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.

 

 

 

OKM-812

Top View

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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

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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

 

 

 

 

 

 

OKL-980

OKL-981   Fluorite   Huanggang Mine, Inner Mongolia, China.  Transparent, slightly frosted octahedron modified by cube.  Mounted in a perky box.  Strong contacts back and bottom, no damage.  2.1 x 2.1 x 2 cm.  $25

 

 

 

 

 

 

OKL-982

OKL-982   Fluorite   Huanggang Mine, Inner Mongolia, China.  Transparent crystal with contacts to back and bottom but no damage to main display faces.  Slightly frosted.  1.9 x 1.7 x 1.6 cm.  Mounted in a perky box.  $25

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

OKL-963

 

OKL-963     Fluorite     Xiefang Mine, Ruijin County, Ganzhou Prefecture, Jiangxi Province, China.  This is very uncommon material that I was lucky enough to find in a couple examples this year.  It is most noted for having the two generations of fluorite with cubes following octahedrons.  The cubes are modified by dodecahedrons and the octahedrons faces are modified by cubes.  Wild!  The specimen is a slightly deeper green than the photos and the cubes are clear and have purple phantoms.  The color is much deeper than the other two previously posted specimens.   4.2 x 3 x 2.6 cm.  Zero damage.  Floater!  This is very similar to the last specimens (likely the same pocket) and it is difficult to show all that is going on here. If you like small, attractive, unusual specimens this might be the one for you.  Again, better in hand.   Comes with a custom engraved acrylic base.   $350

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

OKL-958

 

OKL-958      Fluorite on Quartz     Huanggang Mine, Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region, China.  Beautiful, transparent, slightly purple cubes modified by dodecaherons.  Some crystals have tan colored rhombs of dolomite as small inclusions.  No damage, minor edge contacts.  7.5 x 6.4 x 5.5 cm.  Displays great. Comes with a custom engraved acrylic base.  A steal at $375

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

OKL-952

tetrahexahedral?

OKL-952     Fluorite, Calcite, Quartz, Pyrite    Xianghuapu Mine, Xianghauling, Linwu County, Chenzhou Prefecture, Hunan Province, China.  This is new material from the locality that is quite different from previous fluorites and likely amongst the finest and most interesting fluorite to come out of China in quite some time.  An 11 x 8.2 x 4 cm piece with cubic fluorite crystals to 2.2 cm on edge. The edges of the crystals have very strange modifications that I have not seen before that appear as small bevels to the cube intersections.  They can be clearly seen in the images but are rather difficult to describe.  The color is a light green with light blue phantoms in some of the larger cubes.  Also light sprinkles of pyrite as coatings and inclusions.  The calcites are white with "Mercedes Benz" cross shaped pyrite coatings on their surfaces.  Nice luster, no damage... a very fine example of this unusual material.  Some sawing on backside was used to recover or trim the piece.  Very aesthetic and very unusual.  Comes with a custom engraved acrylic base.  $750

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

OKL-953

ENHYDROS

Calcite on backside of specimen.

OKL-953      Fluorite, Calcite, Quartz, Pyrite      Xianghuapu Mine, Xianghauling, Linwu County, Chenzhou Prefecture, Hunan Province, China.  This is new material from the locality that is quite different from previous fluorites and likely amongst the finest and most interesting fluorite to come out of China in quite some time.  Green octahedrons overgrown with green cubes having some really interesting features... such as tetrahexahedral modifications and ENHYDROS in most crystals.  Many are clearly visible to the eye.  Most crystals have four water inclusions with a nice bubble!  Nice luster, form, and even some interesting calcite on the back.  Blue phantoms!  8.9 x 7 x 4.3 cm.  This is way under priced for all that is here.  No damage and displays great on the custom base.  (mistake on the first pic, yes it is $600)     $600

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

OKL-956

OKL-956     Fluorite and Quartz     Xiefang Mine, Ruijin County, Ganzhou Prefecture, Jiangxi Province, China.  This is very uncommon material that I was lucky enough to find in a couple examples this year.  It is most noted for having the two generations of fluorite with cubes following octahedrons.  The cubes are modified by dodecahedrons and the octahedrons faces are modified by cubes.  Wild!  The specimen is a slightly deeper green than the photos and the cubes are clear and have purple phantoms at the octahedron's tips and some even have quartz inclusions.  The color is better represented in the photos (yet still a little dull) but the high luster is not.  

 

 

 

 

 

 

OKL-950

OKL-950     Fluorite on Quartz     De'an Fluorite Mine, Wushan, Jiujiang Prefecture, Jiangxi Province, China.  Maybe these crystals get bigger but I've never seen one even close to the size of this monster.  The large crystal measures 11 cm across (8 cm on edge)!  That is simply huge for these specimens.  The piece measures 17.6 x 10 x 8 cm.  The backside has a coating of wax as all these specimens are etched from the quartz to expose the fluorites.  These translucent, grape purple crystals are perfectly exposed and damage free.  Displays great.  An important piece.  Comes with a custom engraved acrylic base.  $2,500

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

OKK-820

OKK-820     Fluorite     Xianghuapu Mine, Hunan Province, China.  Beautifully colored, light green fluorite crystals with no matrix.  They are cubes highly modified by dodecahedrons.  The faces are glassy and with a high luster.  You can clearly see into them as they are totally transparent.  5.2 x 4 x 2.6 cm with crystals to 2 cm on edge.  Nice condition with only a 2 mm internal chip.  $55

 

 

 

 

 

 

OKK-821

OKK-821     Fluorite     Xianghuapu Mine, Hunan Province, China.  Beautifully colored, light green fluorite crystals on a light green rock matrix.  Crystals are gemmy and highly lustrous.  10 x 8.5 x 5 cm with crystals to 3.3 cm across.  They are cubes highly modified by dodecahedrons.  No damage only matrix contacts.  Very fine.   $125

 

 

 

 

 

 

OKK-822

OKK-822     Fluorite and Quartz    Xianghuapu Mine, Hunan Province, China.  Beautifully formed, clear to very light green (I think the only reason they look greenish is because of the matrix) fluorite crystals on a light green rock matrix.  The matrix is quartz coated (crystals).  Crystals are gemmy and highly lustrous.  A damage free piece measuring 5.9 x 4.2 x 2 cm with crystals to 1.3 cm across.  They are cubes highly modified by dodecahedrons.  Very fine.   $65

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

OKK-823

OKK-823     Fluorite     Xianghuapu Mine, Hunan Province, China.  Beautifully formed, clear to very light green (I think the only reason they look greenish is because of the matrix) fluorite crystals on a light green rock matrix.  Crystals are gemmy and highly lustrous.  5.5 x 4.5 x 3.6 cm with crystals to 1.6 cm across.  They are cubes highly modified by dodecahedrons.  No damage.  Very fine.   $80

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

OKK-824

OKK-824     Fluorite     Xianghuapu Mine, Hunan Province, China.  Beautifully formed, light green fluorite crystals on a light green rock matrix. Crystals are gemmy and highly lustrous.  10.4 x 5.5 x 5.5 cm with crystals to 2.4 cm across.  They are cubes highly modified by dodecahedrons.  No damage only edge contacts.  Very fine.   $90

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

OKK-825

OKK-825     Fluorite and Quartz     Xianghuapu Mine, Hunan Province, China.  Beautifully formed, clear to very light green (I think the only reason they look greenish is because of the matrix) fluorite crystals on a light green crystallized quartz and dolomite matrix.  Crystals are gemmy and highly lustrous.  7 x 5.1 x 2.8 cm with crystals to 1.5 cm across.  They are cubes highly modified by dodecahedrons.  No damage.  Very fine.   $140

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

OKK-826

OKK-826     Fluorite      Xianghuapu Mine, Hunan Province, China.  5.5 x 4.3 x 3 cm Piece with large cubes on a thin sliver of quartz crystallized matrix.  No damage.  Great miniature.  $60

 

 

 

 

 

 

OKK-827

Dolomite crystals on phantoms

OKK-827     Fluorite with Dolomite inclusions     Xianghuapu Mine, Hunan Province, China.  Beautifully formed, transparent light bluish/ purplish green fluorite crystals on a fluorite matrix.  Crystals are gemmy and glassy to frosted depending on the faces.  11 x 10.5 x 4.5 cm with crystals to 2.4 cm across.  They are cubes with no modifications.  No damage.  The really nice feature this specimen has is that some of the cubes have nice purple phantoms that were coated by sharp white dolomite rhombs and eventually these prior crystals were coated by the final green fluorite.  The phantons are well defined and very interesting.  Nice.   $190

 

 

 

 

 

 

OKL-527

OKL-527     Fluorite    Dong Po, Hunan Prov., China.  An attractive crystal of light green fluorite high on a crystallized matrix of quartz.  It measures 3 x 2.5 x 1.7 cm overall and the fluorite is 1.3 cm in diameter.  It is frosted on some faces and of high luster on others which show off its gemmy interior.  Cuboctaheral form with what also looks to be dodecahedral modifications.  Very nice!!  No damage and mounted in a perky box.  $45

 

 

 

 

 

OKL-528

OKL-528     Fluorite    Dong Po, Hunan Prov., China.  An attractive crystal of light green fluorite high on a crystallized matrix of quartz.  It measures 3.2 x 2.6 x 2 cm overall.  It is frosted on some faces and of high luster on others which show off its gemmy interior.  Cuboctaheral form.  No damage but ther is strong backside contact.  Mounted in a perky box.  $30

 

 

 

 

 

 

OKL-606

OKL-606    Fluorite and Quartz    Dong Po, Hunan Prov., China.  An attractive, inexpensive specimen measuring 8 x 5 x 3.3 cm with fluorites in cuboctohedral form to 2.6 cm each.  Some surfaces have fluorite overgrowths as can be seen,  Matrix is coated by druse quartz.  No damage.   $35

 

 

 

 

 

OKL-597

Calcite

OKL-597    Calcite on Fluorite    Xianhualing, Hunan Prov., China.  This piece is dominated by two octaheda of transparent, green fluorite to 4.3 cm on edge.  On their surfaces are a few disc shaped rhombs of gray calcite for contrast.  The fluorite surfaces are etched looking however they are small modifications by cubes.  This has become contemporary material that will likely become classic.  The piece is a floater with healed contacts and in its base what appears to be a case that is also crystallized where the thin crystal (maybe anhydrite) was.  6 x 5.5 x 4.5 cm and no damage.  Harder and harder to find these now.  A great price on this one.  $40

 

 

 

 

 

OKL-588

OKL-588    Scepter Quartz and Fluorite     Huanggang Mine, Hexigten Banner, Ulanhan League, Chifeng Prefecture, Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region, China. An attractive miniature measuring 5.5 x 3.5 x 3.2 cm with well formed cuboctahedrons of transparent fluorite.  The largest crystal measures 3.4 cm in diameter and sits well in the center of the specimen.  Some faces are glassy and some show surface modifications but the transparency is very obvious.  The matrix is clearly seen through the crystals as are the small scepter quartz inclusions (very neat!). One small quartz scepter all on what appears to be dolomite.  Floater with only one old, healed contact.  A pretty amazing find for this quality and price.  $145

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