Dragon Minerals - Update January 4, 2019

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21680: Fluorite - $75
Elmwood Mine, Carthage, Smith County, Tennessee
Miniature - 5.0 x 4.6 x 2.9 cm (2.0 x 1.8 x 1.1 inches)
Weight - 66 grams (0.15 pounds)
Specimen status: Available    Send an email to order

A cluster of shape fluorite crystals that appear deep purple when light from the front, but nearly transparent and much lighter purple when illuminated from behind. This is because the specimen consists of a colorless fluorite core, with a deep purple rind. Whether this is a result of two generations of fluorite deposition, or some surface event after the crystal cluster grew is unclear. This specimen was photographed under white LED light, but because fluorite color can vary somewhat with light source, the color may be more blue under your lights. On the display side the fluorite faces are peppered with tiny chalcopyrites, each surrounded by a ring of nearly black fluorite. Displays nicely without needing a stand. Except for the usual edge and back issues, no damage is seen.

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