Fluorite (twinned) with Muscovite
Nagar, Aliabad, Hunza Valley, Gilgit, NWFP, Pakistan
Small Cabinet, 8.0 x 6.8 x 2.5 cm
Nagar fluorite twins are unique in all the world, at their best, for the sharpness and gemminess that they can give you. Normally, you see this rare twinning shape in green fluorites, and the result is a crystal that is shaped more like a hexagonal greenish beryl at first glance. Here, we have a spinel-twinned PINK FLUORITE, that at first glance looks like a thin gem morganite! These are 1 in 100 of the fluorite twins, so rare that I have seen only a few per year, if that - and nothing of this quality. The crystal is thin, about 1 cm, and totally transparent and gemmy. It is optical clarity! The twin line is present, running around the outside of the piece on the thin edge. It is nearly complete all around, only contacted at the lower left and right periphery where it was attached to muscovite matrix during growth, and with a tiny bit of damage only on the underside (hidden where it sits into the base, anyhow). The accenting blade of muscovite sticks out another 1 cm, on the front, as a little bonus. I have seen pink fluorites, gem fluorites, spinel twin fluorites, and spinel twin green fluorites, but I have never seen such a piece as this - it is a unique specimen that is stunning in person. The color is a pastel pink, and in the right light, with the right background, you can see internal phantom lines inside around the edges. It is difficult to photograph and looks even better in person. Comes with custom lucite base. Price on request. Photo and video by Joe Budd. A video can be seen at this link: