Fluorite - Hilton Mine, Appleby-in-Westmoreland, Cumbria Co. GB
beautiful, highly aesthetic cabinet specimen with clear yellow Fluorites.
The specimen is studded with twins. The 3 largest twin crystals are up to 1.2 cm on the edge! While on one side of the specimen the crystals are slightly dissolved and sit individually, on the other side they are grouped in a highly lustrous manner.
The twins in the center of the specimen stand out from the other fluorites by a particularly good brilliance and transparency. A super collector's piece from the famous Hilton Mine.
From the veins in the limestone in the north-east of England in the county of Westmore, near the small town of Hilton, galena was already recovered in 1824. Since 1963 the mine is out of operation, but was left open, so that in the 60's and 70's excellent honey- to gold-yellow fluorites with up to 2.5 cm on the edge could be found.
Good specimens from the Hilton Mine are rare, as underground collecting has been strictly prohibited since the 1970s because of the danger of collapse.
Fluorite - Hilton Mine, Cumbria Co. GB
7.1 cm x 6 cm, twins up to 1.2 cm on the edge
Hilton Mine, Appleby-in-Westmoreland, Cumbria Co. GB