A gorgeous cotton-candy blue and purple fluorite with "phantoms" or internal inclusions of a darker color that follow the pattern of the terminations. The bottom of the piece sparkles with druzy crustals. There are fluorite cubes visible from the bottom of the specimen as well.
Measurements: ~ 4-1/2" long x 3-1/4" wide x 2-1/4" tall
Location: Fishstick Prospect, Bingham, New Mexico
Fluorite is the "State Mineral" of Illinois. Fluorite forms in a variety of colors and is transparent to translucent in clarity. The chemical composition of Fluorite is CaF2, (calcium & fluorine.) The variation in colors are due to trace amounts of other elements replacing the calcium during the crystalline formation.
Fluorite is used in a variety of industrial purposes and the overwhelming percentage of Fluorite in the United States was mined in Illinois and Kentucky. Illinois became the leading Fluorite producer in the early 1940's, but during the 1990's, 90% of the U.S. Fluorite was imported with Illinois remaining the last U.S. producer.
Fluorite was was mined deep underground with many of the mines over 1,200 feet deep. The last Illinois mine was capped and flooded in 1995.
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On another note, the city begins road work this Friday, June, 18th.
The public parking lot will remain available just West of the shop, at 721 Main.
On Saturdays, you will also be able to keep parking on the street.
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