Fluorite with Barite
Cabinet, 11.0 x 8.0 x 7.0 cm
La Cabana, Berbes Mining area, Ribadesella, Asturias, Spain

Spanish fluorites, many say, set the standard for continental fluorite localities in Europe. There are so many varieties from these famous mines, but one stands out to my eye as a USA collector watching them over the years: the deep purple crystals, with see-through transparency to crystalized barite blades underneath, and sharp phantom lines within. This is such a classic combination of fluorite with contrasting barite, but more than that it is a dramatic and colorful specimen that showcases SHARP crystals and interesting phantoms that take the best specimens from this locality to a higher order compared to most other purple fluorites from around the world. With gemmy, transparent crystals to just under 3 cm across on edge, this balanced specimen is a superb example of what makes the fluorites from this locality so special. It is 3-dimensional and easily backlit on a shelf in any case, not too dark like many others can be in this size. Comes with custom lucite base. Photo and video by Joe Budd. A video can be seen at this link: