Inside the light teal exterior of this fluorite crystal is a very obvious purple phantom, actually a DOUBLE-phantom. The crystal has very complex stepped growth on its faces 5.7 x 5.3 x 4.1 cm
Not a world-class fluorite by any means in terms of aesthetics, but what is important about this specimen is that it is from Ireland, and they are quite rare on the market. And, this one does have some very sharp and distinct octahedral crystals. 3.0 x 2.8 x 2.7 cm
A large plate of SUPERB fluorite crystals from the Blanchard. These finds of last year showed an intense, saturated version of the classic "Blanchard blue" color. The larger crystals here are isolated on a bed of smaller, transparent crystals, which makes them extra attractive. The crystals measure to one centimeter on edge. 15.0 x 12.0 x 4.3 cm
A SUPERB and DRAMATIC Indian specimen of a LARGE, golden-yellow fluorite ball with a very glassy, striated, tan calcite rhomb jauntily attached to one side on a bed of quartz crystals. This is one of the most outstanding Mahodari Quarry fluorite combos, that I have seen. 9.1 x 7.0 x 5.5 cm
Gemmy fluorite crystals with glass-clear interiors, selectively coated on some faces with (and sitting on) frosty calcite microcrystals. Pretty! 4.1 x 2.4 x 2.6 cm
We are lucky to have a relationship that has allowed us access to the good specimens of this material. Until these pink fluorites were discovered in Mexico, Peru and the Alps were the only sources for pink fluorite, and the cost of a specimen such as this was (and still is) astronomical from those localities. Occasionally, such as with this particular piece, you get the wonderful clarity of an Alpine piece as well. These octahedrons measure up to over 2 cm on edge. 11.1 x 8.6 x 2.8 cm
A dramatic specimen of spheres of red fluorite (tinted by hematite) on a background of dove-grey quartz. These are quite rare - we had a few of them and this one is amongst the most aesthetic, with a wonderful balance of the red fluorites on the quartz. 5.4 x 4.0 x 1.7 cm
This fine, large crystal of deep purple fluorite is sharp as a razor and pristine all around, with contact only on the back where it was removed from the matrix. On its surface, you can see some tiny chalcopyrites. Check out the zoning when it is lit from the side - there is a very sharp phantom there! 5.0 x 5.0 x 4.4 cm
Lustrous, dark purple fluorite cubes to 5 mm richly cover matrix on this CLASSIC, OLD-TIMER from Schlaggenwald, Bohemia, Czech Republic. This fine, old piece must be around 100 years old and comes with three old labels in German. Given its age, a bit of damage is accepted - you can see some minor edge wear and one broken crystal, but by and large MOST of the crystals are intact and really nicely isolated on contrasting zinnwaldite matrix. 5.5 x 4.9 x 2.7 cm
Lustrous, translucent, frosted, stepped, octohedral, sea foam-green fluorite crystals on matrix from an uncommon locality in Bulgaria - Michalkovo. Excellent material for the locality and species. Super purple fluorescence. 5.7 x 4.0 x 3.0 cm
Fine cuboctahedrons of fluorite on matrix to 1.4 cm, with frosty bevels framing glassy faces into the water-clear interiors. The cluster has formed a 360-degree “knob” atop the matrix, making the specimen displayable from either side. 5 x 4.5 x 3.2 cm
The razor-sharp crystals show the combination of purple and green tones. They measure to a 4 cm from tip to tip. 20 x 13.5 x 5 cm
You could not ask for a much more aesthetic specimen of this classic Minerva Mine combo. Two golden calcite crystals shoot from the top of a sharply zoned purple fluorite (complete all the way around, and accented with additional calcites). 7.5 x 4.5 x 2.2 cm
I know Mark...he collects bornite and bought this for the superb BORNITE crystallization evident throughout the lower part of the specimen! For the rest of us, though, that beautiful and sharp purple fluorite is the focal point, and for this it has a real value as an aesthetic fluorite from this mine. 5.6 x 4.6 x 3.3 cm
This is one of the finest and most unique fluorite groups I have seen from Berbes. A transparent, lustrous, lilac cube, to 2.5 cm across, exhibits deep purple color zoning in the center of the crystal. This is pretty damned good already! The color and zoning are sharp and rare ! Moreover, associated with the cube is a 3.0 crystal of different habit: cubic highly modified by the octahedron. This crystal also is lustrous, slightly deeper purple, and translucent. Outstanding, in every way!
IMPORTANT ADDITIONAL NOTE:
Your nice fluorite labelled is not correctly labelled because in La Collada Distric don’t have any mine called Basurto ; the Collada mines are “La Collada” or Veneros mine and the region is not Berbes (60 km away) . I think by the photo that this piece is from the “Llisu” pocket in the area of Ana mine called La Cabaña because I found this pocket and I remember the piece. This piece is found in March 1993 in a pocket with 100 pieces more or less. The correct label for this piece is in my opinion Ana mine “La Cabaña” zone and the village is Berbes the county is Ribadesella and the Province is Asturias.
I say this because at the moment I write a book “ The Asturian Fluorite District” that is possible is placed in the market the next year and have a compendium of all the asturian fluorite mines with a lot of pictures and exact localizations for a correct labelled of the specimens , that I think is important for the people that not know the precedence of some specimens
Best regards, José Ramón García
5.2 x 3.7 x 3.1 cm
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