Baryte on Fluorite (Fluorescent)
Silius, near Cagliari, Sardinia, Italy
Large Cabinet, 16.0 x 12.0 x 9.0 cm
Ex. Herb Obodda
Imposing large cabinet specimen consisting of massive white to purple Fluorite, covered with dozens of sharp Baryte crystals. The prismatic Barytes are straw-colored with gemmy golden terminations. The largest is 7 cm long, and doubly-terminated. The Barytes have a mild fluorescence, while the Fluorite has a strong fluorescence. What is fascinating is that the UV light reveals the complex banding in the Fluorite, very much like you see in the well-known Chinese fluorite slabs. An excellent effect, and a very good piece overall.