Fluorite, Stibnite
Unnamed quarry, Chiang Mai Province, Thailand
Cabinet, 13.0 x 11.0 x 9.1 cm
This specimen features stibnite crystals which later became coated by colorless, lustrous fluorite. This find, a one time occurrence in the late 1980's (around 1988 if I recall), is responsible for some of the most unusual fluorites ever found. There was one dealer with one table of them at one of the small hotel shows in Tucson of that year, and I know from talking to people who were there at the short feeding frenxy that for size and overall quality, this is one of the better pieces by far: Most specimens were not nearly so 3-dimensaional or dramatic in display, and the size of the fingers here is near the maximum found. The largest crystals reach 4 cm in length with the included stibnite being easily visible through the fluorite without need for strong lighting (not always the case from the pocket!). It has very minimal damage, absolutely trivial, and is complete around the periphery too, except at the very base which points down anyhow. The one time occurrence, the combination of stibnite and fluorite, along with the specimen's aesthetic arrangement, make this piece incredibly spectacular. 13 x 11 x 9.1 cm