Pyramidal White Witherite Crystal

Pyramidal White Witherite Crystal from Fallowfield Mine, Hexham, Northumberland, England


Robert Lavinsky


Arguably, the world's finest Witherites come from Northern England. This fine example hosts a robust and well-formed 6.5 cm long, translucent, milky-white crystal. It is unusual to find such well-preserved, finely displayable Witherite crystals standing straight up. Also, most have inclusions that make them gray, beige, or offcolor. This is a ghostly and pure white, very dramatic! Minor white Alstonite is at the base of the specimen. Ex. USNHM (Smithsonian) collection and ex Ralph Sutcliffe colllection in 1991; label included. It is illustrated in the book, Minerals of Northern England, shown on page 99. A significant and displayable specimen. Ex. Lindsay Greenbank. Joe Budd photo.


Fallowfield Mine, Hexham, Northumberland, England


6.7 x 4.8 x 3.5 cm