Fluorite on dolomite
description: <p style="text-align: justify;">LOCALITY: Shangbao Mine, Hunan Province, China <br /><br />3" across <br /><br />Although this piece is relatively small, it is an elite fluorite specimen since: <br /><br />(a) The fluorite crystal is intensely colored. The deepness of the color does not obscure the clarity. <br /><br />(b) All of the edges and vertices of the fluorite crystal are pristine. Fluorite crystals in pristine condition from any locality are relatively rare since fluorite is a soft mineral (hardness 4) with perfect octahedral cleavage. It is not uncommon to see cubic crystals with their corners cleaved off and this often destroys their value to a discriminating collector. <br /><br />(c) The faces of the fluorite crystal display a glassy luster. Even most fine but much larger Shangbao fluorite specimens are not as lustrous. <br /><br />(d) The fluorite crystal is on a well proportioned matrix of bright-white dolomite. <br /><br />(e) The contrast in color and texture between the fluorite crystal and dolomite matrix is pleasing. Glassy and purple on bright-white and somewhat earthy. <br /><br />(f) The fluorite crystal displays interesting phantoms. <br /><br />(g) The fluorite crystal consist of a simple cube with octahedral modifications on the edges. The edge faces are frosted. The frosting does not detract from the general esthetics of this specimen. <br /><br />There is little doubt that Shangbao is one of the world's greatest and most highly sought after fluorite localities and this is a wonderful example of among the best pieces removed from this famous locality.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;"> </p> <p style="text-align: justify;">This piece was bought from Michel Jouty at the Tucson Show in 1999.  </p> <p style="text-align: justify;"> </p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Photo by Matthew Webb of Melbourne, Victoria, Australia  </p>
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