TANZFL-12
Fluorite
Miniature, 4.7 x 4.4 x 3.5 cm
Quan Zhou city, Yong Chun County, Fujian Province, China
SOLD

Found in early 2017, these "tanzanite fluorite" crystals as the Chinese called them, sold at higher than expected prices right off the bat in China. Anything like this, with a standing gemmy crystal, went for a fortune in the initial rush. I got lucky and trimmed this out of a big specimen which came later, to get one of the more aesthetic miniatures of the find. The large crystal measures 2.5 x 2.3 x 2.3 cm and is perched on a sparkling, quartz druse-covered knob of matrix. There is only damage at the junction to the matrix on the left side, as I would display it, and this is not the display face. It is extremely dramatic and you can see form the photos why this pocket will be so memorable, I think. (Note the name is to denote the coloring of the fluorite and not an actual combination of the two species here.)