Xianghuapu Mine, Xianghualing Orefield, Linwu Co., Chenzhou Prefecture, Hunan Province, China

    Although the label attests that this excellent Fluorite is from "Shan Fua Lin," this locality was probably fabricated in order to throw off would-be competitors to the supply chain that furnished this piece. It is most likely from the Xianghuapu Mine. This theory is supported by the absolute similarity of color and form that are shown by this specimen, matched with the material from that well-known locality. Like other known Xianghuapu material, it shows simple cubic form with no modifications and limpidly transparent outer regions of a lovely mint green, surrounding a "phantom" zone of grayish, cubical form deep in the centers of the crystals and has a brilliant luster. The largest crystal measures some 2.25 inches (5.65 cm) on edge. There are traces of a gray shale or limestone matrix on the backside, but no other matrix is present. It is in pristine condition.
    Overall Measurements: 6.25 x 3.97 x 2.67 inches (15.9 x 10.1 x 6.8 cm)
    Offered at no reserve.

    Provenance: Roberts Minerals [Hoppel #D0817]

    Estimate: $15,000 - $20,000.

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    Auction Dates
    May, 2014
    4th Sunday
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