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    PINK FLUORITE ON PYRITE
    Huanzala Mine, Huallanca District, Dos de Mayo Province, Huánuco Department, Peru
    For hundreds of years it has been believed that the only occurrences of Fluorite specimens of a pink hue have been "klufts" - fissures and cavities exposed on the cliff faces of the High Alps of France and Switzerland. The sports of rock and mountain climbing owe their origins to "Strahlers": people who scale the cold and forbidding towers of stone in search of the crystal treasures exposed on their granite flanks. The discovery of similar pink Fluorite in Peru in 1981 shattered this long held assumption. The Strahlers of the High Alps were in no danger of unemployment, since the Peruvian find was not an extensive one: specimens as large as this one were few in number at the time and since that find has not been repeated - even harder to find now. This group is composed of approximately 20 crystals, up to 1¼ inches on edge distributed over the front, back and one side of a fin of Pyrite with minor sprinkling of black Sphalerite. The octahedral Fluorite crystals show the typical light green cores visible inside limpid pink exteriors. From a European collection that acquired it in 1981, it has remained with the original owner until now. There is minor nicking to some Pyrite edges, otherwise it is pristine and measures 7¼ inches long x 4¼ inches wide x 3½ inches thick.

    Provenance: ex. Private European Collection


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    Auction Dates
    June, 2011
    12th Sunday
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