CYP01 Fluorite
Yindu Mine, Chifeng Pref., Inner Mongolia A.R., China
13.7x 6.6x 2.6 cm
$1700

A beautiful cabinet sized specimen of fluorite cubes scattered on matrix, these have deep purple cores and ultra-transparent, light green outer layer.  This comes from a pocket discovered with the last month.

Most specimens from this find were thumbnails, though I was quite happy to come across these larger plates.  Because of the way blasting is done, it is somewhat unusual to find good, larger pieces-- and often times the larger ones are somewhat lacking in terms of color or internal features, or they require backlighting that is nearly impossible because of the opaque matrix. 

Because the camera auto balances the brightness, and because of the transparency of the outer layers, these are a bit difficult to photograph, for a better idea of what this looks like, please see the video of this specimen:


There are a couple broken crystals, though I still think this is great for Yindu, there is just something very satisfying about the cubiness of the crystals, and the way they are scattered on the matrix. 













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