Fluorite (XXXVII)Regular price $575.00
3.5 x 2.3 x 1.7 Inches
9 x 6 x 4.5 Centimeters
This is a fantastic specimen of fluorite from the well known Okorusu Mine in Namibia. Both sides of the specimen present very well, the crystals are intergrown and exhibit great transparency and luster. The crystal faces have interesting growth patterns that add to the complexity of the entire specimen. You will also notice from the pictures it has a strong shortwave UV reaction!
The word Fluorite derived from the Latin "fluo" - to flow, because the mineral is used as a flux in iron smelting.
Fluorites from certain localities exhibit a very strong fluorescence, due to impurities in the crystal. In 1852 the phenomenon of fluorescence was named after fluorite. It also gave the name to its constitutive element fluorine.
Fluorite has a wide range of colors, which depends on impurities, exposure to radiation, and the size of the color centers. Color distribution is often zonal or spotty.
Fluorite is found as a common gangue mineral in hydrothermal veins, especially those containing lead and zinc minerals. It is also found in some greisens, granites, pegmatites and high-temperature veins, and as a component of some marbles and other metamorphic rocks.
Credit: Mindat.org & Gemdat.org
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Thumbnail: 0.2 to 3 Centimeters / .0625 - 1.118 Inches
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