Fluorite with interesting "snowball" inclusions

Shangbao Mine, Leiyang Co., Hengyang, Hunan, China
8.8 x 6.7 x 5.3 cm
Start Time: 11/07/2019 6:30:00 pm (CST)
End Time: 11/14/2019 6:40:00 pm (CST)
Auction Closed

Item Description

A cool display specimen of Fluorite from the famous Shangbao Mine featuring a cluster of intergrown crystals that show predominant square cubic faces and tiny stepped dodecahedral modifications along the edges. The largest Fluorite measures 1.7 cm across. The Fluorites are quite gemmy and show a mix of soft purple and colorless hues, but the most interesting aspect is that the "cores" of most of the crystals are unusual "snowball"-like inclusions unlike anything I've seen from Shangbao. The piece is crystallized on all sides and is nearly a "floater", but there are a few contacts that keep it from being pristine all over. Minor associated prismatic Quartz a bit of metallic Pyrite can be seen on the piece for a nice contrast. Showy, three-dimensional, good quality and the odd inclusions in the Fluorites makes it all the more intriguing. From a prominent collection from the Midwest that we purchased earlier this year.