Fluorapatite (with phantoms and fluorescence)
Panasqueira Mine, Covilha, Castelo Branco District, Portugal
Small Cabinet, 5.5 x 4.1 x 1.8 cm
Ex. Herb Obodda

Fluorapatites from the Panasqueira Mines of Portugal are world-renowned for their quality and beauty. This small cabinet specimen features an exceptionally large, glassy and gemmy Fluorapatite crystal with unusually good color zoning. The tabular crystal has good hexagonal form and is contacted along the bottom edge. There is an interpenetrating sidecar right at the core of the crystal, and both light up with classic yellow fluorescence, along with some blue-white fluorescence from the colorless, gemmy outer zone. This gorgeous pattern of interior fluorescence adds a even greater level to the aesthetics and interest. Panasqueira is one of the more classic "modern" European localities, and although the area is defunct, it produced some amazing specimens about 45 years ago (~1970's into the 1980s). Although it is open and producing again, the styles differ - this is an old style, unequaled in new modern production.