Description

    Fluorite on Dolomite with Calcite
    Shangbao Mine, Leiyang Co., Hengyang Prefecture, Hunan Province, China

    Very few mineral specimens can be considered a perfect "10." Simply stated, this Shangbao matrix Fluorite specimen is perfect. It is not "kind of," not "close to," not "almost" ... it is just perfect. From the pale green, transparent core to the purple tinted cube faces. From the cream colored Dolomite matrix to the admixed scalenohedral Calcites with pale yellow terminations. All surfaces are undamaged and pristine. There is a magic to fine Fluorite specimens like this. This gorgeous specimen came from a pocket found in 2012 - a small pocket from which only a few select specimens emerged. The Fluorite group is 2.1 inches (5.3 cm) across. It is in the details that its appeal can truly be explained: though the Fluorite is cubic, it has multiple stepped faces and a luster that isn't quite glassy and isn't quite matte. It is quite transparent as the blue-violet core can be seen through an aqua blue-green exterior. The combined effect generated is startling in its power - it is a modern classic. It comes with a custom base.
    Overall Measurements: 4.8 x 3.6 x 3.1 inches (12.2 x 9.1 x 7.9 cm)

    Provenance: Ex. Chinese Mineral Dealer's Private Collection


    Estimate: $30,000 - $50,000.

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    October, 2015
    4th Sunday
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