Mineral Specimens with Fluorite|
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One of the best examples from a new find of fluorite in northern South Africa, on the road to Namibia, that was brought to my attention by Desmond Sacco at the Munich show. This elegant specimen features a single large egg of fluorite in a nest of quartz, making for great aesthetics. the alternating faces of this fluorite are either pebbly or smooth, making for a striking, complex appearance to the crystal. It is very transparent internally, through the clear frontal face. This is an attrractive and highly unusual specimen, and is one of the better examples for its size from the find (more will come down the road, I am sure, but this should always be among the better ones, I would think, from the representative material I have seen so far)
This amazing cluster of pink fluorites, to 1 inch in size, completely covers an underlaying group of smoky quartz and is complete all around, 360 degrees! The only damage at all is around the base periphery, contacted to other fluorites now missing. The whole display knob, all around, is pristine. One seldom sees such richly crysatllized Alpine pinks for sale in this size range. When backlit, this intergrown cluster of translucent, fluorite octahedrons, to 2.5 cm across, glows a warm, rich, rose-pink color (i.e. better i nperson!). The cluster sits on a thin veneer of smoky quartz. The crystals have a frosted appearance, so prevalent in the alpine fluorites, that helps accentuate the deep pink color. This is NOT pale at all - its a very intense pink hue!
This specimen looks very much like the fluorite-rhodochrosite combos from the Sweet Home Mine. SO MUCH SO, that i got tricked by the person offering it to me. Until I saw the little sulfides attached, because there is some chalcopyrit eo nthe back you would not see at Sweet Home, I didn't catch the joke. As a Sweet Home piece, its pretty damned good. As a China combo, its still pretty good. Contemporary or not, I cannot imagine many combo pieces of this balance and poise coming out of any pocket. It features a limpid, equant, translucent, lustrous, purple, fluorite crystal, measuring 2.5 cm across, which grew on rose-pink rhodochrosite, along with minor sphalerite, chalcopyrite and quartz. I particularly like the stepped faces on the fluorite which ada a complexity, visually. Stellar specimen from a new find. I am told on good reliability that there were only 3 good ones from this pocket
Naica has produced many beautiful fluorite specimens, but in my view none more spectacular than the limpid, blue and purple spinel twins, like this one. This small pocket was found in 1984 (if I recall) and set a standard to which others have been compared since and never meet. This thing is GLASSY and MUCH more intensely purple, in person! The faces are wet-looking, and look carved. The twinning is so sharp and complex, they look like purple calcites of some kind rather than fluorite as you migh thave gssed from the color alone. A color reminiscent of tanzanite, the transparency, luster...all make this a world class fluorite specimen. It is small , but absolutely stunning. It is also pristine, and complete all around. I have not seen a better one of this syle for sale.
Weird fluorite!!! Aesthetically nestled in a vug of snow white, lustrous, feldspar crystals to 3.0 cm across is a cluster of limpid, green, fluorite. The fluorite on closer exam is composed of modified octahedrons in echelon, in two clusters to 2.5 cm in length, sorta stacked upon each other like turtles on each other's backs in the Dr Suess story. It is simply BIZARRE and pretty riveting in person. There are also several schorl crystals, to 1.25 cm in length, scattered in and around the fluorites. A muscovite crystal sits at the right edge of the specimen. A very Showy combo specimen!
Although not large by common fluorite standards, this specimen has a lot going for it. On a matrix of drusy quartz are fluorite cubes, to 1.6 cm across. They are transparent, and a light golden color. However, what really makes this piece special are the exquisite bands of purple zoning, one around the perimeter and one at the center of the crystals. One edge of the large crystal has minor damage but that is off to one side. It is a beautiful specimen said to be from a "small find" a few months ago. I am still trying to track down the mine location, but for now there really DOES appear to have just been a few and they are keeping it quiet while trying to find more. This was the best of the lot I saw.
Dark gray limestone with a layer of banded, massive, quartz, is host to large lustrous and translucent crystals of fluorite, to 4 cm across. Individual crystals exhibit both a rich emerald green at the core and gemmy purple even in daylight (from the slight UV rays they catch and fluoresce to). In addition, the crystals clearly show off penetration twinning. This specimen features some of the largest fluorite crystals yet found in the recent mining at the Rogerly mine, and come from the last pocket found in the digging season of 2007.
This is a sculpturally dramatic plate of penetration-twinned crystals of lustrous and translucent fluorite, to 4 cm across. The core of the crystals is a rich emerald green color while the crystal edges are a rich gemmy purple even in daylight (from the slight UV rays they catch and fluoresce to). Very showy piece, though it has no matrix, for the overall form! There is very minor edge wear only, nothing seriously detracting, but it is there. This specimen features some of the largest fluorite crystals yet found in the recent mining at the Rogerly mine, and come from the last pocket found in the digging season of 2007.
A matrix of banded white quartz hosts this very large cluster of twinned, lustrous and translucent fluorite crystals to 3 cm across. Rarely do you get such a LARGE specimen with no damage of note and such good coverage, in fact 360-degrees around?! The core of the crystals is a rich emerald green while the gemmy crystal edges are a rich purple even in daylight (from the slight UV rays they catch and fluoresce to). The total visual impact/effect of this large specimen is really amazing. Historically, there just is not much available of this size and quality. Also, as with most large specimens in photos, this is bigger and better in person.
Silicified limestone with a druse of sparkling white quartz is the matrix for a wonderful assemblage! This piece and others here feature some of the best unaltered galena I have yet seen from Bingham, and were collected by Ray DeMark on his claims in the area in the summer of 2007. This piece shows off frosted, translucent, lavender colored fluorite crystals to 1.6 cm across. Emplaced on the fluorite is a startlingly contrasting cluster of lustrous , metallic- gray, galena crystals which individually reach 3.25 cm across and look as if they were just "put on" and left to dry. They look fresh and bright, unaltered to anglesite as are most galenas I have seen from this area. They are remarkably freestanding and I dare to say this might be the best galena combo piece in recent years - certainly it is by far the best I know of, or others familiar with the locality for a long time to whom I showed it to here in Dallas....and we have collectively seen many collections and been here many times as well. Ray, who owns the claim, thought pretty highly of the piece and the pocket as well! In person, the 3-dimensional contrast really leaps out all the more. the photos just do not convey it. This is a seemingly pricey piece, no question. But it really is that good, I feel, as to be worth a premium. And I had to buy 2 TABLES full of lesser material to get these best-of-pocket galenas and then trim these out of huge blocks of massive rock. Lots of work!
This very sculptural specimen of stacked fluorite crystals is on a knob of limestone. The crystals are slightly frosted with very gemmy corners. The crystals are twinned, and exhibit both emerald green and rich purple colors even in daylight (from the slight UV rays they catch and fluoresce to). The largest crystal measures 3.5 cm across. Rarely do you get such a LARGE specimen with no damage of note and such good coverage, in fact 360-degrees around?! The total visual impact/effect of this large specimen is really amazing. Historically, there just is not much available of this size and quality.Also, as with most large specimens in photos, this is bigger and better in person.
Intergrown cubes of intensely lavender, translucent, fluorite, to 1.75 cm across, completely cover a white quartz druse which in turn, is emplaced on a matrix of siliceous limestone. Aesthetically perched on some of the fluorite crystals are cubes of lustrous, battleship gray, galena, to 1.5 cm across. the contrast is stark and striking, and also highly unusual for the mine! They look fresh and bright, unaltered to anglesite as are most galenas I have seen from this area. This piece and others here feature some of the best unaltered galena I have yet seen from Bingham, and were collected by Ray DeMark on his claims in the area in the summer of 2007.
A sparkling bright druse of white quartz upon which is emplaced several crystals of intensely colored, translucent crystals of fluorite, to 3.25 cm across makes for a visually appealing specimen here...very much more desirable than the usual solid blue plates. The color contrast is wonderful as is the fact that each fluorite crystal exhibits both purple and lavender hues differentially in zones. This was collected by Ray DeMark on his claims in the area in the summer of 2007.
This is a remarkable YELLOW fluorite from France, that looks a lot like material from the Hilton Mine in England (though the matrix is different, and it was purchased in France at a show some years ago by a dealer i'd trust on this, so it is not Hilton Mine despite appearances). The label said only "Vizelle" and i am trying to track down this locality as it may be transliterated or spelled incorrectly.
A VERY rich and colorful specimen of green fluorite completely covering a knoll of matrix! On top of it are perched elongated crystals of calcite. This is a huge and showy locality specimen, and is the best I have seen for sale from the locality! BETTER IN PERSON!
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