2.75" Gemmy Green Fluorite Cluster - Okorusu Mine, Namibia

This is a 2.75" wide cluster of lustrous fluorite crystals collected from the famous Okorusu Mine in the Otjozondjupa region of Namibia. The crystals bear an apple-green color and wonderful translucency. Under short-wave UV, the specimen exhibits a vibrant purple fluorescence.

The Okorusu Mine (Okarusu Mine) is located roughly 40 kmilometers (25 miles) north of Otjiwarango in Namibia, Africa. It is an open-pit fluorite mine that occurred as an alkaline igneous-carbonatite ring dike complex where the fluorite replaced pegmatitic carbonatite. Mining at this location started around 1920, only to be closed in 1963. Some additional mining took place after 1988 and much of the fluorite collected was provided to specific dealers for sale on the international market. The open pit mine officially closed in 2014, so the remaining material on the market is old stock. High quality specimens can be difficult to come across as a result of this closure.

The fluorite collected from this mine is famous for exceptional quality and color, ranging from purple to yellow-green and often containing sharp phantoms. These fluorites come from multiple "pits" in the mine, each of which produces their own unique fluorite specimens. Some of these pits contain a variety of rare earth element-bearing minerals, sometimes in significant amounts.

Okorusu Mine (Okarusu Mine), Otjiwarongo, Otjozondjupa Region, Namibia
2.75 x 1.9"