Fluorite on Celestine
Small Cabinet, 7.0 x 3.7 x 2.4 cm
El Tule Mine, Melchor Muzquiz, Coahuila, Mexico

Aesthetically perched on a sharp "sword" of clear-to-white Celestine is a single cube of lustrous, and mostly gemmy, purple Fluorite. The Fluorite is slightly over 2 cm, and it has classic stepped-growth faces so recognizable from Muzquiz. The Celestine is especially well-formed, with sharp, gemmy, and lustrous faces along each edge of the bladed crystal. This piece is exceptional for several reasons: the stark sharpness and quality of the Celestine, as well as the overall first-class aesthetics of this famous combination from the old mining here in the 1960s or early 1970s.