5.45" Purple Botryoidal Fluorite, China

 
 
Here is a beautiful specimen of botryoidal purple fluorite from Henan Province, China. Although there are a few small natural abrasions, the crystal is in overall great shape, and is a slightly translucent dark purple.

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.
DETAILS
SPECIES
Fluorite
LOCATION
Minggang Mine, Henan Province, China
SIZE
5.44x5.15"
CATEGORY
SUB CATEGORY
ITEM
#31863