Fluorite (great quality)

La Viesca, La Collada, Asturias, Spain
Small Cabinet, 5.0 x 3.7 x 3.7 cm
Start Time: 01/07/2010 6:45:00 pm (CST)
End Time: 01/14/2010 6:45:00 pm (CST)
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Item Description

A wonderful, sharp, glassy, very gemmy (virtually water clear in some areas), light blue and purple, "phantom" crystal group "stacked" cubes of Fluorite measuring up to 2.8 cm on edge. There is some associated Quartz on the base of the specimen for a nice touch. The piece is in superb shape overall, with only a few tiny blemishes. The crystals are so gemmy that they were incredibly difficult to photograph, and honestly the piece looks much better in person. According to mindat.org, "During December of 2001 in the La Collada area of Asturias, Spain, a series of pockets of Fluorite was found. Physically they were found very close to another old find in the "El Reguerun" area, but luckily the color of these specimens is better than those from the previous find. More intense, with a spectacular color change from sky blue to mauve depending the kind of light. Their luster is better too. As is quite common in the La Collada area these specimens show naturally modified corners." Upon closer inspection, one can see that these crystals do have minor octahedral modifications on the corners. A very worthwhile and attractive Fluorite specimen from this well known Fluorite producing district.

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