Fluorite (unusual gem clear crystal plate)
Shangbao Pyrite Mine, Leiyang
Hunan Province, China
10.4 x 9.9 x 2.4 CM (cabinet)
A very weird Fluorite! I obtained this in 2009 at the Shangbao Mine and sold it immediately. It is now back in trade. Simply, this plate is composed of many oriented parallel crystals that are as clear as glass, with a very pale pink to violet hue. The plate is cleaved on the back, but the display face is a remarkable mix of crystal faces and complex etching. I have never seen any other example of this odd form. A fine addition to any Fluorite collection or just an unusual specimen for display.