Fluorite with Pyrite and Calcite from Yaogangxian Mine
Dimension: 4.4cm x 2.8cm x 2.7cm
Locality: Yaogangxian Mine, Yaogangxian W-Sn ore field, Yizhang Co., Chenzhou, Hunan, China
An absolute Yaogangxian beauty! This is a highly representative piece which has perfect, complex intergrown and terminations, rims are aesthetically outlined in deeper purple color. Having an attractive pastel blue center zoning, the Fluorite crystal is lustrous with great transparency. Brassy-gold micro-crystals of Pyrite finely "dusted" in places and highlighted by ribbon-like Rosette Calcite crystals, it is such an extraordinary piece!
This belongs to my father's personal Chinese minerals collection which was purchased in around 2004-05. This level of Fluorite is hardly seen and almost impossible to obtain even at the source now as mining activities are restricted in the Yaogangxian area. Fine specimens from this locale are now very sort after by collectors in the world.
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.