Fluorite on Fluorite
Cabinet, 10.1 x 9.8 x 5.6 cm
De'An Fluorite Mine, Wushan, De'An Co., Jiujiang, Jiangxi Prov., China

Graceful, curving purple fluorites to 4 cm on edge and to 5 cm across "gently" drape over the top of a robust, deep green, 5-cm-across "ball" of crystallized green fluorites (which is itself made of heavily stepped and modified cuboctahedra) on this special, complete-all-around specimen. It is one of my favorites of this lot because from any angle you view it, it seems to curve all over and into itself like a topology puzzle. I think it looks more like a sculpture, and the contrasts of color and symmetry are just mesmerizing. This lighter hued fluorite features subtle internal color zoning of blue/purple depending on the light, and would be from the second pocket, of late summer in 2013, which I chased through several cities in China to obtain. This is literally almost identical to specimen #9 in this update, and I keep getting them confused until I set them next to one another. This just has even more robust size and coverage, and looks like something really quite biological, with the purple crystals engulfing the green core.

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