Fluorite (''ice crystal'') on matrix (ex Dr. Stephen Smale Collection)

Huanggang Fe-Sn deposit, Hexigten Banner, Chifeng City, Inner Mongolia, China
Small Cabinet, 8.3 x 6.3 x 5.3 cm
Start Time: 09/15/2022 7:00:00 pm (CDT)
End Time: 09/22/2022 6:45:00 pm (CDT)
Auction Closed

Item Description

A highly aesthetic small cabinet of these classic Fluorites from the Huanggang Mine. This piece features a predominant, 5.1 cm, sharp, gemmy, colorless octahedral crystal of Fluorite sitting on drusy Quartz on host rock matrix. You can see small cubic modifications on the corners of the Fluorite crystal, which gives it character. This a classic example of the "ice" Fluorite crystals which get their name due to their lack of any color (a sign of chemical purity for Fluorite) and excellent internal gemminess. Minor black Sphalerite and dark green Hedenbergite can be seen on the piece as well for a nice touch. The piece is incredibly showy and aesthetic and displays wonderfully as you can see from the photos. The Fluorite crystal is nearly damage free, but there is a small roughness on the front edge of the crystal. Priced at $4,500 retail. Ex Dr. Stephen Smale Collection. Along with amassing one of the finest private mineral collections in the world, Steve is a renowned mathematician. His accomplishments include being awarded the Fields Medal in 1966 along with being the awarded the Wolf Prize in mathematics in 2007. You can read Steve's bio on the Mineralogical Record website ( https://mineralogicalrecord.com/labels.asp?colid=671&page=1 ) or on Wikipedia.