7.2" Blue Stepped Fluorite Crystals on Smoky Quartz - China
This is a 7.2" wide specimen from China has a lot going on! It features blue, stepped fluorite crystals that formed in association with small-large smoky quartz crystals, pyrite, chalcopyrite and multiple unidentified minerals.. Dependent on the preferred mineral, this specimen could be displayed multiple ways with the accompanied metal/acrylic display stand.
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.