Fluorite on Quartz
Cabinet, 11.0 x 7.2 x 3.3 cm
near De'An, Wushan, Jiangxi Province, China

A beautiful example of this new habit from China, with raspberry-purple crystals of high translucency and vivid color saturation. When backlit even minimally (as shown), it practically "glows." Many specimens are massive, but this plate is thin enough that much more light than usual comes through the quartz to highlight the fluorites as well (it has been carefully sawn and then roughed up again on the back, to do this).