Dragon Minerals - June 16, 2020 Update

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Fluorite and Quartz - $24
De'an Fluorite Mine, Wushan, De'an County, Jiujiang, Jiangxi, China
Small cabinet - 7.5 x 6.0 x 3.1 cm (3.0 x 2.4 x 1.2 inches)
74 grams (0.16 pounds)
Specimen status: Available     Send an email with specimen number to order

At the De'an Fluorite Mine, fluorite occurs as crystals enveloped in massive quartz. The quartz is partially removed by etching with hydrofluoric acid, resulting a slightly frosty fluorite crystals in or on a bed of pockmarked to spiky, opaque quartz. (I shudder to think of the volume of very nasty hydrofluoric acid used to produce thousands of specimens, or the environmental consequences of irresponsibly disposing of all this waste.) This example features a 3.8 cm pair of lightly frosted and translucent green fluorite octahedra, accompanied by a smaller 1.1 cm fluorite off to the size. The apparently rough edges where the larger cluster meets the matrix are merely growth features and not damage. A good example of this classic material, which sits nicely for display on its naturally flat base. This material was once abundant in mineral dealer stocks, but has more or less disappeared in recent years.

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