William Wise Mine, Westmoreland, Cheshire County, New Hampshire, USA
The Wise Mine is famous for the finest green octahedral fluorite in the U.S. and, only rivaled by some of the material from South Africa, so it certainly competes for worldwide recognition as well. This large piece is from the mine owner's collection and was collected by him in the well-documented Glory Pocket of 1991, the pocket with the best color and crystal size in recent memory. It is composed of two main crystals and is unusual. The Fluorites are sharp with minimal etching or resorption effects of later fluids that dissolve some of the Fluorite away. Few ever come out with such form and in such size. Remarkably it is undamaged, with only a clean cleave at the bottom where it was removed from the pocket. It was originally from the collection of mine owner, Robert Borofsky, in the early 2000s, who believed this is one of the top few specimens of quality and color to come from the mine in the 35 years he has been associated with it. The mine is mainly used for gem rough material for the jewelry market - specimens are incidental happy accidents and preserved when possible. Without a doubt, this is a major and significant USA Fluorite with exceptional size, weighing 3.5 pounds and color.
Measurements: 4.53 x 3.94 x 3.58 inches (11.50 x 10.00 x 9.10 cm)
Provenance: The Collection of a Southern Gentleman, Ex. Robert Borofsky Collection
Estimated Gallery Pricing: $7,000
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