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||Fluorite 'Artwork' - $30
De'an Fluorite Mine, Wushan, De'an County, Jiujiang, Jiangxi, China
Miniature - 5.6 x 5.5 x 4.9 cm
Ex Carol and Ed Headley collection
Specimen status: Available Send an email with specimen number to order
This nicely translucent amber-brown fluorite 'trailer hitch' specimen was sold as natural, but the broad consensus among professional mineral dealers is that it is faked. The method of production is unclear, as it shows no tool marks or broken crystals. I suspect it was produced by air abrasion, resulting is a somewhat ovoid 'sphere' (4.4 x 3.9 cm). Examination under either longwave or shortwave UV reveals a blue-white fluorescence. Banded growth is also revealed; the orientation of the bands is a strong hint this is an 'artwork' specimen. Regardless, it's neat and sits nicely on its 'natural' fluorite base as shown. Ex Carol and Ed Headley collection.