so it looks as it will in a typical display without special lighting. Sadly such quality Illinois Fluorites are fast becoming rare and expensive. No damage except on the underside where it was attached, this is choice and clean on all display faces.
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.