4.5" Blue, Cubic Fluorite Crystal Cluster - New Mexico

 
This is a beautiful specimen of blue cubic fluorite crystals, collected from Bingham, New Mexico. The fluorite formed from a quartz encrusted matrix and the base of this specimen has been cut flat, allowing for aesthetic presentation without the need of a display stand.

These crystals have nice fluorescent properties under both long wave and short wave UV lighting. This fluorite crystal cluster fluoresces blue-purple under long wave UV.

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.

Silicon Dioxide, also know as SiO2 or Quartz, is the second most abundant mineral in the Earth's crust. Quartz crystals generally grow in silica-rich, hot watery solutions called hydrothermal environments, at temperatures between 100°C and 450°C, and usually under very high pressure. Quartz veins are formed when open fissures are filled with hot water during the closing stages of mountains forming, and can be hundreds of millions of years old.

DETAILS
SPECIES
Fluorite & Quartz
LOCATION
Bingham, Socorro County, New Mexico
SIZE
4.5 x 3"
CATEGORY
ITEM
#100985