Fluorite, Quartz
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Fluorite, Quartz

Specimen # 100693
Mineral: Fluorite, Quartz
Location: Sidi Ayed, Boulemane Province, Morocco
Size: 8.8 x 7.9 x 6.5 cm


This specimen, covered in small quartz crystals, hosts a perfect 0.9 cm yellow fluorite cube.  The red hematite colour provides nice colour contrast and the isolated fluorite stands up over the quartz. In excellent condition, no damage. The position of the fluorite near top centre on the matrix is great. The piece stands for display as photographed. Very aesthetic!


About These Fluorites

Although Moroccan yellow fluorite is often attributed to “Aouli”, an abandoned historical mining complex which is not producing specimens, contemporary specimens are in fact from an area near Sidi Ayed. Although it is road-accessible, it is relatively remote in a barren, windswept area which sees sandstorms in the dry weather and roads washed out in the rain. These fluorites nice for Sidi Ayed specimens, for a few reasons – they are isolated on quartz crystals, rather than massed together with missing or cleaved crystals (which is more typical), some of the quartz has some nice red colouring from hematite, and a few of the fluorite crystals show tiny irregular zones of greenish blue colour.

If you are curious about this area, there are a few photographs in Morocco: The Northern Sahara and the Atlas Mountains (Part 2)(click here)after the section on Mibladen.

Additional information

Dimensions 80 × 51 × 41 cm