12.5" Purple, Cubic, Fluorite with Barite (47 lbs) - Morocco

 
 
 
 
 
This is a massive specimen of purple cubic fluorite crystals that was collected from Taourirt, Morocco. The crystals have sharp, well-defined edges and beautiful purple color throughout. The white mineral that formed over some of the fluorite, is bladed barite. The fluorite itself formed from bladed barite, which can be seen by observing what could be considered the underside of this specimen. One edge of this fluorite crystal cluster contains a small, stepped fluorite crystal formation that resembles a labyrinth.

This crystal cluster weighs 47.5 lbs. It sits nicely on a flat surface without the need of a display stand.

This Fluorite is mined in Morocco, at the El Hammam Mine near Meknès in the Fès-Meknès Region.

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.


DETAILS
SPECIES
Fluorite & Barite
LOCATION
Taourirt Mine, Taourirt, Morocco
SIZE
12.5 x 9.9 x 6.7". Weighs 47.5 lbs
CATEGORY
SUB CATEGORY
ITEM
#110563