Pyrite, Dolomite, Fluorite, Quartz and Epidote from Yaogangxian Mine
Dimension: 5.3cm x 3cm x 2.2cm
Weight: 32g / 160 carat
Locality: Yaogangxian Mine, Yaogangxian W-Sn ore field, Yizhang Co., Chenzhou, Hunan, China
This beautiful piece was purchased by my father in around 2004-05 in China, and kept until now in his personal Chinese minerals collection of miniatures and small cabinet pieces. It features a group of creamy white Dolomite aesthetically dusted with extremely sparkly micro-crystals of Pyrite intergrown with deep purple Fluorite cubes. The Pyrite crystals are in a rare platinum gold color, outstanding! The other side of the piece is dominated by a clear Quartz point with great luster and beautiful inclusions. Traces of Epidote in olive-green color can also be observed on the underside of the piece, so stunning!
Yaogangxian mine produces some of the world's top quality fluorite crystals and the area had already been shut down for mining due to environmental protection. Specimen from this locality are now very sort after by mineral collectors.
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.