Fluorite (Spinel Twin) on Muscovite
Nagar, Hunza Valley, Gilgit District, Northern Areas, Pakistan
Large Cabinet, 21.0 x 11.7 x 9.5 cm
Ex. Bruce Oreck
This important specimen features the best spinel twinned fluorite I have yet seen from Pakistan, over many years. It is not green as they typically are, but PINK! And not pale pink, but a rich pink. The fluorite crystal, fully 10 cm across, has great luster, with the bonus of sparkly highlights on the subtle, intricately modified upper edges of the twin combined with total transparency looking through the twin. There is no damage, and even the muscovite matrix is in excellent condition - perfect condition, in fact. The matrix is aesthetic on its own merits, and the contrasts of form and color really enhance the fluorite display. Moreover, the piece is a floater, complete all around (both the fluorite AND the muscovite) !. Joe Budd photos.