Both barite and Fluorite are famously known from these now-closed mines. However, gettin a great combination piece, where both are equally balanced and add to the whole, is very difficult. This specimen I find one of the most aesthetically appealing of all I have seen of this material, for the combination. I like the stark contrast of the forms of the barite and the fluorite, which Gamini emphasized in his painting. In person, the fluorites are more gemmy and transparent than they appear in either the photos or the painting. Price includes specimen, painting, and custom lucite base for display.
ex. British Museum of Natural History
ex. Eric Asselborn
This piece is said to have come out in the 1920s-1930s, and is one of the finer examples of the style and locale. It features a huge end-crysatl perched on a stalk of smaller, more gemmy and bright, crystals that are all a rich purple color and highly attractive. It is nearly pristine! This was one of the famous fluorites of the Asselborn English collection which I purchased 2 years ago with the intent to keep for awhile, but have decided to sell.
A famous piece from early export of Russian minerals, sold in two portions that were found to fit together with a totally tight lock, though it is repaired to keep it so. Illustrated in old Min Record issue. Superb both horizontally and vertically. Totally pristine and undamaged! These crystals are razor sharp. They have intense green color, really unique in the context of all production from this area, and they have mesmerizing inclusiosn of white aragonite needles within. Overall, one of my favorite Dalnegorsk fluorites ever...well, one of my favorites, period, come to think of it. It is simply a mesmerizing piece of sculpture! I sold this in about 2007 and had the pleasure to get it back recently as that particular fluorite collection was sold (2011). During that time, it was in the noted worldwide fluorite collection of Gilles Emringer.
ex. Andrew Carnegie
This remarkable specimen with intense color is said to have come out in the early 1800s , and resided in the collection of mega-industrialist Andrew Carnegie. It was housed in his family estate in upstate New York, where he kept a private collection not known to the community until his grand-daughter sold it in 1984 to dealer Gary Hansen. After trimming and cleaning, while carefully preserving his hand-painted number in the back, this piece has a stunning 3-dimensionality to it and is pristine, which is incredible given the size. It has glassy crystals of total transparency, to 2 cm in size. The piece is much more impressive in person!
A sutnning red-pink crystal of about 1 inch, perched on a plate of adularia crystals. Sharp, complete, and vibrant! This is one of the most balanced miniatures of this style we have seen and has a richer "glow" to it than most such fluorites. It is a pure pink without the hint of maroon deeper red color as so many modern pieces have. ex Helen Holmes collection
A large, fat, rich pink-maroon-colored fluorite crystal from early 2011 finds here. These crystals had potential to be world class, but unfortunately they just do not get glassy in large sizes. Nevertheless, a very interesting color, and a big pink fluorite compared to what is available from any previous localities for this color of fluorite. Few this size were recovered in good condition. This crystal is actually complete all around, except contact on one back face and the bottom.
A dramatic fluorite specimen from an unusual locality for me, this piece has special aesthetics. The fluorites, teal blue and multicolored, are perched atop a nice quartz stalk. While flattish/rough in back, the fluorite is actually complete all around. A sparkly druse of microscopic little pyrite crystals adds a glitter effect to parts of the surface. Sharp geometry and color, combined with the quartz perch, really make this stand out. This was found in 2011.
A sharp cluster of VERY gemmy pink fluorite, read-through transparency, from the new finds here. Few crystals above an inch or so have such clarity, and most are damaged. This piece displays well and , atlhough contacted in back, I scomplete on the front display faces. From finds in late 2011.
Gorgeous and complex coloration, combined with a total transparency, makes this Shangbao Mine piece stand out from its peers, many of which tend to be more simple mixes of color, or smaller crystals if this gemmy. Alternating highlighted edges of purple , and purple basal faces on the modified cuboctohedral crystals, contrast with the teal blue color of the fluorite core. The larger fluorite crystal atop is 4.5 cm across, almost two inches! The sidecar crystal is unusual in that it IS complete, but looks like half a crystal - as if a knife sliced it cleanly through during growth, and then the surface continued growing to form a new layer of skin over the core. So, you can look right into its middle. It probably formed as a constrained growth against a now-missing dolomite or feldspar crysatl, giving it that straight edge. The two crystals together are perched nicely atop the knoll of dolomite to display to their maximum extent, and complete all around. The piece has a color and transparency that make it glow, even with only minimal backlighting.
This specimen leaps out at you for the sharp geometry and the intense purple phantom. It is of a quality unique in my experience for the phantom effect, from this mine. From any mine. It is absolutely pricey, no questio about it...but I cannot recall the last time a fluorite in this size range impressed me so much as so unique a critter. The crystal is 5.2 x 4 x 3 cm in size, and attached to a pristine quartz crystal that is, itself, phantomed. The edges are really, except on the closest inspection, razor sharp (the fluorite is pristine except for the very most trivial of edge wear on two spots, and a natural , shallow contact in the upper-left corner). The quartz tip is glassy and water-clear, totally pristine. The internal phantom is sharper in person than it appears here, and if anything more grape-jelly colored than appears here in our un-retouched photos. I find it amazing that the two species, side by side, should both show phantoms - and the stark contrast is visually appealing, obviously. The piece can be displayed any number of ways, as a bonus. To me, when I bought this collection, this piece was the star standout because it is just so dramatic, so different , than anything I had seen for the location among thousands of specimens. Others here are very, VERY choice. But this, it was unique to me. And I paid the price for this man's collection in some large part just to own it, and the other standouts here, however briefly. When you see a locality that literally has produced 10,000 fluorites and one jumps out at you this much, sometimes you (I) just have to suck it in. This piece, I think was special enough to do so.
A matrix of small, sparkling muscovite crystals is host to several SHARP crystals of fluorite that are so sharp, so perfect on edge, they look carved. The largest edge is 3 cm. The color is as close to grape jelly as to any other term I could use to describe its rich hue in person. All the fluorites are absolutely pristine, except only a small contact at the back, lower periphery where the large freestanding cluster leaps up. The deep hue has to be seen in person...when backlit, incredible: and we did not overdo the photos at all by the way; so this is pale compared to real life. As a small cab, this piece does not have size impact going for it because the crystals are "normal size", but the visual impact of the combination of sharpness and color saturation is plenty impressive. As with other specimens in this collection, it is superb, among the best 1/100th of a percentile that this mine produced in its heyday for absolute quality.
This crystal is 3.6 x 3.5 x 2.8 cm and is, like the above specimen, so razor sharp and perfect in its symmetry that it looks fake, perhaps carved. I have seen thousands of YGX fluorites and I can tell you that this is another level, trascending even the many other expensive pieces from this mine over the years for sheer perfection. The crystal is pristine except for one single tiny ding or contct on one rear edge, but this is hard to spot in any case. The surface is glassy and lustrous, on all faces. The crystal is so transparent, with no internal flaws at all, that you can clearly see the matrix and some enclosed calcites through its entire depth. The association of a few stark white calcites, on sparkling muscovite matrix, really adds to its impact. The little daisy chain of crystals running down is more purple, and provides a bit of contrast as well. This is absolutely a pricey specimen, no question about it...but when you consider the context that in quality it represents the top 1% of 1% of a very productive mine, that has had its heyday come and go already, it really has to be a premium (and I paid a lot myself for it). I have seen a very few other specimens from this pocket (around 2005 as I recall) and they also went, quietly and out of the public eye, for huge money.
A 3.4 x 3 x 2.7 cm crystal that is glassy, transparent, and water-clear inside so that you can see through it to every detail of the matrix underneath, and the phantoms inside. Unusual for this mine, the crystal is not a shade of purple but rather a pale pastel-green hue. The crystal is absurdly (yes, tha tis the word I want!) pristine and perfect, and sits starkly on the edge of a matrix of quartz and muscovite.At first glance you can think its just pale and boring thus, but this is not the case...it really is superb, and stands out dramatically amongst the more common colored fluorites here for the sheer stark crystallographic perfection in symmetry.
This fluorite cluster is 6 cm across and looks like a floating city, impaling itself on the quartz. The freestanding fluorite is complete all around the top and sides, only contacted a little on the lower backside. It is translucent, and pristine on all the faces. The sharp steppes are highlighted by a thin , intense purple phantom at all edges....mesmerizing in person! The photos do not do it justice. The unlikely assemblage of this combination piece screams"fake" but there you have it...it survived, somehow. The fluorite is perched on the quartzes, which are also totally pristine and perfect. A sprinkling of sharp brown, translucent scheelite octohedra, mixed with small bladed white calcites, overlays the rear of the quartz terminations and the valleys between the quartz and the fluorite itself. Scheelite , of course, is quite rare for this mine. In perfection , aesthetics, and color, and overall visual impact...this pocket just stands in a league of its own, I think. Nothing like it. Found in 2006
From the same pocket as the piece above, this is one of a very few such example I have seen perfectly extracted and with such aesthetics. This fluorite cluster is 5.8 cm across and looks like a floating city, perched atop the quartz like some mythical image of shangri-la on the mountains. The freestanding fluorite is complete all around the top, sides, and the back, only contacted on a tiny portion of the bottom/rear of the specimen. It is translucent, and pristine on all the faces. The sharp steppes are highlighted by a thin, intense purple phantom at all edges....mesmerizing in person! The fluorite "city" is standing upon a massive fluorite base which adheres to and extends between the two quartzes - which are also totally pristine and perfect. A sprinkling of sharp brown, translucent scheelite octohedra sparkles on the backside of the quartz. Scheelite, of course, is quite rare for this mine. In perfection and aesthetics, and color, and overall visual impact...this pocket just stands in a league of its own, I think. Nothing like it from anywhere in the world I can think of. Found in 2006
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