DescriptionHYDROZINCITE, WILLEMITE, AND CALCITE
Sterling Hill Mining Co. dump, material from the 180 foot level, Ogdensburg, Sussex Co, New Jersey
Since the Hauck brothers et al acquired and reopened the former New Jersey Company property at Sterling Hill circa 1990, the site has yielded some of the best multi-colored fluorescent material ever produced in the Franklin area. While the present specimen displays "only" 3 fluorescent colors, other pieces boast up to 7 or more colors, depending on how one counts them. But under shortwave ultraviolet rays, this specimen shows electric blue hydrozincite, brilliant green willemite and brilliant red-orange calcite, each of the brightest hue and intensity as are to be found in any of these specimens. The wonderful pattern of willemite speckles and cloud-like wisps of hydrozincite leap from a nearly solid calcite ground; perfectly offset by speckles of non-fluorescent black franklinite and red zincite to add the perfect amount of punctuation and interest to the fluorescent pattern. Collected by the tireless Claude Poli and received in trade from him for the Hugh Ronemus collection, this is a fine specimen of a modern-day classic, 3¾ x 3½ x 2 inches.
Provenance: Ex Claude Poli, Hugh Ronemus Collections
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