CH17-20
Fluorite
Yaogangxian Mine, Chenzhou, Hunan Prov., China
Cabinet, 13.7 x 11.7 x 8.0 cm
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Yaogangxian has not produced much of significance in the way of fluorites in recent years. This came from a small pocket of early 2017, and is my favorite of the year from what I have seen! Rising majestically from a contrasting matrix of white, crystallized calcite is a cluster of glassy and gemmy, emerald-green fluorite crystals, that just "looks Asian" in architecture and form, to my eye. The crystals measure to 5.3 cm across but combine to form a stunning overall tower or pagoda-like cluster. The fluorite crystals glow a rich neon purple under fluorescent light. A truly magnificent cluster, this is complete all around and without damage (It is contacted on bottom). The color is a rich green hue, that is unique to this mine and quite richer in saturation than any material from the nearby Xianghuapu fluorite fields which yielded tonnage of fluorite in the past (all of lighter color - they look gray compared to this!). The edges and corners are so gemmy, that in the photos here they refract light and look damaged when in fact they are not at all damaged. Overall, this is sculptural, elegant, colorful, and looks as much carved by man as any fluorite specimen I have seen - one of my favorite finds in China for the entire year of 2017. Price on Request.