Pink Fluorite on Arsenopyrite
Huanggangliang mine, Keshiketeng Qi, Chifeng city, Inner Mongolia, China
Cabinet, 11.7 x 9.2 x 5.3 cm
This is an interesting and fairly unusual combo specimen of fluorite and arsenopyrite the likes of which we have not yet seen from other localities in such a combination. Silvery, bright, lustrous crystals of arsenopyrite, to 2.1 cm across, underlie octahedrons of matte luster, translucent, rich pink fluorite, to 3.2 cm in length. The contrast is highly unusual. These came out in early 2011, and are now quite hard to get on the market. The association is, so far as I know, unique. Most of the pink fluorites are lesser in color, than the intense rich crystals you see here. I got this some time ago and waited for it to be cleaned. I could not replace it now, at this price, even at the mines as they have learned there (quite correctly!) to value the pink fluorite so highly now