1.3" Purple Cube-Dodecahedron Fluorite on Sparkling Quartz - China

This beautiful specimen features a lustrous, deep-purple fluorite crystal with unique cube-dodecahedron faces, that formed over a bed of micro-quartz crystals. It was collected from the Xia Yang Mine in Yongchun County, China.

The specimen has been mounted to an acrylic display base with mineral tack.

Fluorite is a halide mineral comprised of calcium and fluorine, CaF2. The word fluorite is from the Latin fluo-, which means "to flow". In 1852 fluorite gave its name to the phenomenon known as fluorescence, or the property of fluorite to glow a different color depending upon the bandwidth of the ultraviolet light it is exposed to. Fluorite occurs commonly in cubic, octahedral, and dodecahedral crystals in many different colors. These colors range from colorless and completely transparent to yellow, green, blue, purple, pink, or black. Purples and greens tend to be the most common colors seen, and colorless, pink, and black are the rarest.

Fluorite & Quartz
Xia Yang Mine, Yongchun County, Fujian Province, China
1.3 x 1"