Fluorite (Twinned)
Miniature, 5.0 x 4.9 x 3.5 cm
Rogerley Mine, Frosterley, Weardale, North Pennines, Co. Durham, England

To me the most exciting new find at the show was this trickle of fluorite specimens brought back from the UK in Cal Graeber's hand luggage, from their summer mining project. They were about to give it the last season here, and lo and behold on the last bit of summer they hit what is now called "The Jewel Box Pocket," with some of the finest green penetration twins ever found in England. These are HUGE crystals for the locality, to 3 cm on edge, and GEMMY! The color saturation is INTENSE. These fluoresce a DEEP vivid purple even in sunlight... you don't even need a UV light to get the effect. A window, a door even, lets in enough natural UV to make them bicolor green and purple as you twist the specimen in the light rays. This was, so far as I saw, the best miniature for sale. It is nearly pristine, with just a few very tiny dings (that I do think are natural, not man-made). As you can see, it displays dramatically, but the intense color saturation makes it hard to photograph with depth and color both. BETTER In PERSON, I assure you.

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