Fluorite on Quartz
Small Cabinet, 7.7 x 3.3 x 2.0 cm
Mahodari, Nasik, Maharashtra, India
On a matrix of drusy, gray quartz, are two botryoids of dark lemony- tan color fluorite. The largest hemisphere of fluorite measures 4 cm across and 1.75 cm high. The luster is muted but the fluorite is translucent and the color is outstanding. There is no doubt in my mind that this habit is best seen in Indian fluorites, and botryoidal fluorite in general is quite rare in nature. This is a very choice example of this habit, which really only started to appear on the market from a new zone hit about 5 years ago..