Fluorite Mine, Valzergues, Aveyron, Occitaine, France
Small Cabinet, 9.1 x 8.3 x 5.2 cm
Ex. Paul Zerfass

A gorgeous yellow and blue zoned Fluorite from this classic old French locality featuring several intergrown cubes measuring up to 3.9 cm on edge, and in unusually fine quality given that most of them have much damage from when they came out in the 1980s. It's a lovely small cabinet piece with no repairs or restoration as is now so typical of the material that comes to market. All of the smaller crystals have a yellow core except the larger one which is a rich honey-yellow. They all exhibit a distinct, 1 to 2 mm thick, outer, medium blue zone for great contrast and aesthetics. The luster varies from slightly satin on some faces and glassy on others and the glassy faces reveal the zoning very well and also show that the outer areas of the crystals are gemmy with the cores being more translucent. The piece is a classic French Fluorite with good balance and composition and was long at home in the French fluorite collection of Paul Zerfass, which we bought some years ago. For what it is, for this location, this is simply a superb specimen; but by worldwide standards, they are still good on their own merit for the color and luster. The zoning is not only exquisite, but this particular color pattern is unique to France - unmatched by Illinois or Chinese material.