A gorgeous cabinet piece, this one is really about the two spectacular green fluorite crystals in the centre. These are stepped octahedra with large cuboctahedral growths on each octahedral corner – just super – what a killer specimen of this crystal habit! The fluorites are sharp, with good lustre, brighter on the cube faces, and they are transparent to translucent. They are on a matrix of sphalerite and galena crystals – the crystals of these minerals are also excellent, with sharpness and lustre. In excellent condition. This piece was removed from a continuous pocket wall, so there are points of attachment, including a small cleave up the backside of the top crystal (oriented behind the piece as displayed) and some incomplete crystals around the periphery, including at left. Most of this is not visible as displayed and it’s minor in the context of this piece – I mention it for completeness of description. From the Gerald Panneton collection.
This is a fantastic display specimen, well-balanced and with super contrast – and these are such great crystals of this habit!