TKR21 Spessartine, Fluorite on Orthoclase, with minor Quartz
Wuhan Spessartine Mine, Tongbei, Fujian Prov., China
6.3x 3.8x 1.4 cm
$290

A purple fluorite octahedron on an orthoclase matrix, with a couple small garnets and smoky quartz crystals.  

 

Although best known for its spessartine/ smokey combinations, the locality has also produced a number of fine helvites and these fluorites, which typically either occur as purple or green octahedrons.

 

This piece displays well front the front, but the crystal is etched on the back-- you can kind of get a sense of this from the side-view shot at the bottom right.








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