Quartz ("phantom" and highly compressed crystals) with Fluorite

Yaogangxian Mine, Yaogangxian W-Sn ore field, Yizhang Co., Chenzhou Prefecture, Hunan Province, China
9.3 x 7.5 x 5.7 cm
Start Time: 08/22/2019 6:45:00 pm (CDT)
End Time: 08/29/2019 6:45:00 pm (CDT)
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Item Description

This mine has produced some of the most iconic specimens from any Chinese locality. The Fluorites are world famous for their quality, variety of colors and associations. Although this piece features Fluorite, I consider to be a Quartz specimen first as it is the most interesting aspect of the piece in my mind. The main crystal is a 7.6 cm long sharp, lustrous, gemmy colorless hexagonal prism which features a beautiful distinct internal "phantom" floating inside. Additionally, there is a HIGHLY compressed (i.e., tabular) group of doubly-terminated Quartz crystals on the front / display side of the specimen measuring 3.2 cm long. The contrast between these two notably different habits so close to one another is truly impressive and rarely seen from this locality. The Fluorite cubes are sharp and gemmy with a rich purple hue and measure up to 2.6 cm on edge. Associated silvery crystals of Arsenopyrite along with beige colored rhombs of Dolomite and minor sparkling golden Pyrite make for wonderful accents on this showy, three-dimensional display piece. No major damage of note, but there is a small nick on the tip of the big Quartz crystal. This is an old specimen dating back to around 2005, and this particular style is very hard to find on the market these days. If you missed out on these back in the day, or if you've always wanted to get your hand on a nice presentation quality specimen of this attractive material, here's a great opportunity to pick one up for a great discounted priced. Originally valued at $2,700 in the inventory.

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