1.6" Cubic Purple-Blue Fluorite with Pyrite - Yaogangxian Mine

This is a fluorite crystal cluster that formed in association with pyrite and quartz. The fluorite has multiple phantoms within the crystals, varying between purple and blue layers. This specimen was collected from the Yaogangxian Mine in China.

Under shortwave UV, the crystals fluoresce purple.

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.


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SPECIES
Fluorite, Pyrite & Quartz
LOCATION
Yaogangxian Mine, Nanling Mountains, Hunan Province, China
SIZE
1.6" wide
CATEGORY
SUB CATEGORY
ITEM
#161557