Species: Fluorite, Galena
Locality: North Pennines Ore Field, Durham, England, United Kingdom
Dimensions: 17 x 8.5 x 5 cm.
Northern England’s North Pennines Ore Field is world-famous for it’s superb fluorite crystals, and this is a choice example most likely mined 100+ years ago. The fluorite crystals are gemmy, lustrous, and undamaged, and glow with a vibrant violet intensity that is even brighter under daylight. A sharp single ~1.5 cm galena dodecahedron is aesthetically placed right in the middle of the piece. Note that the white areas within the fluorite are much less obvious in person than they appear in the photo. A marvelous old-time British fluorite from the noted collection of William “Bill” Severance of West Grove, Pennsylvania. Bill acquired it in trade from the University of Delaware, and it bears a label from that institution. Classic!! Annette Slade photo.