Fluorite (Spinel-Twinned)
Miniature, 4.0 x 3.0 x 2.3 cm
Naica, Mun. de Saucillo, Chihuahua, Mexico

In the mid-1980s, I am told 1984, a small pocket of these ultra-gemmy, glassy, complicated fluorites came out. They are actually spinel-twinned crystals, grown together in a cluster. Most specimens were singles, and clusters such as this are uncommon. I have only seen a small handful turn up in old collections as they recycle today. For the luster, glassy faces, and incredible clarity all, these are treasured. As a bonus, and most seem to have this feature for reasons I simply cannot fathom, there is a tiny water bubble inside the largest crystal here. If you tilt the piece side to side, you can see it move slightly. Overall, just a rare, facet-like fluorite miniature from a famous find! These are SO rare and unusual, in fact, that they are often misidentified. Joe Budd Photos