Collector's Piece: Phantom Fluorite, Quartz, Epidote, Arsenopyrite & Calcite
Dimension: 7cm x 6.2cm x 4.5cm
Locality: Yaogangxian Mine, Yaogangxian W-Sn ore field, Yizhang Co., Chenzhou, Hunan, China
A spectacular cabinet-sized specimen from the famous Yaogangxian Mine in China, showcasing 5 minerals in one piece: Fluorite, Quartz, Epidote, Arsenopyrite and Calcite. It features a large, significant Purplish-Blue Fluorite with deep purple color zoning. The Fluorite is measuring 4cm across and exhibits breathtaking terminations. Half of the specimen is composed of dozens of Disc-Shaped Calcite (var. Manganoan) arranged into a stalactite structure with several Clear Phantom Quartz Points emerged from the Fluorite. Traces of Arsenopyrite and dusts of Micro-Epidote in grass-green color adding real pizzazz to the piece, so gorgeous and magnificent!
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.