This is a lovely cluster of fluorite which consists of extremely intricate, modified cubes having glassy luster and gemminess along with a rich purple body color. The piece is pretty enough on that basis alone, but much mor einteresting is the rare "X" phantom sketched within, casued by an octohedral crystal within the modified cube atop, that shows oriented growth patterns. The more you look at it , the more mesmerizing this ineral pattern becomes. It is complete on the display face, though contacted in back , and with a few very minor dings only. It stands up on its own flat bottom, with the dominant phantom crystal atop. The largest crystal measures 3 cm across. Mined in early 2012
A remarkably impressive display specimen from an obscure mine, as yet. This features fluorite hanging off the side of a cluster of doubly-terminated, lustrous and gemmy, colorless quartz crystals to 14.1 cm in length. The fluorite is also dramatic - elongated, lustrous and translucent, bicolored fluorite crystals, the largest of which measures 6 cm in length and exhibits stepped growth on the edges. It is a elongated rectangular form, and is unusual. The core of the largest crystal is teal-blue and the edges of the crystal are a rich purple, making for a killer color contrast. The quartz has a small damage at the tip of the main termination, which does detract from the value but little from the overall appearance or from first glance appreciation (else, this piece would have another digit in its pricing). This is, still, a significant combo specimen, and visually very impressive, that looks like it should cost a lot more. Interestingly, the quartz itself is a floater, complete and crystallized all around, even the bottom. Found in the fall of 2011
A gorgeous , very gemmy fluorite that has to be seen in person to be appreciated. It is STUNNING in person, with sublteties of form and texture on the outside like a rind, around a totally gemmy interior that shines through. It is pristine and complete all around, on a minimal matrix at base. The piece has luster like glass, and sparkles. I was aware of only this piece and one other with two such clusters on matrix, found in early April and offered to me privately at the Shanghai show - the other piece had two crystals admittedly, but was otherwise similar, and was priced beyond even my will to reach. I think these were highly treasured at the mine, and rightfully so.
So many fluorites from this mine complex (actually 7-8 mines) are colorless, and these hot purple fluorites are to me among the most desirable. This piece features an interesting, pretty juxtaposition of two very different fluorite styles, on the same piece. The stalactite of small, gemmy octohedra packed together just shotos up out of the side of the larger, deeper purple octohedron. It looks like it was just stuck on randomly, or like some weird biological outgrowth. The piece is complete 360 around the sides, and top of the display face; just not on the bottom (where it is partially contacted and also just a little damaged at the bottom where removed from the host rock). It honestly displays about 4 different ways, from all sides looking equally good. I have seen a number of pieces from this pocket now (probably from April, 2012) , but none quite like this. The miners themselves, quite understandably, put a huge premium on the few purple fluorites amidst so many clear and colorless finds here.
ex. Charlie Key
A really gemmy, outstanding example of the dark green , glassy fluorite that made this locality famous in the early 1980s. Although mining is going on now, the quality like this hasn't been seen again. BEST COLOR!
On a matrix of drusy, gray quartz, are two botryoids of dark lemony- tan color fluorite. The largest hemisphere of fluorite measures 4 cm across and 1.75 cm high. The luster is muted but the fluorite is translucent and the color is outstanding. There is no doubt in my mind that this habit is best seen in Indian fluorites, and botryoidal fluorite in general is quite rare in nature. This is a very choice example of this habit, which really only started to appear on the market from a new zone hit about 5 years ago. .
This is a really unusual specimen. A crystal of calcite is perched atop, or impaled by, a stalactite of colorless quartz upon which, are several small lemony-yellow botryoidal fluorite spheres. Encrusted around the calcite core atop the pedestal are rhombs of calcite, to 3 cm across. As some of the calcite seems to hav ealtered to quartz at the surface, it appears that there has been at least, partial replacement(pseudomorphism) of the whole specimen by a later generation of quartz. UNUSUAL! this piece is pristine and complete all around, too
A 4 cm across botryoidal, grayish-lemon color, fluorite sits on a quartz druse. It is translucent with a muted luster. It is slightly contacted on the bottom side, but that is of little consequence. It is cheap because it has poor lustre, but it is still a great example of this rare habit in fluorite
A 3-cm-across, light lemon color, botryoid of fluorite rests on a druse of colorless quartz crystals which, in turn, have formed on an amygdaloidal basalt matrix. The botryoidal fluorite from India is arguably the best in the world for its type and this is a truly outstanding example with good, uniform color and excellent translucency. It is set against contrasting matrix that really makes the piece!
An extremely aesthetic cluster of translucent, red-orange, botryoidal fluorite majestically rises from a druse of chalcedony. The cluster is comprised of approximately 5 intergrown spheres and stands 4 cm high. The whole sculptural quality of the specimen is outstanding. These red fluorites are very uncommon, and with lustre and translucency such as this one, more so. This would be one of the better examples I have seen
I looked through literally 1000 specimens from 2 large, huge pockets, to pick my choice of the very best of this new find. Out of all the smaller sized specimens, mostly all humdrum and similar, a few such as this stood out. This piece has a gorgeous cluster perched atop a natural pedestal of fluorite. The radial spray is truly complete all around, like a disco ball frozen with orange lights shooting out of it. It is as nearly pristine as you can realistically get, with just a few very minor broken crystals amidst dozens. The individual crystals on this specimen spray out dramatically, and are very transparent. They reach 1.7 cm in size. This specimen stands out to my eye for its completeness, balance, and the matrix. No question, it is pricey for a small example from this find, where most smaller pieces sell for less...BUT its a very rare combination of qualities, and one that quite literally LEAPS out from the crowd of other pieces around it.
Intensely orange crystals to 1.7 cm spray out form all directions along the top of a ridge of fluorite, which they encrust. This is one of the more dramatic pieces I nteh lot to my eye for the isolation and size of the crystals, and the fact that it is NOT a ball shaped aggregate, like all others here, but rather formed on top of a fluorite crystal cluster. The front side (left image) is pristine, although the back is not: nevertheless, it displays well enough from either side, visually. Still, I find the side I call the front , which also has thebest condition, to be more appealing because of the contrast to the fluorite underneath.
This is a very 3-dimensional specimen with robust color. A very displayable starburst of crystals to about 1 cm, perched atop a bit of matrix and minor fluorite. Minor damage only
A large miniature/small cab if stood upright, this piece features multiple crystals to 1.5 cm and one doubly-terminated crystal to 3.5 cm on the side (with one tip shooting up and freestanding and the other tip going into the body of the piece). This is the longest crystal I have seen from the finds here! The piece is complete all around, and stands dramatically on its own. The crystals have exceptional transparency and lustre for this find. Overall, one of my favorites in the lot, and a superb piece in this size range as most creedites from here are simply BIG and this quality is hard to get in the smaller "balls" which often aren't handled as well by the miners either
ex. Dr. Steve Smale
This sharp specimen has the glassiest lustre and richest purple color you could ask for in a Weardale purple fluorite specimen. The display quality is superb, and the crystals stand out much better in person than in the pics. They are to 1.5 cm in size. Note also the classic interpenetration twinning evident in the closeups. It is a true worldwide classic, of the old English fluorites that lent their name to the very phenomenon of fluorescence when it was noted.
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