Huanggang Fe-Sn deposit, Hexigten Banner, Inner Mongolia, China
Cabinet, 11.9 x 3.0 x 2.2 cm
Ex. Dr. Robert Lavinsky
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Fluorite from the Inner Mongolia province of China including the Chifeng area and the Huanggang deposit, consisting of many mines spread over several clusters of mining, has really redefined modern fluorites in the time since they started coming to market after 2008 or so. Chifeng material, from several nearby mines, has produced even more recent variety including these elongated spinel twinned fluorite crystals. On this piece, both ends are terminated, as the twinning seems to be capped with a standard cube termination on each. While we have seen many to 3-4 cm, and even some to 5-6 cm, this crystal is a shocking 12 cm long! It is a strange shape that at first is hard to focus on, and has weird pastel colors as well. It is hard not to look at it. The colors are not strong, the luster is not bright, but there is something about the shape. I purchased this in China before COVID sometime, and kept it in my own China collection for many years until deciding I already have a lot of fluorites - and generally larger ones, so this did not fit. It is pristine, complete, not repaired. I have only seen 3 such specimens. The associated matrix is muscovite with embedded slender fluorite twins within. It is a special fluorite for the fluorite aficionado, or the China collector - and I do believe that time will prove the modern flood of Chinese minerals is slowing down and will be forever regarded as a golden age of minerals for our market.