5.6" Dark Blue, Cubic/Octahedral Fluorite on Quartz - Inner Mongolia

This is an alluring, deep-blue fluorite specimen collected from the Number 4 Mine in the Huanggang Fe-Sn deposit of Inner Mongolia, China. The fluorite crystals have a cubic-octahedral structure to them, a unique characteristic of the fluorite coming from this deposit. The fluorite crystals formed from a bed of milky-grey quartz crystals.

Comes with an acrylic display stand.

The "Huanggang Mine" is a complex of seven somewhat interconnected mines that are located near Chifeng City, Inner Mongolia, China. Incredible mineral specimens started coming out of this mining complex around 2009, however, the location provided for the specimens was a long ways away from the actual site. This is a practice commonly performed by dealers/miners following a new discovery to try and preserve the mineral site's true location and/or for political purposes.

As the popularity of the site increased, more and more fascinating specimens were popping up on the market. Some of the earlier minerals included world-class ilvaite crystals, pink fluorite octahedrons, hedenbergite included quartz (many of which were discarded at first) and arsenopyrite. Over the following years, garnets, pink manganoan calcite, gorgeous fluorites, sphalerite, löllingite, borcarite, scheelite and a variety of other minerals began to surface on the market. To this day, new mineral discoveries are made in these mines.

A brief description of the mine and minerals from the Huanggang Deposit.

DETAILS
SPECIES
Fluorite & Quartz
LOCATION
No. 4 Mine, Huanggang Fe-Sn deposit, Inner Mongolia, China
SIZE
5.6 x 3.4"
CATEGORY
SUB CATEGORY
ITEM
#195200