Fluorite on Quartz with Baryte (Illustrated)
Small Cabinet, 9.0 x 7.4 x 4.7 cm
La Barre Mine, Saint-Jacques-d'Ambur, Pontgibaud, Puy-de-Dome, Auvergne-Rhone-Alpes, France
Ex. Paul Zerfass

This is a classic French fluorite from one of the most important localities, and unlike most such examples which are simply broken crystals or fragments on matix, this is an aesthetic group of sharp gem crystals on gorgeous sparklign quartz, and with an associated baryte. It is from the noted collection of Paul Zerfass, who collected for 40 years and helped find many of the fluorites, including this one. The main crystals are 2 x 2 x 2 cm perfect cubes, razor sharp in appearance after jsut a few very minor bits of restoration. We recently purchased the Zerfass collection in France, with a partner. This is one of the first pieces released, and was prominently featured in the issue of Le Regne Minerale showcasing the collection, one of the last major all-French collections built in the heyday of open mines there. A copy of the article is available on request. Comes with a custom lucite base. Joe Budd photos.