Small Cabinet, 7.3 x 6.3 x 4.1 cm
Riemvasmaak fluorite occurrences, Kakamas District, Northern Cape Province, South Africa

This is, for sheer drama and quality both, one of the finest examples in its size class I have seen over the 4 years this deposit has been producing. The major crystal is TRANSPARENT, not just a bit translucent, RAZOR sharp, and has a rich, fine green color. It is perched starkly on contrasting matrix of quartz druse, itself on massive fluorite, and is complete all around. It is absolutely, amazingly pristine...and when I say razor sharp, I mean it. Hyperbole is intended and warranted. The crystal displays prominently on its knoll of smaller crystals, and is actually 4 cm if measured tip to tip as with a diamond. It comes from a mine foreman's stash that I bought in 2009 and have had prepped, till now. So far as I know, production of this style was several years ago and not a lot has come out recently in this level of quality. I have seen hundreds of specimens and among them, this stands out. I think these will be modern classics, looking back. As it is, this find represents the finest green octohedral fluorites I know of, for size and quality. Joe Budd photos

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