Purple Fluorite Crystals on Phantom Quartz Crystals – SNCO 130

Purple colour-zoned fluorite crystals on phantom quartz crystals

Measurements:  22 x 16 x 11 mm

Description: A small specimen consisting of purple (colour zoned) fluorite crystals sitting on a group of phantom quartz crystals. The biggest fluorite crystal measures 5 mm on edge.

The phantoms are caused by orange and black hematite specks captured between two layers of quartz growth. Some of the quartz crystals have lovely shaft facet growth marks.

The fluorite crystals have no notable damage, while the quartz have one large contact mark, and a few minute nicks. 

Weight of Specimen:  3.6 g

Chemical Composition:  CaF2  (fluorite)  
                                       SiO2  (quartz)    

Hardness on Mohs Scale:  (fluorite)  4
                                          (quartz)  7

Location:  The well-known Riemvasmaak (Orange River area), Northern Cape, South Africa.

Specimen Code:  SNCO 130


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