Fluorite on Galena and Sphalerite
Naica, Chihuahua, Mexico
Small Cabinet, 6.2 x 4.6 x 3.2 cm
A cluster of gemmy, pastel green crystals of fluorite to 2.5 cm across, is perched on splendent crystals of black sphalerite, to 1.0 cm across and bright crystals of galena, to 1.0 cm across. The fluorite crystals are cubes modified by octahedral faces with the cubic faces being gemmier, allowing us a window into the deepest recesses of the crystals. The piece displays well this side up or upside down to what is shown, either way very nicely. Only very minor peripheral damage in the form of a few contacts and one small ding keeps this specimen from being pristine and worth double to my mind, making it a relative bargain for the quality overall.