Phantom Fluorite with Quartz, Epidote and Muscovite from Yaogangxian Mine, China
Dimension: 4.1cm x 3.4cm x 3.1cm
Locality: Yaogangxian Mine, Yizhang Co., Hunan Province, China
Acquired in 2005 from one of the world’s premier Fluorite mines – the Yaogangxian Mine in China, this gorgeous combination specimen is very 3-dimensional and beautiful. Several Quartz points embedded in the Fluorite display excellent transparency and luster. Some area of the Fluorite crystals and surfaces of the Quartz points are Epidote-included, adding extra colorations to the piece, fantastic! A small patch of Muscovite crystals is attached to the base of a Quartz point for added uniqueness. The Fluorite crystals exhibit all kinds of wonderful phantoms and color zoning – wisps of deep purple phantoms, distinct purple rims and a representative centered “window” color zoning, mesmerizing! And they display a bright purple-blue fluorescence under UV lighting 365nm. This is certainly a choice, outstanding Fluorite for its complex formations, subtle contrasts and overall condition. Comes with a high quality acrylic display box.
Yaogangxian mine produces some of the world's top quality Fluorite specimens and the area had already been shut down for mining for years. Specimens from this locality are now very sort after by mineral collectors around the world. I can no longer acquire new Yaogangxian specimens from the source because the price has tripled. Luckily we had acquired a decent quantity of the best pieces back in 2004-2005, some of them had been kept as my father’s personal Yaogangxian collections. I highly recommend everyone to at least collect one Yaogangxian piece because this locality is just too remarkable and important.
Fluorite's Maintenance Advice:
Fluorite is extremely susceptible to sunlight, some colors 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.