Fluorite on Dolomite
Shangbao, Hunan Province, China
Small Cabinet, 6.9 x 6.0 x 3.4 cm
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A most unusual piece for this mine, with a rich purple color. This is from the dolomite pockets at the end of 2008. The crystal is 2.1 cm across, translucent when strongly lit, and intensely purple. There is a really good contrast with the lustrous dolomite matrix and minor bits of sparkling pyrite. The Chinese dealers and sources valued these purple Shangbao pieces very high, when they came out. This pocket, with the dolomite association, will I think go down with time as one of the great Chinese fluorite finds.