Foote Lithium Co. Mine (Foote Mine), Kings Mountain District, Cleveland Co., North Carolina, USA
An absolutely stunning fluorapatite specimen from the Foote Lithium Co. Mine in the King’s Mountain District of Cleveland Co., North Carolina, USA! Dubbed “the Chain”, this fantastic specimen features a “chain” of red-violet fluorapatite crystals to 2.3cm on a granitic matrix, coated with the rare mineral, parsettensite. Fluorapatite crystals over 1 cm are exceedingly rare from the Foote mine, making this is an incredibly significant specimen for the Foote, and for North Carolina as a whole. Undoubtedly, one of the finest fluorapatite specimens the state has ever produced! The “chain” itself measure approximately 5 inches across! The Foote Mine began operations in about 1938. It is famous for rare phosphates and silicates, boasting an impressive list of over 150 species! In it’s prime, the Foote produced some of the finest fluorapatite and bikitaite in the world, along with many other minerals such as rhodochrosite, lithiophyllite, roscherite, fairfieldite, childrenite, etc. The mine has since ceased operations and is now flooded. Material from this rather obscure U.S locality is very hard to find on the market today, and typically consists of small micromounts. Ex. Jack Eaker Collection.