"Queen of Green" pocket, Diana Maria Mine, Rogerley Quarry, Stanhope, County Durham, England, UK
Small Cabinet, 8.9 x 5.3 x 3.4 cm
$2,500.00 Payment Plan Available
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This is a particularly saturated, and beautiful specimen of gem fluorite crystals from the famous 2017 find here. Such deep green, gemmy fluorite is a hallmark of the Rogerley quarry, with specimens found beginning in the early 1970s. With the beginning of specimen mining operations at the Diana Maria mine at the quarry in 2017, numerous fine specimens have been extracted. The Queen of Green pocket at the mine produced some of the finest specimens from the locality in the modern era – with excellent color, luster, form, associations of galena and/or white aragonite, and wonderful daylight fluorescence. This small cabinet specimen from the pocket is covered in wonderful, emerald green fluorite crystals, with a few larger crystals (up to 2 cm) accenting the specimen on either side. The larger crystals are quite color saturated and gemmy. There is a small accent of white aragonite tucked in the center of the specimen. There are some points of damage, mainly along the peripheral, but one of the larger crystals near the center is fractured with some damage to an edge. There are some surface scratches and dings on other crystals as well. The overall specimen still displays nicely despite this, however, and displays wonderful daylight and UV fluorescence. A nice, budget-friendly example from this find! It was originally priced at $5000 by the dealer bringing the pocket to market. We are pleased to announce that we made a sizable purchase of the stashed material from this find, which had been put away before COVID, and so we are now able to offer them years later and at half the original asking prices!