PURPLE FLUORITE CLUSTER
A striking specimen of Purple Fluorite Cluster on a white Quartz matrix. A gorgeous large cluster of cubo-octahedral Fluorite crystals of deep raspberry purple. Shows off the best colour with the sun behind it, most photos are outdoors. Some call this mineral Globular Purple Fluorite.
De’an Mine, Jiangxi, China.
11.6cm x 9.8cm x 6.5cm, 827g.
Named in 1797 by Carlo Antonio Galeani Napione from the Latin, fluere = “to flow” (for its use as a flux). The term fluorescence is derived from fluorite, which will often markedly exhibit this effect. The element fluorine also derives its name from fluorite, a major source for the element. Fluorite is a mineral with a veritable bouquet of brilliant colours, it is well known and prized for its glassy luster and rich variety of colours. The range of common colours for fluorite starting from the hallmark colour purple, then blue, green, yellow, colorless, brown, pink, black and reddish orange is amazing and is only rivaled in colour range by quartz. Intermediate pastels between the previously mentioned colours are also possible. It is easy to see why fluorite earns the reputation as “The Most Colourful Mineral in the World”.