Fluorite with Dolomite and Quartz
Green Fluorite Mine, Manaoshan Mtn., Suxian District, Chenzhou Prefecture, Hunan Prov., China
Cabinet, 12.1 x 10.5 x 5.3 cm

These fluorites are from a pocket collected at the end of 2016 into early 2017, and I have actually been into the mine several times to see it during that process, watching carefully. The association with saddle-shaped pink dolomite crystals is a new one for this productive mine, which had produced plenty of green fluorite in the past - though usually in solid masses rather than as discrete crystals. A matrix of lustrous, drusy white quartz is the host for two, frosted, lustrous and translucent, light grass-green fluorite crystals to 5 cm across. The cube face of the smaller fluorite crystal is glassy and gemmy. Two discrete ribbons of lustrous, slightly pink dolomite crystals add dimension and beauty to the specimen and really make this pocket memorable! A truly superb combo specimen, surprising in its association, and to me one of the highlights of 2017 in China.