Chinese Fluorite Specimens

 

             

I believe Chinese fluorites to be one of the most under appreciated of mineral specimens on today's market.  For about a decade they have been readily available at dirt cheap prices.  That is quickly changing as collectors learn to appreciate their multitudes of colors, forms and associations.  These are specimens to be moved on quickly (remember what happened to Tri-state fluorites!) while many are still available.

 

 

 

OKL-117

OKL-117      Fluorite     Yaogangxian Mine, Hunan Prov., China.  This cube measures 1.9 x 1.8 x 1.5 cm on edge and is complete on all side.  No damage, one contact from another crystal of ?, chalcopyrite accessories, nice luster.   An excellent TN specimen.  Mounted in a perky box.  $40

 

 

 

 

 

 

OKL-118

OKL-118      Fluorite     Yaogangxian Mine, Hunan Prov., China.  This cube measures 2.2 x 2.1 x 2 cm overall and is complete on all side.  Very minor edge damage.  Lower luster.  $40

 

 

 

 

 

 

OKL-116

OKL-116      Fluorite, Quartz, Muscovite    Yaogangxian Mine, Hunan Prov., China.  This cluster of cubes and accessory minerals measures 2.7 x 2.7 x 1.8 cm overall and is complete on all sides.  Very minor edge damage.  Good luster, attractive aggregation and nice form.  $45

 

 

 

 

 

 

OKL-115

OKL-115      Fluorite      Yaogangxian Mine, Hunan Prov., China.  This cluster of cubes measures 3 x 2.6 x 1.5 cm overall and is complete on all sides.  Damage free, good luster, attractive aggregation and nice form.  Not broken on edges as would be expected... the cubes are nicely placed with matrix surrounding all of them.   $60

 

 

 

 

 

 

OKN-215

Back with calcite discs

OKN-215     Fluorite and Calcite     Xianghualing Mine, Hunan Province, China.  Four generations!  82 x 5.2 x 4.2 cm.  Elongated shape.  Frosted luster, one tiny ding on gray fluorite is tough to notice.  Good calcites on back upper edge.  Nice and unusual specimen.  $175

 

 

 

 

 

 

OKN-216

Bottom or back

OKN-216     Fluorite, Calcite, Quartz      near Xinyang, Henan Province.  This location has been described to me as being near the Xinyang Mine but not from the mine itself.  It is similar to the material that surfaced in 2014 but far clearer and not as bright a green.  The crystals are different too: these are reminiscent of the Naica Mexico "Aztec Pyramids" once common on the mineral market.  In any case, they are beautiful so I purchased eight or ten examples.  On this one the crystals are glassy green crystals and totally transparent.  The octahedrons are intergrown and their surfaces completely covered by cubic modifications.  On the octahedron's terminations are seen large, more complex crystal terminations.  The calcites are small and clear  and the quartz is sparse and white.  The backside is somewhat crystallized and there is only a single small area of contact on one edge. 6 x 5.6 x 3.3 cm.  Great miniature sized piece of new fluorite.  $190

 

 

 

 

 

 

OKN-212

Back

OKN-212     Fluorite    Dayu County, Ganzhou Prefecture, Jianhxi Province, China.  A nice grouping of light grape colored fluorites.  Sawn flat on base in order to sit on edge nicely.  Backside is frosted.  Back has several tiny cleaves but the specimen is great from top, sides and front.  Medium luster, nice curved form.  7.7 x 4 x 3.1 cm.  Cubes are up to 1 cm each and some have stepped corners or edges.  $120

 

 

 

 

 

OKN-211

OKN-211     Fluorite      Xianghualing Mine, Hunan Province, China.  Four generations!  8 x 7.1 x 4.5 cm.  Domical shape.  Frosted luster, one tiny ding on top green fluorite is tough to notice.  Nice and unusual specimen.  $200

 

 

 

 

 

 

OKN-197

OKN-197     Fluorite on Pyrite      Xianghualing Mine, Chenzhou, Hunan Province, China.  A nice example of once readily available material.  This triangular shaped plate measures 10.2 x 8.5 x 4.8 cm and is nicely coated by both species on both sides.  The fluorites are cubes modified by dodecs.  There is a little edge contact but the specimen is very clean overall showing no damage to either display face, front or back.  The luster is only moderate, vs. high so the price is rock bottom for a desirable example such as this.  $200

 

 

 

 

 

 

OKN-195

OKN-195      Fluorite and Calcite      near Xinyang, Henan Province.  This location has been described to me as being near the Xinyang Mine but not from the mine itself.  It is similar to the material that surfaced in 2014.  The crystals are different however: these are reminiscent of the Naica Mexico "Aztec Pyramids" once common on the mineral market.  In any case, they are beautiful so I purchased eight or ten example of which this one is the only one of this color.  It is a plate of glassy green crystals that are totally transparent but they have been overgrown but clear fluorite and finally grape purple fluorite.  They are octahedrons to 3.6 cm on edge each with their surfaces completely covered by cubic modifications.  On the octahedron's terminations are often seen large, more complex crystals.  The calcites are small and transparent/ yellow or clear.  Only damage is one tiny tip crystal missing which is only discernable with magnification.  12.2 x 10.3 x 4.3 cm.  Great piece of new fluorite.  $470

 

 

 

 

 

 

OKN-189

OKN-189      Fluorite on Quartz and Garnet     Huanggang Mine, Hexigten Banner, Ulanhan League, Chifeng Prefecture, Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region, China.  Water clear fluorites on clear to milky quartz and below that a base of garnet.  The specimen measures 9.6 x 7.9 x 5 cm overall with fluorites to 4.6 cm across.  The fluorites dominated by the octahedral form with cubes and dodecahedral modifications.  All surfaces are lustrous and clear showing the matrix below and any inclusions.  The inclusions include enhydros and enhydros with bubbles.  Edge contacts but well formed complete crystals on the edges, as well.  No damage.  Another fine example of what has become important contemporary material from Mongolia.  $400

 

 

 

 

 

 

OKN-191    Fluorite on Quartz     Huanggang Mine, Hexigten Banner, Ulanhan League, Chifeng Prefecture, Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region, China.  To date, I have not purchased any of this material to resell.  I have found it to too expensive and seldom aesthetic.  This piece however caught my eye for several reasons.  It includes the normal ball shaped crystals with their deep blue color and rounded faces but the kicker is the large central crystal that it totally different from all of the others I have seen from the location.  This crystal is obviously a large cube.  It also shows accelerated growth along face contacts.  The nicest thing about the piece is that the crystals are well separated and not totally intergrown.  This allows you to really see them clearly and observe how truly strange their crystallography is.  They are on white quartz so the contrast is striking.  The crystals are a deep blue which does not come through well in photos.  They are translucent and have a medium luster.  This piece also has a total lack of damage that is rather rare for this material.  The specimen measures 16 x 15.2 x 6 cm in its longest dimensions and the largest crystal is 3 cm on edge or 4.2 cm in its longest dimension across.  If you have been considering one of these for your collection I would not wait long on this one.  The quality and price make me feel it will find a home quickly.  $700

 

 

 

 

 

 

OKN-192

OKN-192     Fluorite, Calcite, Quartz      near Xinyang, Henan Province.  This location has been described to me as being near the Xinyang Mine but not from the mine itself.  It is similar to the material that surfaced in 2014 but far clearer and not as bright a green.  The crystals are different too: these are reminiscent of the Naica Mexico "Aztec Pyramids" once common on the mineral market.  In any case, they are beautiful so I purchased eight or ten example of which this one is the largest of the green color.  It is a plate of glassy green crystals that are totally transparent.  They are octahedrons to 2.9 cm on edge each with their surfaces completely covered by cubic modifications.  On the octahedron's terminations are sometimes seen large, more complex crystals.  The calcites are small and clear  and the quartz coating the dolomite matrix is also clear.  Striation sawed backside.  No damage. 12.8 x 8.5 x 3 cm.  Great piece of new fluorite.  $340

 

 

 

 

 

 

OKN-169

Back/ bottom

OKN-169      Fluorite     Xianghuapu Mine, Hunan Province, China.  An nice example of this more common material from China.  Nice color, great transparency, modifications by dodechahedral form have cubic overgrowths.  8.5 x 6 x 4.6 cm.  Nice piece!  $80

 

 

 

 

 

 

OKN-164

Bottom

An example of a clear face

OKN-164      Fluorite      Huanggang Mine, Hexigten Banner, Ulanhan League, Chifeng Prefecture, Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region, China.  Different from the others commonly seen from this series of mines.  Cuboctahedral crystals with the cube faces being clear (not frosted) so you can see the internal makeup of the crystal... which is completely gemmy.  Hard to photograph but hopefully this comes through because it is this clarity which makes the specimen quite interesting.  5.5 x 5.1 x 3.5 cm.  One edge of one crystal is cleaved but the piece is complete and a floater and damage free otherwise.  $150

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

OKN-165

OKN-165     Fluorite on Quartz with Pyrite     Shang Bao Mine, Lei Yang, Hunan Province, China.  Anyone who knows fluorites knows these important specimens and all their amazing qualities.  This damage free example is a looker with a well placed, large crystal (2.7 cm) on front and smaller one right behind it on the back of the piece.  8 x 5.2 x 5 cm.  Great colors (greenish blue interior and light purple cube face phantoms), sawn base so it sits perfectly.  Great example and as most of us know, these are getting more and more difficult to get.  I always sell these quickly and never have them in stock except after my Tucson show excursions.  $375

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

OKN-166

OKN-166     Fluorite and Calcite on Dolomite and Quartz  RESERVED  Shang Bao Mine, Lei Yang, Hunan Province, China.  Anyone who knows fluorites knows these important specimens and all their amazing qualities.  This damage free example is a looker with a large crystal measuring approximately 4.5 cm in width on front and a nice calcite as well.  The specimen measures a respectable 9.1 x 7.2 x 6.1 cm overall.  On the back there is a second pocket with large dolomites and a 1.5 cm fluorite.  Great colors (greenish blue interior and light purple cube face phantoms), sculpted base so it sits perfectly.  Great example and as most of us know, these are getting more and more difficult to get.  I always sell these quickly and never have them in stock except after my Tucson show excursions.  Top quality here!  This specimen will include a custom engraved acrylic base.   $550

 

 

 

 

 

 

OKN-156

OKN-156      Fluorite     Xianghuapu Mine, Hunan Province, China.  An exceptional example of more common material from China.... This is on matrix (uncommon), damage free and only shows a couple edge contacts.  Nice color, great transparency, modifications by dodechahedral form have cubic overgrowths.  12.5 x 9 x 4.5 cm.  This created a really attractive contrast often missing in this material but not missing in this example.  Great piece!  $350

 

 

 

 

 

 

OKN-157

OKN-157     Fluorite with Calcite    Xinyang Mine, Henan Province, China.  Bright green material first seen in 2014.  The example here has one very minor stringers of double terminated yellow calcites as an accent to the wonderful crystals.  Their interiors are transparent and their surfaces entirely coated by cubic modifications that are so prominent that the original crystals look botryoidal.  10.1 x 5.2 x 5 cm overall.  No damage.  Sits nicely and views well from any direction.  Great example that is better in hand and has richer color than seen here.  $190

 

 

 

 

 

 

OKN-153

OKN-153     Fluorite with Calcite    Xinyang Mine, Henan Province, China.  Bright green material first seen in 2014.  The example here has minor stringers of double terminated yellow calcites as an accent to the wonderful crystals.  Their interiors are transparent and their surfaces entirely coated by cubic modifications that are so prominent that the original crystals look botryoidal.  9.7 x 9.3 x 3.9 cm overall.  No damage.  Should be cleaned.  $175

 

 

 

 

 

 

OKN-143

Back...Quartz

OKN-143    Fluorite and Quartz    Shang Bao Mine, Hunan Prov., China.  A 8.6 x 5.5 x 3.4 cm plate.  One side fluorite the other is quartz.  Very interesting and attractive.  Both species are at their best for form, luster, etc.  There are very minor rubs in a couple spots but to the eye it is in excellent condition.  $30

 

 

 

 

 

 

OKN-139

OKN-139   Fluorite    Yaogangxian Mine, Hunan Prov., China.  5.3 x 3.9 x 1.3 cm plate with cubes on edge in close to parallel growth.  Micro chipping only that is not noticeable to the eye.  Cute plate of this material.  Nice.  $30

 

 

 

 

 

 

OKN-137

OKN-137    Fluorite     Yaogangxian Mine, Hunan Prov., China.  4.4 x 3.5 x 3.3 cm grouping of multicolored cubes.  Minor chipping.  Good example that sits nicely for display   $20

 

 

 

 

 

 

OKM-100

OKM-100    Fluorite, Quartz and Dolomite    Lieyang, Hunan Province, China.  Ex. Harold L. Dibble collection.  An attractive green cube modified by dodec faces.  Amazing clarity.  Back of fluorite shows contacts from other crystals and a chip/ crack.  Frontal view is very nice, however.  Bright luster on all the species.  $80

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

OKK-680

OKK-680     Fluorite on Mica    Yaogangxian Mine, Bai Shi Du, Chn Xhou, Yizhang County, Hunan Province, China. A well placed single cube with interesting phantoms.  4.1 x 3.8 x 3.2 cm.  Smaller cube is missing but main cube is nice.  $35

 

 

 

 

 

 

OKK-683

OKK-683     Fluorite on Quartz    Yaogangxian Mine, Bai Shi Du, Chn Xhou, Yizhang County, Hunan Province, China. A Single cube on a double terminated quartz.  Back of fluorite is chipped yet the piece is still attractive.  $30

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

OKK-694

Back

OKK-694   Fluorite on Quartz    Xianghualing Mine, Hunan Province, China.  Floater with only the smallest of contact spots on one side.  Damage free plate with clear crystals with all kinds of unusual phantoms.  6.5 x 6.2 x 2 cm.  Cubes are up to 1.8 cm each on edge.  Both sides are interesting and attractive.  $85

 

 

 

 

 

 

OKN-966

Bottom or back

OKN-966    Fluorite    Shangbao Mine, Hunan Prov., China.  Transparent cubes with minor dolomite inclusions and encrustation.  The cluster is a floater with only one cube having a tiny corner cleave.  Excellent condition overall and fine views from any direction.  6.5 x 5.5 x 4.5 cm.  $50

 

 

 

 

 

 

OKM-133

OKM-133    Fluorite    Shang Bao Mine, Hunan Prov., China.  Ex. Harold L. Dibble collection.  Clear cuboctahedral crystals to 1.5 cm each are intergrown into a piece measuring 7.5 x 5 x 3 cm.  Noamage, attractive phantoms, nice luster.  Very nice piece from this important mine.  $175

 

 

 

 

 

 

OKM-824

 

OKM-824     Fluorite on Dolomite    Leiyang, Hunan Prov., China.    Ex. Harold L. Dibble collection.  A large example of this now famous material measuring 14.9 x 9 x 7.5 cm with crystals to 2.2 cm on edge.  Light purple cores dominated by clear overcoats comprise these fluorites.  Cubes modified by dodecs.  Nice form, crystal separation on matrix, luster and crystal coverage.  No damage.  This one would be much higher in price in most cases.   $650

 

 

 

 

 

 

OKM-812

Top View

Bottom

OKM-812     Fluorite     Yaogangxian Mine, Bai Shi Du, Chen Xhou, Yizhang County, Hunan Prov., China.  Ex. Harold L. Dibble collection.  This specimen has what everyone is looking for in an exceptional fluorite of this size (the specimen measures 7.8 x 7 x 4.6 cm with the primary crystal measuring 3.1 cm on edge).  Fantastic mixed colors due to phantoms and being able to see through to the matrix in places.  All sides visible , at least in part, including the base.  Big crystal has a small attachment spot, natural, and not readily evident.  No damage, even to edges and smaller fluorites but one small quartz crystal appears to be missing.  Overall in fantastic condition for a specimen of this quality.  Great balance to the proportions of crystals and matrix.  Sits nicely.    The matrix is muscovite with an unknown mineral coating creating the gray staining on it.  Very high luster and much better in hand.  The material from this mine has become less and less common and never produced many specimens of this high quality, anyway.   $2,500

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

OKM-722

Bottom

OKM-722     Calcite and Fluorite on Quartz with Muscovite and Ferberite     Yaogangxian Mine, Bai Shi Du, Chen Xhou, Yizhang County, Hunan Prov., China.  Famous material that has become more and more difficult to obtain.  This piece measures 8.2 x 8 x 5 cm and has a centrally positioned cube measuring 2.3 cm on edge.  No damage.  Light pink calcite disc chains can be seen in several places, lots of quartz all over, minor sharp ferberites.  An attractive, busy display.  Internal fracturing to the fluorites.  A floater less contact on a very small area of one edge.  Nice!   $290

 

 

 

 

 

 

OKM-724

OKM-724 Fluorite    Xinyang, Henan Prov., China.  This material needs some explanation... first of all, "yes", this is from the HEnan Province not the HUnan Province.  Not a noteworthy area for Chinese specimens. Upon first seeing a few specimens at last year's Tucson show I passed on them because the color was so spectacular (that old saying, "if it is too good to be true, it probably is").  After speaking with numerous other experts I believe they are the real deal, not irradiated, not oiled, not artificial in any way.  The color is not reflected well in the images!  They are spectacular!  This color is unheard of in fluorite.  I would most accurately describe it as between a dark emerald green and a dioptase green!  Cameras have a difficult time capturing the color accurately.  The crystals are small intergrown cubes that in many cases appear to have formed as casts after another botryoidal materal, in plates of solid fluorite or rarely as discrete crystal groups on a carbonate rock.  All are unbelievable display pieces which will brighten any collection. If you collect fluorite you have to have one of these.

This piece seen here measures 9.5 x 8.3 x 2.4 cm overall.  It is composed of solid fluorite in large botryoidal masses, of great luster and rich color. Damage free, with only edge contacts on approximately 50% of its sides.  Very deep color.  Entire specimen is translucent when backlit.  This specimen displays from the front only.  $300

 

 

 

 

 

 

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OKM-725

Much more impressive in-hand. Color a richer green!

OKM-725 Fluorite    Xinyang, Henan Prov., China.  This material needs some explanation... first of all, "yes", this is from the HEnan Province not the HUnan Province.  Not a noteworthy area for Chinese specimens. Upon first seeing a few specimens at last year's Tucson show I passed on them because the color was so spectacular (that old saying, "if it is too good to be true, it probably is").  After speaking with numerous other experts I believe they are the real deal, not irradiated, not oiled, not artificial in any way.  The color is not reflected well in the images!  They are spectacular!  This color is unheard of in fluorite.  I would most accurately describe it as between a dark emerald green and a dioptase green!  Cameras have a difficult time capturing the color accurately.  The crystals are small intergrown cubes that in many cases appear to have formed as casts after another botryoidal materal, in plates of solid fluorite or rarely as discrete crystal groups on a carbonate rock.  All are unbelievable display pieces which will brighten any collection. If you collect fluorite you have to have one of these.

This piece seen here measures 14.2 x 10.7 x 4.4 cm overall.  It is composed of solid fluorite in big botryoidal groups.  The large plate is fully formed on all sides except the bottom edge, and minor areas on one side and lower section on the display face.  These are all natural contacts.  Minor brown calcite is on front of piece with the back being heavily coated by the calcite. Entire specimen is translucent when backlit. Excellent example of this rare material.  $420

 

 

 

 

 

OKM-726

Don't forget the green is not accurate. Much richer color!

OKM-726 Fluorite    Xinyang, Henan Prov., China.  This material needs some explanation... first of all, "yes", this is from the HEnan Province not the HUnan Province.  Not a noteworthy area for Chinese specimens. Upon first seeing a few specimens at last year's Tucson show I passed on them because the color was so spectacular (that old saying, "if it is too good to be true, it probably is").  After speaking with numerous other experts I believe they are the real deal, not irradiated, not oiled, not artificial in any way.  The color is not reflected well in the images!  They are spectacular!  This color is unheard of in fluorite.  I would most accurately describe it as between a dark emerald green and a dioptase green!  Cameras have a difficult time capturing the color accurately.  The crystals are small intergrown cubes that in many cases appear to have formed as casts after another botryoidal materal, in plates of solid fluorite or rarely as discrete crystal groups on a carbonate rock.  Entire specimen is translucent when backlit.  All are unbelievable display pieces which will brighten any collection. If you collect fluorite you have to have one of these.

This piece seen here measures 16.5 x 10.7 x 4 cm overall.  It is composed of solid fluorite in big botryoidal groups.  The large plate is fully formed on all sides with all edges being healed and many showing minor brown calcite overgrowths.  The display face also shows a few small brown calcites.  It is thinner that 4 cm in most areas allowing for more light to transmit through the entire piece as compared to the other specimen like this.  A great price on this one.  $395

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

OKM-720

OKM-720   Fluorite and Inesite on Quartz     Daye Mines, Huangshi, Hubei Prov., China.  A fine plate measuring 10 x 7.2 x 3.3 cm with fluorites modified by dodecahedrons and other forms.  The inestite balls are up to 1.7 cm each and of a light pink color.  The only damage is one small quartz point... missing sheared of at its base.  It can be seen in the upper center of the piece.  I have made a major price adjustment for this.  Great form and luster for all the species present.  Exceptional for the location/species (the inestite).   $450

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

OKL-937

OKL-937    Fluorite     Huanggang Mine, Inner Mongolia, China.  A deep grape purple grouping of nicely formed octahedrons.  Interesting surface growth features.  Excellent condition with only minor edge contacts and fully mineralized on back/ base as well.  10.4 x 5.5 x 4 cm with crystals to over 3 cm on edge.  Unusual and aesthetic.  $195

 

 

 

 

 

 

OKL-938

OKL-938    Fluorite with Hematite     Huanggang Mine, Inner Mongolia, China.  A large specimen measuring 11.5 x 11.6 x 5 cm with a medium bluish purple grouping of octahedral crystals to 3 cm on edge each.  There is secondary overgrowth by lighter octahedra, phantoms, interesting surface features and blades of metallic gray hematites scattered about.  Some edge contacting but no noticeable damage that I can see.  $350

 

 

 

 

 

 

OKL-968

Magnetite

Base?

Dumbell Scepter

OKL-965      Fluorite       Huanggang Mine, Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region, China.  This is the type of specimen that will someday make these Inner Mongolian mines famous.  Here we see a big grouping of octahedral fluorites that are modified by cubes and dodecahedrons.  They are gemmy clear and crystallized on big scepter quartz crystals.  Everything is high in luster, so much so that the quartz and fluorites blend together.  The largest quartz scepter is a dumbbell measuring 8.5 cm long.  Also, adding contrast are black magnetite crystals to almost 2 cm each!  The entire specimen measures 11.2 x 9 x 6 cm.  I think these fluorites are equal tot he best clear fluorites to ever have come from Russia.  Photos can not due this big damage free specimen justice.  It is a floater!!!  Minor dolomite crystals.  It may look like a lot of money for a mineral specimen but this may actually be the best buy on my web site.  I know other dealers would be asking the price of a decent automobile for this specimen.  Comes with a custom engraved acrylic base.    $2,300

 

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