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    BOTRYOIDAL FLUORITE - 'THE PURPLE TURTLE'
    Dongqiyishan Fluorite Deposit, Alxa, Nei Mongol Autonomous Region, China
    This spherical Fluorite aggregate is one of the largest ones known. Deep blue-violet in transmitted light, its unpolished exterior displays an odd semi-druzy luster in reflection. There is a second, smaller aggregate, off to one side that looks vaguely like a head, hence the 'turtle' sobriquet. Large, botryoidal Fluorites left in their natural state are rare, if it wasn't for this locality, they would be non-existent. In fine condition. 9 x 8 x 4 ½ inches.


    Estimate: $10,000 - $12,000.

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    Auction Dates
    June, 2008
    8th Sunday
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