Fluorite (superb old classic & fluorescent)

Weardale, County Durham, England, UK
Cabinet, 11.2 x 10.0 x 5.8 cm
Start Time: 11/18/2021 6:45:00 pm (CST)
End Time: 11/27/2021 6:30:00 pm (CST)
Auction Closed
Winning Bidder: Private Bidder

Item Description

A classic from the northern lead mines of England, this large Fluorite cluster features very sharp, highly lustrous, gemmy, and beautiful cubic crystals with insane deeppurple color. One characteristic that will immediately jump out at you is that this hefty specimen is rich with textbook penetration twins. The largest crystal measures 2.4 cm on edge. Many of the glassy Fluorites have purple edge phantoms, a really nice touch that adds to the allure of this cabinet piece. Of course, the intense purple fluorescence is superb, and because of this great reaction to UV light, we have the word 'fluorescence' deriving from English Fluorites. There are some cleaved corners and a few dings, but you gotta know this is an old-timer and comes with a few bits of wear. Lovely and aesthetic, this is classic Weardale piece from a bygone era. Valued $2500 From the collection of East Coast collector, George Elling, specializing in historic minerals of the East Coast and minerals from the development of old European mineralogy.