TKR11 Quartz included with Fluorite
Miandrivazo, Fianarantsoa Province, Madagascar
8.8x 2.7x 1.8 cm
$245

A terminated fluorite-included quartz crystal from the 2005 find.  I have been to Madagascar twice in the time between then and now, and never saw more than a few little shards of this material available there.

 

At the Main Show this year however, one French dealer had a small group of held-back pieces with fairly sizable inclusions, so I picked out the better ones.

 

A couple of the lateral faces have been polished, I usually stay away from pieces that have any alterations, but in the case of these specimens it makes it easier to see and appreciate the blue-purple fluorites.  I particularly liked the pieces from this group because ONLY a couple faces had been polished-- most of those I had seen in the past were polished all the way around.

 

It is interesting to note that there are also a few negatives included as well-- in those cases the crystal form of the fluorite is preserved, but there is no fluorite.  








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