FLUORITE BARITE CRYSTALS
A unique combo specimen of Fluorite Barite Crystals. Beautiful golden Barite Crystals on amazing blue-green Fluorite. Outstanding! Such a beautiful piece with an interesting combination. Even without light behind it the colour of the fluorite is easily discerned. The lovely translucent crystals make for a stunning display piece. This is an unusual colour for fluorite. Specimens like this are not in great supply and this would make an excellent addition to any mineral or crystal collection.
Xiefang Mine, Jiangxi, China.
16cm x 7.5cm x 3.8cm 637g.
An ore of Barium. Magnetism: Diamagnetic. Thermal Behavior: Inverts to another (monoclinic ?) polymorph when heated to 1149°C. Above 1400°C decomposition to barium oxide, sulphur dioxide and oxygen. Thermoluminescent at times. Insoluble in water, acids and bases. Moderately soluble in hot, concentrated sulfuric acid, due to formation of the hydrogen sulphate.
Fluorite is a mineral with a veritable bouquet of brilliant colors. Fluorite is well known and prized for its glassy luster and rich variety of colors. The range of common colors for fluorite starting from the hallmark color purple, then blue, green, yellow, colorless, brown, pink, black and reddish orange is amazing and is only rivaled in color range by quartz. Intermediate pastels between the previously mentioned colors are also possible. It is easy to see why fluorite earns the reputation as “The Most Colorful Mineral in the World”.