Fluorite - new find
Fluorite Quarry, Jebel tighemi, Taourirt, Taourirt province,
l Oriental Region,
5.1 x 4.6 x 3.3 CM (small cabinet/ large miniature)
A very fine, ultra clear and sharp pair of Fluorite cubes on matrix from the new find of Moroccan Fluorites. This find has produced a lot of larger, somewhat crude cubes, most being opaque to translucent only. Very few have come out with this perfection and transparency. No damage and displayable from almost any angle, the Fluorites are well exposed and just barly connected to the matrix being perched on small pedestals of crystallized matrix. The Fluorite itself does look a bit like a fine Llamas Quarry piece but is also differnt on close exam. Some faces show a slight frosting that under magnification shows a beautiful recrystallized texture with a melted look. The matrix is easily seen right through the Fluorite.
Fluorite - etched cube with
Penas Blancas, Bourbur
3.4 x 2.3 x 1.6 CM (small miniature/ large thumbnail (toenail))
A perfectly etched cubic Fluorite with the unique emerald green corners of Penas Blancas. This rare zoning has now been attributed to the same Chromium that colored the world class Emeralds found just a few hundred meters lower on this mountain. This is transparent and mostly colorless like an ice cube with complex crystallized. etched surfaces on all sides. There is no damage or chipping A very fine example that is choice, complete and shows the selective color in the corners perfectly.
A very rare color and habit of Swiss Fluorite in a choice toenail. Bright red center cubo-octahedrons in a cluster of very gemmy crystals. In excellent condition and with a strong esthetic, these are nearly impossible to find on todays market. The strong red color is seen in the core of each crystal most strongly visible in the square faces. The rest of the fluorite is a light pink to colorless that allows the red core to be very visible. Choice and very attractive.
An older very fine Fluorite that is a pure mass of oriented crystals all of which are modified cubo-octahedral or dodecahedrons. In fine condition, the display sides are choice and undamaged only the backside is contacted. The larger crystals are fully transparent and have very good luster. Dispalys well from several angles, this style and habit has not been available recently except from older stock (as this is). A modern Chinese classic.
A textbook perfect miniature specimen with an impact far bigger than its size. While the external form is outstanding, the insides of the Fluorites clearly show incredible, sharp, inclusions of perfect pink Dolomite rhombs. The matrix of Dolomite, Calcite and Sphalerite adds nice contrast to the glassy Fluorites. In perfect condition damage-wise which is very rare. Some faces show a secondary etching while others are perfectly smooth and transparent. The 26 sided crystals are a perfect model for this less common habit. Best appreciated in person, a very choice example of why Huanggang is the most significant mineral locality in China today.
Fluorite -enclosing Shorl
Erongo Mountain, Karibib
3.5 x 3.4 x 2.4 CM (small miniature/ large thumbnail (toenail))
The Erongo Mountains sometimes produce some very exotic and amazing Fluorites. This is an excellent example with stacked "melted look" crystals completely enclosing crystals and sprays of Schorl. The Fluorites are all Spinel twinned, the highly etched surface gives an unusual look and the whole piece is simply bizarre. In fine condition a neat small miniature.
Fluorite -dark zoned
Yaogangxian Mine, Yizhang County
4.1 x 3.3 x 2.5 CM (miniature)
very sharp single cube perched on a shard of matrix, mostly Muscovite. The Fluorite has very deep purple zones and masses on the outer edges the center core is transparent and a light blue color. Very glassy luster as in all the better Yaoganxian Fluorites. The display side is perfect damage wise, there is contacting and cleaves on the back. Better in person, this is from mining in the 2004-5 season when a very rich area was worked. The locality no longer produces anything like this.
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.