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5.8" Carved, Purple Fluorite Skull - China
This is a 5.8" long hand carved/polished skull made out of purple fluorite, mined in China. The quality of the polish and sculpting is phenomenal. The superior portion of this skull contains a section of fluorite that doesn't display the same aesthetic appeal as the remainder of the skull. That being said, there is no indication that this is repair work, but instead natural "imperfections" that occurred during formation.
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.