Fluorite (Twinned)
Rogerley Quarry, Stanhope, Co. Durham, England, UK
Miniature, 5.4 x 4.0 x 3.4 cm
Ex. Tim Sherburn
$6,000.00 Payment Plan Available
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A shocking, impactful, twinned fluorite showing the deepest color saturation you can ask for, from this amazing quarry. Over decades, this quarry has produced many different pockets, but few with crystals as large and juicy as this. These robust crystals are to 3 cm on edge, and have both gorgeous color AND luster, which not all possess. They are nearly pristine, with just a few tiny natural dings or contacts, so small they do not call for restoration. It is complete all around and displays 360 degrees. This is, for the size, about the best presentation you can ask for, for a balanced specimen with large twins. It is a large-ish miniature or a small small-cabinet in size class depending on how you display it, and perfectly balanced no matter which you classify it as. This is from the collection of the late Tim Sherburn, a truly wonderful person with a gifted talent for collecting beautiful English minerals, who ended up as the longest and hardest-working preparator of material from this mine for nearly 20 years. He kept some specimens for his work and his trouble, over those years, generally a piece or two from each pocket. Among other references, see our past book on the Lindsay Greenbank Collection, for more information on this deposit. I watched Tim prep fluorite since the late 1990s, and I have seen thousands of specimens myself - so I am not prone to exaggerating when I say that among them, for the size, I rate this one at the very top. It is a shocking color in person, deeper than you think, and deeper in color than any modern, contemporary material coming from the same area. As a bonus, these are of course strongly fluorescent (final photo), even in daylight/sunlight - among the strongest known fluorescent minerals, in fact.