Fluorite, Spessartine
Wushan Spessartine Mine, Tongbei, Yunxiao Co., Zhangzhou Prefecture, Fujian Province, China
Small Cabinet, 6.2 x 3.4 x 1.9 cm
You have seen a lot of spessartine garnets from Tongbei, but here is a very rare example of a GEMMY, PRISTINE octahedral FLUORITE sharing the feldspar matrix with the spessartines! I have myself seen literally TONS of this Tongbei material, and NOTHING like this. It is rare enough to have a euhedral fluorite on these at all, much less a jewel like this one (1.3 cm). It is truly glasslike, which does NOT come out in the pics because the camera sees right through the glassy faces.