Shangbao Mine, Leiyang County, Hengyang Prefecture, Hunan Province, China
Beautiful lilac to deep purple crystals of fluorite show classic shape and color zoning characteristic of the Shangbao Mine of China. The crystals are perfect and show the “cuboctahedral” form which is the octahedral diamond shape modified by cubic faces square shape. Close examination shows that the octahedral faces have selective etching while the cube faces remain smooth. Many of the centers and edges have a darker purple for a pretty effect. The fluorites are highlighted by the creamy, wet appearing dolomite crystals showing small saddle formations. All around this piece is complete and a great piece of this highly sought locality.
3.00 x 9.00 x 7.50 cm