Collector's Piece: Fluorite with Mica from Weilasituo Silver Mine, Mongolia
Dimension: 6.5cm x 4.5cm x 6.6cm
Locality: Weilasituo Ag-polymetallic deposit, Hexigten Banner, Ulanhad League, Inner Mongolia, China
A winning display piece from the less known locale of Inner Mongolia called Weilasituo, it is a famous silver mine for the Chinese and has been in operations for decades. Colorful, cubic crystals of transparent, intense aqua blue Fluorite with phantoms inside whose center are beautifully colored with a rich purple blush and a white center zoning. The color combinations are extremely rare and it is insanely pretty in person! The inner crystals, with their purple and white center zoning, formed first, and in a later generation of growth, were enveloped by clear intense aqua blue Fluorite, dramatic and phenomenal! The creamy yellow colored Mica crystals with a botryoidal crystal structure add real pizzazz to the piece, outstanding and one-of-a-kind.
This was acquired by myself when I visited Inner Mongolia back in 2016, together with a few species of the same. Sadly I haven't seen anything similar since then so this is the last piece that I have.
Fluorite's Maintenance Advice:
Fluorite is extremely susceptible to sunlight, some colours fade slower than others, but they all fade under sunlight. The effect also happens under normal halogen light. Therefore keep Fluorite in a darker part of the home, away from direct sunlight unless it needs to be cleansed and charged. To cleanse and charge Fluorite, just pop it on a windowsill out of direct sunlight or even on a cloudy day for 10 minutes. If it doesn't feel like that is enough, you can use reiki or sound too.