Rounded complex Fluorite crystals are perched all over a jumbled mass of black Schorl. Some gemmy lustrous Goshenite (white) Beryl crystals are also present. The whole is especially esthetic and comes from a special find about 7 years ago. The major pockets found in the Erongos seem to be unique as each has an individual character and mineral mix that is different from other pockets. This is an especially attractive Fluorite specimen, far better in person, in fine condition and displaying well from any side or angle.
A bizzare, unique, rare but attractive Aquamarine. From the Erongo Mountains, (Hohenstien Massif) this is a complete, doubly terminated crystal. The flat termination is typical although in this case the corners have modified faces. The real interest is the other termination that is a series of hexagonal steps that are perfectly centered like a stairway or a turret. The 4 main steps or platforms are very flat and some edges have a little etching, the whole is therefore a reversed scepter. Some minor contacting/chipping is noted but overall the condition is excellent. A good display piece but especially a great addition for a suite of Namibian/ Erongo minerals, Beryls or exotic crystal forms.
Fluorite on Microcline
Hohenstein Massif, Omaruru District
6.8 x 5.8 x 3.1 CM (cabinet)
Late Summer 2018
A sculptural matrix hosts well exposed octahedral Fluorites from Erongo. The Fluorites are a dark green and quite translucent (they glow with a good backlight, which also reveals a dark purple core) A different sort of look and esthetic presentation, this display well from any angle. No visible damage to the Fluorites.
Very odd but also quite attractive, a mass of rounded translucent Fluorite crystals stacked on each other. A few Schorl crystals and a little Hyalite opal add some contrast but this is nearly all Fluorite. The color is the "jellybean green" and a vitreous luster. In fine condition and in person more impressive. From a 2017 find on Hohenstein massif, the major specimen source now in the Erongo. It has been incredible how many different types and forms of Fluorite have been found here, often unique to a single pocket.
A weird but super attractive Fluorite from the Erongo where odd Fluorites seem to be more common than other places. The photos do not convey the piece well, but it is composed of many "melted look" globlike transparent crystals in clusters and stacks on Schorl crystals. The colors range from colorless to vivid green and all looks like it has melted together. A few transparent green needlelike Tourmalines are scattered on the display side for added oddness. Far better in person.
Hohenstein Massif, Omaruru District
2.9 x 1.7 x 1.1 CM (small miniature/ large thumbnail (toenail))
For those who enjoy weird, rare forms. Bright green transparent Fluorites with an exotic structure. These have been called "rhombohedral" Fluorites and they do have that exact shape, even though a cubic crystal should not form like this. These are in fact spinel twinned Fluorites with elongation of the C axis, a distortion that makes this habit. This piece is a cluster of 3 small crystals and one larger all with the habit but the largest one is the center and shows the habit the best. A rare find in one pocket on Hohenstien we are told, that had just a few examples of this form. The color is a rich apple green and the condition is perfect too. Strong display for a small piece.
Fluorites that are bright green, transparent and with complex form are perched on ball like masses of Muscovite. From a find in 2017 on Hohenstein Massif in Namibia, this has a very different form from previous discoveries. The so called jellybean green habit is well displayed on this piece and the Fluorites are undamaged. A close exam shows some of the Schorl is translucent in needle like crystals on the display face. Very three dimensional and a strong cabinet sized display piece.
A cluster of "melted look" transparent Fluorites are aligned in an epitaxial arrangement. A close look shows these are filled with fibrous Foitite crystals that are in sprays and curved bundles. A few Foitite are seen on the exterior as well with the characteristic fibrous terminations. In fine condition and especially impressive with magnification.