Fluorite With Quartz on Galena on Sphalerite
Gibraltar Mine, Naica, Chihuahua, Mexico
Cabinet, 10.5 x 9.3 x 7.3 cm
Seven TRANSPARENT, gemmy, undamaged cuboctohedral crystals to 3 cm in size perch like mountainclimbers upon this mound of crystallized galena (actually a carpet of galena over a mound of underlaying sphalerite). The contrast is striking! The association with galena is CLASSIC for Naica, for old material. For this NEW find, it seems rather unusual as most of the associations are with sphalerite. Also, the frozen waterfall of sparkling crystallized quartz running down the center of the piece provides a nice accent and some sparkle...and is itself unusual in the occurrence. The piece is the pictures really have trouble conveying how impressive this is, and how starkly frog-eyed the fluorites look in person as they leap out at you from the contrasting galena. It is therefore much more 3-dimensional and impressive in person!