Fluorite on Fluorite (iridescent)

Auglaize Quarry, Junction, Paulding Co., Ohio, USA
Cabinet, 11.5 x 10.5 x 9.5 cm
Start Time: 04/15/2021 6:00:00 pm (CDT)
End Time: 05/01/2021 6:05:00 pm (CDT)
Auction Closed
Winning Bidder: Private Bidder

Item Description

These matrix specimens with a mix of hot purple fluorite perched on iridescent sparkling smaller crystals are totally unique to this small Ohio quarry, and highly sought after back in the Midwest. They are Ohio classics, seldom seen in large size. The largest purple crystal is about 5 mm, here and they sprinkle the shallow pocket beautifully. Fran had always wanted one of them (in his size) and chased collections in Ohio for years, until he got a piece like this large enough to fit his collection display in his office. I recall he told me that he found it by tracking down an old collector near Cleveland he had found through a newspaper ad. He bought two huge rocks, each the size of basketballs, and had them trimmed down to this size. This is one of those two specimens. We guessed that they had been collected in the 1980s, but in any case it was some time ago. A sparkling, cute Ohio classic - but more importantly just a unique fluorite style. Approx 820 grams.