DC13 Fluorite
Wuhan Spessartine Mine, Tongbei, Fujian Prov., China
14.0x 6.6x 5.0 cm

A fairly large (for the locality) fluorite octahedron on matrix. The Wuhan workings are best known for their spessartine and smokey quartz (usually in combinaiton), though over the nearly 11 years that is has been active, the site has also produced a small amount to fluorite and helvite. Nether was ever particularly common, though not rare on the market either. Fluorite specimens from here are almost always either yellowish green, or purple. This is a good example of a fluorite from the site-- often they tend to be weathered, but this one is fairly sharp, and again, somewhat large for the location. I should also add that this mine has not been very productive over the last 2-3 years. The site is nearly worked out, and what has recently been found tends to be wholesale grade material.

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