Fluorite, Galena, Calcite
Naica, Chihuahua, Mexico
Small Cabinet, 7.7 x 5.6 x 4.5 cm
Ex. Richard Heck

This jewel-like cluster features brilliantly clustrous, clear fluorites showing cuboctohedral crystals. They are perched on equally sparkling galena, making for a stark contrast that really just leaps out, despite not having the traditional pastel color hues most Naica fluorite has. Minor white calcite acts as an accent, and by its opacity, highlights the separation of individual fluorite crystals. The overall look of this combination piece is just different, and more brilliantly lustrous, than most Naica specimens. It stands on its own merits for quality, and is more than another locality piece. Despite the good photos, it is even better in person. One of the special fluorites among many in this fine old Mexican mineral collection. Joe Budd photos.