Fluorite on Dolomite Floater
Shangbao, Hunan Province, China
Small Cabinet, 7.6 x 6.2 x 3.1 cm
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Dramatic purple-zoned, cuboctahedral fluorites to 2.5 cm across, are perched on a thin, elongated crystal of dolomite, a floater that is complete all around! Overall, a very unique association I have not seen before and with two minerals both of high quality. The dolomites have a porcelain-like look to them. Purple crystals in this pocket were few and far between, it seems. The Chinese asked a huge premium for them, I am told. I have seen only a few amidst the green-blue colors more common in the pocket. This is from a new pocket found at the end of 2008, and quietly trickled into Tucson in 2009. It should be remembered as a very distinct style, something different from any we have seen before for the mine or a fluorite combination.