6.8" Spectacular, Blue Cubic Fluorite with Dolomite - Shangbao Mine

This is an incredibly beautiful fluorite, dolomite, quartz, and chalcopyrite association. The largest fluorite crystals feature dark purple edges, with blue-green zones visible within the crystals. Flower-like aggregations of dolomite mixed with quartz crystals are peppered across the fluorite crystals. Small chalcopyrite crystals can be found scattered throughout the specimen as well.

Under both short and long wave UV, these fluorite crystals exhibit a brilliant purple fluorescence. This specimen comes with an acrylic display stand to assist with presentation.

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, with colorless, pink, and black being the rarest.

Fluorite, Dolomite, Quartz & Chalcopyrite
Shangbao Mine, Leiyang Co., Hengyang, Hunan, China
6.8" long, 5.6" wide