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    PINK FLUORITE
    Argentière Glacier, Chamonix, Haute-Savoie, Rhône-Alpes, France
    Of all of the colors of Fluorite that are known, the deep "pink" Fluorite of the Alps is valued most highly. Besides the unique coloration, another component contributing to the values may be the frequently lethal conditions associated with the numerically small number of specimens actually excavated from icy cavities in the shattered rock walls in the French Alps. This striking specimen came from the famous pocket found in one vertical face high above the village of Chamonix, by strahler Frederic Eva in 2006-07: this find is considered by many to have produced the finest pink Fluorites of modern times. A classic example of the type, it is both large and sharp, and displays the octahedral habit typical of alpine pink Fluorite in general. In actuality, the color tends toward a saturated, reddish tint, rather than the more typical pastel pink. Like most specimens extracted from this pocket, it was found as a loose, unattached group of stout crystals, accompanied by a little colorless Quartz. Minor attachment points displayed on the backs and some sides, otherwise almost a complete "floater". This rare piece with excellent large crystals measures a sizable 3 x 2½ x 1¾ inches (7.6 x 6.4 x 4.4 cm) and has a custom base.


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    May, 2012
    20th Sunday
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