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SOLD Calcite - classic USA
stock #SOLD 17.1-592
Minerva #1 Mine, Cave-in-Rock, Hardin County
Illinois, United States
8 x 6.8 x 4.7 CM (cabinet)
price: $0


Sharp and very esthetic clusters of tapered "flame" habit Calcite from the famed Minerva #1 Mine. These Calcite have elongated prisms that are almost needle-like at the terminations which are very slender and delicate. A classic of the southern Illinois Fluorite district, these are not often seen for sale. An important and unique style this is an excellent addition to a good Calcite or southern Illinois collection. The Calcites are all frosted with a white coating but below that they are a bright yellow-orange color. Some tips on the left side back are cleaved but nearly all the others are perfect. From logical display angles there is no visible damage and the condition is excellent for one of these delicate Calcites.

Strontianite on Barite
stock #21.1-312
Minerva #1 Mine, Cave-in-Rock, Hardin County
Illinois, United States
10.6 x 7.7 x 5.3 CM (cabinet)
price: $750
Late Summer 2021

Superb combination specimen of Strontianite crystal ball-clusters on contrasting Barite blades. A classic southern Illinois specimen that is far more esthetic than typical for these species. The famed Fluorites from this mine tend to overshadow the excellent (and more rare) Strontianites. In perfect, undamaged condition, the Barites are in two generations and have a pale blue hue while the Strontianites in "puffball" form are a pale yellow creme color. In person the luster and sparkle are especially impressive. Strontianite is not usually a very attractive mineral but is respected especially from the classic localities on Europe, but not often an attractive specie. This specimen that is as fine as can be found from the USA and far more attractive than usual.

SOLD Fluorite - zoned classic USA
stock #SOLD 15.1-036
Minerva #1 Mine, Cave-in-Rock, Hardin County
Illinois, United States
7.2 x 4.8 x 2.3 CM (cabinet)
price: $0
new year 2021

A small cabinet specimen of Fluorite that is mostly yellow but with light blue and purple edges on selected crystals. Nice face structures and etching that is classic for the locale. No matrix except for Fluorite so the whole specimen is translucent and glows well with backlight. Overall in fine condition, there is almost no bruising, but under magnification some tiny bits are noted. Nearly every Fluorite from this region under close inspection has some sort of damage but this is far better than usual, and a relative great value.

Fluorite - etched plate
stock #15.1-582
Minerva #1 Mine, Cave-in-Rock, Hardin County
Illinois, United States
7.2 x 6.5 x 2.4 CM (cabinet)
price: $290
new year 2021

Orange-yellow color Fluorite crystals with a few purple edges from Southern Illinois. The crystals have some amount of etching on some faces while others are smooth and glassy. Minimal rough spots, though not perfect the overall condition and color are choice. One of the more rare colors for an Illinois Fluorite, this piece dates to the 1960's.

Witherite on Fluorite
stock #20.1-083
Minerva #1 Mine, Cave-in-Rock, Hardin County
Illinois, United States
2.8 x 2.6 x 1.8 CM (thumbnail)
price: $140
Spring 2020

A complete ivory colored Witherite crystal sitting on a blue crystalline Fluorite showing classic form. From the famed Minerva #1 Mine, this is a well formed thumbnail specimen in very good condition. The faces of the Witherite have the characteristic tiny stepped structures that are so definitive for this locality.

Fluorite - zoned, classic yellow-purple
stock #AX-29-058
Minerva #1 Mine, Cave-in-Rock, Hardin County
Illinois, United States
6.1 x 4.9 x 4.1 CM (cabinet)
price: $1150
Pre Holiday 2017

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
stock #AX-20-158
Minerva #1 Mine, Cave-in-Rock, Hardin County
Illinois, United States
6.8 x 5 x 4.3 CM (cabinet)
price: $260


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.