Strontianite on Barite
Minerva #1 Mine, Cave-in-Rock, Hardin County
10.6 x 7.7 x 5.3 CM (cabinet)
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.
An elegant, very well crystallized Strontianite from the classic locale of Oberdorf. This cluster is a floater- it is crystallized on all sides and shows two differnt habits probably formed in two generations. The individual crystals reach almost 3 CM and the condition is impeccable, with no damage to be seen. Displays very well from almost any angle, each side is very presentable. The recent detailed Mineralogical record article gives an excellent view of this remarkable deposit and the great Strontianites there. Excellent value for a choice display quality classic specimen.