DescriptionELEGANT FLUORITE BOWL
This beautiful bowl was carved by a Chinese master craftsman from one single piece of rainbow fluorite, and boasts all the desirable elements associated with this sought-after mineral. Almost the entire piece displays characteristic delicate translucence, and the rough boulder with which the master craftsmen started has been artfully carved in such a way as to highlight the natural banding of clear material with lustrous bottle green and deep purple plum coloring. In some areas, the "crazy paving" effect of the crystal growth creates natural individual windows of clarity between the more clouded or darker areas, and a lamellar plane running horizontally around the vertical centre represents another element of the mineral's natural inner structure. The bowl curves delicately inwards at the rim and sits on an integral turned foot; it measures 6½ inches in diameter and 4¼ inches high and is presented in a Chinese fabric covered box.
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