3" Lustrous Purple Cubic Fluorite Crystals - Morocco

This specimen of purple cubic fluorite crystals comes from Taourirt, Morocco. The majority of the crystals have sharp, well-defined edges with smooth faces. There is also bladed barite present on this beautiful specimen.

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.

Fluorite, Barite
Taourirt Mine, Taourirt, Morocco
3 x 2.5", Largest cube 0.53"