Chenzhou, Hunan, China
Small Cabinet, 8.9 x 3.6 x 3.5 cm

This striking and aesthetic Fluorite specimen comes from relatively recent finds in China (early 2019) and features some of the most water-clear, incredibly lustrous cubes that we have seen yet from this deposit in decades of mining efforts, as they look like nothing so much as pale green ice cubes of visible perfection. All of the Fluorite crystals are exceptionally sharp and water clear with a pleasing pastel green color. This elongate crystal group of zoned, completely gem Fluorites are lightly interlocked from side to side on a bit of gray matrix at the back and bottom for just the right balance and presentation. Individual crystals have a pale sea green, cubic phantom and a nearly colorless outer zone and one can easily see right through them to the matrix! This eye-catching piece is nearly pristine, and was one of the best in size class when we were in China, looking at floors full of production in 2019. This was in the final room, with the best of the best, picked from probably 5000 pieces, by the miners and then the dealer they worked with on the lot. It is similar in the photos to others you may see but, I assure you, in person this has an extra quality to it, that just puts it up a level. It is so gemmy, hard to convey in photos.

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