This beautiful cabinet specimen creates a rich splash of colour in the display case. Fluorite crystals up to 1.5 cm make up this piece – it is all fluorite, and crystallized all around except the lower left and underneath where it was attached to the rock. The fluorite crystals are a golden honey-yellow under halogen lighting, and under a mixed LED strip (3500/5000K temperature light) or any cooler LED, these crystals are a bright, saturated hue of yellow. In excellent condition, this one of the three high-quality large specimens from this find that I’ve seen. There are incomplete crystals at the periphery (where this was attached) and there is minor chipping in places, very minor in the context of this specimen. (Please note that some things that may appear to be surface chipping in the photos are internal and to not express on the crystal surfaces). The piece stands perfectly for display as photographed. With fantastic colour, great crystals and a distinctive aesthetic overall form, this is a striking specimen.
About These El Hammam Mine Fluorites
The El Hammam Mine has long been a well-known locality for fluorite specimens. This recent small pocket has produced unusually fine sharp yellow crystals.
The hue of these fluorites varies, depending on the light source (common for fluorite), from a warmer honey-yellow under halogen, to a slightly brighter yellow in daylight and even a bit bolder under cool-temperature LED lighting. (This effect is different with each specimen, some show it more and some less). The depth of the yellow colour also varies from one specimen to the next thanks to the fine, faint purple phantoms in many of the crystals.